A DIALOGUE IN DETROIT
SEPTEMBER 13-16, 2016
The 2016 Dialogue in Detroit Conference will bring together professionals, decision-makers and academics from America’s Legacy Cities, where long-term population loss and economic restructuring present difficult challenges for the future of astounding historic resources and significant cultural heritage.
The conference will focus on the following areas: Preservation as a Tool, Legacy Cities Today and Tomorrow, Neighborhood Transformation and Preservation and Public Health.
Expert panel discussions will explore innovative work happening in these areas, while a range of exciting sessions will dive deeper into groundbreaking projects that are revitalizing Legacy Cities throughout the country.
11:00am - Registration Open
Noon-5:00pm - Pre-Conference Workshop
5:30pm-7:00pm - Welcome Reception
8:00am - Registration Open
9:00am - Welcome Remarks
9:30am - Keynote
10:45am - Panel Discussion
12:00pm - Lunch
1:30pm - Concurrent Sessions
2:45pm - Panel Discussion
4:15pm - Book Release Event
5:30pm - Evening Activities
8:00am Registration Open
8:15am Concurrent Sessions
9:30am Panel Discussion
11:00am Concurrent Sessions
1:30pm Concurrent Sessions
2:45pm Panel Discussion
5:15pm Evening Activities
Parking will be available in Parking Structure 1 of Wayne State University. When entering the structure let the attendant know that you are with the Neighborhoods in America’s Legacy Cities conference at the McGregor Conference Center and you will not be charged for parking.
Registration is now closed for the conference.
The conference has been approved for AICP CM credits.
INTRODUCING OUR KEYNOTE AND PANEL SPEAKERS
Featuring an exciting line-up of experts and storytellers.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
Brian Conway, Michigan State Historic Preservation Office
Kathleen H. Crowther, Cleveland Restoration Society
Gary Pollard, Wayne State University
Brian Conway, Michigan State Historic Preservation OfficeBrian D. Conway is Michigan’s State Historic Preservation Officer. As State Historic Preservation Officer Mr. Conway oversees the identification, registration, protection and development of historic properties throughout the state. The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), part of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, promotes the reuse of and investment in historic buildings. SHPO programs include those resulting from the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 such as the National Register of Historic Places, Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits, the Certified Local Government Program, and Section 106 Review (the review of federal undertakings for their impact on historic resources), in addition to state programs such as Local Historic Districts and the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program. Trained as an architect, Mr. Conway has been involved with historic preservation and the rehabilitation of historic buildings throughout the state since 1980. With Historic Preservation Planner Amy Arnold he recently coauthored 'Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America', which will be published by Gibbs Smith in the fall of 2016.
Kathleen H. Crowther, Cleveland Restoration SocietyKathleen H. Crowther has been President of the Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS) since 1987. Under her long term leadership, CRS received the highest honor in its field from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Ms. Crowther is an Advisor to the Trust and chaired its Partners Program. A member of the U.S. National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), she serves on the International Scientific Committee for historic cities, towns and villages. She is a Guest Lecturer at Cleveland State University, teaching the class "Contemporary Issues in Historic Preservation." She was educated at Case Western Reserve University (BA Art History & English) and Cleveland State University (MS, Urban Affairs). She studied at Sorbonne University (Paris), has been an Arts Fellow at Stanford University and a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy (Rome).
Gary Pollard, Wayne State UniversityGary Pollard has served the last six years as Chief of Staff in the Michigan Senate. In 2010, he became Chief of Staff to Fred Durhal, Michigan House of Representatives. He is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations, conducting special constituent projects, working with community organizations and representing Representative Durhal at pertinent public meetings. In November 2008, Pollard was elected to the Wayne State University Board of Governors. Gary serves on various community boards such as The Detroit River International Crossing Advisory Council and Core City Neighborhoods. He has been recognized for his service and commitment toward serving the community. A lifelong Detroiter, Gary attended Detroit Public Schools. He continued his education at Ferris State University, and graduated with a BA in Business Administration. Mr. Pollard became an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He continues to be a dedicated member today, working on the “Build The Dream” National Memorial Project.
