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 - Past 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 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 Vice-Chair
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.
Will Burgin - Board Treasurer
Will Burgin, President of Jackson Burgin and managing member of Artifex DBD, is a financial strategist and project manager for small scale development, both in his hometown of Columbus, Georgia and for Artifex projects nationally.
While an undergraduate, in Vanderbilt University’s mechanical engineering program, Will had the opportunity to see firsthand how time-tested principles of urban design and planning helped Nashville realize its ambitions to become a more livable, better connected place for families and businesses. Upon returning to Columbus, he applied both his professional degree and what he’d observed in Nashville to neighborhood retail development and transportation projects on home turf. His successes in Columbus helped him develop an appreciation for – and expertise in – the seamless integration of design, engineering and planning with finance and construction oversight.
By combining Will’s skill sets with those of his three partners, Artifex offers clients the opportunity to simultaneously address all the components of planning and implementing transformative projects.
Gracen Johnson - Director of Content and Contribution
From the earliest days of the IncDev Alliance, Gracen Johnson has been building up our curriculum, content, and creative assets. As the Director of Content & Contribution, she continues to work behind the scenes in Toronto, Canada to develop new learning materials like case studies, PSAs, articles, and presentations. Gracen is a guiding force and producer behind nearly everything we publish at IncDev, working hard to distill our faculty’s wisdom into approachable and actionable material.
Gracen loves this work so much that she has taken responsibility for growing IncDev’s creative capacity. The other half of her role is to attract and secure the revenue to finance IncDev’s content production ambitions so we can refine and package all the ideas we’re dying to share.
Since completing her MPhil in Planning, Growth, and Regeneration at the University of Cambridge in 2013, Gracen has spent years engaging with bottom-up city building herself. She met the IncDev team via her online storytelling as a proactive neighbor in a small city on Canada’s east coast where she worked with clients to cultivate civic-minded resourcefulness. Her writing, speaking, videos, and urban interventions inspire regular citizens to invest in their neighborhoods in the creative and makeshift ways that make a place feel loved and lived in.
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.
Alli Thurmond Quinlan
Alli Thurmond Quinlan is an architect, landscape architect, and small infill developer. She founded and runs Flintlock Ltd Co (a multi-disciplinary design practice) and Flintlock Development (an urban infill real estate development company) in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She also served on the Fayetteville Planning Commission and the Construction Board of Appeals, as well as being known to occasionally teach urban design with a focus on advanced grading and stormwater in the Landscape Architecture Department of the Fay Jones School of Design at the University of Arkansas.
Alli grew up on a large working cattle ranch in western Oklahoma and believes strongly in being hands-on in your farm. She believes that small developers have the potential to be advocates for their neighborhoods, leading the redevelopment of communities in a way that protect and include long time residents while welcoming new, diverse neighbors. As part of this approach, she recently completed a tactical urbanism project to make walking to the community center easier for neighborhood kids, located nearby to Flintlock Development’s South St Cottages.
Working as in a range of roles (architect, land planner, owner, developer, and city administrator) over a wide variety of development projects has taught Alli to cut through the voodoo of pro formas and zoning / building code to create beautiful, lovable, walkable projects that make sense for communities and make money for investors. Her work solo and with the University of Arkansas Community Design Center has been honored with national and international awards from the Congress for New Urbanism, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Institute of Architects, Architizer, and the American Planning Association.
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.
Yonina Gray - Board Secretary
Yonina Gray has over a decade of experience building relationships and lines of communication between communities, corporations and local governments in both Chicago and Atlanta. Yonina is passionate about empowering low wealth communities and elevating their quality of life through strategic real estate investment. She is the director of business development for Reinvestment Fund, a national, nonprofit financial institution and a catalyst for change in low-income communities. In this role, Yonina sources real estate lending deals, identifies market gaps and, in response, develops data-driven strategies to bring partners and resources together for community impact. This role also puts her in frequent contact with low-capacity real estate entrepreneurs who are in need to technical assistance. Yonina has worked to build a small network of partners who can help respond to this underserved group of entrepreneurs.
Yonina is an advisory committee member for The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta’s Georgia Social Impact Collaborative. Yonina has a Masters in Urban Planning and Policy from The University of Illinois-Chicago. She is currently working on an MBA from Emory’s Goizueta Business School.
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.
Marques King is an architect, urban designer and proud native Detroiter. He is currently the Economic Development & Design Manager for EJDevCo, a non-profit developer focused on the Eastside of Detroit. He is also the founder of Fabric[K] Design, a design firm focused on small scale developments and nurturing sustainable neighborhoods.
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.
Bernice Radle owns and operates Buffalove Development and Little Wheel Restoration Co., a full service real estate company focused on reviving vacant and / or underutilized places and spaces. The goal is to smash together the basics of urban design, preservation, energy efficiency and affordability together to make neighborhoods better for the people who live, work and play there. Being a female owned and minority focused company, Buffalove | Little Wheel aims to make strides in making space for females and minorities in the world of real estate and construction.
Bernice's historic renovation work has been featured on HGTV and DIY network as part of American Rehab Buffalo and also in several publications including the NYTimes, Huffington Post, Preservation Magazine, TedX and more. Bernice is currently working on several preservation projects including bringing the first brewery to Niagara Falls, NY in 75 years.
