Speaker Biographies

Grady Gammage, Jr.
Senior Fellow | ASU Morrison Institute

Grady Gammage, Jr. is a part-time academic, a practicing lawyer, an author, a sometime real estate developer and a former elected official.

In his academic role, Mr. Gammage is a Senior Fellow at ASU’s Morrison Institute, the Kyl Center for Water Policy, and a Senior Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. His work there focuses on urban growth and development, quality of life, and local economic issues. He also teaches at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and at the W.P. Carey School of Business.

As a lawyer, he has represented real estate projects ranging from master planned communities to sprawling subdivisions to high rise buildings.

He served on the Central Arizona Project Board of Directors for 12 years, and was President during a period of turbulence when the CAP was suing the Federal Government over the cost of the canal.

As a real estate developer, he built an intense, urban mixed use project in the City of Tempe which won three architectural awards and has been widely acclaimed. Mr. Gammage’s recent book “The Future of the Suburban City: Lessons from Sustaining Phoenix” has just been published by Island Press.

Mitali Ganguly, AICP, LEED-ND
Urban Designer and Planner | Calthorpe Associates

Mitali Ganguly, AICP, LEED-ND, is an urban designer and planner working at Calthorpe Associates in Berkeley, California. With a background in architecture, urban design and real estate, Mitali’s key areas of interest include transit-oriented development, urban revitalization; and sustainable, scenario-based urban planning to create resilient cities.

At Calthorpe Associates, Mitali has been working on local and international master-planning projects ranging in scale from regional plans to neighborhood design. Her recent projects include a new Community Plan in Calgary, Canada; a City-Wide Growth Plan for Jinan, China; and a Transit-Oriented Neighborhood being planned on an urban brownfield in Concord, California.

Prior to Calthorpe Associates, Mitali has worked at Gensler, San Francisco. Her work experience outside the United States includes two years as an architect in Singapore, and three years of architecture and urban design in India. She has been a speaker at events including the COP-22 Climate Change Conference in Marrakech and the CNU. She has been a guest critic at urban design studios at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the School of Planning and Architecture, India.

Mitali’s academic background includes of a Bachelors degree in Architecture and a Masters degree in Urban Design, both from S.P.A, India. She graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a Masters degree in Urban Development and Real Estate. At the GSD, Mitali received an Honorable Mention for her team’s entry in the ULI Gerald D Hines UD Competition. Her term paper ‘New Towns in the US’ was published online by the Real Estate Academic Initiative at Harvard.

Mitali is a member of the APA, USGBC, CNU, SPUR, Institute of Urban Designers of India and the Indian Council of Architecture.

dgreenDavid Green, AIA, LEED AP
Urban Design Leader, EMEA, Principal | Perkins + Will

David focuses on large-scale urban design and planning projects for the firm. He has been involved in the execution of hundreds of projects in the past 20 years ranging from the adaptive re-use of multiple historic structures to multi-thousand acre urban design and planning projects. His work and research focuses on issues of development, particularly within an urban framework and the creation of a strategy for sustainable cities that includes aspects of public policy implementation, criteria for implementation of development controls as well as strategic infrastructure implementation.

David was awarded the AIA’s Atlanta Chapter Silver Medal in 2003 as well as the AIA Georgia Bronze Medal in 2008 for his work in community planning. David received a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been a member of Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture faculty since 1992 where he teaches architecture and urban design and is currently appointed Professor of the Practice of Architecture. He lectures widely on issues of urban design, planning and architecture.

Ian Law, RLA, ASLA
Director of Urban Planning and Design | PLACE Alliance

As head of the PLACE Alliance New York design studio, Ian is one of the North Eastern Region’s leaders in urban design and New Urbanism. His 15 years of experience in urban planning and design, downtown revitalization, and community master planning have spanned a wide variety of award-winning projects, including the State Street Streetscape in Schenectady, NY, the Downtown/Waterfront Master Plan for Port Jervis, NY, the Downtown/Waterfront Master Plan for Port Chester, NY and the Prattsville Long Term Community Recovery Plan.

A firm believer in a collaborative design process, Ian has been the team leader for dozens of design charrettes and community design forums. His international experience has included such diverse projects as the Ancient Yellow River Master Plan in Suqian, China and the Rio Chili riverfront park planning project in Arequipa, Peru. Ian takes a hands-on approach to design, and is actively engaged in all phases of a project, from schematic design to construction documents and construction administration.