Moderated by Burney Johnson, Michigan State Housing Development Authority
Maurice Cox, City of Detroit
Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress
Moderated by Burney Johnson, Michigan State Housing Development AuthorityBurney Johnson currently serves as Deputy Director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). As part of the Executive team, she leads a variety of initiatives that drive the implementation of the Agency’s mission to create and preserve affordable housing in Michigan. This includes, but is not limited to: overseeing the agency’s regional Detroit office; directing a dedicated business team focused on servicing the community and economic development needs of counties in Southeast Michigan and participating in several policy development forums and philanthropic initiatives involving community development. Most recently Ms. Johnson was on loan to the Detroit Land Bank Authority where she served as the Interim Executive Director. In this position she directed the quasi- governmental agency as it transitioned from the authority of the Emergency Manager to that of the current mayor. The Land Bank is responsible for the acquisition, management and repurposing of large quantities of abandoned, vacant and foreclosed property in the city of Detroit. Ms. Johnson’s involvement in urban planning and public service spans over twenty years. Prior to joining MSHDA, Ms. Johnson was the Deputy Director for Planning Activities for the City of Detroit Planning and Development Department. As an integral member of the City’s Economic Development Organization, Ms. Johnson led the effort to develop land use plans and implement programs that fostered the stabilization and revitalization of Detroit neighborhoods. Prior to joining the City of Detroit, she was Community Development Manager for the Washtenaw County Metropolitan Planning Commission in Ann Arbor. This opportunity allowed her to become involved in a variety of housing projects, and other initiatives sponsored by the Board of Supervisors and the Commission. Ms. Johnson also held a number of planning positions in California. She worked on a regional level with San Mateo County and later with the City of Oakland as Manager of Development Controls with responsibilities for Planning Commission case review, zoning administration, Environmental Review, Historic and Design Review. Ms. Johnson is active with a number of professional, community and civic groups. Her board leadership involvement includes past member of the Metro Detroit Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters; member of the Detroit LISC Local Advisory Board and member of the LISC Strategic Investment Committee; member Detroit Neighborhood Forum (Metro Detroit philanthropic group); member Matrix Theater Board and past member Living Cities Integration Initiative Governance Council. As for career fellowships, Ms. Johnson is a graduate of Leadership Detroit (XXVII); and a member of the Big City Planning Directors Emeritus Institute (2003) sponsored by Harvard Graduate School of Design, APA and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Ms. Johnson is a native Detroiter and holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Fisk University and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Wayne State University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; the American Institute of Certified Planners and she is also certified as a Housing Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council. Recently she received the 2014 Distinguished Service for Urban Development Award from the Home Builders Association of Michigan.
Maurice Cox, City of DetroitMaurice Cox, a nationally respected community designer and leader of the public interest design movement, is planning director for the city of Detroit. Prior to moving to Michigan, he was director of Tulane City Center and associate dean for Community Engagement at the Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans. Cox studied at Cooper Union in New York and previously held a faculty position at the University of Virginia. A co-founder of the national SEED (Social, Economic, Environmental, Design) Network, Cox served as design director of the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC from 2007-2010. In that capacity, he led the Mayor’s Institute on City Design, the Governor’s Institute on Community Design, and oversaw the award of more than $2 million a year in NEA design grants across the United States. Cox served as city councilmember and then mayor of the City of Charlottesville from 1996-2004. During his mayoral term the city was ranked as the “#1 Best Place to Live in the USA & Canada” by Frommer’s Cities Ranked and Rated and was also the smallest city in America to maintain a AAA-bond rating for excellence in fiscal management. Under Cox's leadership, Charlottesville completed several large projects, including the passage of an award-winning zoning ordinance in support of mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented development; new infill residential neighborhoods and mixed-income, higher-density housing; and the design of a two-mile, federally funded parkway entrance into the city. Cox has received national acclaim for his ability to incorporate active citizen participation into the design process while achieving the highest quality of design excellence, leading Fast Company magazine to name him one of America’s “20 Masters of Design” for his practice of “democratic design.”
