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Winter 2008 Meeting


From Power Plants to Cash Machines: Improving your City’s Building Energy Efficiency 

Ann Beier, Director of Environmental Sustainability, Milwaukee, WI

Neal DeSnoo, City of Berkeley, CA

Susanne Rasmussen, Director ofthe Environmental and Transportation Division, Cambridge, MA


Fix It First: Prioritizing Infrastructure

Sheila Dixon, Mayor of Baltimore, MD

Pegeen Hanrahan, Mayor of Gainesville, FL

Michael Pagano, University of Illinois at Chicago


An Ounce of Prevention: Connecting Youth to Jobs

Linda Harris, Center for Law and Social Policy

Mark Mallory, Mayor of Cincinnati, OH

Enid Rey, Director of Youth Services, Hartford, CT


Responding to Failure on Immigration Reform: What Progressive Mayors Can Do 

Wade Crowfoot, Director of Government Affairs, San Francisco, CA

Margie McHugh, Migration Policy Institute

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Friday, January 25

​2:00 - 2:30pm

Registration and Welcome

​2:30 - 4:30pm

Fix It First: Prioritizing Infrastructure Moderator: Mayor Chris Doherty, Scranton, PA

Michael Pagano, University of Illinois at Chicago
Pegeen Hanrahan, Mayor of Gainesville, FL
Sheila Dixon, Mayor of Baltimore, MD
John Hickenlooper, Mayor of Denver, CO

​4:30 - 4:45pm


4:45 - 6:45pm

From Power Plants to Cash Machines: Improving your City’s Building Energy Efficiency Moderator: Dr. Joel Rogers, MIP Steering Committee

Neal DeSnoo, City of Berkeley, CA
Ann Beier, Director of Environmental Sustainability, Milwaukee, WI
Susanne Rasmussen, Director ofthe Environmental and Transportation Division, Cambridge, MA
Greg Nickels, Mayor of Seattle, WA

​6:45 - 7:15pm


​7:15 - 9:00pm

Dinner Speaker: Bruce Katz, Brookings Institution Blueprint for American Prosperity: Unleashing the Potential of a Metro Nation

Saturday, January 26

8:00 - 8:30am


​8:30 - 10:30am

An Ounce of Prevention: Connecting Youth to Jobs Moderator: Mayor Heidi Davison, Athens, GA

Cliff Johnson, Institute for Youth, Education and Families
Linda Harris, Center for Law and Social Policy
Mark Mallory, Mayor of Cincinnati, OH
Enid Rey, Director of Youth Services, Hartford, CT
Shirley Franklin, Mayor of Atlanta, GA

​10:30 - 10:45am


10:45 am - 12:45pm

Responding to Failure on Immigration Reform: What Progressive Mayors Can Do

Jonathan Blazer, National Immigration Law Center
Margie McHugh, Migration Policy Institute
Wade Crowfoot, Director of Government Affairs, San Francisco, CA
John DeStefano, Mayor of New Haven, CT



  • Fix It First- Prioritizing Your Infrastructure

    In a time of aging infrastructure and tight budgets, how can cities maintain and improve their public infrastructure without breaking the bank?

  • Improving Your City's Building Energy Efficiency

    Buildings consume a substantial percentage of our energy use. Increasing the energy efficiency of buildings can save money, improve productivity, reduce global warming emissions and create jobs. Learn what cities can do to take advantage of this opportunity on a large scale.

  • Connecting Youth to Jobs

    Young people, particularly those from low‐income or of‐color communities, are too often unprepared for the work world. What can your city do to connect youth to training and employment opportunities?

  • What Progressive Mayors Can Do

    Immigrants make up an increasing percentage of our population. How can cities manage this demographic change in a respectful way that benefits all citizens and strengthens both our economy and our democracy?

  • Idea Exchange
Fix It First- Prioritizing Your Infrastructure


Michael A. Pagano is professor of public administration and Interim Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, which was chartered by Congress to assist federal, state, and local governments in improving their effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability. He has published 4 books and over 60 articles on urban finance, capital budgeting, federalism, transportation policy, infrastructure, urban development and fiscal policy. He is co-editor of Urban Affairs Review, Faculty Fellow of the Great Cities Institute, and is currently Principal Investigator for a Pew Charitable Trust project (Government Performance Project) to grade the states on Infrastructure Management. Since 1991, he has written the annual City Fiscal Conditions report for the National League of Cities and since 2003 he has written a column called “The Third Rail” for State Tax Notes, which examines contemporary local government fiscal issues. He earned a B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980.

