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Erika Poethig, Chair

Institute Fellow and Director of Urban Policy Initiatives, The Urban Institute

Washington, DC


Lisa Levy, Vice Chair 

Portland, OR


Presley Gillespie, Treasurer

President, Neighborhood Allies 

Pittsburgh, PA


Margaret Dewar, Secretary

Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Ann Arbor, MI


Geoff Anderson

President and CEO, Smart Growth America

Washington, DC


William A. Johnson

Former Mayor, Rochester, New York

CEO, Strategic Community Intervention, LLC

Rochester, NY


Ellen M. Lee

New Orleans, LA

Director of Housing Policy and Community Development, City of New Orleans


Scot Spencer

Assistant Director for Advocacy and Influence, The Annie E. Casey Foundation 

Baltimore, MD


Michael Tierney

Chief Operating Officer of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (retired)

Washington, DC