Melissa Everett, Ph.D., Executive Director
Melissa is an outreach and communications strategist working at the intersection of climate action, green industry and community development. As Executive Director of Sustainable Hudson Valley since 2004, she has helped to build a movement of local innovators who are reducing their communities’ carbon footprints and building the market for clean energy industries. Her accomplishments with SHV include convening the first regional climate action summit for local and regional officials, a standing-room-only gathering in 2007 that galvanized many local action campaigns; co-founding the Hudson Valley Climate Change Network of agency professionals and local leaders; convening annual retreats for climate action leaders to strategize and renew themselves; leading the Ulster County Legislature’s Global Warming Advisory Committee which gave rise to the county’s progressive energy policy; leading the Ulster Tomorrow Green Technology strategy committee; helping to convene the first significant regional exploration of adaptation to unpreventable climate change, Rising Waters; building political support for the Climate Smart Communities Pledge in the city of Kingston, and helping to translate climate action into economic opportunity through the Kingston Green Corridor Initiative; creating Clean Energy Technology Training Resource Centers in five counties; and conceiving and designing the Ten Percent Challenge campaign.
Trained in counselling and group facilitation through the Concord Institute in Massachusetts, Melissa is a skilled organizational developer and consensus builder. She has taught innovative courses in leadership and community service at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, involving undergraduate engineering students in service learning projects on campus and in the community. She received her Ph.D. in 2006 from the International, Off-Campus Program of Erasmus University's Centre for Environmental Management and Sustainable Development in the Netherlands, a pioneering program for mid-career professionals worldwide. Her thesis research, now being developed into a book, focuses on the dynamics of "community turnarounds" and the role of social relationships. She was one of the original 1,000 prominent citizens trained by Al Gore in The Climate Project. The author of three books and many articles, Melissa has given lectures and workshops on three continents. Breaking Ranks, her study of conscientious objectors, won the Olive Branch Award from the NYU Center on War, Peace and the News Media. She published the third edition of Making a Living While Making a Difference: Conscious Careers for an Era of Interdependence, in 2007 and was honored with the Bronze medal for Best Book in Foreword Magazine’s annual rankings. Melissa is an avid rollerblader and swimmer. She lives in Rosendale, New York.
Hannah Karp, Outreach and Communications Associate
Hannah Karp graduated from SUNY Binghamton in 2014 with an interdisciplinary environmental studies degree. Based in Poughkeepsie, she loves research, writing, and systems thinking. She is active with the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, Mainstay Shared Work Space and other community organizations. Her work with SHV includes developing case studies for the Sustainable Communities Cookbook, researching the “blue economy” cluster, supporting live events and planning our 2015 conference.
Scott Lang, Accountant, Kimball and O’Brian - Bookkeeper
Ryan Beaupre, Principal, Warmgunmedia, Webmaster
Scarlet Duba, Principal, Duba Design, Graphic Designer
David Dell, Ph.D. (Chairman) has a unique background combining research, management consulting, executive leadership, and investment banking. Through publications, conference presentations and news citations, he has been recognized as a thought leader in Sustainability, Outsourcing, M&A integration, HR , Corporate IT strategy, and other areas. Currently as CEO co/founder of Sustainable Profitability Group, Dr Dell is active in developing new energy investments. As chairman of HRTechTeam he provides guidance for best practices in HR technology. In his personal practice Dr. Dell serves on the boards of growth companies and non profit organizations, and is a trusted adviser to senior business leaders. As Research Director for The Conference Board.,for the Concours Group and Diebold Group Dr. Dell was engaged in numerous reports on best practices for leading corporations. He led multiple research projects in human resources, information technology, sustainability, and merger integration. He has served companies in transition and turnarounds as interim CEO, Chief Technology Officer as well as Chief Talent Officer and been an officer and director of 2 NASD National listed companies. As an investment banker focusing on funding, acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures of emerging technology companies he has helped secure over 100 million in funding and helped investors avoid thousands of attractive traps. Early in his career David managed a consortium of 500 colleges and Universities International Studies Programs and in that capacity published guides and advice on funding support. In the 1990’s he created and published Education Interface, a multivolume comprehensive listing and index of thousands of corporate, foundation, and government programs for educators and educational institutions. He currently chairs 2 non-profit organizations: Sustainable Hudson Valley, and the Tibetan Classics Translators Guild of New York. David has a Ph.D. from Columbia University in the languages and culture of India.
