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Coral Abbott Associate Planner California Strategic Growth Council
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Coral Abbott

Associate Planner
California Strategic Growth Council

Coral Abbott aids with the development and administration of the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program. Prior to her current role, Coral served as the Strategic Growth Council’s Executive Fellow, where she assisted with projects and initiatives across the organization, including both the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities and Transformative Climate Communities programs. She previously worked as a Research Assistant at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project where she conducted archival research on Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement, in addition to preparing grant proposals and coordinating events that highlighted the work of the Movement. She honed her policy research skills as an intern at the Bill Lane Center for the American West, where she compared the water planning processes of several Western states. Coral received a Bachelor of Science in Earth Systems with a minor in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University.

 

Tim Acri Senior Vice President HEPACO
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Tim Acri

Senior Vice President
HEPACO

Tim Acri has more than 30 years of experience providing services in emergency response, site remediation, demolition, construction, oil and gas, and earth-moving projects. He has served as a field technician, site supervisor, project scientist, project manager, division manager, Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and President. Tim also draws upon experience from a 13+ year military career serving as a U.S. Navy Seabee.

 

Sheri Adkins Environmental Scientist Consultant and Program Advisor Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (KDEP)
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Sheri Adkins

Environmental Scientist Consultant and Program Advisor
Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (KDEP)

Sheri is a Registered Professional Geologist with over 20 years of experience in the environmental field, specifically contaminated site characterization and remediation, regulation development, and beneficial reuse. Sheri started with KDEP in 2000 in the Tanks program, moving on to a supervisory position in KDEP’s State Superfund Section in 2007 and later supervising the Federal Superfund Section. In 2012, she accepted her current position as the KDEP Superfund Environmental Scientist Consultant where she focuses on scientific research, regulation & policy development and serving as the technical lead for Kentucky's highest priority Superfund sites, as well as several multi-Division priority sites. Sheri is also an appointee serving on the Kentucky Geological Survey Board of Advisors, in addition to her Super Fun day job.

 

Robert Agee
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Robert Agee


• Annapolis Maryland City Administrator • Town Manager • Assistant County Executive of Major Metropolitan County • Executive Director of Regional Chamber of Commerce • State Legislative Staff Analyst • Policy Development and Implementation Assistant to Mayor • Innovations program Development • VP of Regional Business • Have served on numerous Boards, Commissions and organizations • ICMA credentialed Manager • Alternative Use Values Assessment Project for Maryland Environmental Service (MES) • Development of the Annapolis Renewable Energy Park

 

Rosanne Albright Environmental Programs Coordinator City of Phoenix
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Rosanne Albright

Environmental Programs Coordinator
City of Phoenix

Environmental Programs Coordinator for the City of Phoenix, City Manager’s Office, Office of Environmental Programs for 20 years. Responsibilities include management of air quality, brownfields redevelopment, and food system programs. I have managed the Brownfields Land Recycling Program since 1998 and have grown the program from its beginnings as an EPA-grant funded program to a permanent municipal program. The program has received EPA grant funds for assessment, area-wide land use planning, job training, and a revolving loan fund. Phoenix’s recent efforts are focused on transforming brownfields to improve public health through our Brownfields to Healthfields Project. In addition, I participate in the NEJAC Superfund Working Group; am a member of the U.S. Green Building Council LEED for Cities and Communities Committee; and board member for Dignity Health’s Community Health Improvement Network. I also participate in the City’s team leading the effort to achieve Phoenix’s 2050 Sustainability Goals in the areas of Clean Air, Carbon Neutrality, and Local Food System. As a founding member of the Maricopa County Food Systems Coalition, I am collaborating with several partners to develop the Phoenix Food Action Plan that is a blueprint for achieving the food system goals, including reuse of brownfields.

 

Mahesh Albuquerque Director Division of Oil and Public Safety
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Mahesh Albuquerque

Director
Division of Oil and Public Safety

Mahesh is the Director of the Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety, a regulatory agency, and has served in this role for over a decade. He is driven by a desire to change the public perception of government. He is passionate about sustainable clean energy solutions, especially future transportation fuels. He serves in leadership roles on several national boards and technical committees striving to improve codes, standards and regulatory policy related to environmental protection and public safety. Mahesh’s career began in the Midwest as an environmental consultant, prior to founding his own company. He moved to Colorado and joined the Division in 1999. Mahesh holds BS and MS degrees in Geology from the University of Bombay, and Executive Leadership certificates from Harvard and Cornell University. He enjoys family and friends, the outdoors and loves to learn and grow.

 

Kara Allison Vice President HEPACO, LLC
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Kara Allison

Vice President
HEPACO, LLC

Kara A. Allison, APR, directs corporate communications and drives development strategies for HEPACO, LLC, specializing in business and project development, marketing, state and federal environmental policy issues, reputation management, media strategy, and crisis communications. A journalism graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Kara has 25 years of experience in public and media relations. She is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and a former registered lobbyist. Kara builds credibility with clients, consultants, legislators, government officials, municipalities, community groups, and reporters by helping them understand the various environmental issues associated with development projects. She has also worked with developers, consultants, and communities in public-private partnerships to help foster creative redevelopment and funding strategies for brownfields and energy sites, and has been directly responsible for developing public relations and community outreach strategies for a number of high-profile, large-scale national redevelopment projects. She routinely provides media counsel and shares her in-depth regulatory, legislative, marketing, and program knowledge with staff and clients. Kara's niche expertise is a unique blend of her previous experience as a nationally-recognized environmental consultant, a media relations coordinator for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and a former newspaper reporter. She is the author of numerous environmental articles and papers, has presented at local and national environmental and public relations conferences, and serves on a variety of professional boards and committees. Among other accomplishments, Kara was invited by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in fall 2009 to guest lecture on funding strategies for sustainable design projects, and received the 2001 George B. Garrett Professionalism Award, Ohio EPA’s highest award for professional excellence.

 

Matt Ashby Urban Planner Ayres Associates
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Matt Ashby

Urban Planner
Ayres Associates

Matt is a revitalist with a unique skill set that helps bridge vision and implementation. After 15 years of public sector service, Matt made the leap to the private sector, using his local government roots to help communities advance their vision. Matt is well versed in downtown development, code writing, and brownfield revitalization, merging these three specialties into a powerful force for good in communities. Recent project highlights include the Cheyenne, WY West Edge district revitalization, and the Lamar, CO Prairie Crossroads brownfield initiative. Educated at the University of Colorado, Ashby holds dual Master’s Degrees in Urban Design and Urban & Regional Planning.

 

Karla Auker EPA Region 5 Brownfields Grant Project Officer U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Karla Auker

EPA Region 5 Brownfields Grant Project Officer
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Karla Auker is a Brownfields Project Officer/Project Manager for U.S.EPA Region V stationed in Westlake Ohio. Karla’s primary focus is helping USEPA Brownfields assessment, clean up, and revolving loan fund grantees successfully use their grants to facilitate sustainable brownfields redevelopment. In addition to her Brownfields work, Karla also works closely with Ohio EPA and the Cleveland Cuyahoga County Port Authority on the issue of beneficial reuse of sediments dredged from the rivers and harbors in the Lake Erie watershed. Karla also leverages her knowledge of Great Lakes sediment issues and Cleveland location to assist USEPA’s Great Lakes National Program with Great Lakes Legacy Act sediment remediation projects along the Cuyahoga River. Karla’s been with U.S.EPA for 26 years; 17 years in her current position and 9 years as an On-Scene Coordinator in Superfund’s Emergency Response Branch. Prior to joining U.S. EPA, Karla worked for Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization. Karla is a Certified Professional Geologist, has a B.S in Geology, and an M.S. in Environmental Geology from the University of Akron.

 

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Roch Baamonde Senior Advisor U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Roch Baamonde

Senior Advisor
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

I have been with EPA since 1986, where I started as an Environmental Engineer. For about the last twenty years I have been a part of the grants community, serving as the Grants Management Officer in EPA Region 2 for 15 years, and more recently as a Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office of Grants and Debarment in Washington, D.C. I have extensive experience on the administrative side of the Brownfields Program, having awarded and managed hundreds of Brownfields grants since the program’s inception.

 

Melanie Bachman Executive Director Connecticut Siting Council
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Melanie Bachman

Executive Director
Connecticut Siting Council

Connecticut Siting Council Executive Director since 2013 Connecticut Siting Council Staff Attorney since 2008 Prior experience as real estate and land use associate for small law firm, state’s attorney for regionalized infractions adjudications and adjunct legal studies professor at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT BS in Management Systems from Fordham University JD focus in Environmental Law from UCONN Law School

 

Linda Balcom, P.G. Program Manager Weston Solutions, Inc.
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Linda Balcom, P.G.

Program Manager
Weston Solutions, Inc.

Linda Balcom, P.G., Program Manager, Weston Solutions, Inc., Ms. Balcom is a professional geologist that works with communities that have been affected by the redevelopment challenges associated with environmental and economic issues. Focused on creating environmentally sound economic development strategies, Ms. Balcom has worked for over 20 years to support local development authorities transform idled federal assets into redevelopment results.

 

Sara Bals Senior Project Engineer SME
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Sara Bals

Senior Project Engineer
SME

Ms. Bals is a Senior Project Engineer with 12 years of experience in the acquisition of brownfield incentives for commercial and industrial redevelopments. She provides management and technical direction for a broad range of tasks that include securing and utilizing EPA Brownfields Grants, Michigan brownfields incentives, site investigation planning and implementation, regulatory reporting, and air emissions and Toxic Release Inventory (TRI). Sara manages SME’s U.S. EPA brownfields grant program and coordinates preparation of and compliance with Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs) for various grantee communities across Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. This includes managing and maintaining SME environmental group’s standard operating procedures (SOPs) and quality assurance/quality control practices. Ms. Bals is responsible for writing 20 successful U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfield Assessment/Cleanup grants totaling over $9.5 million dollars for Michigan and Indiana communities from 2007 through 2019.

 

Jessica Barlow Vice President, EPIC Network Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network
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Jessica Barlow

Vice President, EPIC Network
Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network

Barlow is a professor and director of the Center for Regional Sustainability (CRS) at San Diego State University. She teaches and conducts research on language acquisition and bilingualism and serves on her university’s climate action planning council and senate sustainability committee. Within CRS, Barlow oversees the Sage Project, a replication of the Educational Partnership for Innovation in Communities (EPIC) Model. Barlow also has led sustainability-focused study abroad programs for students and curricular workshops for faculty.

 

Beth Barton Day Pitney
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Beth Barton


Day Pitney

Beth Barton is a partner with the law firm of Day Pitney, resident in Day Pitney’s Hartford, Connecticut office. She has more than 30 years of experience in environmental and land use litigation, permitting and consultation, at the federal, state and local levels. This experience includes legal services for clients involved in manufacturing, energy and utilities, real estate, project development, and restructuring. Beth works with a diverse array of clients on resource planning and environmental compliance, project implementation, environmental considerations in transactions, Brownfields’ repurposing, environmental investigation and remediation, and cost recovery and contribution litigation. Over the years, Beth has provided legal services in support of innovative development projects, including large Brownfield restoration projects within and outside of Connecticut as well as smaller urban initiatives. Beth writes and speaks often on environmental and land use topics. She has appeared in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, Law360, Connecticut Law Tribune, Bloomberg BNA, Brownfield Renewal, and New England Real Estate Journal. She is also actively involved in leadership positions in her field and the broader community. She is on the Board of Directors of the New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) and the Board of Directors of the New England Council, and she is presently the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut. Recently, Beth served on the Connecticut Water Planning Council Steering Committee for development of the State Water Plan and presently she is serving as an appointed member of the legislatively-created Connecticut Transfer Act Working Group. Beth is graduate of Tufts University and the University of Connecticut School of Law.

 

Liz Becher Community Development Director City of Casper, WY
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Liz Becher

Community Development Director
City of Casper, WY

 

James Becker President and CEO Richmond Community Foundation
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James Becker

President and CEO
Richmond Community Foundation

Jim Becker joined the Richmond Community Foundation in 2005, becoming its President and CEO in 2014. Mr. Becker served on the Berkeley Global Campus Community Working Group and currently co-chairs the Ensuring Opportunity Campaign to End Poverty in Contra Costa County. He also serves on the Advisory Council for John F. Kennedy University’s Sanford Institute on Philanthropy. He was recognized in 2013 as a Contra Costa County Man of Merit, and in 2015 received the United Way of the Bay Area’s Dream Award for his work to end poverty. Mr. Becker began his career working for the Minneapolis YMCA and has worked to strengthen families and build communities for more than 30 years. He chaired the Contra Costa Tobacco Prevention Task Force that wrote the first county smoke free work place ordinance in the United States. He led the Family Preservation and Support Collaborative in North Richmond, which resulted in successful integration of county and nonprofit services. At the request of Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, he served on a children’s services panel with First Lady Hilary Clinton, and also served on the State Advisory Board for Child Development and Home Instruction with California First Lady Sharon Davis. He currently leads an innovative blighted housing strategy financed by a new type of social impact bond. Mr. Becker received his BA in Anthropology from Grinnell College, and his MA in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota.

 

Brian Beckon Vice President Cutting Edge Capital
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Brian Beckon

Vice President
Cutting Edge Capital

Brian is an attorney with over twenty-five years of experience working for nonprofits, start-ups, and publicly-traded companies. As a principal of both Cutting Edge Capital and Cutting Edge Counsel, Brian’s work is now focused on direct public offerings, corporate structuring, and strategies for community capital to help build a more equitable economy. Brian has served as General Counsel for RSF Social Finance, Clean Power Finance, and LendZoan; and before that as Corporate Counsel for Sybase and Catellus Development Corporation. He earned his J.D. from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and started his legal career with the North Bay law firm of Gaw Van Male. Brian is a member of the California Bar and serves on the boards of the Mount Diablo Music Education Foundation and the Neto Community Network.

 

Jason Bench Planning Division Manager City of Orem
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Jason Bench

Planning Division Manager
City of Orem

Jason Bench, AICP is the Planning Division Manager in the Development Services Department for the City of Orem, Utah. He has over 24 years of planning experience in both county and municipal government and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Jason holds a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Utah State University and a Master’s degree in Geography with an Emphasis in Planning from Brigham Young University.

 

Karen Benetti General Manager Shell
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Karen Benetti

General Manager
Shell

Karen Benetti is the General Manager for Shell’s Post-Closing Rights & Obligations business, where she oversees hundreds of global projects that span environmental, legal, tax, pension, third-party claims, redundant assets/real estate and other obligations. Prior to this position, she led Shell’s global Soil and Groundwater Risk Management and Advocacy team, driving wider acceptance of sustainable risk-based solutions that mitigate unnecessary financial, legal and reputational burdens for the business. She joined Shell/Motiva as the U.S. Retail Engineering and Compliance Manager. She has proven to be a leader who can successfully develop and execute strategies to ensure businesses manage risks while enhancing reputation and realizing significant value-creation opportunities. Before Shell, she was the Director of Environmental Affairs for the largest privately owned, multi-branded independent petroleum wholesaler in the United States. She began her professional career working for an international electric utility company in various engineering, HSSE, regulatory and operations roles. Karen is most proud that she’s been recognized for her visible HSSE leadership, receiving company-wide awards for this distinction. She has a strong record of developing lasting internal and external relationships in order to influence and connect with diverse constituencies. In her all roles, the consistent thread is that she drove talent development through coaching and mentoring, and embraces all aspects of diversity on her teams. Her passions include her two children – Nicollette and Nathaniel – food, and enjoying the outdoors. When she’s not working, you can find her fishing, volunteering or cheering for her son as he competes in ice hockey.

 

Steven Black Transaction Manager RACER Trust
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Steven Black

Transaction Manager
RACER Trust

Steven Black is Transaction Manager for RACER Trust, an environmental response trust established as a qualified settlement fund, created by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in 2011 to assume title to, clean up, reposition and sell the properties abandoned by GM in its 2009 bankruptcy. The portfolio consisted of 44 million square feet in 66 buildings on 7,000 acres of land at 89 locations in 14 states. The Trust’s mandate, as stipulated in a 2010 Consent Decree and Settlement Agreement entered into by the U.S., the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and the 14 states, is to sell these properties to buyers who will invest in new development, restore tax base and create jobs to help the communities hurt by GM’s bankruptcy. Mr. Black works to implement RACER’s real estate redevelopment strategy by coordinating efforts of internal and external partners to drive the sale, lease and license of RACER’s former GM properties. He is a key part of a real estate sales team that has completed more than 70 sales, resulting in pledges of more than $2.3 billion in private investment and 16,400 jobs. He is a Certified Economic Developer and has extensive experience in brownfield redevelopment and economic development, having served eight years as Deputy City Manager of Community Development for Bay City, Michigan, before joining RACER. He previously was Vice President of Saginaw Future, Inc., a regional economic development agency.

 

Nova Blazej Project Manager U.S. EPA Region 9
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Nova Blazej

Project Manager
U.S. EPA Region 9

Nova Blazej is a project manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with over 20 years of experience in sustainable development. Nova has worked on a broad range of project types, including large-scale transportation projects, military installations and community-level brownfields redevelopment and workforce development. Nova has a Bachelor of Arts and Masters degrees from the University of California, Berkeley with expertise in environmental and urban planning.

 

Simon Bluestone Vice President Stantec
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Simon Bluestone

Vice President
Stantec

Simon has been delivering environmental, water and energy solutions to private and governmental clients for over 34 years. He serves as Stantec’s Environmental Sector Leader in the Pacific and Northwest US, delivering multi-disciplinary solutions to public and private sector clients in community development, water, power, transportation, manufacturing and related sectors. He is an American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists Board Certified Environmental Scientist, a Coro Executive Fellow and a California Professional Geologist with dual bachelor’s degrees from the University of California in Aquatic Biology and Geology and a master’s degree in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco. He has successfully served in multiple operational leadership roles and spent 9 years practicing in Europe, Africa the Middle East and India, in project delivery, regional client service management and then corporate strategy and operational leadership functions. Simon serves as an inaugural Director and Treasurer for the non-profit Infrastructure Funding Alliance. He has helped clients develop brownfield redevelopment strategies and delivered large-scale revitalization projects involving multiple industries and communities. He currently resides in Pasadena, California.

 

Susan Bodine Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Susan Bodine

Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Susan Bodine is the Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA). Prior to this position, Susan served as Chief Counsel for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and previously worked for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. This is Susan’s second position at EPA, having served as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (now the Office of Land and Emergency Management) from 2006 to 2009. Susan has also practiced environmental law at Covington and Burling LLP and at Barnes and Thornburg LLP. Susan is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

 

Craig Boehr Attorney U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Craig Boehr

Attorney
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Craig Boehr is an attorney-advisor in the Policy and Program Evaluation Division of the Office of Site Remediation Enforcement within EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA). Craig began his current position at EPA in 2011. He specializes in enforcement issues related to the 2002 Brownfields Amendments to Superfund, institutional controls, and the reuse of contaminated properties. Over the past two years, he has served as the lead drafter for OECA's "Common Elements Guidance," the core enforcement document that discusses the three "self-implementing" landowner liability protections of the Brownfields Amendments. Craig received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He received his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was an Executive Editor for the San Diego Law Review. As a law student, he clerked at the Environmental Enforcement Section of the United States Department of Justice and interned at San Diego Coastkeeper's Environmental Law and Policy Clinic.

 

Sue Boyle Senior Consltant at GEI Consultants; Executive Director of BCONE GEI Consultants, Inc.
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Sue Boyle

Senior Consltant at GEI Consultants; Executive Director of BCONE
GEI Consultants, Inc.

Sue Boyle, senior consultant at GEI Consultants, Inc., is known for her management of the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast (BCONE), the NYC Brownfield Partnership and the NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association (LSRPA). Many know Sue from her various roles during her first career as a senior manager for the State of NJ, which included serving as Assistant Commissioner for Site Remediation. Recently added to Ms. Boyle's resume is her membership on the Nature Conservancy NJ Chapter's Conservation Council. A long-time presenter at the National Brownfield Conferences, Ms. Boyle also presents at brownfield and remediation events and continuing education courses throughout the NJ/NY/PA region. She writes extensively on remediation and brownfield issues for the eblasts of the three organizations she directs.

 

Patrick Bravo Director, Summit County Land Bank Summit County Land Bank, OH
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Patrick Bravo

Director, Summit County Land Bank
Summit County Land Bank, OH

 

Danielle Brazille General Manager - Department of Cultural Affairs City of Los Angeles, CA
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Danielle Brazille

General Manager - Department of Cultural Affairs
City of Los Angeles, CA

 

Ross Brittain Environmental Toxicologist WV Department of Environmental Protection
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Ross Brittain

Environmental Toxicologist
WV Department of Environmental Protection

I have a Masters of Public Affairs and a PhD in Environmental Science from Indiana University, Bloomington. My experience prior to WVDEP includes CERCLA Site Investigation and Risk Assessment for the IN Department of Environmental Management, as well as Dean of the College of Science at Alderson Broaddus University in WV.

 

Stephen Brower Principal Geoscientist Environmental Standards
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Stephen Brower

Principal Geoscientist
Environmental Standards

Mr. Brower has more than 28 years of experience as a geologist/hydrogeologist for engineering and environmental consulting firms conducting subsurface soil and groundwater investigations. As the Director of Geoscience, he is responsible for department oversight and management of field and office activities associated with site investigations and remediation. Additional responsibilities include client and regulatory communications, cost estimating and work plan preparation, field oversight and management, regulatory interpretation, data evaluation, report preparation, and overall management of project direction and completion. Mr. Brower’s experience includes managing and participating in brownfield redevelopment projects at more than 50 sites throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. He has managed risk-based investigations, developed and implemented quality assurance programs, managed multi-million dollar remediation projects, performed landfill investigations, and managed the installation of soil and groundwater remediation systems for petroleum-contaminated and chlorinated hydrocarbon-contaminated sites. He has also conducted and managed pilot studies for soil-vapor extraction and groundwater pump and treat design parameters. Mr. Brower has also performed multiple field audits on groundwater sampling, surface water sampling, ambient air monitoring, soil sampling, and vapor sampling programs. Mr. Brower is a Licensed Professional Geologist in Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, New York, and Kentucky and a Licensed Remediation Specialist in West Virginia.