Alan Mallach, Center for Community ProgressAlan Mallach is a senior fellow at the Center for Community Progress in Washington DC. A city planner, advocate and writer, he is nationally known for his work on housing, economic development, and urban revitalization, and has worked with local governments and community organizations across the country to develop creative policies and strategies to rebuild their cities and neighborhoods. A former director of housing & economic development in Trenton, New Jersey, he currently teaches in the graduate city planning program at Pratt Institute in New York City. He has spoken on housing and urban issues in the United States, Europe, Israel and Japan, and was a visiting scholar at the University of Nevada Las Vegas for the 2010-2011 academic year. His recent books include A Decent Home: Planning, Building and Preserving Affordable Housing and Bringing Buildings Back: From Vacant Properties to Community Assets, which has become a resource for thousands of planners, lawyers, public officials and community leaders dealing with problem property and revitalization issues. He is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and holds a B.A. degree from Yale University. His recent publications include: Who’s Moving to the Cities, Who Isn’t: Comparing American Cities (September 2014), Long-Term Stress and Systemic Failure: Taking Seriously the Fiscal Crisis of America's Older Cities (September 2011)
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF NEIGHBORHOODS PANEL
Moderated by Jill Ferrari, Michigan Community Resources
Tom Goddeeris, Grandmont Rosedale DC
Lauren Hood, Live6 Alliance
Kathleen Wendler, Vernor Development
Moderated by Jill Ferrari, Michigan Community ResourcesJill Ferrari has 20 years of experience in catalyzing urban redevelopment. Her background includes community development, private real estate acquisition and development, legal practice and consulting. As the Chief Executive Officer of Michigan Community Resources, her current mission is to provide legal, technical and educational resources to community based organizations working in low-income areas throughout Michigan. Since taking the position in 2013, Jill has restructured office culture to ensure a collaborative, supportive and open work environment. In 2015, she led the organization to complete a Strategic Plan that outlined the path for statewide expansion in Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo. Through her leadership, the organization also completed a staff-led visioning process that resulted in a detailed technical program plan for service delivery. She restructured the website and all print materials to solidify the organization’s brand, expanded the technical teams and moved the office to more colorful, collaborative space. In 2015, Jill’s vision led to the launch of the Neighborhood Exchange platform, a new vision for how Michigan Community Resources will support community-based organizations as they work to make communities stronger. This innovative platform includes an online capacity building resources directory; peer-to-peer networking and education; direct services such as mini-grants and technical assistance; and a quarterly convening on public policy issues facing the neighborhoods. Prior to her work at Michigan Community Resources, she directed over $50 million dollars in state and federal funds dedicated toward neighborhood stabilization throughout Wayne County as the Director of Community Development. Her management of those funds helped leverage over $200 Million in private investment. As an attorney and private real estate developer, she has managed complex Brownfield Redevelopment projects in multiple states. In 2007, she managed the assemblage of an 84 acre Brownfield Redevelopment site in Las Vegas, including all entitlements and financing. This project involved the expansion of the gaming district on Las Vegas Boulevard and securing the largest redevelopment incentive package (including Sales Tax Anticipated Revenue (STAR) bonds) in the City’s history. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Detroit (2001 and 2013) and a judge for the annual CREW Real Estate Impact Awards (2011-2014). She is the former Chairman of the Board of CreateDetroit, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to promoting the creative class in Detroit. She has also held advisory council and committee positions at The Heidelberg Project and the Detroit Opera House and has participated in coordinating successful events in Detroit such as The National Summit (2009), the Creative Cities Summit (2008) and BravoBravo! (2004-2007). Jill is the 2016 winner of the Melvin Simon Award from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Foundation and is currently a member of the Executive Committee for the Urban Land Institute - Michigan Council, where she co-chairs the Women’s Leadership Initiative.
Tom Goddeeris, Grandmont Rosedale DCTom Goddeeris has served as the Executive Director of the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation (GRDC) for 25 years. Located in northwest Detroit, GRDC is multi-faceted community development organization working in the areas of affordable housing development, commercial revitalization, and community building. GRDC is recognized as one of the leading community development organizations in the Detroit area. Tom is very active within the Detroit community development industry and served 6 years as a Board Member of the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM), the state-wide trade association for community development practitioners. In 2014, Tom received the prestigious Terrence R. Duvernay Award for leadership in the field of community development from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. An architect by training, Tom holds a BS degree in architecture from the University of Michigan and an MArch degree from Lawrence Technological University. Tom is a native Detroiter and lives with his family in the North Rosedale Park neighborhood in Detroit.
