Jim Kumon is an urban designer, neighborhood advocate and business manager with an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan. With over ten years experience in the design and transportation industries in Los Angeles, Denver and Minneapolis, Jim has a deep understanding of the resurgence of small scale urban neighborhoods which have fueled the economic success of those cities. In his current role leading the Incremental Development Alliance, he oversees the development of training seminars for individuals, coaching and consulting to cities and networking events across the country. He is a frequent speaker to municipalities, trade organizations, business and advocacy groups on real estate, economic development, transit and public infrastructure.
As a past Kingfield neighborhood board member and current chair of the Kingfield Redevelopment Committee, Jim has been closely involved with development projects at the neighborhood level in Minneapolis. As an urbanist advocate, Jim was a technical advisor during the recent city policy changes legalizing Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) and reducing residential parking requirements on properties near high frequency transit lines. Along with ongoing renovations to his 100 year old house, he is in the planning stages of building an ADU on his property.
R. John Anderson
R. John Anderson, CNU is a co-founder and principal for Anderson|Kim Architecture + Urban Design. He has a very diverse experience beginning with a practical foundation in the construction trades, advancing through design and development practice in public and private roles. With over thirty years of experience in the field, John is well-versed in the practical realities of delivering complex large-scaled projects from design through entitlement and construction.
Prior to the formation of Anderson|Kim, John directed planning and design for New Urban Builders, a firm that has demonstrated how sustainable neighborhoods could be successfully delivered by a California production builder/developer. His ability to triage conventional building schemes to demonstrate the financial benefits of urbanism has made him an ally to private developers and municipalities alike.
John is a frequent speaker and lecturer on construction, development implementation and real estate, with engagements at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Minnesota, Andrews University, Local Government Commission, Sierra Business Council, Urban Land Institute, American Planning Association, and National Association of Home Builders.
Monte Anderson is the President of Options Real Estate a multi-service real estate company specializing in creating sustainable neighborhoods in southern Dallas and northern Ellis counties in Texas. Monte began his real estate career in 1984 and since that time has concentrated solely on improving the living and working environments in these communities where he was born and raised. Monte is an outspoken and frequently recognized advocate for policies and practice to serve urban neighborhoods. He currently focuses his development practice in three areas in North Texas: the southern neighborhoods of the city of Dallas, the first ring suburb of Duncanville and exurban town of Midlothian.
In the Trinity River Corridor of Dallas, he is responsible for the renovation of the historic Belmont Hotel, a 68-room boutique hotel, café and spa, which was the recipient of Preservation Dallas and Preservation Texas awards. Surrounding the Belmont, Monte helped develop a more complete neighborhood with a range of projects including housing, a photography studio, animal hospital, fitness center, dog park, and restaurants. He has recently transitioned his South Dallas focus to revitalizing a number of historic mixed-use neighborhood nodes and repositioning mid-century era shopping centers to become more human scaled and diversified in use.
In Duncanville, Texas, Monte has been a formal partner with the City to advance economic and real estate development in over a decade of activity. He has partnered with or assisted many entrepreneurs to increase the number of owner occupied buildings on Main Street. With over two dozen projects in the largely one story downtown area, his work reintroduced mixed-use buildings in this first ring suburb for the first time in several decades. These projects have also resulted in over 30 new housing units on or directly facing the core three blocks of Main Street. He co-founded the DuncanSWITCH monthly market in order to create a pipeline of startup businesses to grow the economic health of the core business district. Monte was also instrumental in conversion of an abandoned Kmart to a tortilla manufacturing facility and Mexican restaurant.
In Midlothian, Texas, Monte is incrementally building a 131-acre mixed-use, traditional neighborhood development over a 20+ year period. This is an effort to extend the neighborhood fabric of the existing small town to connect schools, parks, and small retail buildings with multigenerational housing.
Susana Dancy - Board Chair
Susana Dancy is a developer and real estate investor as a Partner at Rockwood Development based in Chapel Hill, N.C. She has broad experience renovating, building, repositioning and managing properties, both residential and commercial. Susana has spent the last ten years of her career as a small developer, working on a range of infill, senior housing and small apartment complexes in Chapel Hill and Durham.
Susana has a graduate degree in planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration in real estate and urban design. She serves as a member of the Community Design Commission in Chapel Hill.