Jeffrey Domanski has worked for more than 15 years as a multi-disciplined environmental professional. He has extensive experience in program and project management and organizational sustainability leadership for large and globally-recognized organizations. Through his work, he has acquired both broad and deep knowledge of, and direct experience with, climate and energy challenges and how they are perceived and addressed in multiple settings. His areas of expertise include the use of science-based behavioral, organizational, financial, and technological approaches to design and deploy effective energy efficiency and other sustainability strategies. He has worked in-house and as consultant for public, private, and academic organizations. At Hospitality Green, Jeff manages delivery of services for clients seeking sustainability strategies to address corporate and facility-focused environmental resource and energy reductions, financing approaches, supply chain management, internal and external reporting, stakeholder engagement, market analysis, policy development, and other social responsibility approaches. As Cushman & Wakefield’s Director of Sustainability Strategies, he guided development of the firm’s global sustainability platform while improving the environmental footprint of the firm’s corporate operations, and supported numerous clients in the pursuit of their environmental and sustainability goals. He also liaised with numerous external partners on projects and industry initiatives, including the WBCSD, the US EPA, the US DOE, the USGBC, NRDC, EDF, and real estate organizations.
He served as Associate Manager of Sustainability at Princeton University and has provided technical and policy analysis consulting services to numerous clients, including The World Bank, the University of Pennsylvania, sustainability consulting and design firms, and as senior staff scientist and project manager at AKRF, a New York-based environmental planning and consulting firm serving clients in the private and public sectors.
Jeff is a LEED AP, received his BS in Chemistry from SUNY ESF at Syracuse, an M.P.A. from Princeton University. He proudly served in the U.S. Peace Corps from 1994 to 1996.
Lea Cullen-Boyer is Westchester County Sustainability Coordinator and creator of the popular social networking website Green Guru Network (www.greengurunetwork.com).
Kirk Jensen has transitioned from a successful 30+ year career in life sciences publishing to focus on long term care planning, which he regards as a much larger quality of life issue than most people realize. He divides his time between assisting members of the Baby Boom generation family by family, and working to encourage employers to make LTCI an employee benefit, to solve this problem at scale more efficiently. After a publishing career with such firms as Oxford, Pearson, Plenum, and the New York Academy of Sciences, he remains deeply engaged with science and scientific communities. He has worked closely with many of the best scientists in ecology, conservation, biodiversity, and the environmental sciences. He has been involved with diverse publications including Environmental Practice, the official journal of the National Association of Environmental Professionals, scholarly review series in ecology and conservation biology, ecological economics, Current Ornithology , Current Mammalogy, the Long Term Ecological Research Network series, and a couple of series in evolutionary biology. He worked on the Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution, the premier monographic series in these areas. He has edited textbooks and scholarly books including A Citizen’s Guide to Practical Ecology (Lawrence Slobodkin), Win-Win Ecology (Michael Rosenzweig), The Nature of Design (David Orr), Precious Heritage: The Status of Biodiversity in the US (Bruce Stein and others at The Nature Conservancy), Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity (Eric Chivian and Aaron Bernstein), and several books each by Garrett Hardin, David Ehrenfeld, and Dan Botkin.
Lucy Johnson received her PhD from Columbia University in 1973, and started teaching at Vassar College, where she is now a Full Professor. She has taught numerous courses in Anthropology as well as Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies and Technology and Society. Extending over a period of more than forty years, Prof. Johnson, has been active in archaeological field studies, including survey and excavations in Alaska, Egypt, Chile, Peru, Idaho, Arizona as well as numerous locations in New York State. In 1991 Prof. Johnson’s edited book, ‘Paleoshorelines and Prehistory’, CRC Press, was published. She has also published many book chapters, articles and reviews. Her contributions extend from 1973 to 2009. From 1972 to 2009 Prof. Johnson has lectured, presented papers or participated on panels at over fifty professional events. In her portfolio there are over ten research reports, and numerous contract reports including many dealing with archeological and cultural resource evaluations for the Town of Poughkeepsie improvement projects. She has been active in the governance of Vassar College as well as serving on the boards of a number of local not-for-profit organizations. She is currently secretary of the Board of Directors of the Poughkeepsie Day School, chair of the Steering Committee of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities, chair of the Board of Directors of the Hudson River Environmental Society, president of the board of the Independent Dutchess Energy Alliance (IDEA) and is the Archaeological Consultant to the Town of Poughkeepsie Historical Commission.