Lauren Hood, Live6 AllianceLauren Hood specializes in ecosystem development with a strong focus on a community engagement. She is the newly installed Acting Director of Live6, a planning and development organization that seeks to enhance quality of life and encourage economic opportunity in Northwest Detroit. The organization will act as a conduit between anchor institutions and their surrounding communities, with a particular focus on the McNichols and Livernois corridors. The organization will actively serve the community in the following five program areas: placemaking, business attraction & retention, residential stabilization, safety, and commercial corridor real estate development. Prior to joining U3, Lauren worked in various capacities within the realm of community revitalization. She was the Manager of the Economic Development project portfolio for the city of Highland Park, MI. In this role she directed the allocation of CDBG funds, housing rehab projects, demolition efforts and business attraction activities. Born and raised in the Live 6 service area, Lauren is a civically engaged preservationist and serves as a Mayoral appointee to the Historic District Commission, and as a member of Preservation Detroit's Board of Directors. She speaks regularly at events concerning community engagement, equitable development, social investment and the intersections of economic development and social justice. In addition to being a regular guest columnist in local Op-ed pages, she is active at her alma mater, University of Detroit Mercy where she received a Masters in Community Development and undergraduate Business Degree.
Kathleen Wendler, Vernor DevelopmentPresident of the Southwest Detroit Business Association since 1981, Wendler has been a catalyst in bringing change and fostering development in the Southwest Detroit community, attracting city support and a diverse funding base. Wendler’s comprehensive approach to community revitalization has resulted in numerous public-private initiatives. Under her leadership, the Southwest Detroit Business Association’s (SDBA) accomplishments include: partnering with the East Michigan Environmental Action Council to help found the Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision (SDEV); partnering with the corporate and small business community, residents and the Mexicantown Community Development Corporation to create the $17 Million Mexicantown Mercado and Welcome Center; partnering with Bridging Communities Inc. to secure a $10 Million investment from Detroit Water & Sewage Department into the Patton Park Recreation Center; securing $1 Million from Wayne County to renovate the Clark Park outdoor skating rink; completing the $5.6 Million historic renovation of the Odd Fellows Building; and creating and implementing the Southwest Detroit greenways plan, now completing its successful phase of development, a $6.4 Million investment into 2.3 miles of West Vernor’s lighting infrastructure. Wendler has worked the National MainStreet Center on SDBA’s renovation of two historic properties in the West Vernor Business District, and is a trustee emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Advisory Board.
ANCHOR INSTITUTIONS PANEL
Moderated by Robin Boyle, Wayne State University
Antoine Garibaldi, PhD, University of Detroit Mercy
Ned Staebler, Wayne State University/Tech Town
Henry Louis Taylor, Jr., Center for Urban Studies, University at Buffalo the State University of New
Moderated by Robin Boyle, Wayne State UniversityRobert (Robin) Boyle is a Professor of Urban Planning, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Wayne State University, Detroit. Mi. He was first appointed 1992 as Chair of Geography and Urban Planning, then Associate Dean. Returned to faculty, Summer 2014. He was born and educated in Scotland and studied at the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Reading, UK. He is a member of the UK Royal Town Planning Institute (1977- 2010); American Planning Association; Urban Affairs Association; Urban Land Institute. His research interests focus on public policies and planning for large cities, with an emphasis on governance and economic development in a metropolitan context. Current funded research includes a study of alternative mobility systems in metro Detroit. Scholarly research has included cross-national policy responses to urban decline, with a detailed study of how mid-west cities are responding to “shrinkage”.
Antoine Garibaldi, PhD, University of Detroit MercyDr. Antoine M. Garibaldi is the 25th and first lay president of University of Detroit Mercy (UDM), Michigan’s largest Catholic university founded by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1877. Prior to joining UDM, where he is also a tenured Professor of Educational Psychology, he was president of Gannon University in Erie, PA for nine and a half years and Howard University’s first Provost and Chief Academic Officer. A noted scholar, he is the author of eleven books and more than 85 research articles and chapters and has been recognized as a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association. His article, “The Expanding Gender and Racial Gap in American Higher Education,” was published in the Summer 2014 edition of Howard University’s 'The Journal of Negro Education. He has received four honorary doctorates and is nationally known for increasing enrollment, exceeding fundraising goals and developing significant collaborations with local communities, government agencies, philanthropic and non-profit organizations at each of the universities where he has taught and been a senior executive. In Detroit, Garibaldi is a member of the boards of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA); New Detroit, Inc.; United Way for Southeastern Michigan Campaign Cabinet; Detroit Metro Convention Visitors Bureau; Detroit Police Chief’s Community Advisory Board; Live6 Alliance and Brother Rice High School. In 2015, he was selected among Crain’s Detroit Business “100 Most Connected People in Detroit.” A native of New Orleans, Garibaldi received his B.A. magna cum laude from Howard University and his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota.