Glenn Kellogg - Board Vice Chair
Glenn has experience in financial, urban planning, design and development services, working in neighborhoods of large cities as well as small towns. As the president of Hart’s Local Grocers, Glenn conceived the business and managed the launch of Rochester’s new downtown grocery store. After graduating from the University of Virginia, Glenn was a Lewis Mumford Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania where he studied real estate at Wharton and received a Master of City Planning from the Graduate School of Fine Arts (now Penn Design). Since 2002 Glenn has worked a principal with consulting firm Urban Advisors consulting on the economics of downtown master plans, comprehensive plans, and neighborhood revitalization strategies. Glenn also has experience managing the construction process for both residential and commercial development in Washington DC, Seattle and Rochester.
Starting in 2012, Glenn built a team to launch Hart’s Local Grocers in Downtown Rochester. After conducting a preliminary market analysis he designed the Hart’s concept to respond to the existing market conditions and fill a missing piece of urban life in Rochester. Glenn provided business planning and structure, site selection and negotiation, conceptual store design, and construction management. He also coordinated fundraising and secured financing, oversaw staffing, and managed legal and contractual matters. As President, Glenn continues to oversee the store directors and represents the interests of investors. Prior to the launch of Hart’s, Glenn provided financial modeling and business consulting services for Head Water Foods in 2013.
Emily Brown - Board Treasurer
Emily joined the field of planning and economic development seeking to create a more equitable world. Her background spans from working with local municipalities in Georgia to conducting research for a large non-profit in Washington, D.C. As a consultant with Fourth Economy, in Pittsburgh PA, she enjoys working with communities to develop and achieve metrics for measurable change. She is attracted to small scale development because of the potential for this tool to leverage proven tactics to move capital into low income populations and neighborhoods. Her hobbies include playing bocce, listening to podcasts, and going to see live music.
Jason Spellings - Board Secretary
Jason was a private contractor and builder in 2005 in Jackson, MS when he built the first “Katrina Cottage” which gave the rise to the re-examination of long-term and transitional housing following catastrophic disaster. That role led to joining the disaster recovery team in Governor Barbour’s office. Jason served four years as the housing policy advisor to Governor Barbour for Hurricane Katrina Recovery. More than $3 Billion dollars (mostly CDBG funds) were directed to the coastal counties under the comprehensive housing plan developed by Jason and others.
In 2010 Jason left state government and joined the team at the Wishcamper Companies, Inc (TWC). For three and half years Jason served as the Vice President of Southeastern Operations for TWC. His roles were new business development and asset management. With more than 1300 units of housing under asset management throughout Mississippi, Jason worked to improve the quality of the entire portfolio.
In 2013 Jason left the Wishcamper Companies and partnered with an established and respected Mississippi developer, Chris Hughes to form Hughs Spellings. Since the beginning of that partnership three tax credit deals and one Neighborhood Stabilization Program deal has been awarded for affordable housing projects from 24-106 units in four different cities in Mississippi.
Gracen Johnson has worked extensively with the IncDev Alliance since the organization's inception, largely as a communications strategist. Gracen analyzed, synthesized and redesigned the IncDev training programs, incorporating new materials and hands-on exercises. She is responsible for much of the writing and design behind IncDev, from reports and training content to the website and promo materials. Her involvement helped align the organization's purpose, strategy, and practice.
Gracen calls her work, “Projects for Places we Love.” Her goal is to encourage the thousands of small investments that add up to remarkable places. Whether by helping new businesses find their feet, helping cities discover more resourceful approaches to economic development, or helping citizens improve their neighbourhoods, Gracen’s methodology is all about doing. Her coaching is sleeves rolled up, involving clients in video production, public art, pop-up installations, outreach campaigns, and pilot projects. Behind the scenes, Gracen helps people and places create a strategy around resourcefulness - using their assets creatively to become a better version of themselves. She also understands that a sense of movement and purpose is needed on the road to any goal, and so she also helps clients clarify the story that sustains them on their journey.
Gracen completed her MPhil in Planning, Growth, and Regeneration at the University of Cambridge with distinction in 2013. Her portfolio is best viewed online at ministryofmakeshift.com.
David Kim is a co-founder and principal of Anderson|Kim Architecture+Urban Design. He is a registered architect in California and New York and believes that good buildings and places result from understanding the constraints and opportunities beyond the boundaries of the individual project. He oversees the delivery and implementation of architectural design and documentation as well as the daily management and operations of the office.
