Susan Hanson (NAS) is Distinguished University Professor Emerita and longtime professor of geography at Clark University. She is an urban geographer with interests in gender and economy, transportation, local labor markets, and sustainability. Her research has examined the relationship between the urban built environment and people’s everyday mobility within cities; within this context, questions of access to opportunity, and how gender affects access, have been paramount. Her books include Ten Geographic Ideas that Changed the World; Gender, Work, and Space (with Geraldine Pratt); and The Geography of Urban Transportation. Dr. Hanson has been the editor of several academic journals including The Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Urban Geography, and Economic Geography and has been the geography editor of the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 1st and 2nd editions. She has led the School of Geography at Clark and is a past president of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a former Guggenheim Fellow, a former fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Social and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and a recipient of the Honors Award and of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the AAG and of the Van Cleef Medal from the American Geographic Society. In 2000 she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is currently Division Chair of the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council (NRC), is on the Advisory Board of the NRC’s Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, and is on the editorial board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Her B.A. is from Middlebury College, and before earning the M.S. and Ph.D. at Northwestern University, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya.
Chris T. Hendrickson
Carnegie Mellon University
Chris Hendrickson (NAE) is the Hamerschlag University Professor of Engineering, Co-Director of the Green Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, member of the National Academy of Engineering and Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering. His research, teaching and consulting are in the general area of engineering planning and management, including design for the environment, system performance, construction project management, finance and computer applications. He has co-authored five books, including Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Goods and Services: An Input-Output Approach (Resources for the Future, 2006), and published numerous articles in the professional literature. Dr. Hendrickson has been the recipient of the 2009 Faculty Award of the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association (2009), Turner Lecture Award of the American Society of Civil Engineers (2002), the Fenves Systems Research Award from the Institute of Complex Engineering Systems (2002), and AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellowships (2000-2002). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007), a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (2007) and an Emeritus Member of the Transportation Research Board (2004). His professional career includes research contributions in computer-aided engineering, transportation systems, construction project management and environmental systems. He has contributed software tools and methods for sustainable construction, pollution prevention and environmental management, including life cycle analysis software (http://www.eiolca.net) and a widely cited analysis of the life cycle consequences of lead acid battery powered vehicles. His education includes Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from Stanford University, a Master of Philosophy degree in economics from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
University of Virginia
Suzanne Morse Moomaw is Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, where she also directs the Community Design Research Center and is the academic lead for the Appalachian Prosperity Project. Specializing in community and economic development at the neighborhood, community, and regional levels, Dr. Moomaw has had a distinguished career in the nonprofit and philanthropic worlds as well as academia. She was president of the Pew Partnership for Civic Change from 1992 to 2007. She chairs the Board of Trustees of the Kettering Foundation (Dayton, OH) and is past chair of the Piedmont Virginia Community College Board (Charlottesville, VA). She has been a fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research at Virginia Tech. Dr. Moomaw holds a Ph.D. from The University of Alabama. She is the author of Smart Communities: How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future, Second Edition (2014).