Pegeen Hanrahan is in her tenth year of elective service with the City of Gainesville, and was re-elected as Mayor in March 2007.  In addition to her public service, Pegeen is a registered Professional Engineer and is currently a consultant to the Trust for Public Land in their Conservation Finance Program. Pegeen is the President-Elect of the Florida League of Mayors and a member of the Mayors Innovation Project, a nationwide network of cutting-edge mayors.  She is also a board member of the Alachua Conservation Trust, a non-profit land conservation organization, and served as its Executive Director for over three years. Pegeen received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida, as well as a BA in Sociology. She is a native and lifelong resident of Gainesville, and is married to Tony Malone, a civil engineer with CH2MHill.  Their daughter, Evyleen Mary Malone, was born in September 2005 and their son, Quinn Joseph Malone, was born March 2007.   

Improving Your City's Building Energy Efficiency


City of Portland, OR application to the US Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards, Office of Sustainabile Development. Read more.


Ann Beier is Mayor Tom Barrett's Director of Environmental Sustainability, a cabinet level position.  Ms. Beier previously served as the planning services division manager for Oregon's Department of Land Conservation and Development, working on farmland preservation, natural resource and transportation planning issues.  Prior to that, Ann worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Beier has a B.S. and J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. from Washington State University.

Neal DeSnoo is the manager of the Energy and Sustainable Development Division (ESD) in the City of Berkeley Planning Department, where he has been employed since 1994.  The ESD is responsible for providing strategic direction the City’s sustainability efforts and directly manages programs related to climate change, energy and green building.  Prior to joining the City, Neal worked with a U.S. joint venture in China, and before this he worked with the City of Chicago in the Department of Aviation, Mayor's Office and Department Planning Energy Division.  Neal graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a degree in Political Sociology.

Connecting Youth to Jobs



Cliff Johnson is the executive director of the Institute for Youth, Education, and Families at the National League of Cities in Washington, D.C.  In this role, Cliff is leading NLC’s efforts to strengthen the capacity of municipal leaders to meet the needs of children, youth, and families in their communi-ties.  The Institute is working in five core program areas:  education, youth development, early childhood development, the safety of children and youth, and family economic security.

Prior to his appointment as executive director of the Institute, Cliff spent three years as a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities working on the development of new approaches to job creation and innovative welfare‑to‑work strategies.  For more than a decade from the mid-1980’s to the mid-1990’s, he served in senior staff positions at the Children's Defense Fund, including three years as director of CDF's Programs and Policy Division.  For many years, Cliff led CDF’s work on issues related to youth employment and family economic security, and he played a major role in organizational initiatives focused on adolescent pregnancy prevention. 

Cliff began his career as a legislative aide in the U.S. House of Representatives.  He also co-authored two books on labor and social policy while serving as a research associate with the late Sar Levitan at George Washington University's Center for Social Policy Studies.

Linda Harris has over 25 years of experience in the youth development and workforce development arena – in research, delivery, administration, and policy at the local and national level.  She is currently Director of Youth Policy at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) in Washington, DC.  Her work focuses on ways communities, systems, and resources can come together to create solutions at scale for “disconnected” and disadvantaged adolescents and youth in high poverty communities.  She is co-chairing the Campaign for Youth- an alliance of national organizations seeking to elevate attention to the 32% of youth who drop out of school and fall outside of the labor market mainstream. She also facilitated the recent start-up of the “Communities Collaborating to Reconnect Youth” (CCRY) Network – a vehicle for peer to peer exchange among communities who are engaged in cross-system programming for high risk youth.

Her work includes “Learning from the Youth Opportunity Experience: Building Delivery Capacity in Distressed Communities”, “What’s a Youngster to Do: The Education and Labor Market Plight of Youth in High Poverty Communities”, “Making the Workforce – Justice Connection for Re-entering Youth Offenders”, for the Campaign for Youth “Our Youth, Our Economy, Our Future: A National Investment Strategy for Reconnecting America’s Youth”, and “Recommendations to Improve No Child Left Behind for Struggling Students and Disconnected Youth”.