Ned Staebler, Wayne State University/Tech TownWayne State University Vice President for Economic Development President and CEO, TechTown Detroit Ned Staebler serves as Vice President for Economic Development at Wayne State University and as President and CEO of TechTown, Detroit’s most established business incubator and accelerator. He leads both organizations’ efforts to strengthen the Detroit region’s neighborhoods, businesses and leaders, overseeing a range of activities around innovation and entrepreneurship, business development and attraction, talent retention, transit and mobility, and placemaking. Ned previously served as the Vice President for Entrepreneurial and Capital Services at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. In this role, he was responsible for the oversight of the Michigan Strategic Fund Board and the 21st Century Jobs Fund, a $2 billion, 10-year initiative to transform Michigan's economy. Ned also spent nearly a decade in the private sector, working in both startup and Fortune 150 environments in the U.S. and London.
Henry Louis Taylor, Jr., Center for Urban Studies, University at Buffalo the State University of NewDr. Henry Louis Taylor, Jr. is an internationally recognized scholar for his work on distressed urban neighborhood and social isolation among people of color. His research focuses on a historical and contemporary analysis of distressed urban neighborhoods, social isolation and race and class issues among people of color, especially African Americans and Latinos. Within this framework, Taylor’s research also focuses on these issues in Cuba, the Caribbean Islands and Latin America. Lastly, Taylor is concerned with the redevelopment of shrinking cities and metropolitan cities, with a focus on social, economic and racial justice. Center for Urban Studies, University at Buffalo the State University of New York.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
PUBLIC – PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS PANEL
Moderated by Juanita R. Jones
Dave Blaszkiewicz, Invest Detroit
Maggie DeSantis, ECN Detroit
Kim Dowdell, SEED
Moderated by Juanita R. JonesJuanita has been active in housing and community development for 20+ years. She has collaborated with the SHPO and MHPN for several years, first as the Managing Director of the Detroit Land Bank, where she orchestrated a $22M historic preservation program in Boston Edison, East English Village and other Detroit communities-winning a 2013 Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation for this effort, and later as a consultant under her own business, JRJ Consulting. A native Detroiter, Juanita brings a history of facilitating cooperation between the development and preservation communities. She is a current Michigan Historic Preservation Network Board member.
Dave Blaszkiewicz, Invest DetroitDavid Blaszkiewicz serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of Invest Detroit, an organization driving catalytic change through financing for commercial businesses and real estate projects. He is responsible for Invest Detroit’s development and implementation of collaborative economic growth strategies designed for the creation of density and jobs. In addition, Mr. Blaszkiewicz leads the organization’s efforts to strengthen relationships with the public, private and philanthropic sectors to promote economic revitalization and sustainability. Mr. Blaszkiewicz manages the activities of Invest Detroit’s programs representing over $225 million in funds and tax credit allocations. He coordinates a number of audiences to support and accelerate residential, commercial, retail, entertainment and place-making activity in Detroit’s Greater Downtown and targeted neighborhoods. Since 2001, the Invest Detroit organization has transitioned to facilitate additional funding tools with assets that have leveraged over $1.65 billion in total investment, primarily in Detroit. Mr. Blaszkiewicz has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the Detroit business community.
Maggie DeSantis, ECN DetroitBio coming soon
Kim Dowdell, SEEDKimberly is a Detroit-based architect and real estate developer who officially launched as an entrepreneur in June 2016. A native of Detroit, Kimberly grew up with an ambition to revitalize cities using real estate development and sustainable design as tools for renewal. Through her experience as an architecture student at Cornell and as a young professional in Washington, D.C. and New York, she has been working toward her goal of creating transformative development projects in a variety of urban contexts. Kimberly returned to her hometown in 2015 to serve on the City of Detroit's Housing and Revitalization team. Prior to Kimberly's public service, she was a Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellow within the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a licensed architect and a real estate project manager in New York. Kimberly became a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional in 2007, demonstrating her commitment to sustainability in the built environment. In 2008, Kimberly established the annual community service project for the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), which has now hosted projects in seven cities throughout the U.S. In 2005, Kimberly co-founded SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) to identify, measure and address “Triple Bottom Line” issues during the design process. SEED's mission is to “Advance the right of every person to live in a socially, economically and environmentally healthy community.” Kimberly’s contributions to public service were honored with her recognition as one of the top 100 national leaders in Public Interest Design, 2012, by PublicInterestDesign.org (now named ImpactDesignHub.org). Her career was also profiled in the 3rd Edition of Dr. Lee Waldrep’s acclaimed book, Becoming An Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design, 2014. Kimberly’s overarching professional mission is to improve the quality of life for people living in cities.
