URBAN EXPERTS DRIVING SOLUTIONS

Note: This list is up to date as of May 1, 2023.

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Seema Thomas has been working on community development challenges domestically and internationally for the past two decades. Princeton (MPA), Harvard (MUP), Penn (BSE Engineering).

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Paul Mondesire leads community relations efforts for urban projects. He currently heads Policy and Community Engagement for Superpedestrian and is critical to its expansion into 50 markets. SUNY Binghamton.

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Star Childs founded Ginkgo, an intelligent geospatial data platform for neighborhood communities to centralize information about economic development, planning, people, and infrastructure. Yale (MEM), Cornell (BS).

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Jeff Olson co-founded Alta Bicycle Share, which launched CitiBike. He co-owns re:Charge-e, wireless charging for micromobility, and authored The Third Mode - Towards a Green Society. SUNY - Empire State College (MA), RPI (BArch).

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Alibe Hamacher (Innovative Global Advisement) is an expert on the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, produces the YouTube channel Alibe’s Sustainable World. John Jay (MPA, BASc), LaGuardia CC (AA).

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Ismael Betancourt, Jr. founded IF-MC-CA-DI, a 501c3 affiliated with the UN. IF-MA-CA-DI focuses on Puerto Rico and the South Bronx. Harvard (MBA), City University (MA), Columbia (BA).

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Michael King works with progressive cities, campuses, developers, and NGOs to advance a green mobility ethos. He explores and understands clients’ history and potential, develops forward-thinking initiatives, and works together to implement. He envisions the city of tomorrow for those living and prospering in it, not driving through it. Columbia (MArch), Washington University (BA).

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Peter Meitzler is currently the field operations manager for Joco. Formerly, he was a co-manager for Battery Swap Operations, Battery Charging Management, at Citi Bike. He owns Manhattan Rickshaws. City University of New York (Masters, Sustainability), Michigan (BA).

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Anita Godecki is the COO, Central and Eastern Europe for SummitNuSolutions. Anita creates and promotes sustainability solutions on assignments in North America and the EU. She is responsible for customer demographics, marketing campaigns, establishing strategic alliances. Seton Hall (MA, Diplomacy and International Relations).

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Steven R. Maimon, President and CEO SummitNuSolutions. Previously, McDonald-Douglas Aerospace, Booz-Allen-Hamilton, USPS - Member of team that privatized it. Launched 3 Tech Transfer and Commercialization and 2 Trade Companies. Practical Innovator and Solutioneer in diverse industries. Has done business in 53 countries. MIT (MS SysMgmt), Drexel (BS ME, MS BioMed).

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David Faulkner has developed and deployed innovative retail concepts on four continents and created tens of millions of dollars of value for top brands including Gap, Nordstrom, Bank of America, Capital One, and Bose. Yale (MArch), Vassar (BA).

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Jim Cohen is the CEO of iEventsmedia.com and has been creating, launching, and selling successful events and sponsorships for over 20 years. Has recruited, managed, and led global conference and exhibitions teams from Russia, Europe, and here in the US. Syracuse - The Maxwell School (BS, Public Policy and Economics).

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Steven Balinsky is the CEO and Co-Founder at The Hub Bicycles and Co-founder and Partner at Flatiron Project Management. E-bikes are only half of the micromobility and bike delivery equation, the less glamorous half is maintenance and repair. City College (MS), Sci-Arc, Pratt (Bachelors).

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Gregg Zumann is a leader in the commercialization of high-performance Live-electric Vehicle (LV) logistics, installations, and infrastructure. He is the founder and CEO at cyclecab services firm Revolution Rickshaws, L.L.C., and its commercial cycle truck solutions offshoot Revolution X. He has served as a sales rep for U.K. LV maker Cycles Maximus since 2005 and co-founded the New York City Pedicab Owners’ Association. Vermont, Occidental (BA).

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Wendy Brawer Wendy Brawer has three decades of eco-design experience. She is founder of Green Map System, a locally-led global network of sustainability mapmakers, and involved in placemaking, mobility and climate projects. She has been appointed a TED Resident and Designer in Residence at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

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Abby Suckle Abby Suckle is an internationally recognized architect and fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA). She founded cultureNOW and developed its museum withoutwalls web and app platform. She is Vice President of the Lower Manhattan Historical Association. Harvard (MArch), Penn (AB).

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Wendy Brawer Wendy Brawer has three decades of eco-design experience. She is founder of Green Map System, a locally-led global network of sustainability mapmakers, and involved in placemaking, mobility and climate projects. She has been appointed a TED Resident and Designer in Residence at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

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Tom Glendening worked for NYC City Planning. Projects in the private sector, repurposed disused retail center (London, UK), reclaimed land confiscated by Third Reich (Leipzig, Germany), on team optimizign global facilities portfolio for OEM, developed facilities strategy to support fuel cell vehicles, and founded Hoboken's first bike share. Harvard (MBA), Yale (MArch), Virginia (BS).

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