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Winter 2009 Meeting

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Thursday January 15th

2:30 - 3:00pm

Registration

​3:00 - 3:45pm

News and Networking

​3:45 - 4:00pm

Welcome

​4:00 - 6:00pm

Cities in the Economic Crisis
Moderator: Joel Rogers, Center on Wisconsin Strategy

Alice Rivlin, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Douglas Palmer, Mayor of Trenton NJ
Stefan Pryor, Department of Housing and Development, Newark NJ

​6:00 - 6:30pm

Reception

​6:30 - 8:30pm

Dinner and Speaker: Van Joines, Green for All
Introduction: Heidi Davison, Mayor of Athens GA


Friday January 16th

8:00 - 8:30am

Registration and Breakfast

​8:30 - 9:00am

Cities and the Obama Administration
Moderator: Frank Cownie, Mayor of Des Moines IA

Carolyn Coleman, National League of Cities
Bruce Katz, Brookings Institution

​9:00 - 10:00am

New Federal Opportunities: Housing
Moderator: Heidi Davison, Mayor of Athens GA

Andrew Jakabovics, Center for American Progress*
Terry Gillen, Redevelopment Authority, Philadelphia PA
Lisa Donner, Half in Ten Campaign*
Stockton Williams, Enterprise Community Partners

​10:00 - 10:15am

Break

​10:15 - 11:15am

New Federal Opportunities: Infrastructure and Transportation
Moderator: Chris Doherty, Mayor of Scranton PA

Geoff Anderson, Smart Growth America
Leslie Wollack, National League of cities
Scott Bernstein, Center for Neighborhood Technology

11:15 - 12:00pm

New Federal Opportunities: Energy
Moderator: Pegeen Hanrahan, Mayor of Gainesville FL

Kate Gordon, Apollo Alliance
Kevin McCarty, US Conference of Mayors*

​12:00 - 12:15pm

Summary and Strategy

​12:15 - 1:00pm

Lunch

​1:00 - 2:45pm

Green Economic Development
Moderator: State Senator Loni Hancock, California

Parin Shah, Local Policy Director, Green for All
Andy Levin, Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth
Tom Bates, Mayor of Berkeley CA
Jim Gallagher, New York City Economic Development Corporation

​2:45 - 3:00pm

Break

​3:00 - 4:45pm

Government Performance
Moderator: Dave Cieslewicz, Mayor of Madison WI

Graham Richard, former Mayor of Fort Wayne IN
Valarie McCall, Chief of Government Affairs, Cleveland OH
Beth Simone Noveck, Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School
Vivek Kundra, CTO of Washington DC*

​4:45pm

Evaluations and Closing Remarks



Cities in the Economic Crisis

Speakers

Alice Rivlin  is a Senior Fellow at Brookings in the Metropolitan Policy Program: Economic Studies, and Director of Brookings’ “Greater Washington Research”. She is the first director of the Congressional Budget Office, is an expert on urban issues as well as fiscal, monetary and social policy. She directs the Greater Washington Research project.  Rivlin's expertise is in fiscal  and monetary policy, social policy and urban issues. She previously served as the vice chair of the Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve System under Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. She also was the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget under President Bill Clinton. She was the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office and served in that position from 1975 to 1983.

Dean Baker is co‐director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He previously worked as a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute and an assistant professor at Bucknell University. He is the author of The United States Since 1980 (Cambridge University Press); Social Security: The Phony Crisis (with Mark Weisbrot); The Benefits of Full Employment (with Jared Bernstein); Getting Prices Right: The Battle Over the Consumer Price Index; and The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer. He appears frequently on TV and radio programs, including CNN, CBS News, PBS NewsHour, and National Public Radio. His blog, Beat the Press, features commentary on economic reporting. Baker received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.
 
