Faculty + Facilitators

Each year, EcoDistricts draws a robust sector of expert faculty and team facilitators to create a compelling, highly customized experienced for each participating team. Each of our team facilitators have received comprehensive training in the EcoDistrictsTM Protocol as well as inclusive facilitation training. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is fully integrated in our selection of faculty and facilitators representing diverse perspectives, ethnicities, gender, project experience and geographic regions.


2017 Incubator Team Facilitators

Each participating team is matched with an expert Facilitator, supporting their development of a customized EcoDistrictsTM Roadmap throughout the Incubator experience.

Nwamaka Agbo

Nwamaka Agbo


Nwamaka has over 10 years of experience working on social and economic justice issues that help support the sustainable and equitable development of thriving and prosperous communities. Nwamaka serves as the Next Economy Innovation Fellow at the Movement Strategy Center, a joint initiative of the Ella Baker Center and Restaurant Opportunity Centers United. Previously, as the Director of Programs at EcoDistricts, Nwamaka was responsible for leading Target Cities – a pilot program designed to support 11 innovative neighborhoods in 9 cities across North America in applying the EcoDistricts Protocol to help accelerate and achieve their district-scale sustainability goals. She also was Director of Programs at Transform Finance, where she designed and launched the inaugural Transform Finance Institute for Social Justice leaders for transformative social change. Prior to that, Nwamaka worked at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights for over six years in a range of positions including Policy Director, Campaign Director and Deputy Director. She graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and African American Studies and holds a Master’s of Public Administration specializing in Financial Management from San Francisco State University.

Michael Armstong

Michael Armstrong


Michael Armstrong is the Senior Sustainability Manager for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. His responsibilities include policy and programs addressing climate change, energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste prevention and recycling, sustainable food systems, green building, historic resources, and asset management. Michael coordinated the public processes that led to Portland and Multnomah County’s 2001 Local Action Plan on Global Warming and 2009 Climate Action Plan. Michael co-chairs the Planning Committee for the Urban Sustainability Directors Network and previously chaired the network’s Policy Committee. Prior to joining the City of Portland, Michael spent five years in Namibia and South Africa working for education and sports development organizations. Michael received an MPA from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, a BA from Cornell University, and attended Deep Springs College. 

Eddie Hill

Edward Hill


Edward Hill is the Community Outreach Manager for The ReBuilding Center in Portland, OR, non-profit that provides affordable used building and remodeling materials with the goal of promoting the use of salvaged and reclaimed materials to strengthen the environmental, economic and social fabric of local communities. Edward specializes in whole-systems, green infrastructure, community-based design and planning to expand the triple bottom line and promote environmental, economic and social justice. He also consults with Cogan Owens Green, LLC to elevate progressive outreach and engagement strategies in the Cascade region. Previously, Edward was the Executive Director of Groundwork Portland, where he led work to transform the natural and built environment of marginalized communities in the city. Since 1998, Edward has worked as a community convener and facilitator helping to develop programs and identify funding to convert public land for public benefit in King County, Washington. He earned a Bachelor’s in Urban Environments and Ecology from the Evergreen State College and a Master’s in Urban Planning and Design at the University of Washington.

Charles Kelley

Charles Kelley


Charles Kelley is a senior architect and urban designer with more than 30 years of experience. He brings an interdisciplinary design approach to integrate community aspirations, natural resources, and financial assets. This design attitude crystallizes consensus for communities who desire projects that connect high performance buildings and open space across a campus or district. As ZGF Architects’ ecodistrict and urban design initiative lead in the US and international markets, he applies the firm’s research and experience through his design leadership. Charles brings the value of integrated design to leverage multiple objectives across mobility, watershed, energy, water, land use, and open space systems that create vital and enduring community oriented projects. Charles is a founding member of the 1% for Green Committee at the City of Portland, a founding member of EcoDistricts, and the City of Portland’s We Build Green Cities organization. He has an Architecture degree from the University of Washington and a Master’s of Architecture with a Certificate of Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lisa Prime

Lisa Prime


Lisa Prime is an environmental planning expert with over two decades of experience in recognized projects, including leading development of Waterfront Toronto as the Director of Environment and Innovation and the Director of Sustainability. An industry leader in sustainable community development and current Principal of Prime Strategy and Consulting, Lisa is known for her exceptional ability to work strategically with engaged partners, creating progressive solutions to complex problems. Her innovative thinking and skill in navigating uncertainty generates strong alternative solutions to the dilemmas and roadblocks faced by her clients. Senior roles in both government and the private sector have given Lisa a wealth of local and global knowledge and access to a wide network of change-makers. Lisa holds a Bachelor's from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Environmental Studies from York University.

Walker Wells

Walker Wells


As Vice President of Programs and 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 polices 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. He is an appointed member of the State of California Green Building Code Advisory Committee and a lecturer at the UCLA Urban Planning Program. Walker holds Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Master’s of City and Regional from the California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo. Prior to joining Global Green, Walker was a Senior Urban Designer with Gruen Associates in Los Angeles, a Planner with the City of Santa Monica, and an Urban Planner for the City of Malmo, Sweden.

Nella Young

Nella Young


Nella Young is the Design Leadership Senior Program Director at Enterprise Community Partners, where she leads the organization’s efforts to make design excellence an essential value in the community development and affordable housing sector. This is accomplished through programs and tools that increase the capacity of nonprofit developers to integrate community-engaged, sustainable design into their core way of doing business. Nella has a background in urban planning and experiential education and has worked on topics including infrastructure for active living, economic development for the creative sector, and policies that improve access to healthy food. Nella spent a year as a research fellow in Germany studying planning strategies for shrinking cities. She holds an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a BA from Wesleyan University where she majored in studio arts.