With over twenty years of professional experience, David understands the complexities of design and planning at all scales. From the individual lot to the block and neighborhood, his ability to comprehend the macro-issues of finance and policies along with the minutiae of building codes and construction details help to focus available resources for long term, pragmatic and sensible place-making. He has led project teams resulting in the construction of several courtyard housing and mixed-use transit-oriented developments as well as the design of residential and mixed-use prototypes for traditional neighborhood developments.
David has served as a member of the Chico Architectural Review Board and the Chico General Plan Advisory Committee. He is widely traveled with a deep interest in the issues of growth and livability confronting much of the emerging world.
Architect Bruce B. Tolar, P.A. is an architectural and planning firm headquartered on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The firm’s history is focused in architecture. More recently it has specialized in residential design in traditional neighborhood developments such as Rosemary Beach and Water.Color of Florida, Lost Rabbit of Mississippi, and other planned communities throughout the region. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the firm participated heavily in the Mississippi and Louisiana Charrettes led by Andrés Duany. This led to more extensive involvement in charrette based master planning for other municipalities along the Gulf Coast and Louisiana.
The firm positioned itself as a leader in the Gulf Coast recovery efforts by bringing the Katrina Cottage concept to a reality with the development of Cottage Square in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Envisioned as a short and long term solution to the “FEMA trailers” of the Gulf Coast, the cottages have become a topic of national conversation. For their efforts with this movement and the development of Cottage Square, the firm was recognized with a 2007 Charter Award by the Congress for the New Urbanism.
Architect Bruce B. Tolar, P.A. offers the design expertise combined with the ability to code these concepts. The firm understands theory, but more importantly it is experienced in implementation and real world practicality.
Eric Kronberg is a zoning whisperer. He specializes in examining and demystifying zoning ordinances to find ways to make great projects possible and help others navigate the zoning swamp. He uses his skills for the force of good as a principal at Kronberg Wall, leading the firm’s pre-development efforts by combining skills in planning, development, architecture, and zoning. Eric leverages this potent cocktail to chart the course of best possibilities for each site’s redevelopment. His work with Kronberg Wall, the Incremental Development Alliance, the Congress for the New Urbanism, the Georgia Conservancy, and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition has solidified his stance as an advocate for walkable and bikeable communities.
Eric has also been deeply committed to community redevelopment for the past several decades. He has served as a community leader in roles of Vice-President, President, Zoning Chair, and now Zoning Guru Emeritus for the Edgewood Neighborhood in Atlanta, GA.
Matthew Petty is a city planner and real estate developer who has also been elected three times to the Fayetteville City Council. Matthew has a deep understanding of American zoning and development codes and infrastructure planning processes. He has facilitated numerous public hearings and stakeholder engagement efforts, and his first mixed-use project as an owner-developer is under construction.
Matthew was a grantwriter and development associate for four years at the University of Arkansas Community Design Center, a professional urban design and architecture program which has earned more than 100 national and international awards for its urban designs, stormwater solutions, and scenario plans. Matthew’s time at UACDC has provided him a keen sense of how to overcome obstacles to project funding and site development.
Serving his ninth year on the Fayetteville City Council, Matthew is Chair of the Transportation Committee as well as the city’s tourism agency, where he orients infrastructure and marketing budgets towards Fayetteville’s broader strategies.
Matthew’s experience has taught him how to identify and overcome barriers to missing middle development and placemaking. He believes cities can build local wealth and restore neighborhoods by leveling the playing field for appropriate infill projects.
Matthew holds undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Political Science from the University of Arkansas.
Michael Lander is a real estate developer and broker, urban planner, speaker, new urbanism advocate, and expert on Smart Growth and transportation policy.
As founder and president of Lander Group, a Minneapolis-based real estate development firm specializing in urban infill projects, he leads the planning, design, and development of commercial, residential, and mixed-use developments across the Midwest and California. Lander Group, alone and in partnerships with other firms, has designed, developed and sold over 750 units and $150 million dollars of infill residential/mixed-use projects, both new construction and substantial renovations or adaptive reuse.
Lander’s work is known for creating thriving urban spaces incorporating new urbanist principles, high-quality design and construction, and a commitment to the public realm. Lander Group was awarded the prestigious Multi-Family Developer of the Year Award from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) and has received multiple Awards from BUILDER Magazine Builder’s Choice, Professional Builder Magazine Best in American Living, Minneapolis Historic Preservation Commission, Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Commission, and the Committee on Urban Environment. Lander’s work has also garnered recognition from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
For Lander Group and as partner in urban planning firm Town Planning Collaborative, Lander has held lead planning roles for many major new urban developments over the last two decades. As one of the original signers of the Charter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Michael has lead the way in forming new approaches to building livable communities. In the Twin Cities, he helped create the award-winning plan for Excelsior & Grand, St. Louis Park’s new town center, the Sears redevelopment, and led an acclaimed design charrette for Minneapolis’ Uptown district.