Mayor Douglas H. Palmer took the helm of leadership in New Jerseyʹs capital city on July 1, 1990. He became Trentonʹsfirst African‐American mayor and has been re‐elected four times since to lead a sustained revitalization effort that hasreshaped neighborhoods, lowered unemployment, and initiated sophisticated innovations across the spectrum of municipal government. Since being elected, Mayor Palmer has made tremendous strides in rebuilding his hometown. He has implemented changes and improvements in every area of city government, orchestrating plans producing more than 1,600 new and rehabilitated homes for working families – with another 1,600 in the works by 2009. The Mayor also has focused throughout his tenure on improving healthcare, particularly for children, the elderly and poor, and has championed preventive screenings and education efforts to address the disproportionate incidence of illness among minorities. The transformation of downtown Trenton owes to the Mayor’s perseverance, as the City has seen its abandoned properties reduced from more than 8,000 to fewer than 2,500 during his tenure. Trenton has become a magnet for mixed‐use development benefiting homeowners and businesses alike. Under the Mayor’s leadership, Trenton also has become the nation’s leader in cleaning up brownfields, with four national Phoenix Awards for converting environmentally challenged areas for redevelopment – more than any city. Mayor Palmer is a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 1973.
 
Stefan Pryor is Deputy Mayor for Economic Development in the City of Newark. In that capacity, he oversees the City offices responsible for economic development, city planning, and housing and workforce development, among other areas. Before his appointment to this post, Pryor served as President of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation where he served as the agency’s chief executive. Pryor previously served as a Vice President at the Partnership for New York City (where he worked from 1998 to 2001). At the Partnership, Pryor led the organization’s public education efforts and served as Executive Director of its main school reform program. From 1994 to 1997, Pryor served as Policy Advisor to the Mayor of New Haven, Connecticut. Pryor is a co-founder and was the first Board President of Amistad Academy, a highly acclaimed charter school in New Haven. Pryor is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.
Keynote

Speaker

Van Jones is founding president of Green For All and a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress. He is also the author of The Green Collar Economy (Harper One 2008), which is endorsed by Nancy Pelosi, Tom Daschle and Al Gore.  He is a tireless advocate, committed to creating "green pathways out of poverty" and greatly expanding the coalition fighting global warming.  A champion for the toughest urban constituencies and causes, Van has won many honors, including: the 1998 Reebok International Human Rights Award; the International Ashoka Fellowship; selection as a World Economic Forum "Young Global Leader"; the Rockefeller Foundation "Next Generation Leadership" Fellowship; and the Puffin/Nation prize for "Creative Citizenship". In 2005, Van produced the “social equity track” for the United Nations’ World Environment Day 2005 summit, which was themed “Green Cities: Plan for the Planet.” As a result of Van’s advocacy, the resulting Accords called upon the world’s mayors to: “Adopt a policy or implement a program that creates environmentally beneficial jobs in slums and/or low-income neighborhoods.” The adoption of these accords marked the beginning of the global movement for “green jobs.” In 2007, Van helped the City of Oakland pass a "Green Jobs Corps" proposal. The City allocated funds to train Oakland residents in eco-friendly "green-collar jobs."  At the national level, Van worked successfully in 2007 with U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), U.S. Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA), U.S. Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.) to pass the Green Jobs Act of 2007. That path-breaking, historic legislation authorized $125 million in funding to train 35,000 people a year in "green-collar jobs."  In 2008, Green for All partnered with the Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection to launch the Green For All Academy. The Academy trains U.S. grassroots leaders to effectively advocate for an inclusive, green economy.

Cities and the Obama Administration

Speakers

Carolyn  Coleman is the director of federal relations for the National League of Cities (located in Washington D.C.), the nation’s largest and oldest organization representing municipal governments, which includes over 19,000 cities and towns and 49 state municipal leagues. Since 2005, Carolyn has overseen NLC’s efforts to protect local government interests in matters before the Congress, the Administration, and the courts. Before joining NLC, Carolyn was a vice president at a federal affairs consulting firm, where her primary clients were local governments. A native mid‐westerner at heart, Carolyn was born and raised in Kansas, and a Hoosier by choice. After graduating from the University of Kansas, Carolyn served for 11 years in the telecommunications industry. After graduating from the Indiana University School of Law, she practiced with an Indianapolis‐based firm in the areas of employment relations and state government relations. In 2000, the then newly elected mayor of Indianapolis recruited Carolyn to join his administration where she served for six years, first as a department director and later as a deputy mayor. Carolyn led the mayor’s initiatives in a variety of areas, including economic development, affordable housing, city services delivery, neighborhood redevelopment, and neighborhood empowerment.
 