 

Deb Brown
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Deb Brown


is a small-town enthusiast, empty buildings filler and expert for small towns. Her practical approach for getting communities into action right away has been shared at national conferences to the local Rotary groups and everything in between. A wealth of experience includes foreign casualty insurance underwriting, bartending, managing internet stores and luggage stores, selling knives, leading a chamber and working with small towns. Deb has lived in tiny towns, small towns, small cities and a major metro city. Yet, she’s come home to a small town and travels to many others to help. She collaborates with Becky McCray at www.saveyour.town and has her own business www.BuildingPossibility.com. Deb has the ability to listen, find the truths in what is working and what isn’t, and share ideas for the future along with many small town examples. Deb is a relentless optimist and knows how to build possibility in your small town. Better yet, she inspires you to take small steps towards a brighter future for your community. Deb has keynoted at Western Area Chamber Executives, Colorado Hospital Association Rural Health and Hospitals Conference, Women’s Business Conference in Kearney, NE, Building Communities Tourism Conference in Clear Lake, Iowa, Reviving Rural Downtowns in Adams County, Washington, Rural X Summit in Aberdeen, SD, R2R in Portland, OR, and Rural Economic Development Conference. Deb has lead workshops at Michigan Association of Planners, National Association of Development Organizations, Nebraska Catalyst Program, and International Economic Development Conference. She did a TEDx presentation about empty buildings in Brookings, SD. She has traveled the United States embedding herself in small towns for a week for Embedded Community Experiences in places like Roscommon County, Michigan, Columbiana, Ohio, and Bennettsville, South Carolina, just to name a few.

 

Steve Buck City Manager City of Sanford, Maine
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Steve Buck

City Manager
City of Sanford, Maine

Steve became Town Manager of Sanford in August 2012 and City Manager on January 1, 2013, when Sanford became Maine's newest city. Under his leadership, the City of Sanford has taken a progressive approach to economic growth, with a focus on fostering beneficial public-private partnerships like the Sanford Airport Solar Project - a utility-grade solar installation being built by a private company on land it is leasing from the Sanford-Seacoast Regional Airport - and the SanfordNet Fiber project, an ultra-high speed fiber optic internet network owned by the City that will provide unprecedented speed and bandwidth to businesses, schools, hospitals and other anchor institutions. Before coming to Sanford, Steve served as city manager in Caribou, Maine, for twelve years. He has worked on such large scale projects as the Eastland Superfund Site, Howes Corner Superfund Site, numerous local road projects, landfill closures, municipal building and school construction, and the construction of the first leg of the North South Highway in Aroostook County, specifically 4.5 miles of limited access highway through the City of Caribou. Prior to being employed as a City Manager, Steve was self-employed in a multi-generational agricultural operation and founded a marketing, warehousing, and east coast distribution corporation for agricultural products. While self-employed, he served for 16 years as an elected official as well as on numerous State and local boards. He has also served on the Board of Directors for two Maine Hospitals and has founded and consulted on a number of municipal ambulance services. Steve has served on the board of Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council since 2012 and serves on the Board of Directors for Southern Maine Health Care. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Linc Stackpole Manager of the Year Award from the Maine Town, City and County Managers Association. The award is given to a Public Administrator who has contributed to the public management field in an outstanding fashion. The award recognizes professionalism, integrity, leadership, and the confidence and respect of the recipient's peers. Recipients also must demonstrate a socially responsible approach towards their community; concern for the well-being, support and growth of their municipal colleagues; and contribution and service beyond their community of service through organizations at regional, state and national levels.

 

Eric Byous Brownfields Project Manager U.S. EPA Region 9
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Eric Byous

Brownfields Project Manager
U.S. EPA Region 9

Eric is a Brownfields Project Manager with U.S. EPA Region 9 in San Francisco, California. He primarily works on projects in Northern California and promotes renewable energy, climate resiliency, and water quality improvement projects in addition to traditional brownfields redevelopment projects.

 

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Tom Carroll Village Manager Village of Silverton, OH
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Tom Carroll

Village Manager
Village of Silverton, OH

 

Samantha Chagnon Assistant Director of Loan Services/Director of Brownfields Bear Paw Development Corporation
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Samantha Chagnon

Assistant Director of Loan Services/Director of Brownfields
Bear Paw Development Corporation

Samantha Chagnon is from Aiken, South Carolina, and has lived in Havre, Montana, for the past 7 years working in the nonprofit sector. From 2012-2015, Samantha worked for Opportunity Link, Inc. as the Outreach Manager for a HUD-funded regional planning project focused on sustainable community development. In 2015, Samantha began her work at Bear Paw Development Corporation, a federally-recognized Economic Development District, which provides economic and community services to rural and frontier communities in an area that includes five counties and two Indian reservations. She is currently the Assistant Director of Loan Services and Director of Brownfields. Samantha assists local entrepreneurs to finance small business startups and expansions. She also manages one of Montana’s largest brownfields programs, helping landowners with the assessment and cleanup of environmentally contaminated properties in northcentral Montana. Samantha has often found EPA brownfields funding to be the linchpin in transforming blighted properties into successful redevelopment projects. Whether its transforming a gas station into a brewery, or an abandoned grocery store into a new library, she has seen brownfields funding and unique collaborations work together to spur economic growth and community revitalization in extremely rural areas of Montana.

 

Eileen Christensen Principal BEC Environmental, Inc.
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Eileen Christensen

Principal
BEC Environmental, Inc.

Eileen Christensen is the President and Principal Scientist for BEC Environmental, Inc., which she founded in 2002. She has more than 25 years of experience in environmental, health, and safety consulting, serving as Project Manager for a variety of environmental projects for local, federal, and foreign governments and private industry. She is a former member of the Nevada State Office of Energy’s Energy Economy Strike Force and is an active associate member of the Nevada Association of Counties, American Council of Engineering Companies, Nevada Contractors Association, and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. Eileen’s work focuses on the beneficial nexus between brownfields, infrastructure, clean energy, water resources, and socio-economics.

 

Jennifer Clancey KSU TAB Partner Kansas State University Technical Assistance to Brownfields (KSU TAB)
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Jennifer Clancey

KSU TAB Partner
Kansas State University Technical Assistance to Brownfields (KSU TAB)

Jennifer Clancey is a Kansas State University Technical Assistance to Brownfields (KSU TAB) Partner collaborating on tribal initiatives. With years of experience in community revitalization and brownfields redevelopment, she takes great pride in working with communities that have been historically underserved by assisting them with realizing their community vision and working to implement this vision in order to bring about meaningful and beneficial change.

 

Brian Clark Shareholder Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
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Brian Clark

Shareholder
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Brian Clark has a diverse practice that spans 30 years and covers three primary areas: environmental counseling, administrative and toxic tort litigation and governmental relations. As chair of the firm's Environmental practice group, Brian handles a variety of complex energy transactions, permitting compliance issues, litigation involving oil and gas producers and midstream companies, and transactions involving Brownfield properties for commercial, industrial and energy clients ranging from family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies. He counsels energy clients on corporate governance and environmental permits, as well as state funding sources.

 

Zachery Clayton Manager - Environmental Land Use and Planning City and County of Denver
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Zachery Clayton

Manager - Environmental Land Use and Planning
City and County of Denver

Zachery Clayton is the Manager of Environmental Land Use and Planning (ELUP) within the Department of Environmental Health for the City and County of Denver. The ELUP team addresses a wide array of overlapping land use issues such as the relationship between land use and transportation systems, the relationship between economic development and environmental protection, open space preservation, brownfield redevelopment, transboundary environmental issues and environmental justice. Mr. Clayton comes to Denver from Chicago where he was employed by the City of Chicago to oversee work including urban management, Brownfields Redevelopment, environmental site assessments, and many other environmental, health and safety related programs. Previous experience also includes environmental consulting in the Midwest and Southeast United States.

 

Lamont Cobb City of Los Angeles, CA
Travis Coburn Senior Project Engineer Ninyo and Moore
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Travis Coburn

Senior Project Engineer
Ninyo and Moore

Mr. Travis Coburn is a Senior Project Engineer for Ninyo & Moore with comprehensive experience implementing technical programs in both the environmental and geotechnical sectors. As an environmental engineer, Mr. Coburn’s emphasis has been on environmental compliance; storm water pollution prevention, contaminated site investigation; methane surveys and mitigation design, remedial system design and installation; system startup, operation and maintenance; site monitoring and sampling; and preparing site closure documents. Mr. Coburn has supervised the preparation of feasibility studies and cost estimates, the completion of remedial design documents and bid packages, securing permits, and supervised treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials. He has worked with a wide-range of federal, local government, industrial, and commercial clients. Mr. Coburn is a California-registered Civil Engineer and a Qualified SWPPP Developer, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from California State Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo.

 

Christopher Coes
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Christopher Coes


Christopher Coes is the Vice President of Land Use and Development at Smart Growth America. Under his leadership, he oversees Smart Growth America’s real estate programs including LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors, Form Based Codes Institute and TOD Finance and Advisors, Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of Smart Growth America. Christopher has led LOCUS and Smart Growth America’s national and regional public policy and advocacy efforts on a range of issues including securing over $20 billion in transit-oriented development and local infrastructure financing in the recent federal transportation legislation, FAST Act. Under Christopher’s leadership, LOCUS has grown to become a national leader known to be unafraid to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing the smart growth real estate industry today. In 2014, Christopher launched the Attainable Housing and Social Equity Initiative which has assisted local communities to develop place-based, market-driven strategies aimed at encouraging economic growth while ensuring accessibility and social equity in great walkable urban places. Over the past nine years, Christopher has advised cities on community revitalization and sustainable and equitable economic development, including serving as an advisor to USDOT’s LadderSTEP Pilot Cities (Atlanta and Baton Rouge). In addition, he has facilitated numerous deal-making opportunities that have produced over $1 billion in new smart growth real estate deals. Prior to joining LOCUS, Christopher served as a Consultant for Government Affairs and Campaigns at M+R Strategic Services. As a consultant, Christopher worked with various clients including Transportation for America – a broad, diverse and unprecedented coalition advocating for a national vision for a 21st-century transportation system. For three years, Christopher served as Transportation for America’s Senior Campaign Advisor and Deputy Director. In addition to his work on transportation and real estate issues, Christopher brings over fifteen years of experience in government relations, advocacy and coalition building and program management. He currently serves as an active member of Urban Land Institute (TOD Product Council, the Real Estate Executive Council and serves as Treasurer and the Board of Directors Director of African American Real Estate Professional of DC. Christopher received a BA/MA in Government and Politics from St. John’s University, specializing in Public Administration.

 

Sarah Coffin, PhD, AICP Associate Professor Saint Louis University
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Sarah Coffin, PhD, AICP

Associate Professor
Saint Louis University

Sarah Coffin is an associate professor of urban planning at Saint Louis University in the School of Social Work where she directs the masters in Urban Planning and Development Program. Trained as an urban planner, her work focuses on the economic development challenges facing post-industrial regions. Sarah has published articles that examine the impacts of brownfields, vacant properties, and more recently development incentives on weak market economies and whether new ways of framing the redevelopment question might provide positive benefits for distressed communities. Sarah holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Design, and Development from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Lake Erie College and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

 

Maria Coler CEO and Founder Hydrotechnology Consultants, Inc.
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Maria Coler

CEO and Founder
Hydrotechnology Consultants, Inc.

Maria Coler is CEO and founder of Hydrotechnology Consultants, Inc., (HCI) a 100% women-owned, environmental consulting firm employing state-of-the-art technologies to remediate brownfield sites. Ms. Coler believes that brownfields are the building blocks of green cities and she aims to help developers and investors unlock their latent value. Ms. Coler is a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) with the State of New Jersey, a LEED Accredited Professional with the U.S. Green Building Council, and an alumna of the Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses program. Ms. Coler holds a B.S. in Environmental Science, a B.A. in Physics and a minor in English Literature from Rutgers University. Since founding HCI in 1994, Ms. Coler has overseen the remediation of hundreds of sites. Her firm is retained by developers requiring creative and cost-effective solutions, and her expert testimony has been instrumental in obtaining large legal settlements for clients. By way of example, HCI performed due diligence for the equity investor on the largest redevelopment in U.S. history—the Hudson Yards project, located in Manhattan. Ms. Coler has leveraged her firm’s resources and personnel in an effort to move the industry forward into the 21st century. She has developed a comprehensive suite of proprietary software to manage her firm’s operations, projects, personnel and clients; retain institutional data and knowledge; and generate accurate cost risk estimates via statistical modeling and other techniques. Her aim is nothing less than to move the industry toward crowdsourcing the remediation of the planet by harnessing the power of big data, streamlining work flow processes, and designing standardized methodologies. Ms. Coler served on the Governor's Task Force for the New Jersey Highlands Council as an expert regarding the impact of contaminated properties on the potable water supply. She sits on the advisory board of the Brownfield Coalition of the North East (BCONE) and on the board of Hands on the World Global, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing drinking water and creating sustainable hubs at schools in the developing world with large orphan populations.

 

Meaghan Colligan Holland & Knight
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Meaghan Colligan


Holland & Knight

Meaghan focuses her nationwide practice on providing comprehensive representation to brownfields developers. She assists with due diligence, project development, cleanups, development, and compliance.

 

Stephen Collins Executive Vice President Commercial Development Company, Inc.
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Stephen Collins

Executive Vice President
Commercial Development Company, Inc.

Mr. Collins is Executive Vice President of Redevelopment at Commercial Development Company, Inc. In this position, Stephen is responsible for developing CDC sites and finding new investment opportunities. Mr. Collins has acquired over 70 Brownfield sites and overseen redevelopment of many of these sites. The ultimate value of his acquisitions will exceed $1.5 billion after remediation and redevelopment. With 35+ years of experience in local government and real estate development, Mr. Collins is a Brownfield redevelopment leader who understands how to craft win-win solutions to balance benefits to CDC, Sellers and local communities.

 

Jasmin M. Contreras EPA
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Jasmin M. Contreras


EPA

Jasmin Muriel is an Environmental Protection Specialist for the Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Jasmin has worked in a variety of roles at OEJ for the last 8 years. She started in the office as the EJ coordinator for several years and transition to become the NEJAC DFO for close to two years. After returning from a detail in OECA Office of Compliance, Jasmin worked to develop and host the Community Involvement Training Program in Kansas City, MO. Currently, Jasmin is working to provide enhanced community support to the city of Savannah, GA and is collaborating with community leaders, state, federal, and other stakeholders. Jasmin has a B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Biology from North Carolina Central University and a M.S. in Public Policy from the University of Maryland-College Park.

 

Keary Cragan U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Keary Cragan


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

 

Stephanie Cushing Director of Environmental Health San Francisco Department of Public Health
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Stephanie Cushing

Director of Environmental Health
San Francisco Department of Public Health

 

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Kevin Daehnke President Center for Strategic Policy Innovation
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Kevin Daehnke

President
Center for Strategic Policy Innovation

 

Todd Davis CEO Hemisphere Brownfield Group LLC
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Todd Davis

CEO
Hemisphere Brownfield Group LLC

Todd S. Davis, Esq. is the Chief Executive Officer of Hemisphere Brownfield Group LLC and Hemisphere Brownfield Consulting LLC. Mr. Davis focuses his work on all aspects of redeveloping contaminated property and the environmental aspects of real estate transactions. In this role, he has actively acquired numerous sites for Hemisphere’s portfolio and provided strategic advice in hundreds of transactions, including a number of the nation’s largest and most sophisticated brownfield redevelopments. Mr. Davis has been widely published in treatises, periodicals and newspapers. He is the principal author of an extensive 1,100-page treatise on redeveloping brownfield sites nationally, entitled Brownfields: A Comprehensive Guide to Redeveloping Contaminated Property (3rd Ed. 2010), published by the American Bar Association (ABA). He has contributed to a number of national publications on environmental law, including the Urban Land Institute’s book on brownfield redevelopment, Environmental Aspects of Real Estate and Commercial Transactions: From Brownfields to Green Buildings (4th Ed. ABA 2011) and Implementing Institutional Controls at Brownfields and Other Contaminated Sites (2nd Ed. ABA 2012). Mr. Davis was selected by the ABA to respond to media inquiries involving brownfields. He lectures often on topics related to the brownfield industry. He recently served as Co-Chair of the ABA’s “Master Class on Complex Environmental Liability Resolution.” Mr. Davis served on the national Board of Directors for the National Brownfield Association, as Chairman of the ABA’s Government and Private Sector Innovation Committee and currently is a Vice Chairman of the ABA’s Environmental Transactions and Brownfields Committee.

 

Ignacio Dayrit Director of Programs The Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR)
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Ignacio Dayrit

Director of Programs
The Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR)

Ignacio is a brownfield redevelopment expert, and since 2009, has been assisting communities reuse blighted properties through grants, technical assistance, training, and stakeholder outreach. Prior to joining CCLR, he spent 20 years with the City of Emeryville's Redevelopment Agency, where he was responsible for the city's Brownfield Program.

 

Christopher De Sousa Professor School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University
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Christopher De Sousa

Professor
School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University

Christopher De Sousa is a Professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University; having also served as Director from 2011 to 2018. Prior to this, he was Chair of Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a faculty member in Urban Planning, Geography, and Urban Studies. His research activities focus on various aspects of brownfields redevelopment and sustainability in Canada and the United States. He is currently the President of the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN), a Steering Committee Member on the U.S. ATSDR Brownfields/Land Reuse Health Initiative, and on the Executive Committee for Ryerson’s Center for Urban Research and Land Development. Professor De Sousa is the proud recipient of Canada’s 2018 Brownfielder of the Year award.

 

Jessica DeBone Regional Manager - Economic Incentives PM Environmental, Inc.
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Jessica DeBone

Regional Manager - Economic Incentives
PM Environmental, Inc.

Ms. DeBone specializes in Brownfield and Economic Development Incentives including EPA Brownfield Grants and holds a B.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from a Planning Accredited Board program. She is experienced in the successful procurement and/or management of approximately $60 million in local and state incentive programs and $8.4 million in EPA Brownfield Grant awards and focuses on a variety of projects including rural, urban mixed-use and large industrial developments.

 

Bill Denman Chief, Redevelopment & Chemicals Branch U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Southeast Region
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Bill Denman

Chief, Redevelopment & Chemicals Branch
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Southeast Region

Bill Denman is chief of the Redevelopment and Chemicals Branch in EPA’s southeast regional office where he manages implementation of the Brownfields, Sustainability and Chemical Safety programs. Bill has a long career in managing the cleanup and redevelopment of land. He has led multiple cleanup programs under Superfund and RCRA, working in EPA’s Superfund program for nearly 20 years as a site cleanup project manager, land redevelopment coordinator and section chief. He has helped facilitate the sale and redevelopment of many Superfund sites throughout the southeast and has had major influence in the development of national EPA policy related to the redevelopment of contaminated land. Prior to working in the Superfund program, Bill worked in EPA's Air Program and for the U.S. Navy, designing and testing diving systems for U.S. Navy divers. Bill has a master’s degree in Sustainability from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University. He is a frequent guest lecturer on the topic of redeveloping contaminated properties for graduate classes at Harvard, Emory, Georgia Tech, and Georgia State and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Georgia.

 

Jay Dick Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs Americans for the Arts
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Jay Dick

Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs
Americans for the Arts

Jay Dick is the Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs at Americans for the Arts where he works to educate and inform elected officials about the value of the arts and culture. As a twenty-five-year veteran of K Street, Capitol Hill, the private sector, and federal, state, and local campaigns, Jay possesses a tremendous body of knowledge in the field of arts policy, government, the legislative process, and grassroots advocacy. He is a nationally recognized speaker on these topics having designed and overseen many initiatives. Jay is regularly interviewed by the media and testifies in front of legislative bodies as an expert on these topics and on Americans for the Arts’ legislative positions. With the mandate to positively affect the policies that promote state and local funding and expansion of the arts, Jay works closely with the Americans for the Arts’ members, local arts agencies, state arts advocacy organizations and other key stakeholders to accomplish this goal. Further, he oversees Americans for the Arts’ Public Partnerships and works closely with the members and staffs of the National Governors Association, National Lt. Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislators, National Association of Counties, The United State Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities and ICMA (city/county managers). Jay has worked at Americans for the Arts for 15 years. Prior, he worked for Capitol Advantage (now CQ Roll Call), a high-tech advocacy company; the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM); and the Society of Plastics Industry (SPI). Jay spent the 1996 campaign cycle working as the Field Director for a congressional campaign in Iowa’s 3rd District and began his career with the United States Senate where he served on the personal staff of Tom Harkin (IA) and then Frank Lautenberg (NJ). Jay was appointed in 2014 by Virginia Governor McAuliffe to serve a five-year term as a Commissioner for the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Until recently, he also served on the Board of ARTSFAIRFAX where he chaired their advocacy committee. Jay received his B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in American History from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa in 1993. Advocacy for the arts is his job but also his passion.

 

Kim Dillon Environmental Specialist Associate Port of Long Beach
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Kim Dillon

Environmental Specialist Associate
Port of Long Beach

Environmental Specialist Associate with experience in remediation and hazardous waste compliance who thrives on tight schedules and challenging projects. With a background in geology and years of experience as a project manager, Kim excels at translating ideas into project objectives and tasks to key players to complete a project.

 

Amy Dinn Managing Attorney Lone Star Legal Aid
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Amy Dinn

Managing Attorney
Lone Star Legal Aid

Amy Dinn leads the Environmental Justice Team as part of the Equitable Development Initiative at Lone Star Legal Aid. A 19-year licensed attorney from Houston, Texas, Amy advocates for in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color in a service area that covers 72 counties in the eastern and Gulf Coast regions of Texas. The work of LSLA's Environmental Justice Team includes community education, administrative permitting challenges, and litigation.

 

Katie Doherty Civil Engineer City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering
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Katie Doherty

Civil Engineer
City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering

Project Manager for the Taylor Yard G2 Parcel, Katie Doherty is responsible for remediation and development of the site on behalf of the City of Los Angeles. A registered Professional Engineer in the State of California and Envision Sustainable Professional, her experience is primarily in stormwater quality improvement and habitat restoration projects. Having managed major Los Angeles restorations such as the 2013 rehabilitation of iconic Echo Park Lake and the 2017 ecosystem restoration of the beloved Machado Lake, Ms. Doherty has turned her attention fully to the importance and vast potential of the Los Angeles River. Her skill set of environmental engineering and agency coordination ensure successful delivery of this groundbreaking project.

