FACULTY // HEADER
Faculty + Facilitators
Each year, EcoDistricts brings expert faculty and team facilitators to create a customized experienced for each participating team. Each of our team facilitators are EcoDistricts Accredited Professionals. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is integrated in our selection of faculty and facilitators representing diverse perspectives, ethnicities, genders, project experience, and geographic regions.
SECTION TWO // PAST FACILITATORS
Past Incubator Team Facilitators
Each participating team is matched with an expert Facilitator, supporting them throughout the Incubator experience.
PRINCIPAL, CRITERION PLANNERS
Eliot Allen is an urban planner and co-creator of the EcoDistricts Certified program. A principal of Criterion Planners of Portland, Oregon, he specializes in using sustainability appraisal systems to advance neighborhood climate protection and resilience. He is a co-creator of the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system, a built environment advisor for the Sustainable SITES and STAR Community rating systems, indicator consultant for the Catalytic Communities Sustainable Favela project, and education provider for Planetizen.com and TransformativeTools.org. Eliot’s urban sustainability indicators work has been recognized by the EPA Climate Protection Awards, the CNU Charter Awards, and the APA Sustainable Communities Awards.
SENIOR ENGINEER, BIOHABITATS
Pete Munoz is a licensed engineer. Pete has been lucky enough to work with some of the most influential green built projects in the United States to create inspirational infrastructure and assist reconnecting our communities with what makes them work. With degrees in Biosystems, Civil and Environmental Engineering has been asked to speak around the country on a variety of topics including green infrastructure, regenerative design, and climate change solutions. Pete is a partner in the Alliance for Regeneration and he teaches several water related courses at Yestermorrow Design/Build in Warren, Vermont and Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.
PRINCIPAL, THE INTEGRAL GROUP
Dave is a principal with the Integral Group and head of Planning & Research for North America. Dave is a planner by training and a thought leader on urban sustainable development, and energy policy. His work has been recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners, World Green Building Council and the Cascadia Regional Green Building Council, and last year he was specifically recognized by the Natural Resources Defense Council as one of nine global leaders who are fighting climate change in cities. Dave typically works with local governments, utilities or landholders that have ambitious sustainability goals and require assistance creating strategic plans, developing programs and creating new policy.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, JUSTICE + SUSTAINABILITY ASSOCIATES
As COO of Justice and Sustainability Associates, Donzell provides day-to-day leadership and management of JSA’s daily operations. Donzell Robinson has established a distinguished career as a nationally recognized ADR professional. Donzell has designed, convened, and facilitated multi-party problem solving interactions to resolve public policy problems of mutual interest. Donzell has served as President, of the Association of Conflict Resolution, the leading organization for professionals in dispute resolution field. With this experience Donzell brings an encyclopedic knowledge of international best practices in mediation, facilitation and community engagement.
CULTURAL RESILIENCE FELLOW, ENTERPRISE COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Meghan Venable-Thomas is a Public Health doctoral candidate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Cultural Resilience Fellow on the Climate and Cultural Resilience Program with Enterprise Community Partners. Previously, she completed a fellowship with the Atlanta Beltline Partnership developing a strategic platform for the organization’s health, housing, and economic opportunity goals. Additionally, she serves as a Major and Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator with HHC, Joint Forces Headquarters of the Massachusetts National Guard. Meghan received a Masters of Public Health Management from Columbia University, and earned a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GLOBAL GREEN USA
As Executive Director of the Green Urbanism Program for Global Green USA, Walker works with cities, neighborhoods, and community development organizations across the country to further green building and sustainable development practices through technical guidance, stakeholder facilitation, and development of innovative policies and programs. Walker is a 2013 Fulbright Fellow with the Royal Institute of Technology Urban Planning Program in Stockholm, a 2012 Pritzker Fellow at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and co-author of the 2007 book Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing. Walker is a certified urban planner, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a Green Rater.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DELIBERATIVE DEMOCRACY CONSORTIUM
Wendy Willis is the Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, a global network of major organizations and leading scholars working in the field of deliberation and public engagement. Wendy is also the Founder and Director of Oregon’s Kitchen Table, a program of the National Policy Consensus Center at Portland State University. Wendy is a widely published poet and essayist, writing often on issues of public life. She is also the former Executive Director of the City Club of Portland and has served as an Assistant Public Defender for the District of Oregon and law clerk to Chief Justice Wallace P. Carson, Jr. of the Oregon Supreme Court.