Bruce Katz is a Vice President at the Brookings Institution and founding Director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. The Metro Program seeks to redefine the challenges facing cities and metropolitan areas by publishing cutting edge research on major demographic, market, development and governance trends. Katz regularly advises national, state, regional and municipal leaders on policy reforms that advance the competitiveness of metropolitan areas. He focuses particularly on reforms that promote the revitalization of central cities and older suburbs and enhance the ability of these places to attract, retain and grow the middle class. In 2006, he received the prestigious Heinz Award in Public Policy for his contributions to urban and metropolitan America. Before joining Brookings, Katz served as Chief of Staff to Henry G. Cisneros, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Katz has also served as the staff director of the Senate Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs. He is also a Visiting Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics. Katz is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School.
New Federal Opportunities: Housing

Speakers

Andrew Jakabovics is the Associate Director for the Economic Mobility Program. He works on housing, household debt, and higher education, as well as other issues related to sustaining and growing the middle class. Jakabovics has appeared on television and radio and in print, most recently for his research on the effects of the current mortgage crisis and potential policy solutions. Prior to joining American Progress, Jakabovics served as the research chief of staff for the MIT Center for Real Estate’s Housing Affordability Initiative. In 2004, he founded a grassroots organization, Kiruv for Kerry, which conducted outreach to the Orthodox Jewish community, drafted position papers, and connected policy issues with Jewish principles. He has also lectured on the relationship of Jewish law to the modern, democratic state. Andrew holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Columbia University and an M.C.P. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is currently pursuing his doctorate.

Terry Gillen is the Senior Advisor to the Mayor for Economic Development and the director of the Redevelopment Authority. Prior to joining the Nutter campaign as the Political Director in 2007, she was the Chief Executive Officer of the Collegiate Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development. She also has served as the Director of Policy for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development in Harrisburg under the Rendell Administration and as Chief Operating Officer of National Community Capital Association. From 1995 to 1998, she was Senior Vice President of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation.

Lisa Donner became the Executive Director of the Half in Ten campaign, a joint project of Center for American Progress Action Fund, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, ACORN, and the Coalition on Human Needs, in August 2008. Prior to this she was the co-director of the Center for Working Families, where she developed and promoted policy on fair taxes, work and family, and green jobs. Before Working Families, Lisa was the legislative director, national campaign director, director of the Financial Justice Center, and director of Public Policy for ACORN. She provided guidance and support to ACORN chapters on policy, strategy, and campaign planning; managed advocacy campaigns which secured policy change at the federal, state, and local levels in areas ranging from housing to living wages to predatory lending; and developed and ran issue campaigns which combined grass roots mobilization and direct action with legislative, regulatory, and legal strategies. Earlier, she worked as an organizer for the Service Employees International Union, most of that time on the innovative Justice for Janitors campaign in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Harvard University.