 

Mollie Dowling Executive Director OAI, Inc.
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Mollie Dowling

Executive Director
OAI, Inc.

Mollie Dowling, Executive Director of OAI, Inc., holds a MA in Community Development and has a passion for creative social change that has grown over 17 years of experience leading large-scale employment and training programs in Chicago, Illinois.

 

Jim Drummond SEE Enrollee U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Jim Drummond


SEE Enrollee U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

James Drummond is a semi-retired attorney who spent most of his 33 year Federal career in EPA's Office of General Counsel in Washington D.C. handling financial assistance law issues for EPA programs including Brownfields, Underground Storage Tanks, and Energy Star. He currently works for EPA in the Senior Environmental Employment Program. Jim entered Federal service in 1979 as a Presidential Management Intern. He has a law degree from Catholic University, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Memphis, and received his undergraduate degree from Rhodes College in 1974. Mr. Drummond is a member of the Maryland Bar.

 

Richard Du Bey
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Richard Du Bey


Richard's practice focuses on environmental and natural resources law and tribal government matters, with an emphasis on environmental regulation and litigation, water and natural resource law, Native American law, administrative law, and inter-governmental negotiations. He counsels private and public sector clients in regulatory program development, compliance and enforcement, environmental risk management, hazardous substance cleanup, natural resource damages, Brownfield development, and tribal economic development. Richard chair's the firm's Tribal Government Practice Group.

 

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Amy Edwards Partner Holland & Knight LLP
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Amy Edwards

Partner
Holland & Knight LLP

Amy L. Edwards is a partner in Holland & Knight's public policy & regulation group, where she is co-chair of the firm's national environment team. She has been practicing environmental and energy law for more than 35 years. She routinely counsels developers, lenders and corporations about effective strategies for structuring real estate and corporate transactions to minimize environmental and financial risk. She also counsels clients on climate change and sustainability issues and represents companies in enforcement proceedings. She developed first-of-its-kind guidance on institutional controls in 2000 as chair of the ASTM Task Group on Institutional Controls. She was an observer/advisor to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws during its development of the Uniform Environmental Covenants Act. Ms. Edwards is the Chair of the ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources and a former member of the board of directors of the Environmental Law Institute.

 

Noemi Emeric-Ford U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Noemi Emeric-Ford


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

 

Robert Ettinger Senior Principal Environmental Scientist Geosyntec
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Robert Ettinger

Senior Principal Environmental Scientist
Geosyntec

Robert Ettinger is a senior principal environmental scientist based in California with nearly 30 years of professional experience. His practice focuses on the fate and transport of contaminants in the unsaturated zone including soil vapor extraction system design, vapor emission estimation, and subsurface contaminant vapor migration to indoor air.

 

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Leonard Farr Principal - Stantec Stantec
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Leonard Farr

Principal - Stantec
Stantec

Mr. Farr is a Principal with Stantec. He is currently managing the implementation of six EPA community-wide assessment grant projects in three western states. He has been conducting brownfield redevelopment projects since the late 1990s, including two Phoenix Award winning projects.

 

Martha Faust Redevelopment Manager Ramsey County Community & Economic Development
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Martha Faust

Redevelopment Manager
Ramsey County Community & Economic Development

Martha Faust is a Redevelopment Manager for Ramsey County’s Department of Community & Economic Development. Her role is to facilitate real estate redevelopment within the County. She serves as the County’s lead on the 427-acre Rice Creek Commons project in Arden Hills, and supports the redevelopment of a 5-acre site along the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. Previously, Ms. Faust served as Executive Director of Minnesota Brownfields, a non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate brownfield redevelopment throughout Minnesota. Ms. Faust received a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School and a B.A. in Economics and French from the University of St. Thomas.

 

Joseph Ferrari Brownfields Project Manager EPA Region 1
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Joseph Ferrari

Brownfields Project Manager
EPA Region 1

 

Jessy Fierro Senior Environmental Specialist CA Department of Toxic Substances Control
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Jessy Fierro

Senior Environmental Specialist
CA Department of Toxic Substances Control

 

Debra Figueroa City Manager City of Glenwood Springs, CO
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Debra Figueroa

City Manager
City of Glenwood Springs, CO

Debra Figueroa, City Manager, Glenwood Springs CO - has served in local government for over 15 years. She has worked in communities across the country including Sarasota, Florida; Salem, Oregon; Carlisle, Pennsylvania; and Glenwood Springs, Colorado with a focus on community redevelopment and city management. She lead the local efforts in Carlisle, PA to implement the Carlisle Urban Redevelopment Plan and working with Sustainable Strategies was able to leverage more than $10 million dollars in federal and state grant funding. Her current work in Glenwood Springs Colorado includes brownfield redevelopment on the confluence of the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers.

 

Tim Fisher Director, Government & External Affairs Council of Development Finance Agencies
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Tim Fisher

Director, Government & External Affairs
Council of Development Finance Agencies

As the Director, Government & External Affairs, Tim Fisher is focused on advancing development finance policy interests at the state and national level, as well as defending the interests of CDFA members on Capitol Hill. In addition to leading CDFA advocacy efforts, Tim authors the annual CDFA Volume Cap Report, the CDFA Federal Policy Agenda, and CDFA federal policy white papers. Tim also coordinates CDFA research on microfinance and manages its international partnerships. Prior to joining CDFA, Fisher worked for the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission, where, under the direction of the Commission’s Public Policy officer, he authored reports on topics ranging from the state of Latino small business ownership in Ohio, to the cultural responsiveness of Ohio’s public institutions. Tim is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and his master’s degree in Latin American Studies.

 

Josh Fout Program Administrator Pulaski County, Arkansas
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Josh Fout

Program Administrator
Pulaski County, Arkansas

Josh has over nine years experience in brownfield redevelopment in the greater Little Rock, Arkansas area. Under his management, the Pulaski County Brownfields has leveraged $78 million dollars in community-driven brownfield redevelopment projects.

 

Jessica Fox Sr. Technical Executive Electric Power Research Institute
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Jessica Fox

Sr. Technical Executive
Electric Power Research Institute

Jessica Fox is a Senior Technical Executive at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a non-profit research institute where she has worked for 17 years on environmental issues related to electricity. She has led EPRI’s $15M per year Water and Ecosystem research team and is an expert in environmental markets and “credit stacking,” ecosystem services, and corporate sustainability. Fox created the EPRI Ohio River Basin Water Quality Trading Project, which is the world’s first interstate trading program for nutrients (http://wqt.epri.com) and won the United States Water Prize in 2015. Fox led EPRI’s Energy Sustainability Interest Group from 2011 through 2016 to become the largest collaborative forum in the industry to strategically advance critical issues related to the sustainable generation and distribution of electricity, including consensus by 45 utilities on sustainability metrics to use to benchmark their companies’ performance (www.epri.com/sustainability). She launched EPRI’s internal corporate social responsibility program in 2016 under EPRI’s Chief Sustainability Officer and CEO, with oversight from EPRI’s Board of Directors. In 2017, Fox was recognized as Top Innovator (The Fantastic Forty) by Public Utilities Fortnightly. In 2018, Ms. Fox launched the EPRI Power-in-Pollinators Initiative http://www.epri.com/pollinators, which already the largest effort in North America focused specifically on pollinator conservation at electric power companies. Her projects have been covered by the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, National Public Radio, Bloomberg, and others. She is a trained “Master Facilitator” and conflict resolution mediator, a member of the United States Ecological Society of America, and a Certified Habitat Steward by the National Wildlife Federation. Ms. Fox has hosted and organized and hosted over 50 workshops to advance clean energy, electric power company sustainability, and consideration for water and ecosystems in our power system. She has authored or coauthored over 75 publications, including compiling 3 books. She previously worked as a molecular biologist leading conservation genetics projects on dragonflies in Costa Rica, at Stanford University sequencing and mapping the human genome, as a manager at a biotech start-up company developing DNA analysis technologies, and as invasive weed field biologist for U.S. Bureau of Land Management. She has a Bachelor’s of Science from University of California at Davis, and a Master’s of Science from Stanford University.

 

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Dan Gallagher Senior Engineering Geologist CA Dept. of Toxic Substances Control
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Dan Gallagher

Senior Engineering Geologist
CA Dept. of Toxic Substances Control

Dan Gallagher is a Senior Engineering Geologist with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control where he provides technical support on RCRA and CERCLA projects. He is the primary author of DTSC’s 2011 vapor intrusion guidance document, and co-author of Cal-EPA’s 2015 Soil Gas Investigation Advisory. He joined DTSC in 1999 after spending five years with Chevron Products Company as an environmental project manager and four years with Chevron Research and Technology Company as a hydrogeologist. He has an MS in geology from the University of Utah and a BS in geology from the University of Southern California, and he is a California Certified Hydrogeologist.

 

Angela Garcia California Department of Toxic Substances Control
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Angela Garcia


California Department of Toxic Substances Control

 

Frank Gardner U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Frank Gardner


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

 

Lori Gay President & CEO Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles County
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Lori Gay

President & CEO
Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles County

 

Carrie Geyer BF Assessment & Redevelopment Project Manager Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE)
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Carrie Geyer

BF Assessment & Redevelopment Project Manager
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE)

Carrie has been involved in EGLE’s Brownfield Redevelopment Program for nearly 15 years, first as a brownfield coordinator and currently, as Program Manager. She has been directly involved in providing assistance to developers and local units of government on numerous brownfield redevelopment projects throughout the state. In addition to overseeing Michigan’s brownfield program, which provides $15M in grant funding to communities each year, Carrie has participated in and facilitated a number of stakeholder workgroups focusing on both brownfield redevelopment and vapor intrusion. She serves as the Region 5 representative and is vice chair of the ASTSWMO Brownfield workgroup, is a licensed professional engineer, and has approximately 25 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, working on a wide variety of projects. Carrie obtained a B.S. in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University.

 

Elizabeth Gilboy Director Community Design Assistance Center, Virginia Tech
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Elizabeth Gilboy

Director
Community Design Assistance Center, Virginia Tech

Elizabeth Gilboy, Director, Community Design Assistance Center (CDAC), Virginia Tech. Established in 1988, the CDAC provides planning and design assistance to under-served communities and non-profit organizations in the areas of landscape architecture, planning, architecture, and interior design. She has 29 years of experience at CDAC. Ms. Gilboy has a MS in Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech and a BS in Environmental Design from the University of Massachusetts.

 

Steve Gill Brownfields Analyst Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
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Steve Gill

Brownfields Analyst
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Steve has dedicated 14 years of service to the IDEQ, as a Brownfields Analyst. He is responsible for managing both IDEQ’s Brownfields program and the Voluntary Cleanup Program properties in the 10 northern Idaho counties. His background in hydrogeology and environmental science help him oversee brownfields projects. Steve brings an additional 30 years of private-sector work to effectively manage brownfields projects and assist local governments awarded brownfield grant funds with managing their projects.

 

John Glassmire Senior Advisor, Grid Edge Solutions ABB
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John Glassmire

Senior Advisor, Grid Edge Solutions
ABB

John Glassmire is a senior advisor for microgrids, battery energy storage and distributed energy at ABB. Trained as a mechanical/electrical engineer, John has extensive experience in the modeling and design of both distributed and tradi-tional energy supply systems. For over a decade, he has performed cost modeling and design optimization for energy systems ranging from small isolated systems, to isolated Arctic diesel grids, to utility inter-connected microgrids, to Pacific and Caribbean islands. An accomplished speaker, he has led training workshops on the issues integrating renew-ables into electrical grids for hundreds of clients worldwide. Prior to joining ABB, he was the Director of Engineering at HOMER Energy. BSME (Rice), MSME (Northwestern).

 

Eugene Goldfarb Adjunct Assistant Professor UIC & TAB/KSU
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Eugene Goldfarb

Adjunct Assistant Professor
UIC & TAB/KSU

Eugene's 30 yr career at USDHUD spanned across market rate, affordable, public housing and community development and was centered in the environmental assessment area. In 2002 Eugene was named HUD’s “brownfield guru” in the American Planning Association’s Planning Magazine.

 

Michael Goldstein The Goldstein Environmental Law Firm
Jennifer Gray Thompson Executive Director Rebuild Northbay Foundation
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Jennifer Gray Thompson

Executive Director
Rebuild Northbay Foundation

Jennifer Gray Thompson is the executive director of Rebuild NorthBay Foundation, a 501c3 formed in the midst of the October 2017 firestorms. RNBF represents Napa, Sonoma, Lake, and Mendocino Counties. Jennifer is a lifelong resident of Sonoma Valley. She attended Santa Rosa Junior College and graduated from Dominican University with degrees in English and History. Jennifer went on to earn a master’s degree in Public Administration from University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy. While raising her son, Max, she was an English teacher for 10 years before attending graduate school. After graduate school, she worked for the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors for four years before accepting her current position with Rebuild NorthBay Foundation. She serves on the Board of La Luz Center, a resource and referral nonprofit that serves primarily Latinos. She resides in the Springs area of Sonoma Valley with her family.

 

Mary Ann Grena Manley Deputy Editorial Director Bloomberg Environment
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Mary Ann Grena Manley

Deputy Editorial Director
Bloomberg Environment

Mary Ann Grena Manley is a Deputy Editorial Director with Bloomberg Environment. For more than 20 years, Mary Ann has overseen coverage related to and conducted analysis of complex national and global EHS legal and policy developments. Currently, Mary Ann directs the editorial team responsible for interpreting and analyzing all major EHS laws and regulations related to compliance, and coordinates the publication of content contributed by EHS thought leaders. Mary Ann also plays a leading role in identifying and initiating strategic relationships; collaborating with national partners; and working on new product development. Prior to joining Bloomberg Environment, Mary Ann worked as a litigation specialist at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Environment and Natural Resources Division. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from American University and Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law, and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

 

Beth Grigsby Senior Project Consultant SME
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Beth Grigsby

Senior Project Consultant
SME

Beth is a Licensed Professional Geologist with 29 years of experience providing environmental and development technical assistance to local government agencies, non-profits and private stakeholders with specialization in the acquisition, disposition and redevelopment of contaminated properties. She is a Senior Project Consultant with SME and assists regional coalitions, cities, towns, and nonprofits throughout the Midwest with maximizing and leveraging resources for brownfields redevelopment projects. She served as the brownfields coordinator for the City of Indianapolis in the 1990’s during the early development of State and Federal Brownfields programs. Later, in her position as the EPA Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Coordinator for EPA Region 5 she created the "TAB EZ”, an online tool that provides assistance to communities and nonprofits in drafting competitive EPA Brownfields proposals. The online tool continues to be popular and is managed by the Kansas State University TAB program –it is found at www.tabez.org. Beth continues to be very active providing technical assistance to communities through the KSU TAB program and is a TAB partner on behalf of Kansas State University serving communities in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

 

Steven Gross Senior Project Manager Hull & Associates, Inc.
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Steven Gross

Senior Project Manager
Hull & Associates, Inc.

Steven has over 30 years of experience managing and implementing hundreds of site assessments and remedial activities in complex environments. His specialties include soil vapor extraction, in-situ and ex-situ bioremediation, and other creative remediation and beneficial use strategies. Steven has a BS in Geology & Mineralogy from The Ohio State University.

 

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Simeon Hahn Regional Resource Coordinator/Environmental Scientist NOAA
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Simeon Hahn

Regional Resource Coordinator/Environmental Scientist
NOAA

Simeon is the NOAA Regional Resource Coordinator in the Mid Atlantic working as a natural resource trustee on natural resource damage assessments under CERCLA and OPA. Simeon is also the federal co-lead for the Delaware River Urban Water Federal Partnership Brownfield Community of Practice focusing on restoring ecosystem services at Brownfield sites in Camden (NJ), Philadelphia, Chester (PA), and Wilmington (DE)

 

Tim Haley Partner Barnes & Thornburg LLP
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Tim Haley

Partner
Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Mr. Haley regularly counsels developers, investors, and municipalities on environmental issues associated with development and redevelopment. Mr. Haley is active in drafting ASTM International industry standards related to environmental due diligence and is currently the chair of the ASTM E50 Education and Outreach Committee. Mr. Haley is also the co-chair of Barnes & Thornburg's wetland and floodplain development practice group and is actively counseling on emerging resiliency issues.

 

Jean Hamerman Deputy Director Center for Creative Land Recycling
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Jean Hamerman

Deputy Director
Center for Creative Land Recycling

Jean Hamerman, Deputy Directory, The Center for Creative Land Recycling As Deputy Director of CCLR, Jean Hamerman manages the delivery of brownfield redevelopment assistance services under an EPA Technical Assistance to Brownfield (TAB) communities provider grant. Ms. Hamerman works to develop public-private partnerships and oversees communications, fundraising, and strategic initiatives.

 

Jim Hamilton Executive Director The Nuclear Decommissioning Collaborative
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Jim Hamilton

Executive Director
The Nuclear Decommissioning Collaborative

Jim has over twenty-years of experience managing the entire life-cycle (siting, design, permitting, construction, closure, decommissioning, remediation and redevelopment) of large-scale manufacturing, energy and infrastructure facilities throughout North, Central and South America. Examples of his direct experience include terrestrial mines, nuclear power plants, nuclear waste storage installations, hazardous waste repositories, former manufacturing complexes and urban/rural brownfield sites. His multi-sector experience allows him to offer strategic insights into the dynamics surrounding nuclear power plant closure, decommissioning and redevelopment with an eye towards strengthening the capacity of local communities throughout the process. Since 2005, Jim has shared his experience with industry, community and regulatory stakeholders through invited presentations at national nuclear decommissioning conferences. He also served on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he taught brownfield redevelopment strategies to graduate students in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Jim is skilled at the design and implementation of multi-stakeholder intake, dialogue, collaboration and consensus-building surrounding complex public-facing matters. He is especially adept at building trust and forging common goals with diverse stakeholder communities. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Hamilton facilitated a nation-wide stakeholder dialogue and engagement strategy (ten public meetings with over 1,000 stakeholder participants) in support of DOE’s high-level nuclear waste facility siting program. Jim has also designed and implemented successful dialogues with First Nation’s communities in Canada and Brazil. Jim earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of British Columbia and MIT respectively. His volunteer work includes serving as Co-Chairman of MIT’s Energy, Environment and Sustainability Global Collaboration Committee.

 

John Hargraves Regional Manager PM Environmental, Inc.
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John Hargraves

Regional Manager
PM Environmental, Inc.

John Hargraves is a Regional Manager at PM Environmental, Inc. and has served clients in over 15 states since 1989. He specializes in Brownfield redevelopment and economic incentives, environmental due diligence, Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, and remediation. Hargraves has directly managed municipal, state, and private contracts involving site characterization, initial remediation, remediation design, system maintenance and site monitoring. Mr. Hargraves has also managed brownfield assessment and redevelopment programs for municipalities and development districts in 5 southeastern states. Hargraves earned his B.S. in Geology from Tennessee Technological University and is a licensed professional geologist in 11 states.

 

Blayne Hartman Hartman Environmental Geoscience
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Blayne Hartman


Hartman Environmental Geoscience

Blayne Hartman received his Ph.D. in geochemistry from the University of Southern California in 1983. He worked for Unocal (Union Oil Company) for 4 years specializing in surface geochemical methods for petroleum exploration. In 1988 he stated his own company (TEG) initially providing geochemical exploration services to the oil industry and in 1989 entered the environmental market by offering certified mobile environmental laboratory services in California. In 1998, he co- founded & operated H&P Mobile GeoChemistry, a partnership offering on-site laboratory analysis, direct push environmental sampling, and soil vapor surveys. He sold H&P in 2008 and is currently an independent consultant offering vapor intrusion, soil gas and analytical support. Dr. Hartman has over 35 years of soil gas experience and 23 years of vapor intrusion experience. Dr. Hartman is a nationally recognized expert on soil vapor sampling, soil vapor analysis, and vapor intrusion. He has provided training on soil gas methods and vapor intrusion to County and State regulatory agencies in over 35 states, many of the USEPA regions, the DOD, ASTSWMO, and numerous stakeholder groups and consultants. He was an instructor in the EPA-OUST training, ITRC vapor intrusion training, API petroleum vapor intrusion training and ASTM vapor intrusion courses and has given vapor intrusion training in England, Australia and Brazil. He has written numerous articles on the collection, analysis, and interpretation of soil vapor data, including chapters in five textbooks. He has participated in technical work groups on soil vapor methods for EPA, CA-EPA, CA Regional Water Boards, County of San Diego, ITRC and ASTM, and has reviewed/edited instructional manuals for the EPA OUST and Superfund groups. Over the past five ten years, Dr. Hartman has been a contributing author/editor to vapor intrusion and soil gas guidance documents to federal EPA, CA-EPA, San Diego County, ITRC, DOD, API, Australia and more than 25 individual State documents.

 

Ned Harvey Managing Director Rocky Mountain Institute
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Ned Harvey

Managing Director
Rocky Mountain Institute

Ned Harvey is a Managing Director at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). He leads RMI’s Program focused on heavy transport and Industry. The program has multiple initiatives focused on aviation; trucking, shipping & freight, mining, and oil and gas. By working directly with these industries, the RMI Industry Program strives to scale energy transitions and climate solutions through market based approaches that reduce carbon emissions and advance a low carbon economy. Ned’s 10-year tenure at RMI leverages his twenty years of diverse business leadership experience. Prior to leading the Industry Program, Ned led the execution of the institute’s acquisition of the Carbon War Room. Prior positions at RMI include serving as the institute’s Chief Operating Officer, Program Director for the Solar Market Transformation Program and Head of Development. Ned also founded and led several Renewable Energy Development companies and served as an executive for a global consultancy. In his early career, Ned spent eight years as an officer in the United States Navy, serving aboard nuclear submarines and in the Tomahawk cruise missile program office. Ned received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego. Ned serves on the boards for the Harvard Business School Club of Colorado and the Colorado Clean Tech Industry Association.