Daniel Parolek is a nationally recognized thought leader in architecture, design, and urban planning, specifically in terms of creating livable, sustainable communities and buildings that reinforce them. Since establishing himself early in his career as an expert in these fields, he has won national competitions and awards for his work and is often asked to contribute to publications and resources. Daniel has a unique talent for quickly assessing places and understanding what’s needed to make them better, and for understanding what drawing or set of drawings are needed to clearly and evocatively convey a design solution. He has helped found several non-profit planning and architecture organizations, he regularly speaks at national conferences, and his projects have been featured in numerous publications. His strong interest in diverse building types, at different scales that bridge architecture and urban planning, drove his desire to start Opticos in 2000—and he continues to create buildings and neighborhoods that can be future models to inspire and guide others.
Over the years, he has become one of the leading practitioners of Form-Based Coding, a revolutionary new approach to zoning about which he co-wrote what’s been called “the definitive handbook,” and he is a founding board member of the Form-Based Codes Institute. With a strong commitment to sharing knowledge, he has taught several hundred advanced-level students through the Form-Based Codes Institute’s ongoing courses, and regularly teaches workshops on New Urbanism and Smart Growth, Missing Middle Housing, Coding, and Urban Living.
His love of good design and great places came from a childhood spent roaming the small town of Columbus, Nebraska, on his bike—and much of his current work is inspired by his memories of growing up in a place with a thriving main street and local businesses. After receiving a classical architectural education that emphasized visual harmony and contextual architecture, Dan worked in New York with the renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern where he became experienced at all scales of projects, from the smallest (private homes for Michael Eisner and Jon Bon Jovi) to mid-level (a federal courthouse in West Virginia and the renovation of Anaheim’s baseball stadium) to large (an entertainment complex at Tokyo Disney). He has worked alongside other leading architects and urbanists, such as Leon Krier, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Peter Katz.
When he’s not in the office, Dan can be found exploring urban places on foot or bike, enjoying locally crafted beers, or chasing his kids at the playground.
Eli Spevak has been crafting affordable, community-oriented housing developments in Portland since he arrived in 1994 as a volunteer construction supervisor with Portland Habitat for Humanity. During his first decade in Portland, he managed the finance and construction of over 250 units of affordable housing through community-based non-profit organizations. After taking a year off to work as a backcountry ranger, Eli launched a development and general contractor company, Orange Splot, LLC, with a mission to pioneer new models of community-oriented, affordable, green housing developments —ideally within an easy bike ride of his house. Orange Splot has completed several small communities of homes and consulted on the development of projects large and small. Orange Splot projects have been featured in the New York Times, Sunset Magazine, NBC’s Today Show, and Portland’s annual Build It Green! tours. For links to articles and more information about recent projects, please visit www.orangesplot.net.
Eli is also active in the local small home movement. In 2009, he convened an informal ‘tiny house society’ that in 2010 was instrumental in changing Portland’s regulations and fee structure for accessory dwelling units.
As a volunteer, Eli worked with Dignity Village residents during their first two tumultuous years of existence, served on the board of the Portland Community Land Trust (now Proud Ground) for its first five years, is an active member of the Space-Efficient Housing Working group convened by Oregon DEQ, and regularly serves on planning and development-related advisory panels and focus groups for the City of Portland. He was recently appointed to Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission, and also serves on the Residential Infill Project to update Portland’s zoning regulations for single dwelling zones.
Eli was awarded a Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in the 2013-2014 school year. He regularly guest-teaches classes through Portland State University’s Urban Studies and Planning program, and is an adjunct instructor with PSU’s architecture program. He completed a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University anvvd a Physics degree from Swarthmore College.
Joe Minicozzi, AICP
Joseph Minicozzi, AICP is the principal of Urban3, LLC, a consulting company of downtown Asheville real estate developer Public Interest Projects. Prior to creating Urban3, he served as the Executive Director for the Asheville Downtown Association.