Victor-Pierre Melendez, a 5 year Kingston resident received his bachelor's degree in Environmental Science & Marine Biology from the University of Tampa, Florida, and his M.S. from the Bard Center for Environmental Policy. He directs the Green Cities initiative for Hudso River Sloop Clearwater, and works in depth on a range of issues from environmental justice to green infrastructure. Over the span of the last 3 years he has worked in the City of Kingston's Economic Development department, performing business and commercial space inventories in Uptown Kingston and Scenic Hudson as an Outreach coordinator and community educator in the Ulster and Westchester County areas. Victor has sat on the Diversity Committee for the New York State Outdoors Education Association which serves environmental educators from the entire state of New York. As an entrepreneur, Victor has managed a café and art gallery/dance studio in the Downtown Waterfront district of Kingston, through which he hosts many environmental awareness and educational events for the surrounding communities.
Herb Oringel, a 44 year veteran of the IBM Corporation, coordinates the Northern Westchester Energy Action Consortium.
John Wackman is an oncology massage therapist and social entrepreneur. Just settling in Kingston, John is also known regionally for bringing the Repair Cafe to the Hudson Valley to foster self-reliance and community. John has been the board’s main liaison to our renewables campaign and personally supported SHV in the 2014 Midwest Climate Ride. He says, "How we adapt to the changing climate will depend dearly on many people and organizations working on many fronts, on all levels. And it is happening now."
Philip Ehrensaft, Ph.D., Principal, Metro Countryside Research. Dr. Ehrensaft is an innovative researcher and commentator on urban-rural connections, economic and cultural development. Whether he is writing about the jazz industry or new trends in agricultural development, he is adept at using statistics to tell a story of people and places in the eastern U.S. and Canada. He loves writing about the Hudson Valley, which he considers “the hottest peri-urban corridor in the Northeast.” He is also principal researcher of Peaceable Hill Music, writing about the business and culture of music. Before becoming an info-preneur, Phil was a Professor at the University of Quebec in Montreal.
Dani Glaseris the Founder and CEO of Green Team Spirit, specializing in building sustainable organizations through the power of teamwork. The unique Green Team Spirit process begins with a thorough assessment of an organization’s mission, daily practices, carbon footprint and associated costs. The Green Team Spirit program builds upon the results and motivates everyone in the organization to be part of the solution. Dani helps organizations gain recognition by sharing best practices with staff and outside stakeholders. With 30 years of experience in marketing, communications, technology, advocacy, non-profit development and research, Dani combines her wealth of business experience with her passion for the environment and a healthier, more sustainable world. Dani is one of the creators and administrators of the Westchester Green Business Challenge, a partnership of Westchester County Government and the Business Council of Westchester focused on helping all Westchester County businesses on the path to sustainability. Dani Glaser sits on several boards including Metropool, The Business Council of Westchester’s Green Business Advisory Council, and the Westchester/Putnam Workforce Investment Board. Green Team Spirit is an approved Con Edison market partner and a certified Green America – Green Business.