 

Mary Hashem Co-founder and Principal RE | Solutions, LLC
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Mary Hashem

Co-founder and Principal
RE | Solutions, LLC

Mary Hashem is a co-founder and Principal of RE | Solutions, LLC (RES). She is an MIT-educated geoscientist with over 30 years of business experience in real estate, environmental consulting and risk management, the last 20 years of which has been in the Brownfield redevelopment industry. Ms. Hashem’s career has focused on the underwriting, remediation, redevelopment and divestiture of commercial and industrial properties, including distressed assets with significant financial and environmental challenges. This involves working directly with the sellers and buyers of brownfield properties, environmental regulatory agencies, financing sources, lawyers, and with the communities impacted, both positively and negatively, by the properties and planned development projects. Ms. Hashem’s work has included determination of the most practical technical approach to remediation for brownfield developments; negotiation of clean up approaches with regional, state and local regulatory agencies; structuring risk management programs, including underwriting environmental insurance, for acquired properties; and managing property restoration, including environmental remediation, building abatement and demolition. She played a key role in the General Motors (GM) bankruptcy as a lead negotiator with most of the EPA regions and states that had brought environmental claims in the bankruptcy. Ms. Hashem joined EnviroFinance Group (EFG) in 2011 as a result of its merger with Brownfield Partners, a firm she co-founded in 2003. At EFG, she was responsible for the environmental risk management, compliance and project execution of the company’s assets in New York, New Jersey, California and Denver. She left EFG in 2015 to start RES.

 

Christopher Hawthorne Chief Design Officer City of Los Angeles
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Christopher Hawthorne

Chief Design Officer
City of Los Angeles

Christopher Hawthorne is the Chief Design Officer for the city of Los Angeles, a position appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti. Prior to joining the Mayor's Office, Hawthorne was architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times from 2004 to early 2018. With Alanna Stang, he is the author of "The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture" (Princeton Architectural Press). His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Slate, Architectural Record, Architecture, Print, I.D., Metropolis, Domus, Harvard Design Magazine, and many other publications. He is professor of the practice at Occidental College, where since 2015 he has directed the Third Los Angeles Project, a series of public conversations about architecture, urban planning, mobility, and demographic change in Southern California. Hawthorne has also taught at U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and the Southern California Institute of Architecture. A frequent collaborator with KCET-TV, the PBS affiliate in Los Angeles, he wrote and directed the hour-long documentary "That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles," for which he received a 2019 L.A.-area Emmy Award. (The program also won an Emmy in Music Composition for its score, by the composer Adam Schoenberg.) In 2017 Hawthorne received an L.A.-area Emmy for the KCET program "Third L.A. with Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne," for which he served as executive director. His other professional honors include a mid-career fellowship from the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University, several awards from the Los Angeles Press Club, the Bradford Williams Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects, and a Residency in Criticism at the American Academy in Rome. Hawthorne grew up in Berkeley, California and holds a bachelor's degree with honors from Yale, where he studied political science and architectural history.

 

Nicole Henderson Environmental and Community Revitalization Analyst General Dynamics Information Technology
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Nicole Henderson

Environmental and Community Revitalization Analyst
General Dynamics Information Technology

Nicole Henderson is an environmental communications analyst with 18 years of project management experience in brownfields, land revitalization, underground storage tanks (USTs), flood plain management, anaerobic digestion, and meeting support. During 15 years at CSRA, Nicole provides support for project management, data analysis, communications, and short-term studies for technical assistance for U.S. EPA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Coastal America, the Marine Mammal Commission, and the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC). Nicole has provided direct support to EPA regions and communities since 2004. Nicole provides direct technical assistance to communities across the country to manage community engagement, site design planning, economic development, market analysis, and full redevelopment opportunities and planning.

 

Cara Henegar Senior Project Manager Hull & Associates, Inc.
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Cara Henegar

Senior Project Manager
Hull & Associates, Inc.

Cara has over 18 years of experience in civil and environmental engineering and consulting. She is experienced in managing projects, overseeing and coordinating subcontractors, facilitating communications with clients and regulatory agencies, and writing grants. Cara is known for finding creative solutions to minimize remediation through use of modeling, property-specific risk assessments, beneficial use, and engineering controls. Cara has a BS in Civil Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

 

Trey Hess Brownfield Redevelopment Director PPM Consultants, Inc.
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Trey Hess

Brownfield Redevelopment Director
PPM Consultants, Inc.

Jere “Trey” Hess, is Director of Brownfields and Economic Development for PPM Consultants, Inc. in the Jackson, Mississippi office. Prior to joining PPM in 2016, Trey was the Chief of the Groundwater Assessment & Remediation Division (GARD) for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and was responsible for the State cleanups at superfund, leaking underground storage tanks, brownfields, voluntary cleanups, and uncontrolled sites. Prior to his tenure as Division Chief, Trey served as the State Brownfield Program Coordinator for sixteen (16) years. One of the highlights of his 23 year career at MDEQ was serving as team leader, working in partnership with the City of Starkville, MDA, and Castle Properties on the $40-million transformation and preservation of a former cotton mill and university physical plant into “The Mill at MSU” Conference Center and adjoining Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Starkville, Mississippi. He is a registered Professional Engineer and received a Bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Mississippi State University; along with a Master degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Mississippi.

 

Lee Hoffman Managing Director Pullman & Comley, LLC
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Lee Hoffman

Managing Director
Pullman & Comley, LLC

Lee D. Hoffman is chair of Pullman & Comley's Environmental, Energy and Telecommunications Department and is a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Lee advises clients in the areas of environmental law, energy and utility matters and toxic tort suits. Lee advises clients on various environmental matters including counseling them on environmental compliance issues, the redevelopment of contaminated properties (“brownfields”) to productive use, assisting with facility audits, advising companies on the ramifications associated with the acquisition or divestiture of assets, regulatory interpretation and working with municipalities to obtain financing to improve their environment. Lee also represents parties in proceedings before the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and the Connecticut Siting Council. His experience includes representing utility companies, municipalities, lenders and private power producers in connection with the siting of renewable and traditional energy facilities, transmission lines and pipelines, and financing power projects. Lee is a member of the Connecticut Legislature's Brownfields Working Group, the Chair of the Environmental Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, a member of the Connecticut Business and Industries Energy and Environmental Steering Committee, and the Secretary of the Town of Windsor's Redevelopment Authority. In his free time (what there is of it), Lee enjoys camping and fly fishing and is a leader in both his local Cub Scout pack and Boy Scout troop. Lee received his bachelor's degree from Tulane University, and his JD and LLM degrees from the George Washington University.

 

Neal Holdridge Principal / Environmental Manager Trammell Crow Company
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Neal Holdridge

Principal / Environmental Manager
Trammell Crow Company

As a Principal and Environmental Manager for Trammell Crow Company, Neal Holdridge is an authority on the management of environmental issues pertinent to real estate transactions and property management. Neal has been an integral participant in the development of more than 5 billion dollars in commercial real estate nationwide. His systematic and detailed approach to mitigating contingent liability and construction risks has led to the redevelopment of more than 100 environmentally distressed Brownfield properties, including more than ½ dozen Superfund sites. Neal also works with other TCC offices and clients to evaluate environmentally distressed real estate in the national marketplace, and serves as the environmental resource to the Company’s Investment Committee. He is a member of the Alliance for Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP) and a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager at the Master level. Integral in Neal’s duties is the overall management of Environmental Asset Services, Inc., (a Trammell Crow Co. subsidiary), which provides environmental due diligence assistance and environmental inspection program services nationwide. The inspection program currently involves over 155 million square feet of industrial property with more than 1,200 tenants located in 36 major cities across the country. Neal’s group also provides specialized project expertise to owners, asset managers, and lenders in managing environmental investigation and remediation projects, indoor air quality issues, asbestos, mold and lead-based paint abatements, and like environmental issues affecting property values and operations.

 

Charles Howland Partner, Environmental Practice Head Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, LLP
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Charles Howland

Partner, Environmental Practice Head
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, LLP

 

Sara Hudson Regional Director Snowy Mountain Development Corporation, MT
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Sara Hudson

Regional Director
Snowy Mountain Development Corporation, MT

 

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Lee Ilan Chief of Planning New York City Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation
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Lee Ilan

Chief of Planning
New York City Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation

Lee Ilan is the Chief of Planning at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation, which operates the only city-run environmental cleanup program in the nation. Lee’s focus is on community engagement, grant management, the SPEED environmental mapping portal, intergovernmental issues, and communications. Lee has worked on brownfields for the City for two decades, overseeing participation in state and federal grant programs, supporting community groups in meaningful engagement, and promoting the City’s resources locally and nationally. She serves as an advisory board member for the NYC Brownfield Partnership, the Center for Creative Land Recycling, and the National Brownfields Coalition. Previously, Lee worked as a commercial recycling consultant and a parks advocate in New York City. She holds a BA in Political Science from Columbia College, Columbia University.

 

Katie-Rose Imbriano Senior Planner BRS, Inc.
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Katie-Rose Imbriano

Senior Planner
BRS, Inc.

Katie-Rose Imbriano, AICP, is an urban planner with experience working on community and economic development initiatives throughout the country. She currently leads the Planning and Grant Management services division at BRS, Inc., where she assists public sector clients with a wide range of planning activities and funding applications related to brownfield redevelopment. Prior to joining BRS, Katie-Rose was a community planner for the City of Baltimore, Maryland, and she has also served as an AmeriCorps volunteer for a nonprofit housing rehabilitation organization in West Virginia. Katie-Rose holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and an M.R.P. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. She is a native of Winter Park, Florida, and currently resides with her family in northwest New Jersey.

 

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Mike James Assistant City Manager/ Public Works Director City of Lemon Grove, CA
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Mike James

Assistant City Manager/ Public Works Director
City of Lemon Grove, CA

Mike James currently serves the diverse community of Lemon Grove as Assistant City Manager and Public Works Director and is quite literally working to pave the way for a better tomorrow for the City’s 26,000 residents. In his dual role, Mike leads a team of 37 full and part-time team members that support the City’s Development Services Department, Public Works Department (consisting of Capital Projects, Community Services, Engineering, Facilities, Sanitation and Streets Divisions), and the City’s Risk Management Program. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo and his Master of Public Administration from San Diego State University.

 

C.Y. Jeng Staff Toxicologist California Department of Toxic Substances Control
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C.Y. Jeng

Staff Toxicologist
California Department of Toxic Substances Control

 

Aric Jensen Revitalization Manager City of Reno
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Aric Jensen

Revitalization Manager
City of Reno

Aric A. Jensen, AICP Mr. Jensen graduated with honors from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate Development, a Professional Certificate in Urban Planning, and a Masters of Public Administration. During his career he has served in various leadership capacities including as a member of the Advisory Board for the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Utah, as President of the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association, as the Director of Planning and Economic Development for Bountiful City, Utah, and as the Director of Community Development for the City of Reno, Nevada. He also served several years as the acquisitions and planning manager for Knowlton General, a portfolio development and construction company located in Bountiful, Utah. He currently lives in Reno, Nevada, and manages the Office of Economic Development for the City.

 

CJ Johnson Vice President Ford Financial Fund
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CJ Johnson

Vice President
Ford Financial Fund

C.J. Johnson is a Vice President of Ford Financial Fund. Mr. Johnson previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mechanics Bank, a portfolio company of Fund II and Fund III, and as Senior Vice President and Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, a portfolio company of Fund I. Mr. Johnson joined Santa Barbara Bank & Trust from Flexpoint Ford, a private equity firm with $1 billion under management, where he was an Associate and assisted with the execution of the firm's financial services investments. Mr. Johnson started his career as an investment banking Analyst with Credit Suisse, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions and capital raising advisory assignments for financial institutions. Mr. Johnson holds a B.A. in economics, with highest distinction and honors, from the University of Michigan. He was the recipient of the Harold D. Osterweil Memorial Prize in economics for graduating at the top of his class while also displaying a high degree of social awareness. Mr. Johnson currently serves on the Board of Directors of Richmond Housing Renovation, LLC, a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce vacant and blighted single-family housing in vulnerable low-income neighborhoods of Richmond, California. Richmond Housing Renovation, LLC is funded by a $3 million social impact bond financed solely by Mechanics Bank.

 

Joe Jordan Vice President
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Joe Jordan

Vice President

 

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Sven-Erik Kaiser Congressional Liaison U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Sven-Erik Kaiser

Congressional Liaison
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Sven-Erik Kaiser leads the water, pesticides and toxics team in EPA’s congressional affairs office. Before working on congressional affairs, Mr. Kaiser coordinated policy and research for the EPA Brownfields Program. Mr. Kaiser also worked in EPA's Superfund Enforcement Office and the Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office. He also worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, in a Congressional office, and for the State of New York. Mr. Kaiser earned J.D. and B.A. degrees from Syracuse University and an M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

 

Rita Kampalath Sustainability Program Director City of Los Angeles, CA
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Rita Kampalath

Sustainability Program Director
City of Los Angeles, CA

Rita Kampalath is a Sustainability Program Director in Los Angeles County’s Chief Sustainability Office, which provides regional policy leadership on equity, economy, and environment. Her issue areas include water quality and water resources, waste management, and parks and open space. Prior to joining the County, Rita was the Science and Policy Director at Heal the Bay, and also worked as an engineering consultant at Geosyntec.

 

Jennifer Kanalos Director of Board Administration Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
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Jennifer Kanalos

Director of Board Administration
Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Since 2006, Jennifer Kanalos has worked at the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), a private, non-profit corporation established in 1978 devoted exclusively to supporting Detroit’s economic development initiatives. Ms. Kanalos currently serves as the Director of Board Administration where she manages the daily operations of the public economic development authorities for the City of Detroit. In her various capacities at the DEGC, Ms. Kanalos’ work includes the Detroit City Council approval of the most recent two Detroit Downtown Development Authority Tax Increment Financing Plan Amendments, bond continuing disclosure reporting requirements for both the Detroit Downtown Development Authority and the Detroit Local Development Finance Authority, managing the Tax Increment Financing Plan for the Eight Mile Woodward Corridor Improvement Authority as well as the underwriting and approval of over 100 tax increment financing plans for brownfield sites representing over $5B of investment in Detroit. Ms. Kanalos received a Master of Urban Planning from Wayne State University in 2008. Ms. Kanalos is a member of the Council of Development Finance Agencies, the Urban Land Institute and currently serves as Vice Chair on the Ferndale Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors.

 

Lyric Kelkar Policy & Research Associate Inclusive Action for the City
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Lyric Kelkar

Policy & Research Associate
Inclusive Action for the City

Lyric is an Associate of Policy and Research, producing research on topical issues affecting under-served communities across Los Angeles. Her outlook on the urban landscape has been shaped by her experience in public works consulting and policy advocacy. She applies a design-thinking approach to research social challenges in the built environment and drives equitable policy and community development solutions. Lyric holds an M.S. in Design and Urban Ecologies from Parsons School of Design and a B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning from UC San Diego.

 

Sue Kemball-Cook Principal Ramboll
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Sue Kemball-Cook

Principal
Ramboll

Sue Kemball-Cook is a Principal in Ramboll’s Novato, CA Office. Her expertise includes climate change risk assessment and global and regional climate modeling. Sue leads Ramboll’s North America climate risk assessment team. Her recent work includes asset-level and portfolio climate risk assessment in the mining, chemical, real estate, hospitality, utility, port and industrial sectors. Sue has evaluated climate change impacts on wind energy projects and analyzed climate change-driven increases in extreme rainfall to support flood control measure design. Sue received her undergraduate degree in physics from Yale University and her PhD in atmospheric science from the University of California, Davis. Prior to coming to Ramboll (then ENVIRON), Sue held postdoctoral appointments in global climate modeling at the University of Hawaii and in regional climate modeling at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

 

Patrick Kirby
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Patrick Kirby


Patrick Kirby is the Director of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University. He has collaborated on brownfields projects across the state, attracting millions of dollars in federal brownfields grants, private foundation funding, and private investments in revitalization projects. Through the launch of many successful redevelopment initiatives including the statewide WVU BAD Buildings Program, and the Downtown Appalachia Program, Patrick has brought brownfields resources directly to West Virginia communities. Patrick also serves as the Executive Director of the West Virginia Land Stewardship Corporation responsible for the growth of the WVLSC’s three signature programs – Voluntary Land Stewardship, Site Certification, and a Land Bank. Patrick has been involved in regional and national brownfields policy issues, as well as provided expert testimony to Congress on brownfields legislation. Patrick earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from West Virginia University and received his B.S. degree in Political Science from Shepherd University. His interest in community and economic development was driven in part by his experiences in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps and as Rotary Exchange Student.

 

Andrew Kleiner Director of Community Outreach and Redevelopment Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation
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Andrew Kleiner

Director of Community Outreach and Redevelopment
Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation

Mr. Kleiner is responsible for community outreach and the management of redevelopment priorities, which include the coordination the Lehigh Valley Land Recycling Initiative, and the city and urban revitalization focus of LVEDC’s strategic plan. Mr. Kleiner seeks to remove impediments to redevelopment across the Lehigh Valley and assists partners in their redevelopment and revitalization efforts. Through his community outreach work, he supports the LVEDC’s mission to engage in a permanent and sustained campaign of visitation, connection, and conversation with all 62 of the sovereign municipalities in Lehigh and Northampton counties. Mr. Kleiner is a graduate of Muhlenberg College’s Environmental Science program and has a multi-year background in environmental chemistry & toxicology research.

 

Colleen Kokas Executive Vice President Environmental Liability Transfer, Inc.
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Colleen Kokas

Executive Vice President
Environmental Liability Transfer, Inc.

Colleen Kokas has over 30 years of experience in the remediation of contaminated sites, including project management, cleanup negotiations, funding, liability protection, cost recovery, brownfield redevelopment and sustainability. Before joining Environmental Liability Transfer, the largest purchaser of brownfield sites in North America, Colleen worked at NJ Department of Environmental Protection, much of it in the management of a variety of programs. Most notably, Colleen managed the Site Remediation’s financial incentive programs and its brownfield redevelopment program. She was subsequently selected to help establish NJDEP’s Sustainability and Renewable Energy Office-advancing the policies that would allow for the installation of solar energy on brownfields and other contaminated sites. Colleen also served as NJDEP’s representative on the Board of the NJ Economic Development Authority and Director of Water Resources Coordination overseeing the critical path necessary for the issuance of water-related permits. Currently, Colleen serves as Executive Vice President, at ELT where she works closely with government agencies, property owners and environmental attorneys to create new business opportunities in contaminated property acquisition. Colleen is a co-founder of the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast and was the first person chosen for its prestigious “Brownfield Person of the Year.” She has recently had published several articles on the redevelopment of contaminated sites that focused on the acquisition and redevelopment of Superfund sites, interagency cooperation and transforming power plants into hubs to support offshore wind.

 

Casey Korbini Deputy Director for Remediation Programs, Division of Land Remediation West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
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Casey Korbini

Deputy Director for Remediation Programs, Division of Land Remediation
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection

 

Larry Kosmont Chairman and CEO Kosmont Companies
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Larry Kosmont

Chairman and CEO
Kosmont Companies

Mr. Larry J. Kosmont, CRE® is Chairman and CEO of Kosmont Companies, which he founded in 1986. Kosmont Companies is an industry leader in public/private real estate transactions and economic development. In 1990, he founded Kosmont Realty, a real estate brokerage firm. In 2015, he launched Kosmont Transactions Services which sources financing for public/private projects, P3 initiatives, and infrastructure funding. He is a co-principal, California Golden Fund, a USCIS approved EB-5 Regional Center. Mr. Kosmont's 40-year career encompasses public/private financial structuring, negotiation, development, and management of real estate and public finance transactions exceeding $12B. He has assisted hundreds of local government agencies in public finance and real estate matters ranging from large-scale economic development programs to site-specific real estate strategies and projects. He has guided over 1,000 private sector projects in obtaining public approvals, structuring deal terms, and securing public/private financing. Mr. Kosmont served as Interim City Administrator for the City of Montebello, CA from May 2011 to March 2012 which focused on a significant financial turnaround strategy and redevelopment dissolution. From 1975 to 1986, Mr. Kosmont served as a City Manager, Director of Community Development, and Redevelopment Director in the cities of Santa Monica, Seal Beach, Bell Gardens, and Burbank.

 

Andy Kricun Executive Director CCMUA
Scott Kurtz Director, Environmental Sciences Ninyo and Moore
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Scott Kurtz

Director, Environmental Sciences
Ninyo and Moore

Mr. R. Scott Kurtz is Director of Ninyo & Moore’s Environmental Sciences Division with a background of over 32 years in hazardous materials management and site assessment and cleanup. He has extensive technical and practical experience developing Brownfield programs for entities including the cities of Los Angeles, San Jose, Huntington Park, Lynwood, Emeryville and Contra Costa County . Mr. Kurtz’s Brownfield Program experience includes working for EPA Region 9 as a contractor performing Targeted Brownfield Assessments as well as working for many grant recipients throughout the southwest. His involvement in the program has included participating in public outreach efforts, designing and reviewing site assessment work plans, coordinating with grantee agencies and regulatory agencies, and team-building with prospective developers. He has also worked on EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant applications and authored several articles for the California Redevelopment Association (CRA) publication, The Redevelopment Journal and the California Association of Local Economic Development (CALED). Mr. Kurtz was active on the CRA’s Brownfield Committee during its existence and has participated in the EPA sponsored national Brownfield Conference since 1998. He has also participated as a sponsor and moderator in many regional workshops organized by both EPA Region 9 and several grant recipient programs. Mr. Kurtz holds a Certificate in Hazardous Materials Management from the University of California, San Diego.

 

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Adrienne LaPierre Principal Consultant Haley Aldrich
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Adrienne LaPierre

Principal Consultant
Haley Aldrich

Ms. LaPierre is a Principal Consultant with over 29 years of experience in environmental consulting, with emphasis on toxicology and human health risk assessment (HHRA). She will focus her time at Haley & Aldrich serving clients in the electric, gas, energy, real estate developers, manufacturing, and aerospace markets. She has managed over 50 multipathway risk assessments for petroleum release sites, Superfund sites, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) facilities, town gas sites and various types of industrial properties. She has extensive experience in performing critical evaluations of the toxicological literature, defining dose-response relationships, establishing exposure limits, and evaluating potential causal associations between chemical exposures and documented adverse health effects. Ms. LaPierre’s risk assessment experience is almost exclusively California based, and thus she has a detailed understanding of the numerous different California regulatory programs and risk assessment guidance.