Mary Moore Wallinger, RLA, ASLA
Principal | LAndArt Studio

With over fourteen years of experience in landscape architecture and urban design, Mary Moore approaches projects by applying sustainable and creative strategies to realize a site’s full potential.  As the founding Principal of LAndArt Studio, she is a staunch advocate of smart growth, low impact development and celebrating the landscape in ways that shape the human experience. Much of her design is influenced by her previous experience living and studying gardens throughout Europe and her knowledge is backed by years of working in gardens including her own and those of Monticello, the historic home of Thomas Jefferson. Mary Moore has managed and overseen the design and implementation of numerous projects both public and private. Her experience includes working with municipalities, public school systems, universities, healthcare facilities, private corporations and non-profit organizations. She has worked on city and town center master plans and design guidelines, streetscape improvement projects, parks and recreational spaces, campus design, healing gardens, and a number of sustainable design projects.

She has presented at both national and regional conferences on multiple topics including smart growth, waterfront redevelopment, downtown revitalization strategies, promoting farm-friendly communities, and urban forestry.  In  2014 she presented at both the National American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Conference in Denver, CO and the National Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) Conference in Buffalo, NY.

Jeffrey Barghout
Principal Advisor, CEO | Robocist

Jeff is a leader in mobility and robotics with over 20 years of experience ranging from research and development to program design, implementation and management. He has served in roles ranging from a product development engineer to vice president of Transportation Initiatives.

Jeff’s passion is creating impact, profitability and growth through the development and adoption of emerging technologies – with a focus on connected, autonomous and electric vehicles, robotic systems, and the supporting infrastructure. He is an innovative strategist with a strong understanding of how to integrate big picture vision with organizational goals, resources and workforce dynamics-delivering market based solutions with greater impact and ROI. He communicates effectively with all levels of an organization from planners and staff engineers to senior management. And is an empathic leader who builds, manages and mentors teams that successfully exceed business goals.

Jeff Mann
General Manager | GoTriangle

Jeff Mann is General Manager of GoTriangle.  He joined GoTriangle from the NC Department of Transportation in July 2015. As a Deputy Secretary at the NCDOT, he oversaw non-highway transportation modes, which included Aviation, Bicycle & Pedestrian, Ferry, Public Transportation and Rail. As GoTriangle’s General Manager, he helps direct over 200 dedicated employees providing service with 70 buses, 83 vanpools and 12 paratransit vehicles in Wake, Durham, Orange, Johnston and Alamance counties.

With almost 20 years of transportation planning and program management experience at NCDOT, Amtrak, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and the N. C. Railroad Company, he’ll also help direct planning for the proposed 17-mile, 17-station Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project between UNC Hospitals, Duke University, the Duke and VA Medical Centers, downtown Durham, and East Durham. He is also leading the agency’s supporting efforts on the completion of Wake County’s Transit Plan. Mann holds an MBA from Wake Forest University and an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  He and his family live in Raleigh.

Karina Ricks
Principal | Nelson Nygaard

Karina’s 20-year career has predominantly been in the public sector as planner, visionary, enabler, implementer and innovator at the national, state, and municipal level. She has led multiple major initiatives that have built or revived dynamic, diverse, and prosperous neighborhoods and communities. Her experience encompasses and unites multiple disciplines including transportation, public finance, land use planning, economic revitalization, community development, and environmental excellence.

Karina recognizes that transportation is the formative and catalytic element that joins communities and opportunities and the environment and economy. She played a pivotal role in restoring Washington, DC’s waterfront, regenerating traditional main streets, and reviving the downtown. She researched and wrote The Innovative DOT for Smart Growth America, a national publication to fund and promote sustainable transportation options at the state level and is an active leader with both the Complete Streets Coalition and American Public Transit Association.

Jess Zimbabwe
Founding Executive Director | ULI Rose Center for Public Leadership 

Jess Zimbabwe was named founding executive director of the ULI Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership in 2009. The Center’s flagship program is the Daniel Rose Fellowship for public leaders, which brings the mayors and senior leadership teams of four cities together for a year-long program of learning from land use experts, technical assistance, study tours, leadership development, and peer-to-peer exchange. The Rose Center also holds forums on public/private real estate development and workshops to educate public officials.

Previously, Zimbabwe was director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, working with more than 125 American mayors and cities to help local leaders advocate for better-built environments in their own communities. Before that, she was community design director at Urban Ecology, providing pro bono community planning and design assistance to low-income neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay area. Zimbabwe was a comparative domestic policy fellow at the German Marshall Fund and a fellow of the Women’s Policy Institute of the Women’s Foundation of California. She is on the board of directors of Next City. She is a licensed architect, a certified city planner, and a LEED-accredited professional.

Jess is also speaking at a free public lecture the evening before the conference (March 15). Click here to see more informaiton about the lecture, presented by the City of Raleigh Appearance Commission.