Simon Gruber is an environmental planning consultant specializing in water resources, energy efficiency and sustainable development. A primary focus of his work is sustainable infrastructure and policies for water supply, stormwater and wastewater management. Another focus of his work is education and policy on energy efficiency and green, high-performance buildings and infrastructure. Since 1986 he has provided services to clients including local and county government, non-profit organizations, and businesses, working on programs and projects involving innovative land use, watershed planning, water quality monitoring, energy efficiency, and sustainable design for buildings and communities. His skills and expertise include communications, public participation, grant writing and other technical writing, conceptual design and development of innovative planning and demonstration projects, and education. He has authored over a dozen articles on related topics in national and regional publications. His current work includes a regional green infrastructure planning project to address stormwater management, for the Hudson Valley Regional Council, a regional government agency; a strategic plan for the Wawayanda Creek corridor, for the Village of Warwick; research on water conservation and source water protection policies for drinking water supplies; and an ongoing research and education initiative focusing on laws and regulations related to water resources applicable in NY State and how they relate to land use and smart growth. In 2010, he was named a Fellow of the City University of New York’s Institute for Sustainable Cities based at Hunter College and he’s currently working with CUNY faculty and students on a research and outreach project about the regional impacts of flooding in 2011 and the implications for climate change planning and adaptation.
Maureen Hart, Principal at Sustainable Measures LLC, is an expert on sustainability indicators and the author of The Guide to Sustainable Community Indicators (www.sustainablemeasures.com). She has provided technical assistance to numerous community indicator projects, evaluated indicators and indicator sets, and researched, published, and presented various aspects of measuring sustainability. She has consulted with businesses and business-related non-profits on sustainable production indicators and has developed a course on business sustainability indicators as an affiliate of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. She has consulted with foundations and other grant-making organizations on defining strategies for and evaluating decisions related to funding sustainable development projects. Ms. Hart co-founded and directed the International Sustainability Indicators Network (ISIN). Her community and governmental projects include: supporting Connecticut Light & Power’s first Business Sustainability Challenge; working with Dartmouth College to develop a Sustainability Roadmap;helping the Mid-America Council of Governments to develop sustainability and green infrastructure indicators that can measure progress toward the goal of being America’s “Green” Region; working with the International City/County Management Association to define a sustainability management system for communities; helping the National Roundtable on Sustainable Forests to develop a method for measuring the resilience of forest-dependent communities; creating and presenting a training module on Green Infrastructure Indicators for the US Forest Service and The Conservation Fund; managing the Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators project; organizing two biennial meetings of the International Sustainability Indicators Network, and assisting the City of Santa Monica in a 10 year review and revision of its Sustainable City Indicators program. She has an MS from Tufts University and a BS from MIT.
Polly Howells is a psychotherapist, writer and activist based in Woodstock and Brooklyn. She chairs the board of Bioneers and is active in Woodstock Transitions, Pachamama Alliance and other organizations focusing on systems thinking and empowerment.
Betsy Imershein,Principal and co-founder of Sustainability Strategies LLC, a start-up company making sustainability achievable for small to mid-sized businesses and non-profit organizations. Betsy is a sustainability professional and artist with more than 30 years of expertise engaging communities, small businesses and cultural organizations in economic development, cultural revitalization and sustainability initiatives. Her signature projects include: Director of SUSTAIN for FABnyc, the leadership organization of the E. 4th St Cultural District in lower Manhattan. This 2-year sustainability initiative, funded by a Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Grant, is focused on using the arts as a tool for communication and engagement aimed at behavior change; co-founder and former CEO, Croton Energy Group Inc, specializing in clean energy management and sustainability engagement services; advisor and policy analyst for Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design; Working Group member-at-large for Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts-NY; business planning for the South Bronx Cultural Corridor and Creative Bronx! Black Book; co-founding and leading an advocacy organization with over 70 shops, encouraging New Yorkers to ‘shop local, shop small’; project managing Long Island City’s Placed + Displaced community mapping project; directing and launching a new office for 550+ companies in the Maspeth Industrial Business Zone in Queens. Additionally, Betsy is a fine art and freelance photographer, curator, teacher and author of 10 photo essay books for children, and civically active in her home town of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. With a BA from NYU (1975) and an MSW from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University (1977), she earned her MS in Urban Policy Analysis and Management in 2005 from The New School for Management & Urban Policy.