 

Deborah Lange Engineering Outreach Manager College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
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Deborah Lange

Engineering Outreach Manager
College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Lange was the first Executive Director of the Western Pennsylvania Brownfields Center at Carnegie Mellon beginning in 1996. After 23 years at CMU in various capacities, she now focuses her efforts on engineering outreach, helping middle and high school students to recognize engineering as an attainable higher education and career path. She is president of The Third Act, Inc. but works with the College of Engineering at CMU as an outreach manager.

 

Joseph Larios Insite Consultants
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Joseph Larios


Insite Consultants

Session(s):

The Essence of Equity

 

Karen Lauerman President Lake County Economic Alliance
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Karen Lauerman

President
Lake County Economic Alliance

 

Thomas Lee Senior Vice President of Development Hunt Development Group
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Thomas Lee

Senior Vice President of Development
Hunt Development Group

Thomas Lee is Senior Vice President of Development for Hunt Hawai'i and brings diversified real estate experience to Hunt. Mr. Lee manages the development process for entitlements / zoning, financing, market analysis, design / master planning, to permitting through construction and disposition/ closeout. He is also highly engaged and involved in the sustainable aspects of his projects and a proponent for good urban planning, sustainable living, and green construction. Mr. Lee oversees many of Hunt’s development projects and assets in Hawai‘i, which currently include Nuu‘Aina, a 68-unit for-sale residential project in Maui; the Historical Trail at Ford Island; the redevelopment of Mayor Wright Homes for the Hawai‘i Public Housing Authority, and overseeing the development and asset management of 540 acres in Kalaeloa

 

Jon Legarza Clackamas County Economic Development Director Clackamas County, OR
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Jon Legarza

Clackamas County Economic Development Director
Clackamas County, OR

 

Jason Lichtstein Partner Akerman LLP
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Jason Lichtstein

Partner
Akerman LLP

 

Elizabeth Limbrick Sr. Brownfields Advisor NJ Economic Development Authority
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Elizabeth Limbrick

Sr. Brownfields Advisor
NJ Economic Development Authority

Elizabeth Limbrick is a Licensed Professional Geologist in the state of New York and a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) in the State of New Jersey.   She is a Senior Brownfields Advisor for the NJ Economic Development Authority.   Elizabeth has 25 years of professional experience in the private and public sectors. Her public sector experience includes regulatory oversight at the NJDEP and her private sector experience includes management a wide variety of projects from Underground Storage Tank (UST) cases to Superfund projects as an environmental consultant.  In addition, she has also provided expert testimony to the United States Senate Environmental & Public Works Committee regarding Cleanup Efforts at Federal Facilities.

 

Mark Lopez Executive Director East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice
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Mark Lopez

Executive Director
East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice

mark! Lopez comes from a family with a long history of activism. He was raised in the Madres del Este de Los Angeles Santa Isabel (Mothers of East LA Santa Isabel – MELASI), an organization co-founded by his grandparents, Juana Beatriz Gutierrez and Ricardo Gutierrez. This set his trajectory as a community activist. He has engaged in a wide array of student activism at UC Santa Cruz where he earned his B.A. in Environmental Studies, and taught university courses at UC Santa Cruz, Cal State Northridge, and UCLA Extension. mark! earned his M.A. from the Chican@ Studies Department at Cal State Northridge, where he completed his Masters thesis titled The Fire: Decolonizing "Environmental Justice." mark! joined East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice as a member three years before joining the staff. After serving as Lead Organizer for East Yard Communities and Co-Director with EYCEJ Co-Founder Angelo Logan, mark! is now the Executive Director. He organizes in the area where he was born, raised and continues to live. mark! is the 2017 North American Recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize.

 

Kate Lucas Assistant Planner RE | Solutions, LLC
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Kate Lucas

Assistant Planner
RE | Solutions, LLC

Kate is a planner specializing in the entitlements process, site design, and community development and engagement. During her career, she has worked with over 30 municipalities in Texas, Colorado, and California. Previous projects range from designing and entitling one acre commercial sites to creating master plans for communities. Kate joined RES in May of 2017 as a summer associate, but quickly became responsible for the entitlements process for a 157 acre landfill site in Carson, California, in addition to coordinating the CEQA process and community engagement efforts. Prior to joining RES, Kate worked as a land planner specializing in entitlements and site design for a civil engineering firm in the Dallas, Texas area. Most recently, she worked for the Colorado Center for Community Development, providing planning and design services to rural towns in Colorado. Kate received her Master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Colorado Denver. She also holds a BA in International Studies with minors in Urban & Regional Planning and Art & Architectural History from Texas A&M University.

 

Fred Lucero Program Coordinator City of Richmond, CA
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Fred Lucero

Program Coordinator
City of Richmond, CA

Mr. Lucero has over a decade of valuable experience in Workforce Development, Community Relations, Recruitment, First Source Hiring, Grant Management and Program Management. Mr. Lucero has served as the Program Coordinator for the RichmondBUILD Academy since its inception in 2007. The Academy has received local, national and international acclaim as a Pre-apprenticeship program. With funding from the EPA's Environmental Workforce & Job Training Grant, Mr. Lucero worked Marin Clean Energy, (MCE) on the Solar One Project in Richmond, CA. The Solar One Project turned a 60 acre brownfield into a 10.5 megawatt solar farm. The RichmondBUILD staff developed a customized solar installation program integrated with EPA funded Hazwoper training to meet local hire demands. Over 40 RichmondBUILD graduates went to work on the site which now powers 3,000 house holds in Richmond!

 

Kevin Lund Licensed Engineer Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy
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Kevin Lund

Licensed Engineer
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy

Kevin Lund, PE was instrumental in preparing environmental cost estimates which were ultimately approved by the court as part of the General Motors bankruptcy proceedings. These environmental cost estimates were used as the financial basis for the creation of the world’s largest environmental bankruptcy trust. As a licensed professional engineer for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy; Kevin co-manages oversight of environmental cleanups and redevelopment efforts of several of the former GM properties in Michigan which are held by the trust. Kevin is excited to contrast his engineering estimates and assumptions made in 2009, with emerging contamination challenges to redevelopment as a panelist.

 

Ena Lupine Community Assistance Program Manager California Strategic Growth Council
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Ena Lupine

Community Assistance Program Manager
California Strategic Growth Council

Ena leads SGC's California Climate Investments Technical Assistance Program, which helps create a more equitable playing field for under-resourced applicants looking to access the funds to transition to climate-smart communities. In this role, she manages a broad range of capacity building activities for applicants to cap-and-trade grant funded programs, including workshops, trainings, and direct application assistance. Prior to her appointment at the Strategic Growth Council, Ena completed her Master’s degree at UC Davis, where she focused her research on equitable and inclusive policies for investment in under-resourced communities. Ena also has varied experiences working in education and communications for organizations in France, India and the US.

 

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Alex MacDonald California Waterboards
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Alex MacDonald


California Waterboards

 

Cyndy Mackey Director, Office of Site Remediation Enforcement U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Cyndy Mackey

Director, Office of Site Remediation Enforcement
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Cyndy Mackey is Director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Site Remediation Enforcement. As Director, Ms. Mackey manages EPA’s national program for remediation enforcement under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Oil Pollution Act and the Underground Storage Tanks Program. Ms. Mackey moved to this position in 2013 following more than 20 years of service as a CERCLA practitioner in the EPA Region 10 Office of Regional Counsel. Ms. Mackey has been a leader in EPA’s Superfund Task Force initiative. The Office of Site Remediation Enforcement has been responsible for implementing Goal 2 (“Reinvigorating Responsible Party Cleanup and Reuse”) and Goal 3 (“Encourage Private Investment”) of the Superfund Task Force Report. Ms. Mackey earned her J.D. in 1986 from Lewis & Clark Law School and her B.A. in Environmental Studies in 1982 from Lewis & Clark College.

 

Denise Malvetti Senior Economic Development Project Manager City of Sacramento, CA
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Denise Malvetti

Senior Economic Development Project Manager
City of Sacramento, CA

 

Ray Mangan GIS Consultant Jacobs
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Ray Mangan

GIS Consultant
Jacobs

Mr. Mangan is a GIS Analyst with Jacobs specializing in full life cycle GIS consulting for the environmental and transportation sectors. He works closely with clients and project team members to enable GIS as a decision-making tool, to bring spatial solutions to non-GIS users, and to help optimize project information pipelines letting teams connect and distribute data in real-time. Other interests include enhancing data usability through intuitive interface design and advising engineering and environmental staff on spatial data best practices.

 

Sabine Martin
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Sabine Martin


Dr. Martin is the owner and president of CTOR Solutions, a small business providing assistance to brownfield communities. She is partner of the Kansas State University Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) program and directed the KSU TAB program for 10 years prior to establishing CTOR Solutions. In addition, Dr. Martin is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Agronomy at Kansas State University, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow in the Culture of Health Leaders Program, and in the past worked as a consultant in the environmental industry. Dr. Martin earned a Master’s degree in geology and a Ph.D. in hydrogeology from Justus-Liebig-University in Germany.

 

Jonathan Marvel Founding Principal Marvel Architects
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Jonathan Marvel

Founding Principal
Marvel Architects

Born in Puerto Rico, Jonathan Marvel is an architect and urban designer with over 30 years of experience providing architectural planning, community, economic and sustainable development of public spaces, educational institutions, single and multi-family housing, libraries, museums and large-scale mixed-use developments. He is Founding Principal of Marvel Architects with offices in New York and San Juan. Jonathan, who graduated with distinction from Dartmouth College and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, teaches at Pratt Institute’s Graduate School of Planning and Placemaking, and has taught as an adjunct at Harvard, Parsons, Rice University, Washington University, and Syracuse. In 2017, Jonathan co-founded Resilient Power Puerto Rico and since then has spoken on behalf of the island’s needs at TEDx Dartmouth, The Architectural League, AIA Puerto Rico, UMass Club, Colegio de Arquitectos de Puerto Rico, Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico, and the Universitario Tecnológico de Bayamón Presidential Keynote. Jonathan is the recipient of national and international design awards including a 2019 Presidential Citation by the National American Institute of Architects, is co-chair of the NYAIA Planning and Urban Design Committee and sits on the boards of The Buckminster Fuller Institute and The Isamu Noguchi Museum. Jonathan has contributed essays on museums, public community spaces, and micro housing, and is also the founder of Truck Product Architecture, Rock 12 Security Architecture, and Citizen Designer, a participatory planning listening and advocacy effort.

 

Keely Maxwell General Anthropologist USEPA
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Keely Maxwell

General Anthropologist
USEPA

Keely Maxwell is a General Anthropologist in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development. An environmental anthropologist and ecologist by training, she first came to EPA as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow. Her research in the Homeland Security Research Program addresses community resilience to disasters and the social dimensions of environmental cleanups. Dr. Maxwell has a Ph.D. and M.F.S. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

 

Tiffany McClelland Economic Development Director Lorain Port Authority
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Tiffany McClelland

Economic Development Director
Lorain Port Authority

Tiffany is from Lorain, Ohio but later moved to the greater Boston area to pursued her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy and Business Administration at Bentley University where she graduated magna cum laude. Through an internship opportunity, Tiffany worked for the Lorain Port Authority during college, which ultimately resulted in Tiffany being offered a full time position shortly after graduation bringing her back to Ohio to begin her career as an Economic Development Specialist. She has worked her way to becoming the Economic Development Director for the organization where her work focuses on administering Brownfield funding, overseeing the Port’s bond financing programs, administering the City’s tax increment finance (TIF) program, managing a revolving loan fund (RLF), establishing and growing a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program in the City, all while being an advocate for development through business retention, expansion and attraction programs. Tiffany has assisted in the creation of a database that highlights the hundreds of available properties throughout the City and has worked to attract developers through the programs and opportunities the Port offers. Tiffany has been involved in the financing of over 35 million dollars in projects and administered nearly 5 million dollars in grant funding.

 

Tad McGalliard Director, Research ICMA
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Tad McGalliard

Director, Research
ICMA

As ICMA's director for research and development, Tad oversees content creation, knowledge resources, and new partnerships on the critical issues impacting local governments around the world. For more than 25 year, he has worked at the intersection of sustainability, resiliency, and the creation of better stronger communities. Since 2003 he has led, ICMA's partnership with EPA to produce the National Brownfields Conference.

 

Mark McIntyre Director and General Counsel NYC MOER
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Mark McIntyre

Director and General Counsel
NYC MOER

Mark P. McIntyre is Director and General Counsel of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation (“OER”), which designs and operates municipal programs that promote the cleanup and redevelopment of vacant and or contaminated land in New York City. OER’s Voluntary Cleanup Program is the only brownfield program in the nation run by a municipality. It is also the largest brownfield cleanup program in New York State and one of the largest in the nation by number of sites enrolled. Since OER opened its doors in 2011, the office’s scientists and engineers have approved 625 state-quality cleanup plans. Of these, more than three hundred developers have completed site cleanup and built new buildings which are now in service across the city. To date, these properties have paid the City of New York $641 million in new property taxes. Prior to his appointment in 2018, Mark served as OER’s General Counsel since OER was established in 2008. He drafted the legislation and rules that established the city Voluntary Cleanup Program and negotiated the memorandum of agreement with the NY Department of Environmental Conservation through which the state agency recognizes, and participates with OER in running, the city cleanup program. Mark was a principal author of the brownfield section of PlaNYC, the first city sustainability plan developed during the administration of former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Previously, Mark served as Special Counsel to the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination, where he advised the city on the acquisition, investigation, remediation and sale of contaminated real property. Prior to MOEC, Mark served as an assistant corporation counsel in the City Law Department’s Environmental Law Division for eight years. Previously he was the Environment Writer for Newsday from 1980 to 1989. He holds degrees from University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1975), and Brooklyn Law School, (J.D., 1996).

 

Kevin McKinney Executive Director St. Louis Association of Community Organizations
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Kevin McKinney

Executive Director
St. Louis Association of Community Organizations

Career Summary: Over twenty years of experience in housing and urban development; twelve years’ experience as an elected official, nine years as Mayor, Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Jonesborough, TN; thirteen years’ experience retail management Professional Experience: March 2016 - Present – Executive Director of St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO) Executive management of a community membership based organization representing 32 neighborhoods including the strategic planning and leadership of a 15 person Board of Directors. Oversight of a region wide conference SLACO Regional Neighborhood Conference devoted to increasing leadership capacity at the neighborhood level, programming (Neighborhoods United for Change) focusing on bridging geographic and racial boundaries within St. Louis City and an in house after school program. Supervision of 3 staff people (including those within AmeriCorps). Leadership 2017– Present – Member, Horizon Housing Foundation Board of Directors 2017 – Present – Member, Trailnet, Land Use Committee 2016 – Present – Member, CBN Civic Capacity Committee 2012 - Present – Member, Friends of Tower Grove Park Board of Directors 2012 - Present – 1st Vice President of the Garden District Commission 2010 – Present – Member, South City YMCA Board of Directors 1987 - 1996 Mayor, Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Jonesborough, TN Appointed 1987; elected 1988, 1990, 1992 and 1994. Led the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen and a staff of over 150 employees in providing full services to town residents; procured over $10 million in public and private funds for the development of the International Storytelling Center; served on numerous committees and boards in Jonesborough and Washington County, TN Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN Bachelor of Science Degree: Business Education, Emphasis on management and marketing; served on the MTSU President’s Advisory Council and as President of Mu Zeta Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

 

Frank McLaughlin NJ Department of Enviornmental Protecton
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Frank McLaughlin


NJ Department of Enviornmental Protecton

Frank has worked in the environmental and geological sciences fields for over 25 years in the public, private, and academic sectors. Frank started at NJDEP in 1988 as a Hydrogeologist and has worked the past 15 years in the Office of Brownfield Reuse managing brownfield development area (BDA) projects in Camden, Pennsauken, and Palmyra. Frank has overseen the successful reclamation of numerous brownfields and landfills in Camden to create new economic, community and environmental assets including the Salvation Army Camden’s Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center on the former Harrison Avenue Landfill. Frank is also NJDEP’s lead for the Camden Collaborative Initiative, a solutions-oriented partnership between governmental, non-profit, private, and community-based organizations formed to implement innovative strategies to improve the environment and the quality of life for Camden's residents. The Camden Collaborative Initiative has become a national model of successful public-private partnerships and it received USEPA’ Environmental Champion Award in 2016. In 2015, Frank helped launch NJDEP’s Community Collaborative Initiative, which is now partnering with 12 cities to help bring expertise and resources that support local visions for revitalization. Frank is also a founding member of the Camden SMART Initiative, a recognized leader in pro-active approaches to urban water infrastructure challenges, and he Co-Chairs the Brownfields Revitalization Community of Practice for the Delaware River Urban Waters Federal Partnership. Frank received his B.S. in Chemistry and Geology from Fairleigh Dickinson University (1985) and M.S. degrees from Rutgers University in Geological Sciences (1988) and Environmental Sciences (2006). Frank is also an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Sciences and Geology at Ramapo College. Frank volunteers to support urban environmental education and he frequently volunteers to speak on urban environmental issues to schools, non-profits and academic institutions.

 

Mike McMullen Catalyst Development Partners
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Mike McMullen


Catalyst Development Partners

Mike McMullen is Principal and Co-founder of Catalyst Development Partners, a land renewal and real estate development firm with an expertise in the redevelopment of under utilized properties with an emphasis on environmentally contaminated and brownfield sites throughout the United States.

 

James Metz Coordinator, Research and Technical Assistance Council of Development Finance Agencies
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James Metz

Coordinator, Research and Technical Assistance
Council of Development Finance Agencies

James Metz is a Coordinator on the Research and Technical Assistance team at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). James’ area of focus includes RLF, Tax Increment Finance, Special Assessments, Brownfields, and Water Finance. This includes producing newsletters and webinars, providing technical assistance to CDFA members, and assisting on research projects. Currently, James is the manager for the brownfields program that provides technical assistance and resources on brownfields redevelopment financing. Before joining CDFA, James earned his degree in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University and served in the U.S. Army with the 1-501st Airborne Unit.

 

Steven Meyer Executive Director King Park Development Corporation
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Steven Meyer

Executive Director
King Park Development Corporation

 

Nicholas Minich City Engineer City of La Porte, IN
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Nicholas Minich

City Engineer
City of La Porte, IN

Mr. Minich is the City Engineer for his hometown of La Porte, IN. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Valparaiso University, a Certificate in Environmental Management from the University of California Irvine Extension and has completed Graduate Coursework in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure at the University of Colorado – Denver. Prior to returning to La Porte, Mr. Minich worked as a civil and environmental engineer in California, Colorado, and Indiana; his experience includes, but is not limited to: commercial, residential and municipal civil engineering design; sustainable infrastructure analysis; environmental compliance programs; and program management.

 

Jaina Moan External Affairs Director The Nature Conservancy
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Jaina Moan

External Affairs Director
The Nature Conservancy

 

Raymond Moeller Economic Redevelopment Specialist Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center
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Raymond Moeller

Economic Redevelopment Specialist
Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center

Economic Redevelopment Specialist, Brownfields Assistance Center at WVU; 28 years Operations Management with Pfizer; 8+ years Community & Economic Development with AmeriCorps, Extension, and Brownfields; BS Computer Science - Western Michigan University;

 

Ed Morales Senior Vice President Marsh Risk & Insurance Services
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Ed Morales

Senior Vice President
Marsh Risk & Insurance Services

With over 30 yeas of experience, Ed is currently providing Environmental Insurance and Risk Management services to Marsh & McLennan clients throughout northern California, the Pacific Northwest, Colorado and other regions in the west. Industry types include commercial real estate, renewable energy, construction, Brownfield redevelopment, former military sites (BRAC), technology, manufacturing, mining, waste treatment and M&A deals. He is a Board member of Sustainable Contra Costa and he has presented in several events on the topics of Sea Level Rise and risk management. He has also presented on concepts of sustainability and risk management as part of a company's strategic planning.

 

Stacey Moran Director of Operations Groundwork USA
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Stacey Moran

Director of Operations
Groundwork USA

As Groundwork USA’s Operations Director, Stacey Moran (stacey@groundworkusa.org) is responsible for organizing and overseeing the organization’s daily financial and program operations. She also supports Groundwork USA’s equitable development technical assistance program and Climate Safe Neighborhoods Partnership and assists with network capacity building. Before joining the Groundwork USA team, Stacey worked for PowerCorps PHL, an AmeriCorps workforce development program designed to support the City of Philadelphia’s environmental stewardship initiatives, youth violence prevention, and workforce development priorities. Stacey oversaw the provision of social work and supportive services to young adults ages 18 to 26. Stacey’s career has focused on the intersection of social work, public health, and environmental justice. Stacey holds a Master of Social Work from Boston University and a Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.

 

Cezar Morar Assistant Professor, University of Oradea University of Oradea
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Cezar Morar

Assistant Professor, University of Oradea
University of Oradea

Dr. Cezar Morar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Tourism and Territorial Planning, at University of Oradea in Romania. He is interested in and have broad experience with sustainable development and reuse of potentially contaminated and abandoned sites, or “brownfields” as these sites are common to many countries in Europe and North America. Dr. Morar publishes frequently on the topic of tourism, brownfields, planning and sustainable development. He had the opportunity to work on a number of diverse international research and development projects in Hungary, Ukraine, Serbia, Canada, United States. Dr. Morar serves as a subject matter expert to evaluate project proposals submitted for funding under various programs financed by the European Union. In 2019 Dr. Morar conducted research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, under the prestigious U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program.

 

John Morris Global Remediation Director Honeywell
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John Morris

Global Remediation Director
Honeywell

John Morris is Honeywell’s Global Remediation Director and manages a staff that implements the company’s cleanup and redevelopment of legacy manufacturing locations where those operations resulted in soil, sediment, and groundwater impacts. John provides strategic planning, regulatory interpretation, and financial management across a broad portfolio of complex remediation sites. He has directly managed many of Honeywell’s successful brownfield redevelopment projects, represented the company in regulatory negotiations, and spoken frequently in public forums about Honeywell’s proactive approach to remediation management. Mr. Morris has over 40 years of experience in the environmental field and has a B.A. in English (Temple University) and a B.S. (Temple University) and M.S. (Drexel University) in Environmental Engineering. He is a licensed chemical engineer.