Bernice is the Vice Chair of the City of Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals. She is a leader in the Buffalo's Young Preservations, a founding member of the Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists and is the creator of the "heart bomb" which is a tactical urbanism project that communities across the country have embraced. In 2014, she was awarded the Peter H. Brink Award for individual achievement by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She holds a B.S. degree in Urban Planning and Regional Analysis from Buffalo State College.
Ryan Terry is a real estate developer, urban designer, speaker, and consultant practicing in central Texas. His practice aims for the recovery of flourishing communities through the renewal of neighborhoods and public places. As the founder and managing partner of R + T Studio, a development and consulting firm specializing in urban infill and revitalization, he oversees projects throughout the region.
Ryan recently completed the first phase of 500 Bryan North, consisting of two four-plex apartment buildings for a total of 8 residential and 2 commercial units in 11,500 square feet. This was phase one of an incremental build out of a city block in downtown Bryan that will eventually consist of 42 residential units and 12,000 square feet of commercial space.
Ryan lives in Bryan, TX where he serves on the city Historical Landmark Commission and the Downtown Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Board. He is active is the Downtown Bryan Association, the Bryan Rotary Club, and the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce. Ryan 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. His areas of expertise include urban design, land use and transportation policy, and economic and community development.
Ryan is a former Marine Corps infantry officer and management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. During his time in the Marine Corps, Ryan 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.
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.
Jenifer Acosta specializes in historic preservation and reurbanization. As a real estate developer, consultant, and faculty for the Incremental Development Alliance, Jenifer Acosta works to reimagine historic buildings, create spaces and experiences that bring people back to downtown areas and encourage them to really live there. Jenifer earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree in international administration and sustainable development from University of Miami. She also holds a New York University graduate certificate in real estate development. She has founded the Young Preservationists - Great Lakes Bay; Co-founded Infuse Great Lakes Bay, a local community development nonprofit organization; and serves on a variety of local boards dedicated to creating positive change in their community.
Raised in Michigan by entrepreneurial parents, Jenifer has already brought new life to once-vacant landmark buildings in downtown Bay City (population 35,000).
Her projects encompass a wide range of property types and uses in the Great Lakes Bay area of Michigan. The Legacy is a 55,000 square foot building with a restaurant/retail space, 2 commercial suites, and 26 residential units in a former historic bank building from the 1890s. The Times Lofts consist of 31 residential lofts in a 38,000 square foot building. Jenifer currently working on a 12 unit residential building on the edge of the downtown Bay City on an environmentally remediated infill site.
Jenifer offers her expertise to nonprofit organizations including the Bay City Downtown Development Authority, Midland Area Community Foundation, Urban Land Institute, and is the founder of Young Preservationists-Great Lakes Bay. Jenifer also co-founded a community development organization, Infuse Great Lakes Bay, to encourage citizen-led investment as well as get the resources and tools to local projects for their success.
She and her husband, Anthony, live near Midland, MI with their two children.
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 and 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.
Joel Dixon is Co-Principal of Urban Oasis Development. Urban Oasis is a real estate company focused on residential and commercial development in town south/west side Atlanta. He oversees Community Development & Business Development along with Investor Relations.
Joel has been instrumental in helping to raise the public profile of Urban Oasis and Sims REG (in-house construction partner) as well as mobilize financial and political resources for expansion. Having been raised in west side Atlanta public housing (former John Hope/University Homes), he understands the city and is well-connected with Atlanta's business and grassroots community leaders.
Prior to launching Urban Oasis, Mr. Dixon had over 15 years of sales and business development experience in high technology and real estate. His past roles include being Senior Solutions consultant for Hannon Hill, a company with deep ties to the burgeoning Tech Venture community in Atlanta. He has a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University and Certificate of Mandarin Chinese from Beijing Language and Culture University.
Joel is a 2017 Graduate of the Urban Land Institute’s prestigious Center for Leadership and has been an active ULI member serving as a 2018 CFL Day Chair and member of ULI Atlanta’s Creative Development Council.
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.
Jennifer brings 10 years of experience in transforming the built environment to enhance people's everyday lives. In her career she has led numerous community design charrettes and played a critical role in neighborhood, city, and regional master planning projects. These visions formed the basis for innovative comprehensive and zoning plan overhauls, as well as the future build-out of important development sites. Her ability to craft projects from broad scale thinking to concrete built form has led her to thrive as an independent urban design consultant. Advocating for intentional communities and resilient neighborhoods, she seeks to enrich the lives of each individual within a model of diverse and equitable housing where, everyone, including the most vulnerable, receives the support and enjoyment of a vibrant community.
Jennifer received her Bachelor's of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and her Master's of Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to founding Jennifer L. Settle, LLC, she obtained her professional training while working in the offices of Opticos Design in Berkeley, California and MGLM Architects in Chicago, Illinois.
Sharon Woods is the founder of LandUseUSA | Urban Strategies, a professional consulting firm based in central Michigan. She has nearly three decades of professional experience providing real estate advisory services in the fields of market research and analysis, downtown and community development, urbanism and placemaking, and land use economics. She specializes in Target Market Analysis (TMA) methods focused on studying the lifestyle preferences of households seeking enjoyable places to live and work.
Sharon is especially known for her skills in measuring the magnitude of market potential for missing housing formats in urban places. This approach can also span other land use categories, including urban retail and downtown merchant space, hotels, entertainment and recreational venues, placemaking amenities, and mixed-uses with office space.
When not crunching data at her standing desk, Sharon can be found cruising inland lakes with her vintage pontoon boat; and kayaking peaceful rivers to snap wildlife photos.