 
Stockton Williams leads external affairs, public policy and innovation for Enterprise Community Partners. In addition, Williams co‐leads environmental strategy for the national nonprofit organization, and serves as managing director of the Enterprise Terwilliger Fund, which will generate more than $130 million for affordable housing developments around the country. Enterprise invests $1 billion annually to create affordable homes and economic development opportunities in low‐income communities across the United States. Williams works with major financial institutions and foundations, leading national organizations and policy‐makers at the federal, state and local level to develop new initiatives, partnerships and solutions to advance Enterprise’s mission. He was instrumental in the design and development of Green Communities, Enterprise’s groundbreaking $555 million commitment to mainstream sustainability in the affordable housing industry, and he is co‐leading the development of new initiatives to expand Enterprise’s environmental commitment. In February 2000, Williams came to Enterprise as director of public policy. In 2004, he was promoted to vice president for external affairs and to senior vice president in 2006. Before joining Enterprise, Williams was a senior legislative and policy associate at the National Council of State Housing Agencies. He also worked for nonprofit community development organizations in New York City, Charleston, S.C., and Baltimore. Williams has a bachelor’s degree in religion from Princeton University and a master’s degree in real estate development from Columbia University. Williams is a trustee of the National Housing Conference, a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Affordable/Workforce Housing Council and a member of the Trust for Public Land’s Real Estate Council.
New Federal Opportunities: Infrastructure and Transportation

Speakers

Geoff Anderson is the President and CEO of Smart Growth America. Geoff came to his current position in January 2008 after 13 years at the US EPA where he headed the Agency's Smart Growth Program. During his tenure at EPA, he was instrumental in creating the Agency's Smart Growth program, he helped to found the Smart Growth Network, the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, and the popular web site smartgrowth.org. In addition, he provided seed funding for and helped to catalyze the creation of the National Vacant Properties Campaign, The LEED for Neighborhood Development Certification program, and the Governors' Institute for Community Design.  He has co-authored numerous publications including: This Is Smart Growth, Getting to Smart Growth Volumes 1 and 2, Protecting Water Resources with Higher Density Development, The Transportation and Environmental Impacts of Infill vs. Greenfield Development and many others. His work also included direct technical assistance, helping with smart growth implementation in communities nationwide including Cheyenne, WY, Prince George's County, MD, and the flagship smart growth project Atlantic Station in Atlanta, Ga. Geoff received a Masters Degree from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment with a concentration in Resource Economics and Policy.

Leslie Wollack is principal legislative council at the National League of Cities. Her primary focus is transportation, infrastructure, and immigration issues. Leslie consulted for several years on a range of intergovernmental management and transportation issues after working for seven years on policy and legislative issues for NLC. Prior to rejoining the League staff two years ago, she was the intergovernmental liaison for a federal office that was assigned to coordinate information technology for a management and budget electronic government project. She has a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University and an undergraduate degree form Hampton College in New York.

New Federal Opportunities: Energy

Speakers

Kate Gordon joined the Apollo Alliance in October, 2007 as Program Director. Prior to starting in this position, Kate worked as the Director of the Apollo Strategy Center, the policy arm of Apollo formerly housed at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy. Kate has served on many energy policy committees including the Midwest Agriculture Energy Network, the National Wind Coordinating Committee, and RE-AMP. Besides her energy work, Kate’s work for COWS included corporate tax policy, progressive federalism, and rural economic development. Before coming to COWS, Kate worked as an employment and consumer rights litigator at Trial Lawyers for Public Justice in Oakland, CA. She is the author of several published articles on contract fairness and regional economic development. Kate has a JD and Masters in City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kevin McCarty is the Director of Electronics Recycling for Waste Management Recycle America with overall management responsibilities for eCycling services. Recycle America operates 4 regional processing centers for e-scrap around the country handling over 30 million pounds of material. Recycle America also markets commodities and recovered electronic scrap for other recyclers through service partnerships.  He has 14 years of experience in the solid waste and recycling industry in the areas of permitting and compliance, community relations, and recycling program development. He has worked for Waste Management since 1992. He has started-up a wide variety of recycling operations including: green waste and wood waste processing, tire recycling and crumb rubber production, C&D processing, and an nationally recognized environmental education center. He has spoken at a number of regional and national conferences including Biocycle, several state recycling conferences, Investment Recovery Association, MWMA, National Recycling Congress, U.S. EPA’s National Market Development Roundtable, and Waste Expo. He has also a stakeholder in the National Electronic Product Stewardship Initiative (NEPSI). Mr. McCarthy has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from UC Davis.

Green Economic Development

Resources

A Year Building the Green Economy, Apollo Alliance. Read more.



New Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DeLEG) Officially Opens for Business Today DeLEG, Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth, December 29th, 2008. Read more.



A Green Stimulus for the People, Lisa Margonelli, The Nation, December 23rd, 2008. Read more.



Making it Green in Minneapolis St. Paul, CDC Associates, CDC Associates, April 1st, 2008. Read more.



Speakers

Parin Shah was Chief Policy Aide for the Mayor of Richmond, CA where he drafted legislation and initiated citywide programs on a variety of urban issues from environment and equity to public safely and education. Prior to working for the City of Richmond Parin founded the Urban Accords Institute, which in 2005 co‐hosted the UN World Environment Day in San Francisco out of which was developed the Urban Environmental Accords that have been signed by 103 cities worldwide. Over the past ten years as the President of the Commission on the Environment for the City and County of San Francisco he co‐authored legislation on climate change, environmental justice, wetlands conservation & restoration, zero waste, green buildings and food security. Shah has also developed and managed habitat restoration projects, horticultural education and job‐training programs for formerly incarcerated youth and adults. Previously, he worked in Tunisia as a Peace Corps Volunteer where he led community development projects, taught, and supported the organization of a local womenʹs weaving cooperative.

Andy Levin is the Deputy Director of Michigan’s Department of Labor & Economic Growth, overseeing workforce development, career education and other key programs.  He has a wealth of experience in workplace and labor-management programs and policy to DLEG. At the national AFL-CIO, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Presidential Commission on the Future of Worker-Management Relations, Levin helped create programs and lead innovative policy campaigns to improve economic security for working families and create business-labor partnerships. In addition, Andy’s has studied and worked in Haiti, India, and China, and started his career advocating for nursing home workers throughout Michigan, and he has extensive experience in the fast-growing health care industry, where the need to match workers to good jobs is acute. He is currently Of Counsel at the Southfield law firm of Klimist, McKnight, Sale, McClow, and Canzano, P.C. Levin is a long-time champion for diversifying Michigan's economy, greatly increasing production and use of renewable energy, and providing excellent education and health care for all.

Tom Bates has brought a lifetime of public service to the Mayor’s office – including four years as an Alameda County Supervisor and two decades as a California legislator representing Berkeley. 

Upon assuming the Mayor's office, Mayor Bates moved quickly to put his experience to work. He reformed City Council operations, initiated special work sessions to solve complex problems, and helped put an end to the contentiousness that had plagued the City Council in years past. With those changes in place, the Mayor worked aggressively to accomplish his core goals.  Mayor Bates has focused on advocating for youth programs, promoting the environment, building partnerships between the city of Berkeley and UC Berkeley, and being a champion of smart growth.

Mayor Bates’ record in the state legislature includes authoring over 220 bills that became law, despite serving under Republican Governors.  After retiring from the Assembly in 1996, Bates continued to serve the public. In addition to teaching at UC Berkeley, he volunteered his efforts to work with school officials and parents to provide healthier food choices for Berkeley students, including organic fruits and vegetables. He was instrumental in the adoption of healthier food policies for the Berkeley and Oakland School Districts.  Tom Bates is a native Californian and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley ('61). During his time at Cal, Bates was a starting member of the 1959 Cal Rose Bowl team. After graduation, Bates served in West Germany as an officer in the U.S. Army, eventually rising to the rank of Captain in the Army Reserves before retiring from the military in 1964.

James T. Gallagher is Senior Vice President for Energy Policy at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). In this position, he is responsible for providing energy policy advice to the Office of the Mayor, and for implementation of many of the extensive energy supply and demand‐side recommendations included in the City of New Yorkʹs PlaNYC. He is also Chairman of the Cityʹs Energy Policy Task Force. Prior to joining NYCEDC, Mr. Gallagher was Director of the Office of Electricityand Environment (OEE) for the New York Public Service Commission. This Office oversees the electric system operations and pricing of New Yorkʹs investor owned utilities, including: the sitting and reliability of the Stateʹs generation, transmission, and power distribution systems; the design of appropriate rates and tariffs; and the oversight of ratepayer‐funded energy efficiency, renewable energy, and environmental programs. Before joining the Department of Public Service, he held senior energy policy positions at Northeast Utilities, The Pennsylvania Governorʹs Energy Council, and during the late 1970ʹs, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), where he was Manager of Renewable Energy Programs. He received a BS in Economics from Lehigh University and an MS in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Government Performance

Resources

Mayor Fenty Announces Winners of Applications for Democracy Contest, District of columbia, November 13th, 2008. Read more.



