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, as has the Georgia chapter of the American Planning Association in 2015 with an Outstanding Planning Process award for the Sandy Springs Next Ten.. . He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
, Rhodeside & Harwell
Confirmed SpeakerDeana Rhodeside, PhD Director and Co-Founder Rhodeside & Harwell, Inc. Alexandria, VA firstname.lastname@example.org Graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Chair of the Private Practice Division Bio: For at least the past three decades, Deana Rhodeside has been interested in the creation of plans that strengthen our cities and their communities, and encourage places of personal satisfaction and collective well-being. Through her experience in both community planning and urban design, she has directed many broad-based initiatives focused on creating “sense of place” in ways that reflect the culture, history, socio-economic challenges and desires within each community. Working in major metropolitan areas, including urban centers such as Washington, DC, the Atlanta region, Boston, New York and London, Deana’s work has ranged from master planning and environmental analyses, to community resilience, sustainability and visioning. Her experience in creating inspired and engaging urban settings has included many projects in aging communities, along major transportation corridors, and on historic and environmentally sensitive properties. Her work is based on the belief that an educated public – one that is aware of the interrelated consequences of design decisions – is one that is able to make responsible and enduring decisions about its future.
, MZ Strategies, LLC
Confirmed SpeakerMariia Zimmerman is Founder and Principal of MZ Strategies, LLC. With over two decades of experience in the public and private sectors, Mariia has led a wide range of technical, research, and planning efforts addressing such critical community needs as infrastructure policy and affordable housing to community development finance and anti-displacement strategies. Mariia served previously as the Deputy Director for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Sustainable Communities and Housing, and with Reconnecting America where she served as interim director of Transportation for America, and Policy Director for the Center for Transit-Oriented Development. Recent publications to which she contributed include “Emerging Trends in Regional Planning,” published by the American Planning Association, and “Communities are Embracing Development Near Transit” with AARP. Mariia is the current Vice Chair for Metropolitan and Regional Planning of the American Planning Association’s Regional and Intergovernmental Division, and serves on the Board of Directors for national the Shared Use Mobility Center. She has advanced degrees in Geography from PennState and Urban Planning from the University of Minnesota, and was a Visiting Fellow with Virginia Tech between 2012 - 2016.
, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates
, San Francisco
Confirmed SpeakerDavid Fields, AICP, Principal with Nelson\Nygaard, believes a great community provides transportation choice. With over 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 multiple modes (heavy rail, light rail, and on-street bus services); parking and park-and-ride facilities; policy (transit-oriented development, Parking Management, and Transportation Demand Management); and environmental review. David's ultimate goal is to make transportation so easy, people complain about the weather instead.