Prior to coming to CLASP, she served as Director of the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development and as Administrator for the Baltimore City Private Industry Council. During her tenure, the agency attracted more than $70million dollars in discretionary funding to support workforce programming in the Baltimore area and achieved a national reputation for innovation in workforce development.  Ms. Harris participated in the establishment of both the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals and the Maryland Institute for Employment and Training Professionals to advance the development and certification for the staff in the workforce field.  She has provided consulting and technical support to several communities across the country on design and implementation of workforce programs for youth and adults.

Ms. Harris has served on numerous state and national boards including: the Maryland Governor’s Employment and Training Council and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Family Preservation in Maryland, the Board of Trustees of the Conference of Mayors’ Workforce Development Council, The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals’ Board, Maryland Workforce Development Association Board, and the Baltimore Empowerment Zone Board. She is a native of Baltimore with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Morgan State University and a Masters of Science from Carnegie-Mellon University in Urban and Public Affairs.

Enid M. Rey is a bilingual/bicultural Puertorriqueña and life-long resident of Hartford.  Mrs. Rey lives and works in the same community where she was raised, and now provides family support, early childhood, academic enrichment and positive youth development programming to Hartford’s families and children. Mrs. Rey has devoted her professional career to working with families and children affected by poverty.  A graduate of Hartford Public High School, she attended Mount Holyoke College where she received her B.A. in International Relations and Latin American Literature, and obtained her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Currently, Ms. Rey is the Director of the Office of Youth Services for the City of Hartford.  The newly established Hartford Office for Youth Services targets the population of youth 9-24 years of age.  The Hartford Office for Youth Services functions as an intermediary to coordinate youth-related services by convening, facilitating, and partnering with key stakeholders in Hartford’s youth-serving community, including community-based agencies, state and regional entities, other municipal departments, and funders. Previously, Mrs. Rey was the Vice President for Family and Community Support Services at the Village for Families and Children, where she directed academic enrichment and family support programs located in 12 Hartford Public Schools and founded the agency’s Family Financial Literacy programs. Prior to The Village, Mrs. Rey was a Program Officer for the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving where she worked on the Foundation’s 15 million, 10-year early childhood initiative—Brighter Futures overseeing the Brighter Futures Family Centers.  Mrs. Rey provided technical assistance to parents to plan and develop seven neighborhood-based family support centers in Hartford funded through the Foundation’s Brighter Futures Initiative.  In addition, she also worked in conjunction with the Foundation’s development department overseeing grantmaking from the Foundation’s donor advised funds and the Catalyst Endowment Fund.  Mrs. Rey continues to be actively involved in the philanthropic sector through her participation in philanthropy as a founding member of the Foundation’s Latino Endowment Fund. 

What Progressive Mayors Can Do


Pro-Immigrant Measures Available to State or local governments, National Immigration Law Center, January 1st, 2007. Read more.


Jonathan Blazer is a Public Benefits Policy Attorney at the National Immigration Law Center. Jon's main focus is on promoting immigrant access to critical safety-net programs, particularly within state and local programs. Prior to joining NILC, he was a national coordinator of Project Voice, the nationwide immigrants' rights organizing initiative of the American Friends Service Committee. From 1997-2003, he worked as a legal services attorney in Philadelphia, where he specialized in welfare law and founded the Language Access Project of Community Legal Services. He received his BA from Princeton University, a MA in Political Theory from the University of Toronto, and a JD Stanford Law School. Jon lives and works in Philadelphia.

Idea Exchange


Auburn Environmental Park Project, City of Auburn. Read more.

