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FOCUS Speaker Series Archives
October 2010: "San Francisco Bay Area Job Landscape"
Egon Terplan is SPUR's Regional Planning Director. In that capacity, he manages SPUR's policy work and research in areas of economic development, regional transportation and planning. This work includes issues such as high-speed rail, the future of the workplace and the implementation of the land use climate change law SB 375. Prior to joining SPUR, Egon spent over five years with ICF International advising cities and regions throughout the world on economic development and competitiveness. His work included managing and writing collaborative regional strategies and designing, and implementing competitiveness nationally and internationally.
Egon is appointed to a number of boards and committees including MTC's Policy Advisory Council, ABAG's Regional Planning Committee, San Francisco's Workforce Investment Board and the San Francisco's Bond Oversight Committee. Egon received a Bachelor's degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from Swarthmore College and a Master's degree in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design.
Ted Egon, "Commute Equity"
Ted Egan joined the Controller's Office as Chief Economist in April, 2007. Since then he has written over two dozen economic impact reports, on areas ranging from taxation and fees, to land use, industry, and environmental regulation. In January, 2010 he was an expert witness for the City in Perry v. Schwarzeneggar, the lawsuit challenging Proposition 8, in which he testified about the economic costs of banning same-sex marriage.
Prior to joining the City, Dr. Egan as a consultant wrote San Francisco's first economic development plan, for the Office of Economic and Workforce Development. In 2004, Dr. Egan led the California State University's first system-wide economic impact study, which examined how the 23 CSU campuses contribute to the diverse regional economies of California. During his ten-year consulting career he managed numerous economic development and industry competitiveness strategies in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.
In addition to his duties at the OEA, Dr. Egan has taught in the City and Regional Planning department at UC Berkeley since 2004. He received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley in 1997, and also has a B.A. in Economics from Johns Hopkins, and an M.A. in Geography from SUNY-Buffalo.
Justin Fried, "Bay Area Jobs Landscape"
Justin Fried is a Regional Planner at the Association of Bay Area Governments. He is the liaison for parts of Alameda and Santa Clara Counties, and has conducted research on topics ranging from spatial employment patterns to regional disaster recovery planning. Prior to joining ABAG, he worked for the City of San Jose Planning Department and the Austin Independent School District. He holds a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelors in Mathematics and International Relations from Brown University.
September 2010: "Urban Design: Reducing Poverty in Our Communities"
Fernando Marti has been with AND since 2004, where he is Director of Community Planning. His work at AND includes community-based plans for San Francisco's Eastern Neighborhoods; affordable housing and community economic development policies; and urban design for the Mission BART Plazas and the Chinatown Central Subway Station. He has over 15 years of experience working on custom green homes, affordable multi-family residential, and structures for spiritual communities. Fernando is the recipient of the Frederick P. Rose Architectural Fellowship, and taught design studios at UC Berkeley and USF. He works with local community organizing efforts as a board member of PODER and of the Center for Political Education. He is also an exhibiting printmaker and installation artist. Fernando was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and has made the Bay Area his home since 1990.
October 2009: "MTC's Transportation for Livable Communities (TLC) Program"
July 2009: "Health in Urban Areas"
While in California his work led to the establishment of the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program and state and national laws that reduced risks, especially to farm workers and to children, from dangerous pesticides. While at CDC he established the national asthma epidemiology and control program, and advanced the childhood lead poisoning prevention program. He instituted the current federal effort to "biomonitor" chemical levels in the US population. He was the US lead under several US government efforts around health and environment in Russia, including radiation threats. In the late 1990s he was the CDC leader in establishing the US National Pharmaceutical Stockpile to prepare for terrorism and other disasters, which was activated on September 11, 2001. In 2006 he received the Breast Cancer Fund's Hero Award and at the UC Berkeley 2007 Commencement, the School of Public Health graduate students recognized him as the Distinguished Teacher and Mentor of the Year.
Dick Jackson co-authored Urban Sprawl and Public Health, a 2004 book from Island Press. He has served on many environmental and health boards, as well as the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects.
June 2009: "Development With Diversity"
May 2009: "Indirect Source Review Rule"
Dave Vintze is currently the Air Quality Planning Manager at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The air quality planning section is responsible for developing plans for attainment of State and federal ambient air quality standards; preparing, reviewing and commenting on CEQA documents; developing CEQA guidelines; participating in regional smart growth and transportation planning activities; and developing and implementing the Air Districtís climate protection program. Previously Dave was the Planning Manager at the Placer County Air Pollution Control District and prior to that Dave worked for a consulting firm specializing in land use planning and environmental review. Dave has over twenty years of CEQA, land use and air quality planning experience.
April 2009: Putting Schools on the Map: Links between Planning and Public Education
Jeffrey M. Vincent, PhD
Deputy Director and co-Founder, Center for Cities & Schools
February 2009: "Incorporating Child Care in Our Communities"
Redwood City Child Care Coordinator
Child Care Planning and Policy Consultant, LINCC
Child care planner Kristen Anderson has developed child care/early education policies and strategies for public and private agencies statewide, and has lead supply-building and quality improvements in Redwood City, California for over two decades. Her book Planning for Child Care in California (Solano Press) highlights successful linkages of child care and community development. She participated in San Mateo County's LINCC project from its start in 1997 and is a LINCC consultant. She holds a Ph.D. from Stanford.