Before moving to Asheville, he was the primary administrator of the Form Based Code for downtown West Palm Beach, Florida. Joe's cross-training in city planning in the public and private sectors, as well as private sector real estate finance, has allowed him to develop award-winning analytic tools that have garnered national attention in Planetizen, The Wall Street Journal, Planning,New Urban News,Realtor,Atlantic Cities and the Center for Clean Air Policy's Growing Wealthier report. Joe is a sought-after lecturer on city planning issues. His work has been featured at the Congress for New Urbanism, the American Planning Association, the International Association of Assessing Officers, and New Partners for SmartGrowth conferences as a paradigm shift for thinking about development patterns.
Joe is a founding member of the Asheville Design Center, a non-profit community design center dedicated to creating livable communities across all of Western North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from University of Miami and Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University.
Johnny is an amateur architecture buff with a passionate interest in where and how people live and occupy the landscape, from small rural towns to skyscrapers and everything in between. Johnny travels often, conducts interviews with people of interest, and gathers photos and video of places worth talking about. The good, the bad, and the ugly - it's all fascinating to Johnny.
Aaron Lubeck is a designer + builder practicing in Durham, North Carolina. A former resident of seven college towns, he specializes in complex neighborhood infill projects, zoning codes, unique financing stacks, and incremental development.
Aaron is the author of Green Restorations: Sustainable Building in Historic Homes (New Society), and a former lecturer at Duke University’s Nicholas School for the Environment. As President Emeritus of Trinity Design | Build, he presided over multiple ambitious sustainable retrofits, including the first privately-developed LEED Platinum building in North Carolina.
When not sketching site plans on his iPad, he can be seen lobbying for bicycle boulevards, tossing frisbees to his poorly-behaved golden retriever and singing songs from North Carolina in his cover band.
Ryan Terry is a real estate developer, urban designer, speaker, and consultant practicing in central Texas. As the founder and managing partner of R + T Studio, a Bryan-College Station-based development and consulting firm specializing in urban infill and revitalization, Mr. Terry oversees projects throughout the region.
Mr. Terry believes that cities and towns exist to make our lives better, and that they should be designed to provide an environment in which we can flourish and thrive. His practice aims for the recovery of good human communities through the renewal of our neighborhoods and public places.
Mr. Terry is a former Marine Corps infantry officer and management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. During his time in the Marine Corps, Mr. Terry served as a platoon commander and staff officer, leading 50 Marines and Sailors during combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. As a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, Mr. Terry directed a multi-national working group for NATO interoperability standards, guided the implementation of a Strategic Management Plan for a component organization of the Army Research Laboratory, and led the implementation of multiple strategic initiatives across the major component commands of the U.S. Army.
Mr. Terry resides in Bryan, TX and holds a Master of Public Service & Administration degree with a concentration in Urban Policy, Development, and Design from the George Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M as well as a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Classical Culture from the University of Georgia. Mr. Terry's areas of expertise include urban design, land use and transportation policy, and economic and community development.
Alissa Shelton - Director of Training and Alumni Relations
Alissa Shelton is a small developer and community activist in Hamtramck, MI. In her role as IncDev’s Director of Training and Alumni Relations, Alissa focuses on our national workshop and training series, partnering with our local host committees in executing successful events in their communities along with supporting our alumni post-training.
Prior to joining IncDev, she was working as a small business consultant focused on organizational process and conversation facilitation. She also spent 3 years with Issue Media Group as a local Publisher in Detroit and as Director of Strategic Development supporting publications nationwide. IMG publications tell the stories of small business and development catalyzing transitioning cities, focused the neighborhood scale.
Alissa is the owner a 1920s corner bank building, turned Chop Suey restaurant turned community space. Bank Suey is an experiment in how we use main street spaces, exploring layered uses and curated programming. Since opening in March 2016, the space has curated 60+ gatherings with 2500+ attendees covering a broad range of topics unified by a purpose: to build skills, understanding, and confidence resulting in citizen involvement and greater community wealth.
Alissa serves on the Hamtramck Downtown Development Authority and volunteers for the Hamtramck Music Festival. She holds a B.Sc. in psychology from Wayne State University. Alissa is a 2017 Salzburg Global Fellow, participating in the Forum for Young Cultural Innovators.
Alissa lives a few blocks away from Bank Suey in a 1915 duplex she owns with her partner, in the dense, walkable community of Hamtramck, a 2 square-mile city completely surrounded by Detroit, where over 27 languages are spoken and 18 different national flags line the main street.