 

Mary Morton Associate / Planner + Urban Designer WRT LLC
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Mary Morton

Associate / Planner + Urban Designer
WRT LLC

Mary Morton is an urban designer and planner with a background in architecture. She has Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Miami and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She has extensive experience working with communities to build capacity by organizing interactive workshops, charrettes, and meetings. Her work focuses on projects that support the betterment or development of meaningful public spaces and tackle issues of environmental stewardship, social justice, equity, placemaking, and authentic community engagement. She is passionate about using her design and engagement skills both in professional practice and as a volunteer to create positive impact in communities across the country.

 

Ilene Munk Shareholder Foley & Mansfield, PLLP.
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Ilene Munk

Shareholder
Foley & Mansfield, PLLP.

Ilene Munk is co-chair of Foley & Mansfield's national environmental practice group focusing on Superfund, Brownfields redevelopment and environmental litigation. As a former EPA enforcement attorney, Ms. Munk now defends clients in contaminated property matters including Superfund allocation, groundwater disputes, PFAS defense and other toxic tort matters. Ilene Munk has served as Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association Superfund and Natural Resources committee for the last several years and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Ilene has been named by her peers and judges as an AV Preeminent rated attorney through Martindale-Hubbell.

 

Jon Munkers CFO/Principal Scientist Alta Science & Engineering, Inc.
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Jon Munkers

CFO/Principal Scientist
Alta Science & Engineering, Inc.

Jon Munkers is a founding Principal Scientist and currently serves as CFO at Alta Science & Engineering. Jon has more than 20 years of Brownfields experience working with rural and smaller cities to address environmental and redevelopment challenges. He brings a balanced technical and financial approach along with a strong human health risk assessment background to each project. Jon’s experience includes Brownfields impacted by historic mining, petroleum, solvent, heavy metal, emerging contaminants, and other environmental challenges. Jon enjoys skiing, playing music, and traveling with his family and two teenage sons.

 

Jorge Mutis Project Designer Perkins+Will
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Jorge Mutis

Project Designer
Perkins+Will

 

Jennifer Muus Geoscientist New Mexico Environment Department
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Jennifer Muus

Geoscientist
New Mexico Environment Department

BA Geology, Western Washington University MS Earth & Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico

 

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George Naslas Vice President, Weston & Sampson Weston & Sampson
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George Naslas

Vice President, Weston & Sampson
Weston & Sampson

Vice President at Weston & Sampson, is a Massachusetts Licensed Site Professional with nearly 35 years of professional experience and extensive knowledge of Brownfields sites and industrial properties. George has completed over 150 Phase I, II, and III assessments, including most of Weston & Sampson’s EPA Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Grant projects; he has worked on EPA-funded Brownfields projects dating back to 2000. In addition, George has presented at numerous national Brownfields conferences over the past 15 years, including EPAs Brownfields 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2006, and 2001. George served as a member of the Brownfields 2017 National Conference Education committee responsible for setting the program at the national conference (and all national conferences dating back to Brownfields 2006) and also moderated a session at Brownfields 2013 in Atlanta. Along with the City of Boston, he accepted the 2012 EPA Region 1 Phoenix Award for the redevelopment of the Modern Electroplating facility in Roxbury, Massachusetts. George also teaches seminars on Brownfields and presents Brownfields project details to the public in various communities and at national symposiums. He holds a Master of Science degree in Hydrology/Hydrogeology from the University of Nevada and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of London. George is also an active member of the Licensed Site Professional Association.

 

Greg Neal Senior Engineering Geologist California Department of Toxic Substances Control
Wai Yi Ng Permits and Hazardous Materials Manager Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation
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Wai Yi Ng

Permits and Hazardous Materials Manager
Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation

Ms. Ng is HART's Environmental Permitting and Hazardous Material Manager and oversees the acquisition of environmental permits and manages potentially contaminated sites along the rail alignment. She manages the On-Call Hazardous Materials contract, which identifies and removes unanticipated contaminated media that may be encountered during underground investigations. Responsibilities include identifying the type of contamination, identifying appropriate site investigations, remediation options, disposal and removal hazardous material in accordance with local, state and federal laws. She has over 12 years of experience working on contaminated sites and environmental compliance. She has a Bachelor degree in Geology and has been conducting environmental investigations in Oahu for over nine years. Ms. Ng’s responsibilities include planning, managing and coordinating assessments and cleanups of contaminated sites along the 20 mile alignment.

 

David Nicholas Senior Advisor US Environmental Protection Agency
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David Nicholas

Senior Advisor
US Environmental Protection Agency

David joined the US Environmental Protection Agency in 1990. As Senior Advisor for eEnterprise in the Office of Land and Emergency Management, he leads a wide range of projects to modernize EPA’s programs for recycling hazardous materials and restoring contaminated land. From 2009 to 2010, David completed a one year assignment at the Environmental Council of States to focus on enforcement and compliance issues. He continues to coordinate closely with state and tribal partners in eEnterprise projects. David holds an M.P.A. in public administration from Lehigh University, a B.A. in political science from Albright College, and is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute.

 

William Nineve Trident Environmental Group, LLC
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William Nineve


Trident Environmental Group, LLC

William Nineve is the founder and current member of Trident Environmental Group, LLC based in Norfolk, Massachusetts. After studying engineering and military sciences at the U.S Coast Guard Academy, William finished up schooling at Long Island University in Environmental Science. Humble beginnings of starting Trident Environmental Group back in 1994 allowed William to focus on intense business abd relationship development. Trident Environmental now stands as a regional industry leader, offering site remediation, waste transportation, emergency response, Liquid Boot and industrial services. He has been involved with the remediation of numerous Brownfields projects including excavation activities, ground water treatment systems, AS/SVE systems, various insitu remediation techniques and Liquid Boot spray applied vapor barrier solutions for vapor intrusion solutions to name a few.

 

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Gary O'Connor Attorney/Member Pullman & Comley, LLC
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Gary O'Connor

Attorney/Member
Pullman & Comley, LLC

Gary is a member of the law firm, Pullman & Comley, LLC, where he concentrates in environmental, real estate and land use law. He has represented major developers, state agencies and municipalities in the redevelopment of significant brownfield sites. He serves as Co-Chair of the Connecticut General Assembly's Brownfield Working Group and has been instrumental in the drafting and passage of legislation that has reduced regulatory hurdles created financial incentives and provided liability relief in connection with the redevelopment of brownfield sites.

 

Neil O'Leary Mayor of Waterbury, CT City of Waterbury, CT
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Neil O'Leary

Mayor of Waterbury, CT
City of Waterbury, CT

 

Russell Olsen
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Russell Olsen


Russell E. Olsen, MPA, Executive Director Washington State Pollution Liability Insurance Agency Russell E. Olsen was appointed Director of the Washington State Pollution Liability Insurance Agency (PLIA) in May 2013. Russ ensures that PLIA provides an effective and efficient government funding model to support owners and operators of underground storage tanks (USTs) in meeting financial responsibility and environmental cleanup requirements. Russ has brought PLIA to the forefront of innovative government through the successful passage of legislation to implement a loan and grant program for UST owners and operators, adding to the agency’s responsibilities of managing its Commercial UST Reinsurance, Heating Oil Technical Assistance, and Heating Oil Insurance Programs. The same legislation extended the agency’s expiration date from June 30, 2020 to June 30, 2030. Under Russ’s leadership, the Legislature expanded PLIA’s authority to provide technical oversight and written opinions of independent cleanups from heating oil to include qualifying petroleum sites. Russ received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Criminal Justice from St. Martin's College, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Seattle University. Russ’s previous experience as the Commercial Underground Storage Tank Reinsurance Program Manager for PLIA and as the Northwest Regional Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) Unit Supervisor for the Department of Ecology's Toxic Cleanup has given him a well-rounded and solid understanding of the regulations surrounding environmental cleanup, as well as, the challenges underground storage tank owners face in meeting environmental and financial responsibility requirements.

 

Rebecca Otte Statewide Brownfield Coordinator Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality
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Rebecca Otte

Statewide Brownfield Coordinator
Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality

Rebecca is passionate about restoring vacant, abandoned properties and revitalizing communities. After completing her degree in Civil Engineering at Valparaiso University and spending two years as Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa, Rebecca returned to California to start her career in Environmental Engineering at Miller Brooks Environmental in Huntington Beach, conducting environmental assessments and cleanups under rigorous California regulatory scrutiny. In 2003, Rebecca moved to New Orleans to pursue her passion for historic preservation and urban planning at the University of New Orleans. While at UNO, Rebecca served as a graduate assistant at the Regional Planning Commission for southeast Louisiana, coming on fulltime after 17 months and eventually moving her way up to Environmental Programs Director. Rebecca took on the RPC’s fledgling Brownfield Program and over the next 15 years grew it into a dynamic resource for the New Orleans metropolitan area. In 2018, Rebecca was tapped to take over the statewide Brownfield Program at the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, assisting local Brownfield coordinators facilitate their programs, administering the state’s Targeted Brownfield Assessment Program, and organizing workshops and events to promote the use of Brownfield resources throughout the State.

 

Patricia Overmeyer Deputy Director, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Patricia Overmeyer

Deputy Director, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Patricia Overmeyer is the Deputy Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR). Ms. Overmeyer has worked in U.S. EPA’s Brownfields Program since January of 2002 and has been instrumental in developing the program’s core policies and priorities since its inception. Previously, Ms. Overmeyer served as OBLR’s Team Leader for the Brownfields Policy, Research and Outreach Team, which coordinates brownfields and land revitalization research, partnerships, policy development, and communications. Ms. Overmeyer coordinates EPA’s biannual National Brownfields Training Conference. Ms. Overmeyer is responsible for overseeing the implementation of EPA’s regulations governing required standards and practices for conducting environmental site assessments or “All Appropriate Inquiries,” under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). She coordinated the development of the regulation that establishes standards and practices for conducting all appropriate inquiries and served as EPA’s Designated Federal Official for the Agency’s Federal Advisory Committee that was tasked with developing the proposed regulation on all appropriate inquiries. Prior to her tenure with OBLR, Ms. Overmeyer worked in U.S. EPA’s Hazardous Waste Identification Division where she was responsible for the development of regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Ms. Overmeyer earned her M.S. from Carnegie-Mellon’s School of Urban and Public Affairs and has a B.A. in economics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

 

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Evans Paull Principal, Redevelopment Economics Redevelopment Economics
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Evans Paull

Principal, Redevelopment Economics
Redevelopment Economics

Evans Paull is Principal at the consulting business, Redevelopment Economics, which offers services to businesses and state/local governments in the areas of brownfields and sustainable urban redevelopment. Redevelopment Economics has particular expertise in: the development of brownfields plans and strategies; economic and fiscal impacts of redevelopment investments; creative gap-financing solutions; tax increment financing feasibility analysis; and policy analysis for redevelopment incentives. Evans has also served as the Executive Director of the Smart Growth America/National Brownfields Coalition, a federal policy and advocacy group. In other prior positions Mr. Paull served as a Senior Policy Analyst for Northeast-Midwest Institute, and the Director of Policy Analysis and the Brownfields Initiative for Baltimore Development Corporation. Mr. Paull has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals, the National Phoenix Award (for brownfield redevelopment), the (Maryland) Governor's Smart Growth Award, and the Professional Achievement in Economic Development Award (from the American Planning Association's Maryland Chapter). Paull received his Bachelor of Arts from the College of Wooster and a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois.

 

Jan Perry Executive Director Infrastructure Funding Alliance
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Jan Perry

Executive Director
Infrastructure Funding Alliance

Jan Perry is a candidate for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors District 2. She served as Los Angeles City Councilwoman for the residents of District 9 which includes Downtown, Little Tokyo and South LA. During her 12-year tenure Perry led catalytic projects such as LA Live, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and the new Police Administrative Building. She brought in $15 billion in investment, $52 million in net new tax revenue for the City of Los Angeles, and approximately 90,000 full-time jobs. As a result of her leadership, Downtown is one of the most desirable and sought-after residential and commercial destinations in the nation. Perry’s years in office also saw the development of more than 5,670 units of supportive housing to shelter the homeless and people suffering from mental illness and substance abuse. Mayor Eric Garcetti selected Ms. Perry to run the Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) shortly after his election in July 2013. EWDD provides a broad range of programs offering assistance to business, job seekers and disconnected youth. All of EWDD’s programs are designed to help build local business and strengthen the workforce. Ms. Perry currently serves as the executive director of the Infrastructure Funding Alliance, a national initiative to meet future infrastructure, economic development, and environmental challenges. The organization’s mission is to develop and advocate approaches and strategies that motivate government at all levels to implement environmentally and fiscally sustainable infrastructure projects. She has served on the Los Angeles County Small Business Commission and the Women and Girls Initiative. Ms. Perry earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.

 

Mel Pins Brownfield Program Manager Iowa Dept of Natural Resources
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Mel Pins

Brownfield Program Manager
Iowa Dept of Natural Resources

Mel Pins has over 28 years of career experience in environmental assessment, cleanup, regulatory compliance and redevelopment planning. He has been employed with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ for 23 years, and during his tenure at the DNR he has managed Iowa’s brownfield redevelopment program since 2004. Prior to his work at DNR, Mel was an environmental consultant in the petroleum marketing and real estate industry, serving clients across the Midwest. His education includes a degree in Urban Planning from Iowa State University, with an emphasis on environmental law and policy.

 

Gina Plantz Technical Expert/Principal Consultant Haley Aldrich
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Gina Plantz

Technical Expert/Principal Consultant
Haley Aldrich

Ms. Plantz is a Principal Consultant and nationally recognized vapor intrusion expert with extensive experience in risk communication and litigation support. Additionally, for the past ten years, she has led and overseen Haley & Aldrich’s services provided to a California utility company, which is our largest client. She has successfully completed vapor intrusion assessments under the oversight of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Her credibility with and access to key regulatory personnel affords important insights not readily available to others and has assisted inobtaining favorable mediation agreements, clean‐up goals and multiple No Further Action determinations.

 

Ed Platt Shell Global Program Manager Shell
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Ed Platt

Shell Global Program Manager
Shell

William E. “Ed” Platt has worked in the Oil and Gas Industry for over 25 years. He started in private practice as an Environmental Litigator, and then went to work at Shell Oil Company, where he has focused on Environmental Remediation projects and transactions. Ed has a BA from Baylor University, an MA from Oxford University, and a JD from Texas A&M University.

 

Dan Powell Branch Chief, Technology Information and Integration Branch U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Dan Powell

Branch Chief, Technology Information and Integration Branch
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Dan leads a team of experts focused on applying innovative practices in site characterization and remediation, transferring the lessons learned into site cleanup operations in Superfund and other cleanup programs.

 

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Bruce Rasher Redevelopment Manager RACER Trust
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Bruce Rasher

Redevelopment Manager
RACER Trust

Bruce Rasher serves as the Redevelopment Manager of RACER Trust, an environmental response trust established as a qualified settlement fund, created by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in 2011 to assume title to, clean up, reposition and sell the properties abandoned by GM in its 2009 bankruptcy. The portfolio consisted of 44 million square feet in 66 buildings on 7,000 acres of land at 89 locations in 14 states. The Trust’s mandate, as stipulated in a 2010 Consent Decree and Settlement Agreement entered into by the U.S., the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and the 14 states, is to sell these properties to buyers who will invest in new development, restore tax base and create jobs to help the communities hurt by GM’s bankruptcy. Mr. Rasher is responsible for managing the marketing and sale of the Trust’s properties, in consultation with the Administrative Trustee and Federal, state and local officials, as well as governmental affairs and communications. To date, RACER Trust has completed more than 70 sales, resulting in pledges of more than $2.3 billion in private investment and 16,400 jobs. Prior to joining RACER Trust, Mr. Rasher was a Vice President with CBRE based in Detroit. He is the former mayor of Marshall, Michigan.

 

Leo Rebele Principal Ramboll US Corporation
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Leo Rebele

Principal
Ramboll US Corporation

 

Chris Rhie BuroHappold Engineering
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Chris Rhie


BuroHappold Engineering

Chris Rhie is an urban planner and sustainability strategist at BuroHappold Engineering. Chris has extensive experience with sustainability and climate action plans for local governments, as well as colleges and universities across the United States. His recent projects include New York City’s Roadmap to 80×50, market research for Community Retrofit NYC, and the Los Angeles Countywide Sustainability Plan. Prior to joining BuroHappold, Chris was an energy analyst at the City of New York and the City of Oakland. He holds master’s degrees in city planning and real estate development from MIT.

 

Jim Rice ICF
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Jim Rice


ICF

Jim Rice supports US EPA as technical lead for site-specific optimization reviews and with his expertise as a hydrogeologist. Mr. Rice is a Licensed Professional Geologist with 30 years of environmental project experience managing and conducting site assessments, hydrogeologic and contaminant transport studies, site remediation, groundwater contaminant monitoring, and remediation program strategy development.

 

Elaine Richardson Vice President Vita Nuova LLC
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Elaine Richardson

Vice President
Vita Nuova LLC

Ms. Richardson has significant experience in the real estate industry as a researcher and strategist. She has worked with nationally recognized commercial developers on acquisition identification and analysis, community relations and marketing. Her communications skills are instrumental in educating communities on issues relating to contamination and redevelopment, and assisting in building support for the redevelopment of underutilized properties and preservation of green space. Her project experience has included brownfields redevelopment, adaptive reuse projects, community planning programs, as well as new construction. As a public relations professional, Ms. Richardson has managed media and public relations on complex real estate, environmental and community issues for non-profit and corporate clients. She has a broad network of print and mass media contacts and works closely with reporters and producers to ensure each message is effectively communicated. She has developed communication programs and facilitated public meetings related to real estate, construction and environmental issues. By combining technical multi-media skills with a distinct understanding of human relations, Ms. Richardson creates communications programs that reach the core of their objectives. Ms. Richardson has authored and co-authored numerous articles related to real estate and environmental issues. She has completed industry training related to real estate, hazardous building materials, and OSHA compliance issues. Ms. Richardson is a past-president and member of CREW-CT, a professional organization dedicated to supporting and advancing the achievements of women in commercial real estate. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Corporate Communications from Southern Connecticut State University and has completed industry training in hazardous materials and OSHA compliance issues.

 

Reanne Ridsdale PhD Student Ryerson University
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Reanne Ridsdale

PhD Student
Ryerson University

Reanne Ridsdale is a PhD student at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Her research focuses on increasing social sustainability of contaminated sites, demystifying stakeholder engagement methodology, and to identify policy tools that escalate value-added brownfield redevelopment. She completed her masters at the University of Saskatchewan in 2015, where she researched the efficacy of international sustainable remediation frameworks.

 

Toby Rittner President & CEO Council of Development Finance Agencies
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Toby Rittner

President & CEO
Council of Development Finance Agencies

Toby Rittner is the President & CEO of Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), a national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance concerns and interests. CDFA is comprised of the nation’s leading and most knowledgeable members of the development finance community representing hundreds of public, private and non-profit development entities. Members are state, county and municipal development finance agencies and authorities that provide or otherwise support economic development financing programs. Mr. Rittner runs the day-to-day operations of the Council, which includes management of a 32-member Board of Directors, and the organization’s various educational, advocacy, research, resources and networking initiatives. Rittner is one of the most vocal and recognized leaders of the development finance industry nationwide and has advised state and federal government leaders, including President Obama’s Administration Transition Team, on economic development finance policy. Through his leadership and guidance, CDFA was successful in preserving private activity bonds and other critical development finance tools during the 2017 tax reform deliberations. Rittner is a frequent speaker at local, state and national conferences and events focused on economic development finance. He has been featured extensively in The Bond Buyer, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, NPR and other national media publications concerning the advancement of development finance tools. He is the author of CDFA's highly acclaimed Practitioner's Guide to Economic Development Finance and co-author of CDFA's Unlocking Capital: A Handbook for Becoming a High Performing Development Finance Agency. Rittner is an adjunct faculty member at The Ohio State University and Carnegie Mellon University teaching planning and finance for sustainable economic development. He is a Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) through CDFA. Prior to joining CDFA, Mr. Rittner was the Director of Legislative Affairs for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Mr. Rittner has also worked for the Franklin County, Ohio Board of Commissioners and the City of Gahanna, Ohio. Mr. Rittner previously served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Financial Advisory Board and is a member of the Advisory Board for the National Community Fund I. Mr. Rittner holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master's of City and Regional Planning degree from The Ohio State University. Mr. Rittner was awarded the Ohio State University College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2016.

 

Jim Rocco Engineer Vita Nuova LLC
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Jim Rocco

Engineer
Vita Nuova LLC

His experience includes human health risk assessment, risk-based decision making for corrective action and property redevelopment, reuse, or disposition; community and stakeholder communication and interaction; and database and geographic information system (GIS) development and implementation. Mr. Rocco’s expertise and primary interests are in multi-criteria structured decision making and the management, communication, and resolution of environmental risks related to brownfield and other environmentally impacted properties. His focus includes the design, specification, and development of processes and software applications to support environmental risk management and decision making and the accessibility, presentation, and dissemination of information through the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and tabular databases. Mr. Rocco has extensive experience and involvement in the development of technical solutions for environmental risk management and the implementation of structured decision making in a multi-stakeholder environment to support corrective action and redevelopment. He has developed and maintained temporal and spatial databases and utilized GIS to support risk assessments, risk-based evaluations, and reuse planning evaluations for property or area revitalization, and for presentations of information to diverse audiences including GIS-based mapping applications and relational databases developed for spatial and temporal data analysis. He has participated in the development of open, transparent processes utilizing temporal and spatial databases to facilitate and enhance decision making and communication about risks from chemicals and radionuclides in the environment. He has worked with stakeholders at all levels, including federal and state environmental regulators, and communities surrounding facilities. He has developed and negotiated liability transfer mechanisms including the application of institutional and engineering controls associated with the transfer and redevelopment of over 300 sites in 17 states. He has actively supported and participated in the development of environmental covenants as a means of addressing long term care for institutional and engineering controls. Mr. Rocco has a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He worked for twenty-five years in private industry overseeing and managing the construction, maintenance, and environmental aspects of commercial and industrial properties. In addition to his work as a member of Vita Nuova LLC, he is a principal in Sage Risk Solutions LLC focusing on environmental risk management for commercial, industrial, and Brownfields properties and participates on a team of professionals with Risk Assessment Corporation (RAC) focusing on environmental and human health issues associated with chemicals and radionuclides in the environment.

