Marilyn Strickland is the 39th Mayor of Tacoma and the first woman of color elected to the position. Born in Seoul, Korea, Strickland is a product of Tacoma Public Schools, a graduate of the University of Washington and earned an MBA from Clark-Atlanta University….Continue Reading
Thomas E. Deller has been director of the city of Providence’s Department of Planning and Development since March 2003….Continue Reading
Christopher W. Kurz is currently President and CEO of Linden Associates, Inc., a regional real estate services and mortgage banking company engaged in the financing, acquisition, development and management of commercial property. The firm also consults for corporations on real estate matters. Previously, he was a Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of McGill Development Company, which grew into the fourth largest commercial real estate development company in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area. Kurz served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Co-Founder of Columbia Bancorp and The Columbia Bank that is a $500 million, publicly traded bank holding company. As a Principal at Alex Brown Real Estate Group, Inc. he acquired investments for pension fund clients. Other companies with which Kurz has been involved include J.G. Smithy Company, Maryland National Corporation, and the Rouse Company….Continue Reading
J. Rodney Gonzales is Deputy Director for the City of Austin’s Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office (EGRSO). He has been in municipal government finance and economic development since 1996 and has been with the City of Austin since June 2006. Prior to coming to Austin, Rodney was the Director of Finance for the cities of San Marcos, Texas and Luling, Texas….Continue Reading
Pedro E. Segarra was sworn in as Hartford 66th Mayor after he was overwhelmingly selected by Hartford voters on January 3, 2012. However, his commitment to realizing the promise of Connecticut’s Capital City began long before that day. Segarra’s personal experience with poverty, discrimination and overcoming adversity has shaped his vision for Hartford—to bring people of all ethnicities, faiths and socioeconomic backgrounds together to create meaningful change….Continue Reading
Mary Ellen Wiederwohl has spent most of her career in and around state and local government. She previously held positions in the state legislative and executive branches….Continue Reading
Patrick Piuma is an urban planner, designer and entrepreneur. As the Director of the Urban Design Studio at the University of Louisville, his main focus has been on community issues related to the built environment and sustainability to improve the quality of life for Louisvillians….Continue Reading
Ric Ilgenfritz oversees planning, project development, and environmental affairs for Sound Transit. In this role he is leading the effort to implement the next round of high capacity transit investments approved by voters in November, 2008. Ilgenfritz joined Sound Transit in May of 2001….Continue Reading
Ricardo Noguera hails from New York. He was born in Brooklyn and raised in Long Island. His education includes a B.A. in Cultural Geography from Hunter College, City University of New York, and a M.C.P. in City and Regional Planning from U.C. Berkeley.
Noguera has more than 22 years of experience in the field of community economic development representing communities throughout the San Francisco bay area, south Florida, Los Angeles, and for the past five years the central valley community of Visalia, California. He joins the City of Tacoma’s Community & Economic Development Department as Director in September 2012.
Key successes include authoring the Industrial Protection Zone in San Francisco’s Mission District; build-out of two RDA project areas in East Palo Alto, including recruitment of IKEA and negotiating several development agreements with retailers and 400,000 square feet of office development; administered entitlement process for 4,800 units of high rise luxury condos, managed completion of master plan for Johnson and Wales university in North Miami; financed several affordable housing developments and a market-rate retail and residential development in South Los Angeles; and recruited and filled more than 450,000 sf of national retailers to the Mooney Blvd. commercial corridor and expansion and recruitment of more than a dozen industrial firms in Visalia’s industrial park during the 2007-12 recession….Continue Reading
Patricia Clare has over twenty-five years experience in the field of planning, downtown revitalization, and economic development. Currently serving as Deputy Director for Louisville Metro’s Department for Economic Growth and Innovation, Ms. Clare leads the Advanced Planning Team whose primary effort is to guide Mayor Greg Fischer’s goal of developing a 25-year vision for the Louisville community….Continue Reading