Jolanda Jansen, PE, JD is an attorney, civil engineer, Principal of Jansen Engineering, PLLC, Poughkeepsie, NY. and coordinator of the Hudson Valley Smart Growth Alliance. She was a civil engineer from 1986 - 2007 with Spectra Engineering, Architecture and Surveying, P.C., Poughkeepsie, NY, where her key projects included a 130-lot subdivision, Town of LaGrange; 26-lot cluster with Central Sewer, Town of Stanford; Student Housing with Geothermal Heating, Vassar College; 150-unit town house complex with Central Sewer, Town of Hyde Park; Day Care Center in park like setting, Town of Poughkeepsie; Bone Fish Grill Site Plan with wetland stormwater treatment, Town of Poughkeepsie; Master Site Plan and Wastewater Treatment Facility for Buddhist Monastery, Town of Hyde Park; Wastewater Treatment Facility for Seventh Day Adventist Summer Camp, Town of Hyde Park. Receiving her J. D. from Pace University School of Law, White Plains, NY in May 2010, she was honored as “Law Student of the Year” for her leadership moving the Pace campus toward carbon-neutrality. Since passing the bar, she has worked with the Mortgage Foreclosure & Predatory Lending Litigation Defense Project, assisting homeowners in modifying residential mortgages and challenging foreclosure procedures. As coordinator of the Hudson Valley Smart Growth Alliance, Jansen is an experienced advocate and public speaker who has spearheaded several dozen successful conferences on such issues as advancing downtowns and implementing transit-oriented development. She received her Bachelor of Civil Engineering in 1975 from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Rick Lewandowski is a senior market development professional with a proven track record of achievement during 26 years in renewable energy and distributed generation markets and technologies. His technology expertise includies photovoltaics, fuel cells, solar thermal and hybrid products as well as manufacturing. He has strong skills in team-building, communications and leadership, as well as implementing creative business models. Mr. Lewandowski’s accomplishments include: successfully forming companies including Direct Global Power, Inc. and Prism Solar Technologies; starting a photovoltaic (PV) systems integration company that he built into one of the largest PV distributors in North America; winning numerous grants from the USDOE and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Illinois Department of Conservation (IDOC); coordinating the development of a new marketing and financial products including trade finance and barter systems for international programs for the World Bank and United Nations Development Program (UNDP); successfully (and consistently) developing strategic marketing plans for new renewable energy products under contract for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); providing market-oriented technology due-diligence for venture capital and larger consulting firms; structuring complex joint ventures and strategic relationships with stakeholders and multidisciplinary divisions and organizations; founding two state renewable energy industry associations and serving as their President.
Seth Leitman, a.k.a. the Green Living Guy is a green living guru and reporter with a special expertise in electric cars and do-it-yourself guides for green technologies. Seth Leitman, The Green Living Guy is also a best selling author and series editor for McGraw-Hill's Green Guru Guides. The Green Living Guy writes for Answers.com, Mother Earth News, The Huffington Post and Triple Pundit. Based in Briarcliffe Manor, Seth Leitman is currently publishing a set of curricula on sustainable energy for K-12 schools.
Philip Myrick, AICP, is Senior Vice President of Project for Public Spaces, a certified planner whose expertise encompasses public space planning, downtown revitalization, transportation and land use planning, livable street design, and facilitation. Phil joined PPS in 1995 and has led many of PPS’ major projects and programs, playing a major role in helping the organization develop its unique contribution to the field of Placemaking and more livable communities. Phil’s position puts him in a prominent role both leading projects and leading the organization. He oversees the development, design and delivery of major projects, building and challenging teams of designers and planners, and presenting work to clients around the world. He also has primary responsibility at PPS for organizing resources and developing the organization’s profile and practice through: execution of strategic initiatives; setting and managing office milestones; staff development; assigning work and accountability. Phil’s recent efforts include: a detailed precinct plan for the Marina District of Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, a new community for 80,000 people; a vision for Houston’s new Discovery Green park (opened in 2008); a concept plan for the 300-acre Metropolitan Park of Guadalajara, site of the 2011 Pan-American Games; an Urban Open Space Plan for downtown Tempe, AZ; the Placemaking master plan for Harvard University’s new campus in Allston (currently on hold); and a training course in Transportation and Land Use for the National Highway Institute (NHI) and National Transit Institute (NTI) for which Phil is a certified trainer. Phil has primary responsibility for leading PPS’ major projects in transportation, parks and plazas, downtowns, campuses, and mixed use development. He earned a Master’s Urban Planning from Hunter College in 1995.