Name, Title, City/Organization
Bob Agee, City Administrator, Annapolis, MD
James M. Baker, Mayor, Wilmington, DE
Dan Bates, Director of Government Relations, Portland, OR
Tom Bates, Mayor, Berkeley, CA
DJ Baxter, Director, Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency
Ralph Becker, Mayor, Salt Lake City, UT
Ann Beier, Director, Milwaukee Department of Environmental Sustainability
William V. 'Bill' Bell, Mayor, Durham, NC
Scott Bernstein, President, Center for Neighborhood Technology
David Bieter, Mayor, Boise, ID
Jonathan Blazer, Public Benefits Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
Garry Bliss, Director of Policy, Providence, RI
Marty Blum, Mayor, Santa Barbara, CA
Roy Buol, Mayor, Dubuque, IA
David Coss, Mayor, Santa Fe, NM
TM Franklin Cownie, Mayor, Des Moines, IA
Cheryl Cox, Mayor, Chula Vista, CA
Vicki Cram, Senior Government Relations Consultant, Ball Janik LLP
Wade Crowfoot, Director of Government Affairs, San Fransico, CA
Heidi Davison, Mayor, Athens, GA
Neal DeSnoo, Energy Officer, Berkeley, CA
John DeStefano, Jr., Mayor, New Haven, CT
Cisco DeVries, Chief of Staff, Berkeley, CA
Sheila Dixon, Mayor, Baltimore, MD
Christopher Doherty, Mayor Scranton, PA
Karen Dolan, Director, Cities for Progress/Cities for Peace
Heather Fargo, Mayor, Sacramento, CA
Al Foxx, Director of Transportation, Balitmore, MD
Kevin Foy, Mayor of Chapel Hill, NC
Andy Frank, First Deputy Mayor, Balitmore, MD
Shirley Franklin, Mayor, Atlanta, GA
Elaine Garven, Assistant Deputy Mayor, Baltimore, MD
Pegeen Hanrahan, Mayor of Gainesville, FL
Linda Harris, Director of Youth Policy, CLASP
Bracken Hendricks, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
John Hickenlooper, Mayor, Denver, CO
Dennis "Boog" Highberger, Commissioner, Lawrence, KS
Darwin Hindman, Mayor, Columbia, MO
Cliff Johnson, Executive Director, Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Bruce Katz, Vice President, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
Jamie Kendrick, Deputy Director of DOT, Baltimore, MD
Bob Kiss, Mayor, Burlington, VT
Sue Klinkhaner, Washington Office, Chicago, IL
Shauna Larsen, Federal Liason, Seattle, WA
Janet Lockhart, Mayor of Dublin, CA
Carla Lopez, Public Affairs, Santa Fe, NM
Deborah Lum, Executive Director, Atlanta Workforce Development Agency
Mark Mallory, Mayor, Cincinnati, OH
Margaret Martin, Chief of Transportation, Baltimore Department of Engineering and Construction
Virginia Mayer, Director of Washington Office, Boston, MA
Matt Mayrl, Staff, Mayors Innovation Project
Valarie McCall, Chief of Government Affairs, Cleveland, OH
Joseph McElveen, Mayor, Sumter, SC
Jackie McGravy, Capitol Workforce Partners
Margie McHugh, Co-Director - Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, Migration Policy Institute
Claire McLeveighn, Director, Atlanta Department of External Affairs and International Relations
Rhine L. McLin, Mayor, Dayton, OH
Ellen Moyer, Mayor, Annapolis, MD
Mike Muro, Director of Policy, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
Greg Nickels, Mayor, Seattle, WA
Dave Norris, Mayor, Charlottesville, VA
Sue O'Brien, Special Assistant to the Mayor, Sacramento, CA
Michael Pagano, Interim Dean of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago
Alexia Parks, President, Votelink.com
Will Pickering, Policy Advisor, Washington, DC
Janet Piraino, Chief of Staff, Madison, WI
Tom Potter, Mayor, Portland, OR
Sarah Rahmen, Policy Analyst, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institutions
Bill Rappel, National Director, Affiliate Network and Legislative Affairs, Computers for Youth
Susanna Rasmussen, Director, Environmental & Transportation Planning Division, Cambridge, MA
Enid Rey, Director of Youth Services, Hartford, CT
Satya Rhodes-Conway, Staff, Mayors Innovation Project
Terrie Rodriguez, Community Service Director, Santa Fe, NM
Joel Rogers, Director, COWS
Jim Schmitt, Mayor, Green Bay, WI
Len Simon, Simon & Company
Julie Sinai, Senior Aide to the Mayor, Berkeley, CA
Deborah Small, Executive Director, Break the Chains
Tom Stosur, Assistant Deputy Mayor, Baltimore, MD
Carla Walker, Chief of Staff, Cincinnati, OH
Rashad Young, City Manager, Dayton, OH