About the Operations Efficiency Task Force, City of Cleveland. Read more.



Speakers

Graham Richard was Mayor of Fort Wayne, IN for two terms, focusing on turning city government into a lean, results-producing, customer-focused driver of an economically thriving city. In his second term as mayor of Indiana’s second-largest city, Richard has helped taxpayers save more than $10 million while improving city services.

A former Indiana state senator and business entrepreneur, Mayor Richard brought that expertise to city government in 2000 when he began his first term as mayor. Fort Wayne has been recognized as the first city to use Lean Six Sigma.  . In December 2005, the Brookings Institution hosted Mayor Richard for a presentation on “Fort Wayne: Wired and Inspired to Compete in the Flat World.” Mayor Richard also addressed the Winter 2006 U.S. Conference of Mayors on the same subject.

Mayor Richard has received national awards for his technology leadership, including the Fiber-to-the-Home Council’s 2005 Star Award for being a leader in broadband technology. Mayor was recognized as one of the top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers by Government Technology magazine for his significant contributions to the digital government movement. In addition, the Public Technology Institute awarded Mayor Richard with the 2006 Tech Leader Award. In September 2006, KillerApp magazine recognized Mayor Richard with the KillerApp Trailblazer Award for being a leader in broadband services.

Mayor Richard is an energized leader, whose passion for public service began at a young age while he was growing up in Fort Wayne. He is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University

Valarie J. McCall was named Chief of Government Affairs by Mayor Frank G. Jackson at the onset of his administration. She serves as the Administration’s primary liaison to the state government, where she is the registered lobbyist for the City, and all federal entities. She is also responsible for monitoring the Jackson Administration’s appointments to internal and external boards and commissions and managing all of the City of Cleveland’s International Programs, including International Sister City Agreements.  McCall is the Mayor’s primary representative to several national organizations, including the United States Conference of Mayors; National Conference of Black Mayors; Sister Cities International; National League of Cities and the National Black Caucus of Local and Elected Officials.

Previously, McCall served as Clerk of Council, the youngest in City history. She streamlined the processing of legislation and reorganized the daily operations of Cleveland City Council to maximize office efficiency. Prior to taking the position with Cleveland City Council, she was Director of the Cleveland Empowerment Zone. In 2003, McCall became an American Marshall Fellow of the German Marshall Fund, which fosters transatlantic partnerships to build international relations. She traveled to Japan with the American Council of Young Political Leaders in 2005 and is a graduate of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2007.  McCall is an active member of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, the advisory board of Cleveland State University's Center for Nonprofit Policy & Practice and the National League of Cities’ City Futures Panel on Equity and Opportunity, where she served as Vice Chair and is still an active member.

Most recently, McCall has been named the Women of Color Foundation’s Board of Trustees 2007 “STAR” Professional Woman of the Year Award. McCall was named to the prestigious 2007 “Women of Excellence” Panel and her achievements earned her an Alumni Emerging Leadership Award from Cleveland State University (CSU).  McCall grew up in the Glenville neighborhood and graduated from Cleveland public schools. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Cleveland State University and a master’s degree in public administration from CSU’s Levin College of Urban Affairs.

Beth Simone Noveck is an expert on the impact of technology on legal and political institutions, Beth Simone Noveck directs the Institute for Information Law & Policy, New York Law School's center for the study of intellectual property, technology and information law.  Prof. Noveck teaches in the areas of intellectual property, innovation and constitutional law as well as courses on electronic democracy and electronic government. Her book, Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger, and Citizens More Powerful will appear with Brookings Institution Press in 2009.