J. Michael O’Hara is the Energy Consultant for the City of Hudson. He is an environmental systems designer and educator who trained with Gunter Pauli of the ZERI Foundation. His professional background most recently includes work as the Commissioner, Public Works for the city of Hudson, NY. In that role, he chaired the Hudson Cool Cities committee in 2006 which produced a baseline carbon inventory for the city and led to the signing of the “U.S. Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement” by the Mayor of Hudson. He is a long time participant in SHV's projects. He is a founding member of Columbia County Futures, a local community development organization. He was a candidate for mayor of Hudson in 2007, running on a platform which included sustainable economic development. In prior years, his consultancy has supported US electronics manufacturers needing to comply with new European environmental regulations, and other manufacturers in control systems design.
Nina Orville, a sustainability professional with venture capital and economic development expertise, serves as the Executive Director of the Southern Westchester Energy Action Consortium. Nina holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and provides sustainability-focused consulting services to local governments, businesses and non-profits.
Dr. William H. Schlesinger is the President of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Before coming to the Institute, he served in a dual capacity at Duke University, as both the James B. Duke Professor of Biogeochemistry and Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences. A graduate of Dartmouth College (A.B.) and Cornell University (PhD.), he has been investigating the link between environmental chemistry and global climate change for over 30 years. His recent work focuses on understanding how trees and soil influence atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. He is the author or coauthor of over 200 scientific papers on subjects of environmental chemistry and global change and the widely-adopted textbook Biogeochemistry: An analysis of global change (Academic Press, 2nd ed. 1997). He has published editorials and columns in the Charlotte Observer, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Raleigh News and Observer. Schlesinger was among the first to quantify the amount of carbon held in soil organic matter globally, providing subsequent estimates of the role of soils and human impacts on forests and soils in global climate change. He was elected a member of The National Academy of Sciences in 2003, and was President of the Ecological Society of America for 2003-2004. He is also a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Geophysical Union, the Soil Science Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His past work has taken him to diverse habitats, ranging from Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia to the Mojave Desert of California, and three times as a Duke alumni tour guide to Antarctica. His research has been featured on NOVA, CNN, NPR, and on the pages of Discover, National Geographic, the New York Times, and Scientific American. Schlesinger has testified before U.S. House and Senate Committees on a variety of environmental issues, including preservation of desert habitats, global climate change and carbon sequestration. Schlesinger currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (New York), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC; New York), and the Southern Environmental Law Center (Charlottesville) and on the Board of Scientific Advisors for Terrapass LLC (San Francisco).
Scott Tillitt, founder of the Antidote Collective and Beahive, is a socially conscious communicator, equal parts publicist, marketer, entrepreneur and writer. He has an insatiable interest in big ideas and the behaviors that drive people, what resonates with them, and how to communicate with them. Scott has 15-plus years of experience promoting ideas, products and services in advertising, media, interactive design, photography, technology, television and fashion, including work with prominent firms such as Red Sky and QVC. Since 2004, his work has been oriented to the public good, promoting progressive social issues. He has worked on the media relations for several visits of the Dalai Lama. He founded Antidote Collective in 2004 and has since worked internationally with a range of groups, people, films and books covering the environment, religion and spirituality, social justice, health care and education — from Phil Donahue to healthcare "whistleblower" Wendell Potter and Rainforest Action Network to the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. In early 2009 Scott founded Beahive, a new kind of collaborative space for work and community in Beacon, NY. He opened a second location in Kingston in November 2009, a third in Albany in March 2012. He’s on the steering committee of Progressive PR Professionals - PR/PR/PR and volunteers with the Taproot Foundation (which provides pro bono services to nonprofits; he has been on the steering committee of Slow Food Hudson Valley and a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the Publicity Club of New York (PCNY). He has a degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Gary Toth is Senior Director of Transportation Initiatives at Project for Public Spaces and a co-founder of the national network, Livability Solutions. His expertise is transportation planning, particularly the integration of transportation and land use planning with context sensitive solutions. After graduating from Stevens Institute of Technology with a Civil Engineering