City of Vancouver
Amanda Pitre-Hayes is the Director of Sustainability for the city of Vancouver. She leads a team of 16 to achieve the Council directive to become the world’s greenest city by 2020. She has 20 years of experience in leadership roles at Vancity, the Pembina Institute, Accenture, and The Body Shop Canada. At Vancity, Ms. Pitre-Hayes managed the organization’s climate change strategy, led its successful effort to be the first carbon neutral financial institution in North America. As Director of Climate Change Consulting with the Pembina Institute, Ms. Pitre-Hayes worked with organizations, such as TD Bank, to become greener by measuring and managing carbon dioxide emissions. As a Manager at Accenture, she managed major projects for North American government, energy, telecom, and financial services organizations. At the Body Shop Canada, Ms. Pitre-Hayes served as assistant to the President, supporting the organization with a variety of sustainability initiatives. Ms. Pitre-Hayes is an alumnus of Harvard University’s Global Change Agent program and holds an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Karen C. Seto
Karen Seto is Professor of Geography and Urbanization and Associate Dean of Research at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Prior to joining Yale University, she was on the faculty at Stanford University for eight years. Dr. Seto’s research is on the human transformation of land and the links between urbanization, global change, and sustainability. She is an expert in urbanization dynamics, forecasting urban growth, and examining the environmental consequences of urban expansion. She has pioneered methods using satellite remote sensing to reconstruct historical patterns of urbanization and to develop projections of future urban expansion. She specializes in China and India, where she has conducted urbanization research for more than fifteen years. Dr. Seto serves on a number of international and national scientific advisory committees, including as Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, Coordinating Lead Author for the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity Cities and Biodiversity Outlook, and Co-Chair of the International Human Dimension Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Project. She also currently serves on the U.S. National Research Council (NRC) Committee to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), the NRC Geographical Sciences Committee, and the U.S. Carbon Cycle Scientific Steering Group. She is the Executive Producer of “10,000 Shovels: Rapid Urban Growth in China,” a documentary film that integrates satellite imagery, historical photographs, and contemporary film footage to examine the urban changes occurring in China. Dr. Seto is a recipient of a NASA New Investigator Program (Career) Award, an NSF CAREER Award, and a National Geographic Research Grant. She was named an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow in 2009. Dr. Seto received her B. A. in Political Science from University of California, Santa Barbara (1991) and her M.A. in International Relations & Resource and Environmental Management (1995) and Ph.D., Geography (2000) from Boston University.
Nathan Cummings Foundation, Inc.
Ernest Tollerson rejoined the Nathan Cummings Foundation (NCF) as interim President and CEO in August 2014. From 2003 to 2013, he served as a NCF trustee, including one three-year term as chair of the board of trustees. Prior to joining NCF as interim President and CEO, Mr. Tollerson worked for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) as Director of Environmental Sustainability & Compliance. During seven and a half years at the MTA, he organized and oversaw the work of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Sustainability & the MTA (its final report is available at http://www.mta.info/sustainability). In 2010, he co-chaired the Transportation & Land Use Technical Working Group of the New York State Climate Action Plan Interim Report (available at www.nyclimatechange.us/InterimReport.cfm). Currently, he is a trustee of the Hudson River Foundation and the New-York Historical Society. He is also a former member of the management board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, the affinity group for U.S.-based foundations that fund environmental NGOs and projects, and a former member of the board of Demos, a nonpartisan hub for research, ideas and action to promote the common good. A graduate of Princeton and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, Mr. Tollerson spent nearly 25 years as a journalist. He worked as a reporter and editor for a number of newspapers including the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he was a political reporter, New York Newsday, where he was the editorial page editor, and the New York Times, where he was first a national correspondent and later a member of the Times’ editorial board.
New York University
Rae Zimmerman is Professor of Planning and Public Administration at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and since 1998, Director of the Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems. In 2011-2013 she directed Wagner’s Urban Planning Program for the fifth time. Her teaching and research focus on infrastructure, the environment, climate change, natural hazards, social equity, and security in the context of the quality of life in urban areas and how innovations can be used to adapt to extreme conditions. She has participated in close to 50 grants, serving as Principal Investigator on about three dozen of those and co-Principal Investigator or participating researcher on a dozen others funded by government agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. DOT Region 2 Urban Transportation Research Center, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (through university research centers), state and local government agencies, and other sponsorship. In 2013-2014 she has been part of the New York State-funded NYS Resiliency Institute for Storms and Emergencies. She authored Transport, the Environment and Security: Making the Connection (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012), authored Governmental Management of Chemical Risk (Lewis/CRC), co-produced Beyond September 11th (University of Colorado at Boulder), co-edited Digital Infrastructures (Routledge) and Sustaining Urban Networks (Routledge), and authored or co-authored over one hundred other publications. She has been active on numerous advisory boards and committees, including U.S. EPA and National Academy committees, was appointed to the 2010 NYC Panel on Climate Change, is on the Transportation Research Board’s Critical Transportation Infrastructure Protection committee through 2017, and is an expert for the U.S. GCRP National Climate Assessment Infrastructure Indicators Technical Team. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a Fellow and past president of the Society for Risk Analysis, and is on editorial boards of several risk and technology journals. Dr. Zimmerman received a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of California (Berkeley), a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in planning from Columbia University.