Beth Simone Noveck pioneered the creation of the Democracy Design Workshop, a collaborative "do tank," where students and faculty at New York Law School and across institutions work together in teams to develop legal code and software code to foster open, transparent and collaborative ways of learning, working and governing.  Prof. Noveck is also the founder and organizer of the State of Play conferences, the annual event on virtual worlds research. With the support of the Maya Foundation, she launched the State of Play Academy, a virtual world space for democratizing legal education by teaching law to non-lawyers. Professor Noveck is a founder of Bodies Electric LLC, developer of the Unchat software for realtime structured and democratic group deliberation in cyberspace. She is a member of the ABA's Commission on Electronic Rulemaking and the OMB Watch Taskforce on Transparency and Public Participation in Government. She is a member of the Legal Expert Network of the Institute for the Study of the Information Society and Technology (Insites) at the Carnegie Mellon Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, a member of the editorial board for First Monday, I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, and of the advisory board of the International Journal for Communications Law and Policy (IJCLP). She is a member of the advisory board of the Nanyang Technical University Centre on Asia Pacific Technology Law and Policy (CAPTEL) in Singapore, where she visited as a Fulbright Senior Specialist and co-editor of the book series, Ex Machina: Law, Technology and Society (NYU Press) and blogs at The Cairns Blog.

Previously a telecommunications and Internet lawyer practicing in New York, Prof. Noveck is also the McClatchy Associate Visiting Professor, Stanford University, Dept. of Communication. Professor Noveck graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor and Master of Arts. She earned a J.D. from Yale Law School. After studying as a Rotary Foundation graduate fellow at Oxford University, she earned a doctorate at the University of Innsbruck with the support of a Fulbright grant.

Vivek Kundra holds the Cabinet post of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the District of Columbia.  Before moving to the District, Kundra was appointed Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the first dual cabinet role in the state’s history.  Kundra developed technology innovations to streamline government and enhance business opportunity, including a dashboard that uses business intelligence to maximize the participation of citizens in state procurement. In 2007 he assembled the largest United States trade delegation ever to visit India, comprised of over one hundred business leaders, which resulted in a $99 million investment for the state.  In the private sector, Kundra led technology companies serving national and international customers. He served as Vice President of Marketing for Evincible Software, a company focused on electronic signatures and identity management for the financial services and defense sectors. As CEO of Creostar, he advised clients in government and industry on IT governance and strategy.

Earlier Kundra served as Director of Infrastructure Technology for Arlington, Virginia. Within nine months after taking the post on September 11, 2001, he built the first high-speed municipal I-Net in the country. He also advanced business and economic development in Arlington, Zurich, Paris, Berlin and Wales through the World Cities Alliance.  Kundra has also served as adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland, teaching courses in the theory and application of new technologies ranging from wireless protocols to artificial intelligence.  Kundra holds an MS in information technology and a BS in psychology from the University of Maryland. He is also a graduate of University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.