Donald Carter, Remaking Cities Institute
Donald Carter, Remaking Cities InstituteDon Carter is David Lewis Director of Urban Design and Regional Engagement of the Remaking Cities Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. He is also Track Chair of the Master of Urban Design program in the School of Architecture. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon University in July 2009, Don was President of Urban Design Associates in Pittsburgh where over thirty-six years he led many of the firm’s most complex projects, drawing upon his broad international experience as an architect, urban designer, and developer. Don is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) where he was national Chair of the Inner City Council. Previously, at ULI he served on the Affordable Housing Forum, Infill Development Forum, Residential Development Council, and Entertainment Development Council. Don is past Chair of the ULI Pittsburgh District Council, and past President of the Pittsburgh Chapter, AIA. Don has lectured internationally on urban design and architecture and authored the opening chapter of SynergiCity: Reinventing the Post-Industrial City (University of Illinois Press, 2012). His newest book is Remaking Post-Industrial Cities: Lessons from North America and Europe (Routledge, 2016), documenting ten case studies and common themes from the international Remaking Cities Congress that he co-chaired in Pittsburgh in October 2013. Don currently serves on the board of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and previously served on the boards of the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Pittsburgh Zoo, Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh Public Theater, and Leadership Pittsburgh. Don earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University and did post-graduate study in urban design and regional planning at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
PHILANTHROPIC INVOLVEMENT AND INFLUENCE PANEL
Moderated by Brad White, Alphawood Foundation/Preservation Rightsizing
Keegan Mahoney, Hudson Webber Foundation
Wendy Lewis Jackson, Kresge Foundation
Moderated by Brad White, Alphawood Foundation/Preservation RightsizingBradford J. White is the Associate Director of the Alphawood Foundation, a Chicago-based private foundation working for an equitable, just and humane society. Responsibilities include researching and analyzing major project opportunities, providing funding recommendations, and leading implementation efforts. Previously, Brad focused on affordable housing and community development. He is currently a member of the Illinois Housing Council. Brad was appointed by President Barack Obama as a General Public Member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in 2011; he was reappointed in 2014. For the Advisory Council he has led the task force on Historic Preservation and Rightsizing, as well as the steering committee marking the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. He is the former Chair of Landmarks Illinois and Preservation Action. Brad is a graduate of the University of Michigan; he received his law degree from DePaul University College of Law.
Keegan Mahoney, Hudson Webber FoundationKeegan Mahoney is the Program Director at the Hudson-Webber Foundation. He manages the Foundation’s grant making in the areas of Physical Revitalization, Economic Development, Safe Community, and Arts & Culture. Mahoney approaches his work with a passion for places that support healthy lifestyles, strong social relationships, and access to economic opportunity. Prior to joining the Hudson-Webber Foundation, Keegan was the Grants Director for the United Way for Southeastern Michigan and Housing Development Director for the Greater Corktown Development Corporation where he managed planning, predevelopment, financing and sales of affordable housing development projects. Mahoney was a part of the Detroit Revitalization Fellows program in 2013-15. He has an M.B.A. from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Wendy Lewis Jackson, Kresge FoundationWendy Lewis Jackson is interim co-managing director for the Detroit Program. She co-leads The Kresge Foundation’s efforts to revitalize Detroit and to strengthen its social and economic fabric. Her work supports organizations providing economic opportunity for low-income people and addresses the needs of vulnerable children and families. Prior to joining Kresge in 2008, Wendy was a program director for Children and Family Initiatives and executive director for education initiatives at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation in Grand Rapids, Mich. She taught at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., and has co-authored and assisted in the publication of several reports and publications that address community needs and problem solving. Wendy is an American Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States; the Association of Black Foundation Executives named her an Emerging Leader in 2008. Wendy earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications from the University of Michigan. She also holds a master’s degree in social work from U-M, with a concentration in community organization and social policy and planning.