Ellen Dektar works with the Alameda County Child Care Planning Council on the Local Investment in Child Care (LINCC) Project, an innovative project designed to build the infrastructure that supports child care facilities development, renovation and expansion in California. She has spent the past seven years developing local and statewide research, tools and policies to bridge child care and community development, and co-led research and analysis of child care and transportation linkages with Kristen Anderson. Previously she was a child and family policy analyst and planner for The Children's Defense Fund, the California Legislature, and the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Children, Youth and Families.
June 2008: "Urban Landscapes," Walter Hood
Walter Hood is Professor and former Chair of the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of California, Berkeley, and principal of Hood Design in Oakland, CA. Mr. Hood was a fellow at the American Academy in Rome in Landscape Architecture, 1997. He has exhibited and lectured on his professional projects and theoretical works nationally and abroad. His firm designed the gardens and landscape for the New De Young Museum, San Francisco with Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron and his work was recently featured in the exhibition and publication, "Open" New Designs For Public Spaces, Van Allen Institute, NY, Metropolis Magazine, the New York Times, and Dwell Magazine. Mr. Hood published his monographs: Urban Diaries and Blues & Jazz Landscape Improvisations and is currently researching and writing a book entitled Urban Landscapes; American Landscape Typologies.
May 2008: "A Conversation with PDA Jurisdictions: Developing a Regional Capital Incentives Program," Ted Droettboom, Regional Planning Program Director for the Joint Policy Committee
Ted Droettboom, Regional Planning Program Director for the Joint Policy Committee of ABAG, MTC, BAAQMD, and BCDC, led a conversation with staff from PDA jurisdictions around developing a regional capital incentives program that will direct funds to Priority Development Areas. At least twice a year, the monthly FOCUS PDA Speaker Series will be put on hold to convene a meeting with PDA jurisdictions for a dialogue around relevant opportunities for realizing their community visions. These meetings are an excellent time for peer-to-peer exchange and for learning about regional and local hot topics.
"Development Without Displacement: What Can We Do?," Victor Rubin, Vice President for
Research at PolicyLink
Victor Rubin, Vice President for Research at PolicyLink, leads knowledge-building, evaluation, and qualitative and quantitative analysis activities to build a strong research base for equitable development strategy, community capacity building, and policy advocacy. Mr. Rubin previously directed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developmentís Office of University Partnerships, where he administered grants to institutions of higher education for community engagement and support of students in community development fields. He also served for 13 years as director of Research and Community Programs of the University-Oakland Metropolitan Forum.
"Sustainable Development: The 21st Century Model," Curt Johansen, Executive
Vice President, Triad Communities, L.P.
Curt Johansen has worked to create high quality communities for over 25 years. Projects that have prospered from his vision include Kingsmill in Williamsburg, Virginia; the Vintage Club in Indian Wells, CA; and Hiddenbrooke in the SF Bay Area. He has been responsible for all California development for Triad Communities since 1997. Mr. Johansen has pioneered Triadís commitment to sustainable development. He is frequently an invited speaker on Triad Communitiesí vision of sustainable development concepts and innovative practices in the industry.
"Innovative Parking Strategies," Dan Zack, Downtown Development Coordinator,
City of Redwood City
Dan Zack is the Downtown Development Coordinator for the City of Redwood City. He has been with the City since the summer of 2003, and before that he worked in Fresno, California in both regional transportation planning and local land use planning. In Redwood City Dan serves as the City's liaison with the Downtown business community and manages various Downtown projects for the City's Redevelopment Agency. Dan and his team have led Redwood City to being the first city in the country to adopt the innovative market-rate pricing system advocated by UCLA professor Donald Shoup.
December 2007: "Designing Mixed-Income Communities: Keeping Units Affordable, Dealing with Density," Michael Pyatok
Michael Pyatock is founder of Pyatok Architects, Inc. and professor of architectural design and the Director of the Center for Affordable Homes and the Family at Arizona State University.
November 2007: "Building the Sustainability Talk: Transforming Policies Into Real Projects," William Fleissig, Communitas Development Inc.
Will Fleissig is a developer who has devoted his career to creating vibrant, mixed-use communities. He has directed the planning and development of over a dozen catalytic projects in diverse American cities, among them Boulder, Denver, San Francisco, San Jose, and Boston. Mr. Fleissig is recognized nationally in the art of negotiating development strategies that translate broad community interests - residents, landowners, investors, advocacy groups, and elected officials - into profitable and memorable urban places.
"Urban Density: Getting the Public Onboard," Gordon Price
Gordon Price is an accomplished urban development expert. Former City Councillor in Vancouver, B.C and board member of the Greater Vancouver Regional District and the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority, he is currently the Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University and a regular lecturer on transportation and land use for the City of Portland, Oregon and Portland State University. He is also a board member of the Sightline Institute and the International Centre for Sustainable Cities. Mr. Price speaks internationally and has written several extensive essays on Vancouver and transportation issues which earned him the 2003 Plan Canada Award. Mr. Price publishes an electronic magazine on urban issues, with a focus on Vancouver, called "Price Tags."