Presenters

Keynote Speaker:

The keynote speaker is Matias Valenzuela, Ph.D., the Director of the Office of Equity and Social Justice in King County, WA. His office is a countywide effort to address the root causes of inequities working with all county agencies and the community. Previously he worked for 14 years in Public health Seattle and King County, collaborating with local organizations and residents to advance the public’s health. His areas of expertise include policy and program planning, community engagement and development, evaluation, language access, grant writing, communication and media advocacy, and of course equity. Early in his career, he worked as a print and broadcast journalist in the United States and abroad Dr. Valenzuela has taught as a Fulbright professor in Nicaragua, and he is an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington’s school of public health and community medicine.

Dr. Valenzuela's keynote speech is presented by the Interdisciplinary Transportation Group (ITG) through the grant from the National Science Foundation

Presenters:

  1. Malory Baches: Urban Designer. Savannah, GA
  2. Ashley Bozarth: Graduate Student, Master of City and Regional Planning '17; Georgia Institute of Technology
  3. Catherine Mercier-Baggett: AICP, Senior Planner, City of Sandy Springs, GA.
  4. Marion Bell: Lecturer, HSEM program. Savannah State University
  5. John R. Bennett, DPA: Adjunct Professor, Valdosta State University; Executive Director, Savannah Bicycle Campaign
  6. Ann Carpenter, PhD: Senior Community and Economic Development Advisor Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  7. Samitra Carroll: Department of JMC Public Relation Student. Savannah State University
  8. Terri Clay: Assistant Professor, HSEM program. Savannah State University
  9. Jason Combs: Consultant. Savannah, GA
  10. Richard Duckworth: Master of City and Regional Planning student, Georgia Institute of Technology
  11. Joseph Fleming: Graduate Student, Master of Public Administration. Savannah State University
  12. Kellie Fletcher: Superintendent. SSU Physical Plant. Graduate. Master of Science in Urban Studies and Planning. Savannah State University
  13. Jeremy D. Gray: Principal Mosaic Community Planning, LLC, Atlanta, GA.
  14. Terrance Grasty: Graduate. Master of Science in Urban Studies and Planning. Savannah State University
  15. Jeremy Hughes: Student Director, SCAD
  16. Nick Helmholdt: Senior Comprehensive Planner. Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission
  17. Todd D. Holloway: Founding Principal, HollowayEPI/sc and EVOKE Savannah
  18. Md. Soriful Islam: Graduate Student, Master of Science in Urban Studies and Planning. Savannah State University
  19. Roxana J. Javid, PhD: Department of Engineering Technology, Savannah State University, Savannah, GA, USA
  20. Ramina Jahanbakhsh Javid: Department of Urban Planning & Design, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran
  21. Danielle Jones: Department of JMC Public Relation Student. Savannah State University
  22. Alex Karner: PhD: Assistant Professor, School of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology
  23. Lauren Kelly: Planner. Beaufort, SC
  24. Paula Kreissler: Director of Healthy Living and Community Development, Healthy Savannah
  25. Timothy King: Director, SEAL Savannah, Camp Explore/SCPSS
  26. Behrooz Kalantari, PhD.: Professor and Interim Chair. Department of Political Science and Public Affairs. Savannah State University
  27. David De Leon: Graduate Student, Master of City and Regional Planning '17; Georgia Institute of Technology
  28. Khadijya Kemp-Master: Graduate Student, Master of Science in Urban Studies and Planning. Savannah State University
  29. Phoebe Mayor: Graduate Research Assistant, Master of City and Regional Planning Candidate '17, Georgia Institute of Technology
  30. Melissa Mailloux: Principal Mosaic Community Planning, LLC, Atlanta, GA
  31. Anh Nguyen:, Data Dissemination Specialist, the U.S. Census Bureau
  32. Alan C. Peterson, II, M.P.A: Doctoral Candidate Texas Southern University, Houston, TX
  33. Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland, School of Public Affairs, Urban Planning and Environmental Policy
  34. Eduardo J. Rendon: Master in Environmental Planning and Design - The University of Georgia
  35. Tyeshia Redden: PhD Candidate. Urban and Regional Planning program. University of Florida
  36. Mahmoud Salari: Department of Economics, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA
  37. Austin Shelton: Graduate Student, Master of City and Regional Planning '17; Georgia Institute of Technology
  38. Louisa Tovar: Planner. City of Sandy Springs, GA
  39. Thomas L. Thomson, P.E: Tom Thomson Consulting, LLC. Savannah
  40. Michael Tucker:, Executive Director, City of Savannah Coastal Workforce Services
  41. Angela Wilson: Assistant Professor. Savannah State University
  42. Joy Wilkins: CEcD, Economic Inclusion Consultant
  43. Robin B. Williams, Ph.D: Chairman, Department of Architectural History, SCAD
  44. Gerson Vasquez: Data Dissemination Specialist, the U.S. Census Bureau