 

Jesse Rosenbluth Business Development, Green Infrastructure Technical Services Omni Ecosystems
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Jesse Rosenbluth

Business Development, Green Infrastructure Technical Services
Omni Ecosystems

Jesse Rosenbluth provides Business Development and Green Infrastructure Technical Services for Omni Ecosystems. He has spent over a decade in the field of applied ecology with his career spanning wetland remediation in Ohio, riparian restoration management in Oregon, organic farm management and sustainability practices in Michigan and Illinois, and green infrastructure installation and management throughout the U.S. He brings his expertise to bear supporting clients as they apply Omni Living Infrastructure systems. Jesse wants every landscape to grow into the best version of itself and take full advantage of ecological principles possible through Omni's advanced technologies.

 

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Sam Saieed Assistant Director of Community Development http://www.sedev.org/
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Sam Saieed

Assistant Director of Community Development
http://www.sedev.org/

Sam Saieed is the Assistant Director of Community Development & Grants Director for SETDD. He has been with SETDD for twelve years. He has been working on SETDD's Regional Brownfield initiative since 2013. He holds a BS and an MPA from UT-Chattanooga.

 

Oral Saulters TAB Partner Kansas State University Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB)
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Oral Saulters

TAB Partner
Kansas State University Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB)

Oral Saulters has extensive experience working with diverse communities, government agencies, and educational institutions in solving complex technical, environmental, and socioeconomic challenges. He is collaborating with Kansas State University Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) as a partner on various innovative initiatives.

 

Shanna Schmitt Hydrogeologist Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
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Shanna Schmitt

Hydrogeologist
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Shanna is a native of Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a BS in Geology. She is licensed as a Professional Geologist in MN and is a Certified Professional Geologist with the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). Shanna has been working as a geologist for 16 years, in both the private and public sectors, and currently works in the Remediation Division of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Shanna has worked on a variety of brownfield/redevelopment, remediation, Superfund, and grant funded sites, including Phase I ESAs, Phase II Investigations, hazardous material surveys, monitoring, response action plans, implementation reports, storm water infiltration on contaminated sites, institutional controls, etc. Shanna is a dedicated volunteer with the Minnesota Section of AIPG, a member of Minnesota Brownfields, the Minnesota Ground Water Association (MGWA), the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC), and the Geological Society of America (GSA), and she serves on a variety of advisory boards and committees. Shanna is passionate about geoscience outreach, whether speaking about volcanoes with school children or discussing geoscience careers with college students.

 

Gene Schmittgens Attorney Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes
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Gene Schmittgens

Attorney
Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes

Gene works with clients in all aspects of environmental law, including reporting, compliance, enforcement, administrative litigation, insurance, permitting, transportation requirements, and transactional issues arising out of the sale of real estate and businesses. He has experience in various state and federal environmental laws, CERCLA, TSCA, the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, NEPA and RCRA. He has helped clients at both the state and federal levels. He is frequent lecturer and author on a wide variety of environmental issues and is the current editor of the Missouri Chapter in the Lexis/Nexis publication Brownfields Law and Practice. Gene is a current member and past chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section Council, as well as the immediate past Chair of the Association’s Business Advice Section Council. He is the Chair of the Bar Association of Metropolitan Saint Louis’ Environmental Law Committee and a past Chair of the Regional Chamber and Growth Association’s Environmental Law Committee. He also is the current Chair of the Environmental Transactions and Brownfields Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environments, Energy and Resources. He has been active in a number of other environmental law committees of various bar associations and civic groups and also has been an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Saint Louis University of Law where he taught a course on Environmental Due Diligence. He was named to the 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers in America.

 

Lawrence Schnapf Principal Schnapf LLC
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Lawrence Schnapf

Principal
Schnapf LLC

Lawrence P. Schnapf is an environmental attorney based in New York City and New Jersey with over 35 years of national environmental experience and is the principal of Schnapf LLC. Larry primarily concentrates on environmental risks associated with corporate, real estate and brownfield transactions; commercial financing including asset-based lending, syndicated loans, mezzanine loans and distressed debt; bankruptcy, workouts and corporate restructuring. He has extensive experience with brownfield redevelopment and financing, including representing affordable housing developers and assisting local development corporations or not-for-profit organizations with their brownfield planning programs. Larry also represents clients in federal and state environmental litigation, enforcement actions, administrative proceedings and private cost recovery actions. He has also served as liaison counsel for PRP steering committees. He has also written numerous articles on environmental law, is the general editor/contributing author of “Environmental Issues in Business Transactions” published by the Business Law Section of the ABA and is also the author of “Managing Environmental Liability in Transactions and Brownfield Redevelopment” published by JurisLaw Publishing. He is also contributing author for several chapters of “Brownfield Practice and Law: The Cleanup and Redevelopment of Contaminated Properties” and the “Environmental Law Practice Guide”, both published by Lexis Publishing. Larry is a past chair of the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) and co-chair of the NYSBA Brownfield Task Force. He served as co-chair of the Section’s Hazardous Site Remediation committee for two decades Larry is also a board member of the NYC Brownfield Partnership and the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast (BCONE). He was the chair of the Brownfield Committee of the Environmental Business Association of New York from 2002-2008. He is a past Chair of the ABA Section of Business Law Committee on Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law. He is also a member of the board of Bloomfield BNA Environmental Due Diligence Guide and a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists. Larry has also served on a number of ASTM Task Groups, including Chair of the legal sub-committee for the 2013 revisions to the ASTM E1527 Phase 1 Standard and co-Chair of the legal sub-committee for the ASTM Vapor Intrusion Task Group. Larry is an adjunct professor of environmental law at New York Law School and a faculty member of the NYLS Center for Real Estate Studies where he teaches “Environmental Issues in Business Transactions,” “Environmental Law and Practice” and a mini-course on “Brownfields Redevelopment”. He was also on the faculty of the Center for Christian Studies at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church where he taught “The Bible and the Environment.” He is listed in the New York Super Lawyers-Metro Edition (2010-2018); the Super Lawyers Business Edition (2011-18); The International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers (2008-2018) as well as appearing in Chambers USA Client Guide of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Larry has received the AV® Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible Peer Review Rating.

 

Erika Scott Vice President - Development Herman & Kittle Properties, Inc.
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Erika Scott

Vice President - Development
Herman & Kittle Properties, Inc.

Erika joined HKP in 2005. In her position as Vice President Development, she leads a team of Development Directors and Development Analysts focusing the states of Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Erika directly lead efforts in HKP receiving allocations of $8M in rental housing tax credits that resulted in over 2,600 affordable housing units. Additionally, Erika has lead teams that have either developed or acquired another 1,500 affordable apartment homes utilizing almost $30M in rental housing tax credits and 1,600 market rate housing units totaling over $715M in total development costs. Erika has also developed nine new self-storage facilities accounting for over 4,200 storage units, while also working on the expansion of two existing facilities. In her position, Erika utilizes her knowledge and skill set obtained from her experience at the Indiana Housing Finance Authority (now known as the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority), where she was the Allocation Manager. In this position, she was responsible for allocating over $25M in Federal and State funding, which allowed local units of government, for-profit and non-profit entities across the State of Indiana to complete affordable housing activities. The Federal funds included HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Erika earned her Bachelor's degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Butler University followed, where Erika earned her Master's of Business Administration (MBA).

 

Sean Scully City Manager City of Riverbank, CA
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Sean Scully

City Manager
City of Riverbank, CA

 

John Sepich president Brownfield Subslab
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John Sepich

president
Brownfield Subslab

John Sepich is a professional engineer with fifty years of experience in the civil/environmental fields. He currently specializes in soil vapor control at new and redevelopment sites.

 

Andrew Seth President Sustainable Strategies DC
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Andrew Seth

President
Sustainable Strategies DC

Andrew Seth is the President of Sustainable Strategies DC, where he works with local governments across America in identifying and securing resources for their priority needs. He is a national expert on community revitalization, smart growth, brownfields redevelopment, infrastructure investment, and environmental sustainability. Andrew has established and managed multiple coalitions of cities and counties, including Climate Communities, First & Main, the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals, and the American Waterfront Revitalization Coalition. He was previously a partner at The Ferguson Group, providing federal advocacy for localities across America. Andrew also served as a project manager on environmental issues at the International City/County Management Association, where he directed the Local Government Environmental Assistance Network. Prior to joining ICMA, he was a member of the government affairs team at Spiegel & McDiarmid. Andrew began his career at the conservation non-profit American Rivers. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Salisbury State University and a Master of Science in Resource Administration and Management from the University of New Hampshire.

 

Sarah Sieloff Executive Director Center for Creative Land Recycling
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Sarah Sieloff

Executive Director
Center for Creative Land Recycling

Sarah Sieloff is the Executive Director of the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR or "see clear"). CCLR promotes the sustainable, equitable and responsible reuse of underutilized and environmentally impacted properties by educating, advocating, assisting and convening stakeholders to revitalize communities through land recycling. CCLR is the EPA Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB) provider for EPA regions 2, 9 and 10, and under Sarah’s leadership, it has grown substantially since 2015. Prior to joining CCLR, Sarah served as the Memphis Team Lead for the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities. She has a background in international development and is a Truman Scholar. Sarah earned her Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University and her BA from Eckerd College. She is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and frequently leads or participates on technical advisory panels around the country.

 

Dr. Mitchell Smith Senior Technical Training Director Young Community Developers, Inc.
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Dr. Mitchell Smith

Senior Technical Training Director
Young Community Developers, Inc.

Mitchell Smith, Ed.D. is a lifelong educator whose career started over 30 years ago as Executive Director of a nonprofit youth program that gave inner city youth a chance to succeed academically by placing them in environments more conducive for learning. He provided the leadership, guidance, and motivation to hundreds of students during his tenure. Born and raised in NYC, Dr. Smith understands the challenges that urban areas face, and gives insight to the teaching methodologies that must be in place for students of all ages to succeed. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts receiving degrees in Educational Leadership. Dr. Smith has led numerous workshops and training seminars in the areas of workforce education, self-awareness, and gang violence prevention. He continues to do motivational speaking engagements to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth and adults. For a number of years Dr. Smith was in a corporate career as an educational consultant, and sales strategist. McGraw Hill, Pearson Group, and Host Learning are among several companies that utilized the skills and talents of Dr.Smith to provide quality educational solutions to its clients. Highlighted in Money Magazine in May 2010, Dr. Smith made a career change and began to work within the Solar Industry challenging and training inner city displaced workers to pursue careers in the solar industry. While independently consulting with community based organizations to develop curriculum and instruction for workforce development he also trained many staff and students of various organizations in solar design and installation. He continues to provide curriculum for workforce development, and incorporates harm reduction strategies for both young and adult populations. Dr. Smith believes that training and mentoring young men and women effectively to succeed in the workplace should be at the forefront of every discussion concerning our viable future. Currently he is Senior Technical Training Director for Young Community Developers, Inc., a nonprofit organization inspiring and empowering residents in the Southeast sector of San Francisco, CA through job readiness training and employment counseling. There he manages curriculum and instruction for their staff and customers while also developing strategic partnerships with community based organizations and employers.

 

Mike Sowinski Vice President, Environmental Protection Services
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Mike Sowinski

Vice President, Environmental Protection Services

Mr. Sowinski is the Vice President of Terradex, a California company focusing on technology services for land activity monitoring of environmentally sensitive sites. Mr. Sowinski brings over 20 years of engineering and legal experience on environmental cleanup, environmental compliance, property redevelopment, and pollution control (i.e., CWA, RCRA) and is an expert in the niche area of “institutional controls” and long term stewardship. Prior to joining Terradex, Mr. Sowinski practiced environmental law where he advised and litigated on behalf of local governments and private clients on cleanup, institutional controls, brownfield, water pollution, land use, and other environmental matters. Mr. Sowinski’s experience also includes a career in environmental consulting where he consulted to federal and state environmental agencies, as well as private clients, on environmental cleanup and compliance matters, ranging from broad-scale program advising on cleanup program and long term stewardship issues, to site-specific brownfield redevelopment, cleanup, water pollution, and environmental compliance matters. Mr. Sowinski has also been an expert witness on institutional control issues in a federal court matter. Mr. Sowinski received a BS and MS in Engineering from the University of Maryland, and a Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School. Mr. Sowinski speaks and writes regularly on environmental cleanup, brownfield, and stewardship matters and, among other things, he recently co-authored a law review article on CERCLA liability defenses published in the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. Mr. Sowinski lead the Task Group, within the ASTM E50.02 Subcommittee, who drafted the ASTM “Continuing Obligation” Standard Guide. Finally, Mr. Sowinski is a trainer with the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council for its Long Term Stewardship guidance.

 

Carrie Staton Associate Director Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center
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Carrie Staton

Associate Director
Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center

Carrie M. Staton is the Associate Director of the Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University. Carrie provides operational leadership, including development and management of internal processes; program development and implementation; financial and administrative oversight; and partnership development and management. She also manages programs and projects related to community engagement, education, research, and collaborative redevelopment. Carrie oversees the identification and pursuit of research priorities and opportunities for the Center, including facilitating collaboration with faculty and communities. Carrie also serves as Director of WVU BAD Buildings, which provides technical assistance and resources to communities to address abandoned and dilapidated properties. Carrie provides strategic leadership and management, program development, partnership development, education and outreach, and develops research priorities, policies, and publication strategies on blight in rural Appalachia. She has published case studies on brownfield redevelopment in industry publications and textbooks, and has presented at national and international conferences on brownfields and community development. She has also coauthored published research in public administration journals. Carrie is a proud alum of Bethany College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Nonprofit Administration, and of West Virginia University, where she received a Master of Public Administration. She is a member of the Leadership WV Class of 2016 and was named one of Generation Next’s Top 40 Under 40 Leaders in 2018. She currently serves as the Board Secretary of PopShop, Inc., a nonprofit music academy dedicated to providing quality music education while working to nurture artistic and personal growth in students of all ages.

 

Marita Stollenwerk Senior Project Manager TRC
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Marita Stollenwerk

Senior Project Manager
TRC

Marita Stollenwerk is a member of TRC’s Environmental Sector, and has extensive experience with investigation and remediation activities at a variety of sites. She is experienced in all aspects of project implementation, client guidance, and communication and negotiation with regulators. Projects have included Phase I environmental site assessments, due diligence–driven regulatory closures, U.S. EPA funded Brownfields remediation projects, underground storage tank removals, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) PCB remediation, green consulting, long-term groundwater remediation, and Resource Conservation and Control Act (RCRA) sites, among many others. Marita is experienced serving commercial; banking; legal; non-profit; and local, state, and federal government clients, and with regulators in a variety of states and U.S. EPA (EPA) Regions 1, 5, and 6. Prior to consulting she was employed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as a project manager in the Voluntary Cleanup Program. She has a dual degree from Boston University in Environmental Science and Geology and is a registered professional geologist and an asbestos inspector. Outside of work, Marita enjoys spending her mornings rowing on the Milwaukee River, and after work chasing her 3 kids around.

 

Aimee Storm
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Aimee Storm


Aimee Storm is the Land Revitalization Coordinator and the Policy, Research and Outreach team leader for EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR). Her work supports community-led remediation and redevelopment of contaminated properties and neighborhood revitalization strategies.

 

Tim Streitz Senior TOD Planner City and County of Honolulu
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Tim Streitz

Senior TOD Planner
City and County of Honolulu

Tim has over 14 years of urban planning experience dealing with current and long-range planning as well as economic development types of projects in the public and nonprofit sectors, working in the U.S. and abroad. He currently serves as the Lead Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planner in the City and County of Honolulu. Throughout his seven years at the City, he has focused on TOD planning and implementation efforts, such as new mixed-use zoning, developing affordable housing and other policies, working on catalytic projects, and providing brownfields assistance, around Honolulu’s rail stations. Tim manages the City’s brownfields grant, in addition to supervising other projects.

 

Steve Surtees Director, Environmental Career Worker Training Program CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training
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Steve Surtees

Director, Environmental Career Worker Training Program
CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training

Steve Surtees currently serves as the Director of the NIEHS-funded Environmental Career Worker Training Program at CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training. Steve has over 20 years of experience in the administration of environmental hazard and occupational safety and health training for North America’s Building Trades Unions and is dedicated to providing pathways to sustainable careers in construction to underserved and vulnerable populations. Steve is a graduate of the University of Maryland.

 

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Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi Brownfield Coordinator & Grant Manager Cal EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control
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Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi

Brownfield Coordinator & Grant Manager
Cal EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control

Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi's has been with the Department of Toxic Substances Control since 2005. During that time, she has focused on community revitalization through the redevelopment of underutilized Brownfields properties. As the Brownfields Coordinator, she has facilitated agreements with developers, property owners and government agencies, leading to successful environmental restoration and reuse. Her role as a Project Manager has been focused on fast-paced redevelopment with time-sensitive schedules, and she has completed such projects as the Riverside Ag Park in Riverside, Vivante Senior Living Facility in Costa Mesa, the Studio 15 Housing project in San Diego, and the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center Miller Children's Hospital expansion. Additionally, Ms. Tasnif-Abbasi manages DTSC’s State Response Program Grant from USEPA, which provides funding for Brownfields assessment and planning. She is currently a supervisor for the Site Mitigation and Restoration Program in the Cypress office. Prior to DTSC, Ms. Tasnif-Abbasi was a Senior Project Manager at the Bechtel Corporation for twelve years, working with both military and private sector clients. Through Bechtel, Ms. Tasnif-Abbasi spent five years as a Regional Project Manager for the Chevron Environmental Management Company, responsible for the Ventura and Santa Barbara County portfolios, and special projects.

 

Michael Taylor President Vita Nuova LLC
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Michael Taylor

President
Vita Nuova LLC

Michael B. Taylor, AICP President, Vita Nuova LLC Michael Taylor has focused on the redevelopment of complex sites and revitalization of distressed communities for almost 20 years. As President of Vita Nuova LLC, a national consultancy, he leads the repositioning and disposition of complex sites including former nuclear sites, refineries, chemical facilities and sites with significant stigma due to off-site contamination or other issues. Vita Nuova has become known among Fortune 50 companies and other owners of complex real estate as specialists in creating value where none exists and developing approaches to long-term sustainable outcomes for all parties. In consultation with the appropriate professionals, Vita Nuova provides all aspects of support in the repositioning and disposition process including planning, stakeholder communications, regulatory advocacy, identification of partners, deal structure and liability management. Mr. Taylor has a broad background in environmental science, planning, real estate, stakeholder engagement and sustainability. Mr. Taylor chaired the ASTM task group for the National Standard on Sustainable Brownfields Redevelopment and served on the USEPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee from 1998-2002. He has trained over 3000 local economic development, state and federal officials in real estate and redevelopment of contaminated properties, co-authored numerous publications and guidance for USEPA and others and contributed to national brownfields, RCRA and superfund redevelopment policy. He was a graduate Rockefeller fellow at Yale University, where he studied Environmental Science, Public Policy and Ethics. He graduated Cum Laude in Urban Planning and Economics from Roanoke College,and s a certified planner with the American Planning Association.

 

José Juan Terrasa-Soler Marvel Architects
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José Juan Terrasa-Soler


Marvel Architects

José Juan is a registered landscape architect and environmental scientist, with over 20 years of experience in environment, development, planning, and design. His professional practice, research, writing, and teaching focus on the intersection of ecology and design, including green infrastructure, landscape resilience, and sustainable urban design. Throughout his wide-ranging career, he has held leadership positions in corporate, governmental, and non-profit organizations like the Environmental Business Unit of CSA Architects & Engineers, and in the Government of Puerto Rico as Deputy Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, overseeing its Planning and Development Division. As Director at Marvel Architects San Juan, José Juan participates in the early planning and design stages of a wide variety of projects including Building 77 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, La Parguera Green Infrastructure Master Plan in Lajas, PR, and leading efforts for a more resilient Puerto Rico with Resilient Power Puerto Rico. José Juan received his bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s College (Maryland), and a master’s degree in Ecology, from The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, a master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University, and a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University. He is a founding faculty member of the Master in Landscape Architecture degree program at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, in San Juan.

 

Mark Tholke Principal Golden State Renewable Energy LLC
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Mark Tholke

Principal
Golden State Renewable Energy LLC

Mark is Founding Principal and Advisor to Golden State Renewable Energy (GSRE), a solar PV developer focused on the principle that the best projects for community choice aggregators (CCAs) are those sited on degraded and/or marginal lands and support local, in-county infrastructure. Mark is also Chief Development Officer with Advanced Microgrid Solutions, a project developer and software platform that aggregates energy storage and other distributed energy assets into portfolios that can be dispatched for grid services or to achieve load reductions during system peaks to reduce energy cost. Prior to joining AMS, Mark was Vice President for EDF Renewable Energy's West Region, the only firm in the industry simultaneously developing utility-scale wind and solar PV projects in California. Under his leadership, EDF RE West region developed/built/financed 490 megawatts (MW) wind and 144 MW solar, with another 102 MW under construction, all from greenfield. Prior to joining EDF RE (formerly enXco), Mark held roles with Eurus, GE Wind Energy, Green Mountain Energy and a research affiliate of the Heinz Foundation. Mark holds a joint MBA/MS in Environmental Science from University of Michigan and Bachelor Degrees in Environmental Science & Economics from UC Santa Cruz.

 

Margo Thompson-Neel Senior Environmental Brownfields Planner WA State Dept. of Ecology Toxics Cleanup Program
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Margo Thompson-Neel

Senior Environmental Brownfields Planner
WA State Dept. of Ecology Toxics Cleanup Program

Margo Thompson-Neel is the Senior Environmental Brownfields Planner for WA State Dept. of Ecology Toxics Cleanup Program. In her critical role in Washington’s Brownfields Program, she leads a multiagency State Brownfields Team, manages both Standard and Affordable Housing Integrated Planning Grants, and builds bridges with brownfields redevelopment partners.

 

Bruce Thrupp Vice President/Principal Bulldog Green Remediation, Inc. (BGR)
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Bruce Thrupp

Vice President/Principal
Bulldog Green Remediation, Inc. (BGR)

Mr. Bruce Thrupp Principal Vice President of Business Development Mr. Thrupp has 25 years of experience in business development, and technical program and project management, including managing corporate business development programs for multi-office, national environmental companies, managing DoD contract development for environmental engineering and consulting firms. His technical experience includes program and project management in the environmental remediation sector, process analysis, development and improvement in the environmental services and technology sectors. Bruce has a bachelor's degree in geology (UCSB) and an MBA (CSULB).

