Speakers

Maurice Jones

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With deep experience in both the public and private sectors, Maurice Jones took the helm as LISC’s fourth president & CEO in September 2016. Immediately prior to joining LISC, he served as the secretary of commerce for the Commonwealth of Virginia, where he managed 13 state agencies focused on the economic needs in his native state. He previously served as deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) overseeing operations for the agency and it’s 8,900 staff members. Prior to that he was commissioner of Virginia’s Department of Social Services and deputy chief of staff to former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner.

Trained as an attorney, Maurice worked during the Clinton Administration on legal, policy and program issues at the Treasury Department, where he also helped manage a then-new initiative called the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) fund—a federal program that has grown to be a critical supporter of nonprofits that leverage its capital to bolster their communities. In the private sector, Maurice was the general manager of The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk and went on to become president and publisher of its parent company. He also worked for a Richmond law firm and a private philanthropy investing in community-based efforts to benefit children in Washington, D.C.

Raised by his grandparents in a rural southern Virginia community where his family had a tobacco and corn farm, Jones was awarded a full merit scholarship to Hampden-Sydney College, a small liberal arts school. In 1986, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was selected as a Rhodes scholar. At Oxford University, he earned a master’s degree in international relations.  In 1992, he graduated from the University of Virginia Law School.

Rick Hauser

Rick started In. Site: Architecture in the village of Perry, in 2001, and soon co-founded a sister business to buy and rehab downtown buildings. He taught architecture for twelve years at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, where his firm now maintains a second office. 

In his own community, Rick has served not only on the County Chamber Board, but since 2013 as the Mayor of Perry. Since 1997, he has helped launch, and manage, regional events including a farmers’ market, an annual First Night celebration and a chalk art festival.

Recognized as an authority on small town revitalization, Rick has spoken regionally, sharing his “Getting to Great” and “Destination Downtown” talks. His 2008 article, “Vision for a Small Town” has been published nationally. 

Ten years ago, Rick developed an anti-blight tool called “Main Street, LLC” – a community-wide development corporation. This concept has been tested and proven via Perry New York LLC, which has completed several broadly-owned downtown projects using the model, and Rick has since helped communities across the state evaluate its potential use in their towns. 

His firm’s “Downtowns Studio” works with communities, municipalities and individual owners to assemble the complete toolkit needed to make sustainable downtown regeneration a reality.

 

Ed McMahon

Ed McMahon holds the Charles E. Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Washington, D.C. He is nationally known as an inspiring and thought-provoking speaker and a leading authority on topics such as the links between health and the built environment, sustainable development, land conservation, smart growth, and historic preservation.

Terry Schwarz

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Terry Schwarz, Director of Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative- Her work at the CUDC includes neighborhood and campus planning, commercial and residential design guidelines, stormwater management and green infrastructure strategies. Terry launched the CUDC’s Shrinking Cities Institute in 2005 in an effort to understand and address the implications of population decline and large-scale urban vacancy in Northeast Ohio. As an outgrowth of the Shrinking Cities Institute, she established Pop Up City, a temporary use initiative for vacant and underutilized sites in Cleveland. In 2009, Terry received the Cleveland Arts Prize for Design. She teaches in the graduate design curriculum for the KSU College of Architecture and Environmental Design. She has a Bachelor’s in English from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.

Amy Swift

Amy Nicole Swift is the CEO & Founder of Building Hugger, a Detroit-based woman-owned construction company specializing in historic window restoration. Since the launch of Building Hugger, Amy has led the company through a dramatic growth phase that has included three shop expansions, an aggressive hiring strategy, and a tenfold increase in revenue. In each stage of business and professional growth she continues to prove herself as one of Detroit’s emerging powerhouse entrepreneurs and a vocal advocate for historic neighborhood development and opportunities for women to enter into the trades. A “recovering architect,” Amy started her career as an architectural designer in globally recognized architectural offices in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco where her work centered on sustainability and building material research. She holds a MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and a BS in Interior Architecture from Lawrence Technological University, both with a focus on sustainability and longevity of materials. As a Professor of Practice and adjunct faculty member she has taught history, design, and theory of architecture at Lawrence Technological University and University of Detroit Mercy. She brings a high degree of knowledge and a broad range of professional experience to construction services with a distinct focus on innovation, process, and advocacy.

