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Advisory Board

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Dean Jones (far right) with Siembieda and RCRI Advisory Board Members 


Advisory Board, 2016

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Mary Strenn, ICMA Credentialed City Manager and
AICP Certified Planner

Expertise: City Manager and executive director of redevelopment for cities in Northern and Southern California. Responsible for proposing and executing policy as well as managing local government operations and personnel including public safety, development, public works, recreation and administration. Research


Interests: Joint use of public land, land use policies following disasters, "Reclaiming Parks from Gangs", "Outstanding Partnership of Intergovernmental Cooperation ...City Run School Libraries", "Revitalization Programs for Neighborhood Retail Areas", "Getting What You Want from Appointees".

Projects: Organizational audits and reorganizations, land assemblage, downtown specific plans and reconstructions, utility task forces/master plans/rate studies, transportation plans and road construction, development of public safety communications centers, park master plans, economic development strategies, commercial developments over 40 acres, annexation and utility construction for 2000 acre planned community, establishment of neighborhood plans and operations.

Education: B.S. in Urban Planning, Masters in Environmental Studies/Administrative Services, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

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Dennis S. Mileti, Professor Emeritus, Sociology Department & Natural Hazards Center
University of Colorado at Boulder

Expertise: Risk communication, public education campaign elements to maximize mitigation and preparedness action-taking, warning system design and evaluation, public warning elements that influence protective action-taking, and formatting scientific risk information for the public.

Interests: Social media and public risk communication, diffusion of hazard reduction practices, public policy development for mitigation and preparedness

Projects: Adoption of state of the art warning practices in major urban areas in the U.S.; public evacuation from the Station Fire in southern California; the use of social media in terrorist events; the status of household preparedness in America.

Education: Ph.D., Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder

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William R. Miller, Esri, Director GeoDesign Services

Expertise: Design methods and the integration of systems engineering and design; the design of factory built housing systems; computer applications for designers; software development; virtual learning environments; the use of geographic information systems (GIS); GeoDesign (broadly defined as design in geographic space) and what it means to do science-based design.

Research Interests: Design – philosophy, methods and technology; GeoDesign and the use of GIS in broad scale land use planning and urban design; design ergonomics and the synapse between architecture and industrial design; factory built housing systems; and design education.

Projects: Worked as lead designer or project engineer on many projects in various design fields including, systems engineering, environmental planning (using GIS), architecture (mostly housing systems), engineering (structural), industrial design, software development, Internet applications, and education.

Education: B.S. in Architectural Engineering, Cal Poly, SLO (1965)

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Stephen Engblom, AECOM Senior Vice President/Urban Designer, Associate AIA, LEED AP

Expertise: Urban design, master planning, strategic development, land planning strategy, urban regeneration, and campus planning for public and private clients. Experience has spanned North and South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Projects: Sao Paulo City Planning Department, Nova Luz Urban Regeneration, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Squamish Nation, Capilano Lands Masterplan, Vancouver, Canada; ARAMCO, Dharhan Master Plan, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Confidential Client, Mexico City Sustainable Urban Regeneration, Mexico City, Mexico; San Francisco Planning Department, Transit Center District & 4th/King Railyards Plans, San Francisco, California; 3-D Investment, Japantown Urban Design Plan, San Francisco, California; ZRZ Realty Company, Portland South Waterfront, Portland, Oregon; Shanghai Zhabei District Planning Bureau, Suzhou Creek Zhabei Historical District Adaptive Re-use & Redevelopment, Shanghai, China; Bureau of Shanghai Expo Coordination, Shanghai World Exposition 2010 Masterplan, China; Venetian Macau Ltd., Venetian Casino Resort Design, Cotai, Macau, China

Education: Master of Architecture, Rice University; Master of Architecture Studies, University of California at San Diego, Founding Class; Bachelor of Arts, Architecture and Urban Studies, Lehigh University

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Phil Carter, Vice President Michael Baker International

Expertise: Mr. Carter founded and operated PMC for twenty years prior to it be acquired and was responsible for all aspects of company management, including business affairs, project management, staff supervision, quality control, and client relations. Michael Baker International is a global leader in engineering, planning and consulting Michael Baker International has been partnering with communities since 1940 to solve their most complex infrastructure challenges with a legacy of expertise, experience, innovation and integrity. Supported by more than 6,000 employees in 90 offices worldwide, we provide a full continuum of life-cycle engineering consulting, specialized global construction, base operations, security management, systems integration and intelligence solutions. Our clients include federal, state, and municipal governments; foreign allied governments; and a wide range of private development and other commercial partners.

Mr. Carter has specific expertise in the areas of local government management and operations, smart growth/growth management, land use planning, facility infrastructure coordination, and all forms of operational and capital financing.

Research Interests: Privatization of public services. Determining the best methods for delivering efficient and effective services to government organizations and/or the public in general.

Projects: City of Carlsbad Growth Management Program, City of Chula Vista Growth Management / Quality of Life Program, the incorporations of the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, and Rancho Cordova in Sacramento County, California.

Education: M.P.A., Master of Public Administration, California State University, Long Beach

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Lori Hoffman, Vice President of Finance, CSU Chico

Expertise: Joined the executive team in April of 2008. Former Deputy Senior Vice President for Business and Finance and Director of Non-State Capital Development and Facilities Planning at the UC Office of the President, and most recently the Chief Finance and Administrative Officer for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) in San Francisco. Depth of experience is only matched by her breadth of experience from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to real estate development and teaching for the College of Architecture and Environment Design at Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo.

Research Interests: Invited speaker at many national professional associations, trainings, and symposiums, such as the UC/CSU Sustainability Conference, Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), and the Western Center on Law and Poverty.

Education: Masters in City and Regional Planning (MCRP) and B.A. in Economics


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Douglas A. Lowe, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, CSI Founding Principal, VP Architectural Operations, Licensed General Contractor

Expertise: Primary focus including design integration; firm management; technical documentation; quality control; construction administration; staff development and integrated development program mentor. Expertise in market sectors including resort hospitality, multi-family housing, and entertainment design (theme parks/public venues).

Research Interests: Douglas is chair of the Cuningham Group Architecture Foundation. The foundation has funded multiple community based, non-profit organizations and schools with a focus on creating better communities. For 20 years, has led groups of high school students to Mexico building homes with Armor Ministries. Deployed to Haiti through ACTS World Relief, 2011; returned several times that year working with the Government and assessed all garment industry structures and created a report indicating required repairs for the ability to continue use of facilities. As a result, the international garment firms determined they would not cancel the Haitian contracts, thus preserving tens of thousands of jobs. Ongoing work with various Haitian government agencies and the AIA to assist in the recover and rebuilding of Haiti. As of 2014, still involved on a regular basis in various community building projects in Haiti. 2014 recipient of The Norma Sklarek, FAIA Award, from the American Institute of Architects, California Council. This award honors and recognizes those who contribute freely and greatly to humanity. 

Education: B.S. in Architecture, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo (1974)



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