Name, Title, City/Organization
Laurie Actman, Project Director, Philadelphia, PA
Ben Adler, Reporter, Next American City
Bob Agee, City Administrator, Annapolis, MD
Chelsea Albucher, AICP Sustainability Officer, Newark, NJ
Geoff Anderson, President and CEO, Smart Growth America
Dean Baker, Co-director, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Dan Bates, Director of Government Relations, Portland, OR
Tom Bates, Mayor, Berkeley, CA
Carolyn Berndt, Principal Legislative Counsel, National League of Cities
Scott Bernstein, President, Center for Neighborhood Technology
David Bieter, Mayor, Boise, ID
Elizabeth Blazevich, Special Projects Manager, Mayors' Institute on City Design
Marty Blum, Mayor, Santa Barbara, CA
Sarah Bookwalter, Meetings Coordinator, Mayors' Institute on City Design
Deborah Caviness, Senior Program Administrator, Bridgeport, CT
Dave Cieslewicz, Mayor, Madison, WI
Carolyn Coleman, Director, Federal Relations National League of Cities
T.M. Franklin Cownie, Mayor, Des Moines, IA
Vicki Cram, Senior Government Relations Consultant, Ball Janik LLP
Heidi Davison ,Mayor, Athens, GA
Christopher Doherty, Mayor, Scranton, PA
Karen Dolan, Cities for Peace/Cities for Progress
Lisa Donner, Executive Director, Half in Ten Campaign
David Everitt, Chief of Staff, Salt Lake City, UT
Nicholas Foster, Program Manager, Mayors' Institute on City Design
James Gallagher, Senior Vice Preseident for Energy Policy, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Patty Gelenberg, Communications Director, COWS
Teresa "Terry" Gillen, Senior Advisor to Mayor Redevelopment Authority, Philadelphia, PA
Heidi Goldberg Program Director, Early Childhood & Family Economic Success National League of Cities
Kate Gordon, Co-Director, Apollo Alliance
Loni Hancock, State Senator, California
Pegeen Hanrahan, Mayor, Gainesville, FL
Mattie Hayes, Cambridge, MA
Axie Hindman, Columbia, MO
Darwin Hindman, Mayor, Columbia, MO
Stacy Ho, Policy Associate, Green For All
Heather McTeer Hudson, Mayor, Greenville, MS
Andrew Jakabovics, Associate Director, Economic Mobility Program Center for American Progress, Economic Mobility Program 
Van Jones, President, Green for All
Barbara Kamena, Livermore, CA
Marshall Kamena, Mayor, Livermore, CA
Bruce Katz, Vice President, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez, Director of Government Affairs, San Francisco, CA
Bob Kiss, Mayor, Burlington, VT
Vivek Kundra, Chief Technology Officer, Washington, DC 
Andy Levin, Deputy Director Michigan Dept of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth
Peter Lewis, Mayor, Auburn, WA
Mahfam Malek, Policy Associate, Green For All
Christina Manbeck, Des Moines, IA
John Marchione, Mayor ,Redmond, WA
Ben McAdams, Intergovernmental Affairs Advisor, Salt Lake City, UT
Valarie McCall, Chief of Government Affairs, Cleveland, OH
Kevin McCarty, Managing Director, Mayors Climate Protection Center US Conference of Mayors
Joseph McElveen, Mayor, Sumter, SC
Kathy McElveen, Sumter, SC
Rhine L. McLin, Mayor, Dayton, OH
Peggy Merriss, City Manager, Decatur, GA
Danielle Miller Wagner
Ed Monroe, Mayor, Ashland, WI
Ellen Moyer, Mayor, Annapolis, MD
Beth Simone Noveck, Director Institute for Information Law & Policy, New York Law School
Douglas Palmer, Mayor, Trenton, NJ
Kitty Piercy, Mayor, Eugene, OR
David Pope, Village President, Oak Park, IL
Stefan Pryor, Deputy Mayor of Economic and Housing Development, Newark, NJ
Julia Pulidindi, Senior Policy Analyst, National League of Cities
Satya Rhodes-Conway, Staff, Mayors Innovation Project
Graham Richard, Mayor, Graham Richard Associates LLC/Former Mayor
Alice Rivlin, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Joel Rogers, Director, COWS
Matthew Ryan, Mayor, Binghamton, NY
Parin Shah, Local Policy Director, Green For All
Denise Simmons, Mayor, Cambridge, MA
Len Simon, CEO, Simon & Company
Julie Sinai, Chief of Staff, Berkeley, CA
Inga Skippings, Director of Intergovernmental Relations, SEIU
Amanda Thompson, Planning Director, Decatur, GA
Stockton Williams, Senior Vice-President for Policy Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
Leslie Wollack, Principal Legislative Counsel, National League of Cities
Rashad Young, City Manager, Dayton, OH
Jess Zimbabwe, Director, Mayors' Institute on City Design