Jean Follett 

Jean Follett has been working in the field of historic preservation for over forty years, half of it in New England and half of it in Illinois. She has worked on land conservation and easements, design review, establishment of preservation ordinances, survey and National Register nominations. Her most recent work has focused on historic building surveys for two major 106 Review projects in Chicago and leading strategic planning efforts for Landmarks Illinois and the Hegeler-Carus Mansion. The economics of preservation is of particular interest to her, as is the human component of what gets saved, who saves it and why. She was a founding member of her local Historic Preservation Commission, serving as its Chair for eight years and then as an elected Village Trustee. She is a popular guest speaker and, with a doctorate in American Studies, continues to do considerable research and writing, including entries for the online historic building resource, Archipedia. She currently serves on the Board of Landmarks Illinois and is Chair of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Advisors.

Nicholas Hamilton

Nicholas Hamilton serves as Director of Urban Policy at The American Assembly, Columbia University’s bipartisan policy institute. There he works closely with city leaders, researchers, and civil society groups around the country to develop more equitable, sustainable and economically vibrant communities. His work has focused on legacy cities, neighborhood revitalization, and historic preservation. Recent writing on includes co-authoring a chapter in the recent publication On the Edge: America’s Middle Neighborhoods, in which he discussed the role of historic preservation as a tool for the revitalization of legacy city neighborhoods. He previously served as an architectural and urban designer for Davis Brody Bond, advancing the firm’s work on university laboratory buildings and US embassies abroad.

Bryan Van Sweden

Bryan Van Sweden serves on the staff of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office, where he provides technical assistance to central Pennsylvania communities on comprehensive planning strategies for preserving their historic buildings and neighborhoods, coordinating the SHPO’s programs with Certified Local Governments, state and national heritage areas and local Main Street and Elm Street programs. He holds a master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont.

Monica Pellegrino Faix

Monica Pellegrino Faix, AICP is an urban planner with a focus in executive leadership, community development, and historic preservation. Monica’s career path, from social work to urban planning, has focused on the power of people + place to inform + transform.  She served as Executive Director of the $100 million Richardson Olmsted Campus redevelopment project in Buffalo, NY, one of the largest historic preservation projects in the country.  She was involved in every facet of the award-winning transformation of the National Historic Landmark former hospital, creating new uses with economic and community benefits, starting with Hotel Henry and the future Lipsey Architecture Center of Buffalo.   She is inspired by travel and adventure, which led her to embark on a move to Anchorage, Alaska where she is enjoying the outdoors from the mountains to the sea.  Monica holds a Master of Urban Planning from the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning.

Eric Kehoe

Eric Kehoe is the President of Preservation Detroit. His work focuses on connections between preservation and equitable community development. He is also Technical Proposal Strategist at Tremco Roofing. He received his M.A. from the University of Maine and his B.A. from Grand Valley State University, and lives in Detroit’s Grandmont-Rosedale neighborhood with his wife Katie.

Kathleen H. Crowther

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Kathleen H. Crowther is President of the Cleveland Restoration Society, a partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (US). Under her leadership of thirteen professional staff, the organization has developed a wide range of heritage programs which support sustainable community development.  She is educated in Art & Architectural History and Urban Studies with Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees.  She is an Adjunct Instructor at Cleveland State University.

Alan Mallach

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Writer, scholar, practitioner and advocate Alan Mallach has been deeply engaged with the challenges of rebuilding America’s cities and their neighborhoods, and with the struggle to provide affordable housing, for over fifty years. A senior fellow with the Center for Community Progress in Washington DC, he has served as director of housing & economic development for the city of Trenton, New Jersey, was a visiting professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2010-2011, and currently teaches in the graduate city planning program at Pratt Institute in New York. His new book, The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America, grapples with the challenge of the simultaneous urban revival, decline and polarization in the nation’s older industrial cities. He has authored many other books, articles in legal and scholarly journals, book chapters, op-eds, and research and policy reports. He is also a pianist and author of two acclaimed books on 19th century Italian opera. He holds a B.A. degree from Yale College, and lives in Roosevelt, New Jersey.

Daniel Campo

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Daniel Campo is a NYC/Baltimore-based urbanist and Associate Professor and Program Director of City Planning in the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University. He is the author of The Accidental Playground: Brooklyn Waterfront Narratives of the Undesigned and Unplanned (Fordham University Press, 2013) and has published articles on a range of subjects including urban design, public space studies, placemaking, historic preservation, history of the built environment, downtown revitalization, and urban arts and culture. His current research explores grassroots efforts to preserve, reuse and enjoy iconic but decaying industrial complexes across the North American Rustbelt. Campo holds a Ph.D. in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania and was previously a planner for the New York City Department of City Planning.