Degree in 1973, Gary spent almost 34 years within the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). Gary has been one of the national leaders in the movement to integrate transportation and land use. At NJDOT, Gary helped create the NJFIT, Future in Transportation program, which addresses congestion in sustainable and affordable ways including integration of land use planning. He provided subject matter expertise on transportation and land use to various states and cities throughout the US, including the states of New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maine and cities such as Savannah, Los Angeles, Regina Canada, and various national organizations. Gary is one of the founders of Livability Solutions, a confederation of NGOs whose mission is to transform the transportation landscape in America. Gary has provided solutions on street and network design for the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council; New York City Department of Transportation; Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency; the City of Brunswick, Maine and the American Public Transit Association. Gary co-led the NJDOT’s Context Sensitive Solutions program. He has been responsible for the development and adoption of a CSS Policy for NJDOT, the formation of its CSS Implementation Team, and for NJDOT’s training for Context Sensitive Solutions. He has participated in workshops or peer reviews on CSD or Community Impact Assessment (CIA) in Maryland, Georgia, Connecticut, Washington D.C, Indiana, and Oregon. He has been a member of the National Community Impact Assessment Design Team since 1998, for which he organized three day Northeastern Workshops on Community Impact Assessment in 2001 and again in 2005. Gary helped redraft the National CSS principles and develop the Task Force’s strategic Action Plan in 2007.
Hannah Twaddell, regional scenario planner, helps agencies and stakeholders work together to envision, design, and sustain thriving communities.Hannah has developed a diverse array of tools, techniques, and educational resources to help planners, engineers, designers, and community members integrate transportation investments, land use policies, environmental preservation principles, economic development programs, and urban design strategies through meaningful, equitable stakeholder engagement. Hannah has conducted scenario planning, visioning, and integrated transportation/land use plans for numerous communities from Binghamton, NY to Waco, TX. She has also developed strategic plans and conducted visioning and problem-solving sessions with a variety of nonprofit organizations, institutions, and government agencies such as AARP, Tulane University, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Public Education Fund, and the Jefferson Area Board for the Aging. Hannah helped to update the National Highway Institute course on land use and transportation planning, and served as a co-author for two AARP studies on creating communities that work for older Americans. For the National Academies Transportation Research Board (TRB), she co-authored several influential transportation studies. Hannah also represents the American Planning Association VA Chapter on a blue-ribbon panel appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a Blueprint for Livable Communities. She helped the National Highway Institute update its course on land use and transportation planning; developed an online Smart Transportation toolkit for the Montana Department of Transportation; and is currently developing an online planner’s clearinghouse for the Florida DOT. She is helping the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation to author a planners’ guidebook on designing multimodal corridors and public spaces. A popular speaker and skilled facilitator, Hannah has conducted more than 50 workshops, webinars and talks for national, state, and regional planning organizations over the past 15 years. She has written more than 30 publications, including the “Forward Motion” column for Planning Commissioner’s Journal. Hannah worked for nine years with Renaissance Planning Group and for 14 years with the Charlottesville-Albemarle, Virginia MPO/ Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission. Hannah earned a BA in English and Music History/Theory from Oberlin College in 1984, and an MA in Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh in 1986. A graduate of the Leadership Charlottesville program, she has served on the boards of many local nonprofit organizations.
Leo Wiegman has over 30 years as a communications professional with deep strategic planning, project management, and public sector expertise. He is founder and owner of E to the Fourth Strategic Communications, helping environmental organizations to get their message out. He is author of: The Climate Solutions Consensus: What we know and what to do about it, with David Blockstein, c 2010, Island Press. Heirlooms to live in: homes in a new regional vernacular, 2010 Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers. He is civically active as Mayor of the village of Croton-on-Hudson; Vice Chair of the Board of the Northern Westchester Energy Action Consortium; a member of the Executive Committee of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association and a board member for Teatown Lake Reservation. Leo worked at W. W. Norton & Company as Editor and Director of Production; and in editorial capacities at Westview Press; HarperCollins; Mayfield Publishing, F. E. Peacock; Dorsey Press; and Little Brown & co. He was educated at Tufts University BA, 1980 (summa cum laude) and Eberhard Karls Universität, Germany (1978-1979)