Private-Sector Planners as Change Agents
You'll learn about:
• Innovative models for tackling problems that have previously seemed insurmountable
• Encouraging community members to take a key role in defining resolvable community issues
• How private-sector planners can become “change agents” as they match their clients’ community goals and visions with tangible solutions
The planning toolbox is growing rapidly, allowing planners to translate a community’s vision more quickly than ever before—and thus transform how community members view cities and the urban planning process. As private-sector planners tasked with translating a city’s challenges into tangible solutions, we must stay on top of innovative planning advancements and employ them to meet our clients’ community goals. This facilitated discussion will explore recent innovations in addressing some of the most pressing challenges faced by urban areas, from housing affordability and cost-effective resilient design to transportation demand management and urban infrastructure funding.
, City of Sandy Springs
, Sandy Springs
Confirmed SpeakerJim Tolbert is Assistant City Manager for Planning and Neighborhood Services. As a member of the senior management team, he oversees Community Development, Recreation and Parks, Neighborhood Outreach Services, as well as assists with strategic planning and special projects. Jim joins the city from Charlottesville, Va., where he served as Director of the Department of Neighborhood Development Services. He also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture, Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Prior to his role with the City of Charlottesville, Jim guided planning and development for the cities of Albany, Ga.; Columbus, Ga.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Gatlinburg, Tenn. and Opelika, Ala. He was previously a director of the Albany Dougherty Planning Commission and served as City Administrator for LaFayette, Ala. The Virginia Planning Association has recognized him for his work with awards including 2005 Implementation Award, 2007 Innovation Award and in 2014 honored with the Outstanding Plan Award. Jim received his Bachelor of Science in Community Planning and Development from Columbus State University and earned his Master of Community Planning from Auburn University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
, Rhodeside & Harwell, Inc.
Confirmed SpeakerDeana Rhodeside is a planner and founder/director of Rhodeside & Harwell, a planning, urban design and landscape architecture firm in Alexandria, VA. She has worked with communities throughout the country to develop plans and strategies that address social, physical, and economic issues unique to each place as well as realistic incentives for making change happen.
, MZ Strategies LLC
Confirmed SpeakerMariia Zimmerman Principal and Founder, MZ Strategies, LLC Mariia is Vice Chair for Metropolitan and Regional Planning of the American Planning Association’s Regional and Intergovernmental Division. She previously served as the Deputy Director for the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and brings over 20 years of policy experience including other senior leadership positions with the federal government, the national Center for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), and on Capitol Hill. She specializes in collaborative efforts to update land use policies and align funding programs to support equitable development, and integrate regional transportation, housing and economic planning to support thriving and inclusive communities. Mariia has written extensively on transportation and regional planning issues including serving as co-author of the 2015 publication, "Taking the High Road to More and Better Infrastructure in the United States." She has advanced degrees from PennState and the University of Minnesota, and is a frequent consultant and adviser to national non-profits, major philanthropic organizations, and local governments. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Shared Use Mobility Center and was a visiting fellow with Virginia Tech's Metropolitan Institute.
, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting
, San Francisco
Confirmed SpeakerDavid Fields, AICP, Principal in Nelson\Nygaard’s San Francisco office, has 20 years of transportation planning experience as both a consultant and public sector employee. David’s work focuses on transportation planning that supports communities’ long-term goals including policy (transit oriented development, parking management, and transportation demand management), implementation of multiple modes (heavy rail, light rail, and on-street bus services), parking and park-and-ride facilities, and public outreach for public and private projects.