Jessie Grogan

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Jessie joined the Planning and Urban Form department in July 2016, with a broad portfolio of urban development activities, including work on scenario planning and spatial inequality. Prior to that, she worked as a Policy Analyst at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the Regional Planning Agency for Greater Boston, from 2007-2016. At MAPC, she was the co-author of The State of Equity in Metro Boston Indicators Report and Policy Agenda; was involved in drafting the MetroFuture regional plan; and helped lead the creation and management of Metro Boston’s Sustainable Communities Consortium, formed with a grant from HUD to implement the MetroFuture plan. Jessie has a BA in political science from Simon’s Rock College and a MA in Public Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University. 

James Lima

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James Lima has been actively engaged in complex matters of real estate development and public policy since 1986, with extensive experience in the planning and revitalization of urban places that leverage transit investments at a variety of scales to generate significant public benefit. James founded JLP+D in 2011 after leading redevelopment strategies for numerous large-scale sites as a partner at the economic and real estate advisory firm HR&A Advisors. This experience built on earlier work undertaking complex transit-oriented projects at REIT AvalonBay Communities, in the Bloomberg NYC mayoral administration as founding President of the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation, and as Senior Vice President for Special Projects at the NYC Economic Development Corporation. Lima has a MS in Real Estate Development and a BS in Architecture and Urban Studies from Columbia University, where he has served as an Assistant Adjunct Professor instructing in Public-Private Partnerships in Real Estate Development, and continues to deliver lectures and lead panels on urban redevelopment for the Urban Land Institute, and at universities and institutions around the world.

Erin Tobin

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Erin Tobin serves as the Preservation League’s Vice President for Policy and Preservation and has been with the League since 2007. Erin directs all aspects of the League’s Public Policy and Technical Services Programs. She works collaboratively to set and pursue a statewide policy agenda that advances historic preservation in New York State, and builds and maintains a statewide coalition to assist the League in achieving its goals. Erin also oversees the League’s Technical Services and preservation grants programs, including oversight of our Seven to Save Endangered Properties Program and all preservation workshops and community outreach. 

Erin Tobin has held positions with the Massachusetts Historical Commission, New York Landmarks Conservancy, and Historic Albany Foundation. She holds a Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in the city of Albany with her husband and three children.

Kathy Rodriguez 

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Kathy is the Deputy Historic Preservation Officer, for the City of San Antonio’s Office of Historic Preservation. She administers the City’s survey and designation program known as Scout SA, Cultural Initiatives and the Vacant Building Program.  Kathy is currently managing the creation of district specific design guidelines for the Mission Historic District where the San Antonio Missions, inscribed as a World Heritage site, are located.  Kathy has 13 years of local government experience, including 7 years in administrative roles, working in programs focused on development and preservation of neighborhoods in San Antonio and nearby communities. Prior to her current position, she held the position of Community Development Director for the City of Castroville, where she was also the city’s first full-time Historic Preservation Officer.  Kathy has also served on various city boards and commissions including the Building Standards Board and the Historic & Design Review Commission for the City of San Antonio representing Council District #5.

Leslie Vishwanath

Leslie Vishwanath, Senior Loan Administrator for the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency (BURA), helps oversee federally funded low- and moderate-income housing developed in Buffalo. She previously worked as a Housing Specialist with the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Center.

Kisha Patterson

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Kisha Patterson is a Registered Architect at MacLachlan, Cornelius & Filoni Architects (Pittsburgh, PA). Although she is a Pittsburgh native, much of her architecture and preservation work has been in the Buffalo, NY area: Her first internship, under Robert Traynham Coles, FAIA, presented opportunities to re-envision a decaying theater on Buffalo’s East Side, into The Apollo Theater Public Access Television Station, and establishing nearby Hamlin Park neighborhood as an Historic District.

Patterson earned her Masters of Architecture from University at Buffalo while an intern architect at Foit-Albert Associates.  Here, her involvement with Buffalo’s historic landscape continued with the South American Rain Forest Exhibit at the Buffalo Zoo and a number of Buffalo Public School renovations.

Patterson is passionate about reusing buildings and revitalizing cities as means of promoting economic development, environmental responsibility, social justice, and sustainable growth while retaining cultural and architectural heritage. She is currently working on a number of projects in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio focused on the preservation, renovation, and reuse of buildings on historic campuses.