- leadership and decision-making
- design and programming
- cultivating equitable public spaces
- leveraging technology in the public realm
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Jay Pitter, MES, is an award-winning placemaker, author, and speaker.
Dr. Robert Zarr, founder & medical director of Park Rx America, is a board-certified pediatrician.
Jai Winston is Knight Foundation program director for St. Paul, Minn.
Mark de la Vergne is the Michigan Director for Cavnue.
Charles Thomas leads Knight Foundation's work to foster & support Charlotte's equitable development.
Bryan C. Lee, Jr. is an architect, educator, writer, and design justice advocate.
Sara Zewde is principal of Studio Zewde, a landscape architecture, urbanism & public art firm.
Roshell Rinkins is senior director for grants administration at Knight Foundation.
Tamika Butler is a national expert on environment, equity, organizational behavior and change.
Shin-pei Tsay is director of global policy for cities/transportation in Uber’s Central Policy team.
Gia Biagi is an urban planner, designer & commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation.
Chantel Rush is managing director of The Kresge Foundation’s American Cities Program.
Judilee Reed serves as program director of Creative Communities at the William Penn Foundation.
Kathryn Ott Lovell is commissioner of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.
Joshua Edmonds is the City of Detroit’s inaugural director of digital inclusion.
Meli Harvey is a senior computational designer at Sidewalk Labs.
Maura McCarthy joined Fairmount Park Conservancy as its executive director in 2019.
Rachel Stark is a senior urban designer and landscape architect for the City of Charlotte.
Paul Farber is director of Monument Lab & senior research scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.
Shamichael Hallman currently serves as the manager of the historic Cossitt Library in Memphis, Tenn.
Deanna Van Buren is the co-founder and design director of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces.
Bridget Marquis is the manager of Reimagining the Civic Commons.
Claire Nelson is co-founder of Urban Consulate, a network of parlors for urban exchange.
Sam Gill is senior vice president and chief program officer at Knight Foundation.
Vikram Grover is senior director of partnerships at Niantic Inc.
Dr. Ming-Chun Lee is an associate professor in the School of Architecture at UNC-Charlotte.
Christopher Thompson is Knight Foundation program director for San Jose.
Jordan Sun is the chief innovation officer for the city of San Jose.
Nate Wallace is Knight Foundation Detroit program director.
Ryan Streeter is the director of domestic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).
Molly M. Scott is a principal research associate at the Urban Institute.
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey is a social innovator and president and CEO of The Miami Foundation.
Jennifer Allen works at ioby, a national nonprofit crowdfunding platform for community-led change.
Priya Sircar is director for arts at Knight Foundation.
Chelina Odbert is co-founder and executive director of Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI).
Lysa Ratliff is the acting CEO and vice president of partnership development at KABOOM!
Carol Coletta is president and CEO of the Memphis River Parks Partnership.
Robert Hammond is co-founder and executive director of the High Line.
Mayor Daniel Horrigan has been mayor of the City of Akron since January 2016.
Nico Larco is a professor at the University of Oregon and director of the Urbanism Next Center.
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