Eight Urban Development, Design Professionals to Provide Support to City Mayors
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WASHINGTON (November 28, 2011) – Eight of the nation’s urban development and design leaders have joined the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership as 2011-2012 faculty members. The center, established in 2008 with a $5 million endowment from real estate industry legend Daniel Rose, seeks to empower leaders in the public sector to envision, build and sustain successful 21st century communities by providing access to information, best practices, peer networks and other resources to foster creative, efficient and sustainable land use practices.
Each year, the Rose Center invites eight exemplary urban development and design professionals to serve as faculty to the four cities participating in the prestigious Daniel Rose Fellowship program, which begins at the ULI Fall Meeting and ends at the following year’s Fall Meeting. Among other expertise, half of the faculty members are real estate developers, development consultants, or market analysts. The remaining four are urban designers, planners or landscape architects. One of each type of expert – two in total – is assigned to each of the four cities to work with them as a team throughout the fellowship year.
“These professionals represent the broad and deep expertise of ULI’s membership,” said Jess Zimbabwe, Executive Director of the ULI Rose Center. “They’ve stepped up to demonstrate their—and ULI’s commitment to advising these four cities on positioning themselves in the 21st century economy. They will lead teams of other ULI member experts to bring a multi-disciplinary strategic approach to a diverse set of urban conditions,”
Faculty assignments for the 2011-2012 class are:
- Kansas City: Ignacio Bunster-Ossa, Principal, Wallace, Roberts & Todd, LLC, Philadelphia and Nadine Fogarty, Principal, Strategic Economics, Berkeley, California.
- Oakland: Calvin Gladney, Managing Partner, Mosaic Urban Partners, LLC, Washington, DC and Mark Shapiro, Principal, Mithun, Seattle.
- Providence: Mike Higbee, Managing Director, DC Development Group, Indianapolis and Ashley O’Connor, Managing Principal of Design, Planning + Economics, AECOM, Alexandria, Virginia.
- Tampa: Hilary Bertsch, Associate Principal, EE & K/Perkins Eastman, New York and Cathy Crenshaw, President, Sloss Real Estate, Birmingham.
Over the winter, faculty members co-chair an advisory panel consisting of other
Rose Center fellows and invited experts on a four-day study visit to their assigned city that offers recommendations to the city’s fellowship team on their selected land use challenge. The faculty members then assist in authoring a published report over the case studies, strategies, and recommendations for each city. In addition, they provide continuing support for their assigned city’s fellows at a working retreat later in the spring and at a follow-up visit during the summer to assist with implementation.
The new faculty members will join current class of Daniel Rose fellows:
- Kansas City: Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Assistant City Manager for Economic Development Robert L. Langenkamp, Chief of Staff John P. McGurk, and Deputy Director of the Heavy Constructors Association of Greater Kansas City and the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City Board Chair Bridgette Williams.
- Oakland: Mayor Jean Quan, Community Economic Development Agency Economic Development Coordinator Aliza Gallo, Community Economic Development Agency Deputy Director Gregory Hunter, and City Administrator Deanna J. Santana.
- Providence: Mayor Angel Taveras, Department of Planning and Development Director Thomas E. Deller, Providence Redevelopment Authority Chair and Markham + DeRentis Associates co-founder James DeRentis, and Director of Government Relations and Senior Counsel Matthew T. Jerzyk.
- Tampa: Mayor Bob Buckhom, Acting Economic Development Administrator and Urban Development Manager Bob McDonaugh, Housing Authority Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Leroy Moore, and City Attorney James H. Shimberg.
The ULI Daniel Rose Center offers several programs and activities: 1) the Daniel Rose Fellowship program; 2) workshops for public officials on sustainable development; and 3) public-private forums on key land use issues. The fellowship program, which serves as the flagship program of the center, provides city leaders with the information, insights, peer-to-peer learning, best practices and experience they need to successfully build and sustain their cities.
Through the fellowship program, high-level agency officials from a small group of select cities are brought together with top experts and development industry leaders to learn about real estate development and finance, land use concepts and best practices. These city leaders are able to draw upon the knowledge and expertise of the experts and industry leaders to solve actual problems faced by their cities.
About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute (uli.org) is a global nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in sustaining and creating thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has nearly 30,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.