 

Paula Torrado Air and Toxic Policy Analyst Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles
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Paula Torrado

Air and Toxic Policy Analyst
Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles

Paula joined PSR-LA in 2018. As Air and Toxic Policy analyst, she helps coordinate the Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE) Steering Committee, Californians for Pesticide Reform and emerging coalitions addressing issues of toxics and a just transition to a non-toxic economy. Additionally, she will help PSR-LA implement its Community Air Protection Grant by the California Air Resources Board through the implementation of bill AB 617. Through this grant and with community organizations partners, Paula will engage in building community residents’ capacity to understand and identify sources of air pollution in South Central Los Angeles while collecting air quality data and conducting ground-truthing that will inform strategies to implement for community reduction emissions plans with an approach centered in community science in planning and decision making processes. Prior to joining PSR-LA, Paula worked as an Air Quality Community Outreach Coordinator at Air Alliance Houston (AAH), where she managed projects focused on improving air quality and public health in the Houston-Galveston area by building air quality educational curriculums, leading community air quality monitoring, and creating opportunities for ground-truthing among Houston’s frontline communities. Paula is a graduate of the University of Houston with an Earth and Atmospheric Sciences degree

 

Grant Trigger Michigan Cleanup Manager RACER Trust
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Grant Trigger

Michigan Cleanup Manager
RACER Trust

Grant R. Trigger is Michigan Cleanup Manager for RACER Trust, an environmental response trust established as a qualified settlement fund, created by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in 2011 to assume title to, clean up, reposition and sell the properties abandoned by GM in its 2009 bankruptcy. Mr. Trigger directs all aspects of site investigations; design and implementation of remedial project work; and integrating remedial project work with redevelopment activities at RACER’s former GM commercial and industrial properties in Michigan. He is a professional engineer, environmental attorney, and adjunct professor of Law at the University of Detroit School of Law. He authored the Michigan chapter in the American Bar Association (ABA) publication Brownfields – A Comprehensive Guide to Redeveloping Contaminated Property, first published in 1997, and co-authored the Michigan chapter in the ABA publication Implementing Institutional Controls at Brownfields and Other Contaminated Sites, first published in 2003. He previously served on the Executive Council of the Michigan Chapter of the National Brownfield Association.

 

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Jim Van der Kloot
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Jim Van der Kloot


Jim Van der Kloot is EPA Region 5’s Land Revitalization Coordinator. Jim managed the startup and first three years of Chicago’s Brownfields Initiative (’93 – ’96), and led the Chicago Brownfields Forum which created policies and tools that remain in use. Jim has been active in Brownfields and Sustainable Development, most recently through leadership in the HUD/DOT/EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities and Strong Cities/Strong Communities in Gary, Indiana.

 

Jim Vetter Managing Director Marsh USA Inc
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Jim Vetter

Managing Director
Marsh USA Inc

Jim Vetter is a national environmental leader in the Marsh Environmental Practice. He advises local, national, and global clients on risk management and insurance solutions related to diverse and frequently complicated environmental risks. Jim specializes in mergers and acquisitions, brownfield redevelopment, operational risk, and complex environmental liabilities particularly those related to know pollution conditions and cleanup projects. He has experience delivering successful outcomes across a variety of industries, with particular expertise in real estate, manufacturing, chemical, energy, power and utilities, and private equity. He is a leading advisor to law firms in providing advice and solutions to lawyers and their clients. Jim also takes a lead role supporting clients on claims management and claims advocacy. EXPERIENCE Jim joined Marsh in 2001 and has over thirty years of diversified environmental, risk management, and insurance experience. He has global experience across a full spectrum of industry sectors. He has deep expertise in corporate portfolio reviews, risk assessment and quantification, developing risk management options for decision making, and implementing appropriate solutions including insurance program development and placement. He specializes in solutions related to mergers and acquisitions, brownfields and known cleanup liabilities. He is deeply experienced with environmental liability buyouts to facilitate transfer of known cleanup risks. Jim is involved in claims strategy for maximizing of insurance assets, review of individual claim scenarios relative to coverage, crafting coverage response and advocacy documents, and negotiating with insurance carriers around claims and claims details. Prior to joining Marsh, Jim was Director of Custom Solutions at Kemper Insurance where he and his staff provided risk analysis, quantification, and insurance underwriting for the most complex environmental legacy risks within Kemper in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere worldwide. Prior to Kemper, he was the North American Practice Leader for the M&A Advisory Services Practice at ERM. He provided M&A advice and risk quantification analysis on global acquisitions involving financial, risk management, and compliance matters for transaction assessment, negotiation, deal structuring, and post-acquisition integration. Jim has directed remediation projects throughout North America and Europe, led global compliance programs, developed corporate Environmental Management Systems, and provided expert work on insurance cost recovery. Jim has published a number of articles regarding environmental risk management, is a frequent public speaker at professional functions, provides continuing legal education to law firms nationwide, and delivers specialty programs for individual client forums. He has been recognized by Risk and Insurance Magazine as a Power Broker in 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014. EDUCATION • Executive MBA, Saint Joseph’s University • MS, Lehigh University • BS, Moravian College AFFILIATIONS • Licensed Insurance Broker CONTACT INFO • Telephone: 215 262 3736 • Email: james.vetter@marsh.com

 

Brian Vosburg Brownfield Redevelopment Manager Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
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Brian Vosburg

Brownfield Redevelopment Manager
Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Mr. Vosburg leads underwriting & approvals of new Brownfield TIF projects for the Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (DBRA), while also managing the DBRA’s portfolio of over 200 Brownfield Plans which have resulted in over $11 billion in investment. He has 20 years of experience in affordable housing & economic development in government and nonprofit sectors. He holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from Wayne State University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

 

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Anne Wallace Deputy Director, Office of Redevelopment City of Knoxville, Tennessee
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Anne Wallace

Deputy Director, Office of Redevelopment
City of Knoxville, Tennessee

Anne Wallace, an East Tennessee native, works in urban design, planning and redevelopment. She has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design and Master of Landscape Architecture both from Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction. She is a certified planner (AICP) and an Associate of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Anne serves as Deputy Director for the Office of Redevelopment at the City of Knoxville with a focus on corridor projects, downtown design projects, brownfield redevelopment and grant management. Her recent projects include management of the award-winning Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project (delivered on time and under budget); form base code development, adoption and implementation; land conservation programs; the development, adoption, and implementation of Downtown Knoxville Design Guidelines; the Downtown Wayfinding program; two area-wide Assessment Grants from the Environmental Protection Agency; and a Targeted Brownfield Assessment Grant. Anne is currently managing the North Central Street Project and two EPA funded Brownfield Cleanup Grants.

 

Matt Ward CEO Sustainable Strategies DC
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Matt Ward

CEO
Sustainable Strategies DC

Matt Ward is a co-founder and CEO of Sustainable Strategies DC and a leader with 25+ years' experience in community revitalization, economic and infrastructure development, sustainability and green economy projects, federal and state government affairs, and resource strategies and advocacy. He is also the owner of the Ward Washington Law Firm, providing local government and environmental counsel and problem-solving. Matt is a co-founder of the National Brownfields Coalition and the Brownfield Communities Network and has served as national policy director to a number of organizations including the Climate Communities coalition, National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals, the National Association of Towns and Townships, the Manufacturing Alliance of Communities, the Mayors Automotive Coalition, and the American Waterfront Revitalization Coalition. Matt has served as a city councilman and planning commission chairman for his hometown. He is a proud Eagle Scout and soccer dad.

 

Deirdre Waterman Mayor City of Pontiac
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Deirdre Waterman

Mayor
City of Pontiac

On January 1, 2014, Dr. Deirdre Waterman was sworn-in as Mayor of the City of Pontiac, the first woman mayor in Pontiac’s long and storied history. In 2017, Mayor Waterman made history once again as the first mayor to earn a second term, signaling a strong message and mandate that Pontiac citizens believe in her vision for the future. As Mayor, she governs the city that she spent over four decades of her career collaborating with others to solve some of the city’s most challenging issues. Under her diligent leadership, the City of Pontiac has recovered from the depths of 10 years of financial crisis and distress to achieve fiscal solvency and the restoration of municipal home rule. Through hard work and dedication, Mayor Waterman has been able to successfully stabilize the city’s finances and employ strategic planning, piloting significant progress – incredibly, a $14 million general fund surplus during her first tenure as an elected official. Mayor Waterman has pursued an aggressive agenda to revitalize neighborhoods, restore youth services, create pipelines of job and career opportunities for residents, and attract new business sectors and economic growth. The Mayor’s leadership is making an extraordinary impact – Pontiac, as Sandro DiNello, President of Flagstar Bank said, “is lucky to have her.” Prior to assuming her Mayoral office, Deirdre Holloway-Waterman dedicated her life in service to others. Born in New York City and coming of age in Detroit during a period of great change, she was surrounded by social architects and community activists from a young age which energized her to support causes that championed the rights of all people. As the daughter of the late Dr. Horace Holloway, a pioneering physician who fought his way past segregation to become one of the first black doctors on staff at the former Highland Park General Hospital, she was inspired early on. Her mother, Dorothy Byrd Holloway, an accomplished musician, and music instructor ingrained in her core values and principles of what a just society looks like. Her mother was the first African-American woman to serve on the board of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and continues to be an instrumental figure as one of the founding members of what is now known as the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Mayor Waterman was brought up to understand that education and service to others was a civic duty. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Mayor Waterman concentrated her studies to earn dual degrees in Biology and Political Science. She later received a medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. She completed her residency at the Kresge Eye Institute at Wayne State University to become the first African-American female ophthalmologist in the state of Michigan. Mayor Waterman moved to Pontiac as the wife of the late Judge William J. Waterman and as a leading businesswoman who would go on to open her own practice, Holloway Eye Care. Many Pontiac residents have been patients in her practice. Her remarkable partnership with Judge Waterman resulted not only in the births of their children, Shana and Toussaint but also in a life devoted to the highest values of human dignity in service to social change. Judge William Waterman, fought and made history winning a landmark case and focusing national attention on desegregating Pontiac schools. In 1969, as one of the lead attorneys for the NAACP, he began representing the plaintiffs in Davis v School District of the City of Pontiac. This case would set precedent as the first district in the north to be ordered to use busing to achieve integration. This order and a progressive step toward equality were not met favorably by all. Despite school buses being bombed, vandalized, and threats made to them and on the lives of their children, Mayor Waterman and her husband remained devoted advocates of the philosophy of social justice. Mayor Waterman would later stand with her husband as he took the oath of office as the first African-American judge appointed to serve on the bench of the 50th District Court. He would be re-elected three times. She encouraged him to develop programs such as the Waterman Club – an initiative that targeted troubled youth to complete their education and seek gainful employment in lieu of jail sentences. Through the Waterman Club, many former offenders went on to graduate from college and live successful lives. In 2003, the 50th District Court was renamed in his honor and is now known as the Honorable William J. Waterman Hall of Justice. In addition to raising a family and working alongside her spouse, Mayor Waterman also championed women’s rights and established a distinguished career in her own right. Dr. Waterman stepped up as a leader in her professional career and has never passed up an opportunity to nurture the development of others. She has empowered many young professionals with the tools to succeed by providing internships and invaluable mentorship in medicine and now in public service. She has served as Chairwoman of the National Medical Association, Region IV, as well as two terms as Finance Chair for that organization. She was also President of the Associated Healthcare Providers and is listed in the first edition of Vital Signs: Michigan, citing African-American achievement in healthcare. Her dedication to the health of others was further demonstrated through service work as an international medical volunteer. She has served in Ghana, Liberia, and India where she performed eye surgery as well as provided healthcare in underdeveloped and impoverished communities. Further, Dr. Waterman served as Vice-Chair of the then-North Oakland Medical Center and served as Finance Chair during its transition to Doctors’ Hospital of Michigan, helping ensure hundreds of jobs remained in the City of Pontiac. Previously, Mayor Waterman ensured that the Pontiac Public Library remained open and a beneficial asset to city residents. She was founding President of the Friends of the Pontiac Public Library, advocated for the library millage’s successful passage and was elected by the people to the Pontiac Public Library Board of Trustees in 2009. Her peers chose her to lead the board as Chairwoman. Mayor Waterman also served on the Pontiac Charter Revision Commission in 2012 and 2013 before resigning to run for the Office of Mayor. Mayor Waterman is a lifelong member of the NAACP, serving many terms on the various chapter executive boards. She is also a proud member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and was a chartering member of the Oakland County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Mayor Waterman has volunteered with many community groups and associations including the Urban League and Mosaic Youth Theatre. It is the privilege of Mayor Waterman’s public life to work on behalf of the people of Pontiac. She is an active member of Plymouth United Church of Christ. In recognition of Mayor Deirdre Waterman’s extraordinary achievements, community service, and contributions, she has received numerous honors, including the most prestigious awards and highest acknowledgments of most recent including: 2016 – Oakland University William-Beaumont School of Medicine – Commencement Keynote Speaker      Oakland County Ministerial Fellowship – Chief Architect of Progress Award 2017 – Crain’s Detroit Business – Newsmaker of the Year      Detroit Chapter of NABJ & UAW Ford – Trailblazer of Black History Award 2018 – Essence Magazine – 100 Woke Women in the World      Women’s Officials Network Foundation – Wonder Woman Award      Michigan Municipal League – Board of Director 2019 – Detroit NANBPW – National Sojourner Truth Meritorious Service Award

 

Ian Webster Project Navigator
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Ian Webster


Project Navigator

Dr Ian Webster is President of Project Navigator, Ltd. (PNL) and PVNavigator, LLC (PVN). PNL has a long track record of managing major remediation projects for responsible parties. Many of these sites are large acreage landfills. PVN works in tandem with PNL to then plan, finance, design and construct utility scale PV solar projects on the caps of closed landfills. The PNL + PVN companies, as our names suggest, have significant experience in navigating 3MW+ scale projects through site control, power purchase agreements while satisfying the very special environmental and geotechnical engineering requirements of landfill-platformed PV developments. Ian is a chemical engineer from MIT, and prior to founding PNL had a 15 year career with Unocal, rising to the position of Chief Engineer, Superfund Projects.

 

Renee Webster-Hawkins Executive Director California Pollution Control Financing Authority
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Renee Webster-Hawkins

Executive Director
California Pollution Control Financing Authority

Reneé Webster-Hawkins has served as the Executive Director of the California Pollution Control Financing Authority since 2013. CPCFA is an independent public agency chaired by the State Treasurer dedicated to steering private capital and public funds towards environmental clean up projects through conduit bond issuances, and offering creative economic development and financing mechanisms tailored to small businesses, specific markets, and state policy objectives. Ms. Webster-Hawkins has served as an environmental and land use attorney and general counsel in both the public and private sectors, and as an administrator at several state agencies. In those roles, she has been at the drawing table of many successful public-private partnerships to advance California's environmental and economic policy goals, including collaborations between state agencies, local agencies, business and non-governmental organizations. Ms. Webster-Hawkins graduated from Stanford Law School where she was selected as a Public Interest Law Fellow.

 

Peter Weiner Partner, Real Estate Department Paul Hastings
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Peter Weiner

Partner, Real Estate Department
Paul Hastings

Peter H. Weiner heads the Environment and Energy practice of Paul Hastings. He splits his time between San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. Mr. Weiner represents renewable energy companies, real estate developers, manufacturers, and consumer products companies in federal, state and local environmental, energy and OSHA regulatory matters, litigation and legislation.

 

Tice Welborn Senior Geologist Terracon
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Tice Welborn

Senior Geologist
Terracon

Tice Welborn, PG, Brownfields Consultant, Terracon has over 12 years of brownfield redevelopment experience. He has worked with communities throughout the southeast to foster community growth & prosperity by utilizing various funding sources or incentives including state & federal brownfields programs. He assisted Pickens in writing & implementing their initial brownfields cleanup grant & has worked closely with the various phases of this project.

 

Jeff Welch Riverbank Sustainable Redevelopment
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Jeff Welch


Riverbank Sustainable Redevelopment

 

Rebecca Wells-Albers Oregon DEQ Northwest Region Brownfield Coordinator and Project Manager Oregon DEQ
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Rebecca Wells-Albers

Oregon DEQ Northwest Region Brownfield Coordinator and Project Manager
Oregon DEQ

Rebecca has over 19 years of experience in environmental regulation, assessment, cleanup, and technical assistance. She has worked for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for over 12 years, and has been the northwest regional brownfield coordinator since 2010. Rebecca has worked on projects ranging from former dry cleaners to landfills, and has worked with a variety of public, private, and non-profit organizations to support brownfield redevelopment in urban and rural areas throughout northwest Oregon.

 

Bill Wescott Mayor City of Rock Falls, IL
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Bill Wescott

Mayor
City of Rock Falls, IL

 

Kat West
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Kat West


Kat is an environmental attorney with over 15 years’ experience in accelerating successful contaminated property redevelopment. For 10 years, she served as a senior enforcement attorney at U.S. EPA and as the Land Revitalization Legal Coordinator for EPA's Southeast Region. Kat helped create national policies and guidance for Superfund enforcement and site reuse, including Prospective Purchaser Agreements, AAI, comfort letters, and windfall liens. Kat co-created the extremely successful Prospective Purchaser Inquiry process that bridges the gaps between developers, municipalities and U.S. EPA to accelerate the revitalization of contaminated properties. Kat is uniquely skilled in facilitating discussion of liability protections, property encumbrances and reuse compatibility with current and future site conditions. Kat’s ability to find creative yet practical solutions to complex environmental problems is her superpower. Her boundless energy and passion for sustainable solutions drives her to work tirelessly in pursuit of her clients' goals. Kat is recognized as a leader in her field, as an accomplished facilitator, collaborator and educator, and as a popular presenter at conferences.

 

Claire Weston Program Associate Center for Creative Land Recycling
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Claire Weston

Program Associate
Center for Creative Land Recycling

Claire Weston delivers brownfield redevelopment assistance services under an EPA TAB communities provider grant. She works to develop public-private partnerships and aids in communications, workshop planning, and strategic initiatives for CCLR. Prior experience includes, Outreach Coordinator for an environmental non-profit and Program Coordinator for Cayuga Lake's Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring Program in Upstate New York.

 

Sandra Whitehead George Washington University
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Sandra Whitehead


George Washington University

Sandra Whitehead is an Associate Professor and Program Director of the Sustainable Urban Planning Program at the George Washington University. Her expertise is in the connection between health and the built environment with an emphasis on Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and Health in All Policies. Dr. Whitehead has conducted two HIAs on brownfield redevelopment in Florida and is currently advising the Cit of Pinellas Park on a new HIA on creating health criteria to prioritize brownfield redevelopment.

 

Jeff Williams Senior Project Manager, BRIDGE Housing BRIDGE Housing
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Jeff Williams

Senior Project Manager, BRIDGE Housing
BRIDGE Housing

Mr. Williams joined BRIDGE’s San Diego office in 2010 and manages the development of projects ranging from mixed-use urban affordable housing projects to suburban inclusionary housing. He currently has three projects in predevelopment in Carlsbad and Long Beach. In 2017 he completed the final phase of Madera Vista Apartments, a 110-unit, affordable family and senior housing development in Temecula, CA. In 2015, he completed the COMM22 project, a 200-unit, multi-phase, mixed-use brownfield redevelopment of four acres of San Diego Unified School District owned land in the Logan Heights area of San Diego. Prior to joining BRIDGE Mr. Williams was the Director of Development, San Diego, for LNR Property Corporation, a national real estate development and finance company. During his nine years at LNR, Mr. Williams directed the entitlement, design, construction, and leasing of 300 apartment units as well as several retail, office, and industrial developments in San Diego and the Inland Empire. Prior to LNR, Mr. Williams worked at a Bay Area structural engineering firm on seismic rehabilitation projects and also at an architectural/engineering consulting firm. Mr. Williams received a Master of Engineering in Civil/Structural Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

 

Drew Wilson Long Range Planning Division City of Fresno, CA
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Drew Wilson

Long Range Planning Division
City of Fresno, CA

 

Matt Winefield President Winefield & Associates, Inc.
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Matt Winefield

President
Winefield & Associates, Inc.

Commercial/industrial real estate investor with an emphasis on contaminated properties, leveraging both remediation and finance expertise. Matt Winefield is an engineer and businessman who has been supporting the redevelopment of contaminated properties since 1989. After redeveloping oil fields, refineries, and service stations for the California oil industry (Chevron, et al.), Matt formed his first engineering consultancy in 1997. In 2005, he added a separate engineering staffing firm to his portfolio. These two companies were successfully sold to a private equity partnership. Throughout his career Matt has added value to blighted and contaminated properties by using effective agency negotiations and cost-conscious environmental strategies, thereby maximizing return on investment. He also specializes in obtaining environmental cost recovery from third parties such as government agencies, historical insurers, and potentially responsible parties. He currently has ownership interests and advises on dozens of environmentally-challenged sites. Winefield & Associates investors are extracting considerable arbitrage from contaminated properties in premium, infill locations. Matt holds a BS in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MS in environmental engineering from California State University Long Beach, and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He also maintains an active California Professional Engineering license, and belongs to several real estate, investment, and banking professional organizations.

 

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Linda Yang Sr. Principal Terracon Consultants, Inc.
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Linda Yang

Sr. Principal
Terracon Consultants, Inc.

Ms. Linda Yang, P.G. (IL) is Senior Principal and Vice President of Terracon Consultants, Inc. and leads Terracon’s services in greater Chicago and surrounding areas. She has over 25 years of environmental consulting experience specializing at site characterization, remediation and complex program management. In the past decade, she has focused on brownfields assessment, cleanup, redevelopment and funding strategies, providing guidance and project execution to both public and private sectors. Working with municipalities and Illinois EPA, she led the brownfields green cleanup pilot study in the State of Illinois. She is constantly sought out to speak on brownfields projects and redevelopment in the United States and internationally.

 

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Danielle Zephier Brownfields Coordinator Yankton Sioux Tribe
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Danielle Zephier

Brownfields Coordinator
Yankton Sioux Tribe

 

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