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Jennifer Dalton Vincent

Executive Director

Jennifer Dalton Vincent joined the Congress for New Urbanism New England as Executive Director in August 2017.

She received her B.A. from Brown’s Department of Modern Culture and Media, and her thesis project, No Mugging, caused quite a stir on Providence's ABC 6 News, Channel 12 EyeWitness News and the Providence Journal. Her most recent curatorial project, Setting Out, has been written about in Hyperallergic. Her artwork has been supported by grants and curatorial commissions - most notably, from apexart in NYC - and has been featured at the RISD Museum. She most recently served as Festival Director for the 2017 Pawtucket Arts Festival, a month long celebration of arts and culture happening throughout the City of Pawtucket, RI.

Before graduating from Brown University, she owned and operated The Nat Porter - a restaurant in Warren, Rhode Island, dedicated to sustainable food ways. For more on her work visit: http://www.jenniferdaltonvincent.com/

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David Newsome

Director of Operations

David comes to CNU-New England from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is pursuing a dual degree in Management (MBA) and City Planning (MCP). He is concentrating his studies on city design and real estate development, with a particular focus on how innovative technologies, tools, and practices can improve how cities are built and managed to support thriving human-focused communities. Prior professional experience includes being a fellow in the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics and five years of consulting with McKinsey & Company in Atlanta and Miami, where he focused on projects related to urban sustainability, transportation, and logistics.

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Anna Stabler

Events and Communications Manager

Anna is a local Boston artist, bringing event production and planning experience to the CNU-New England team. She graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in the Studio for Interrelated Media department. Her work is centered around designing experiences from her start-up event company MELD to her commissioned events. Prior professional experience includes working as Project Assistant for Boston's public art non-profit Now and There, North Shore based company Chive Events, and gallery assistant for Bakalar and Paine Galleries.

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Barbara Jacobson

Program Manager

Barbara is an active transportation planner focused on improving the livability of cities by working at the intersection of tech & place. She works on equitable place-based projects that are designed at the human scale. Prior to joining the CNU team, she worked with Human Scale Studio and Civilla Center for Social Innovation in Detroit, and as Programs Director with the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition. She holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from Boston University. 

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John Tittmann

CNU NE Board President

Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects

John Tittmann is an architect and partner at Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects in Boston, which was founded in 1996 with Jacob Albert and Jim Righter. Their New England practice specializes in single-family houses, larger-scale housing, and small institutional projects. They have won many awards for their work. Prior to starting his own office in 1991, Mr. Tittmann's professional career included stints at Allan Greenberg’s office in New Haven; Hardy, Holzman, & Pfeiffer in New York;  I.M. Pei’s office in Paris; and at Skidmore/Owings/&Merrill and Booth/Hansen in Chicago.  He also travelled extensively in Turkey researching Ionian temples with Thomas Gordon Smith. 

Mr. Tittmann is also a board member of the New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and the Family to Family Project, a non-profit dedicated to providing housing for homeless families. 

Mr. Tittmann studied at Yale, where he received both his B.A. and his M.Arch. He taught under Vincent Scully while at Yale as a teaching assistant and later as a professor in the architecture school at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

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Lisa Gluckstein

CNU NE Board Clerk

Harvard Law School

Lisa Gluckstein is a current student at the Harvard Law School, where she is the founder of the HLS Urbanists. She is also involved with the Tenant Advocacy Project, assisting individuals in the Boston area with public housing disputes. She first became involved with CNU New England as an advocacy intern, through which she represented smart growth interests at public meetings in the Boston area. In the past, Lisa has worked for the City of San Francisco, the City of Los Angeles, and Google. She is interested in land use law, sustainable agriculture, and organizational development. 

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John Pugh

CNU NE Board Treasurer

Civico Development

John Pugh is a real estate developer in Boston with a focus on creating great places within the Greater Boston Area. He is a partner at Civico Development, a Boston based real estate investment, development and project management firm, and the Founder of Hyperion Real Estate. Mr. Pugh’s diverse background in architecture, market research, and real estate has driven his passion for value-added infill, multifamily, and mixed-use development. Having worked in Boston for a decade, he has an appreciation for the many factors that shape vibrant New England communities.

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Jonathan Ford | Board Member

Horsley Witten Group

Jonathan Ford is a New Urbanist civil engineer and urban designer, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in six states. Mr. Ford’s planning and design approach is based on the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism — compact, walkable neighborhood design creates vibrant, lovable places in balance with nature. Dedication to traditional neighborhood design and a devotion to interdisciplinary collaboration led Mr. Ford to found Morris Beacon Design in 2006, where he served as a New Urbanist civil engineering and planning resource until joining the Horsley Witten Group.

Mr. Ford is a Knight Fellow in Community Building at the University of Miami’s School of Architecture, co-founder and past President of CNU New England, and on the faculty of the Form Based Codes Institute. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Ecological Landscape Alliance and Blackstone Parks Conservancy.

Mr. Ford’s projects have won numerous local and national planning and design awards, including a CNU Charter Award Honorable Mention, the CNU New England Award of Excellence, the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence Silver Medal, and Boston Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award.

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Douglas Foy | Board Member

Serrafix

As a super-secretary in Governor Mitt Romney’s cabinet, Douglas Foy oversaw transportation, housing, environment, and energy agencies, with combined annual capital budgets of $5 billion, and a total workforce exceeding 11,000. This unique position enabled him to put into practice many of the policies he developed over twenty-five years as head of the Conservation Law Foundation, New England’s premier environmental advocacy organization. Widely acknowledged as a leading environmentalist, Mr. Foy received the President’s Environmental and Conservation Challenge Award, the country’s highest conservation award, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service and an honorary “Officer of the Order of the British Empire”. An avid outdoorsman since his 1968 U.S. Olympic rowing team days, Mr. Foy enjoys the environment he’s working to conserve. Mr. Foy is Chair of the Board of Directors of Renew Energy Partners LLC, an energy-efficiency project development and finance firm serving commercial, industrial and non-profit enterprises.

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Matthew Lawlor, Esq. | Board Member

Robinson + Cole LLP

Matthew Lawlor is an attorney with Robinson & Cole in the firm's Boston office and a member of the Real Estate Practice Group, where he focuses his practice on representing lenders, municipal authorities and agencies, developers, nonprofits, municipalities, and commercial landlords and tenants in matters involving affordable housing, transit-oriented and mixed-use development, commercial real estate development and leasing, and land use and planning law. His experience includes obtaining permits and land use entitlements for developers of large-scale, mixed-use projects, as well as drafting new land use regulatory provisions, including form-based codes, for municipalities. Mr. Lawlor regularly advises a national real estate organization on land use initiatives and trends across the country and serves as a faculty member at continuing education seminars. He frequently presents at planning and real estate industry conferences on the related topics of land use regulation, New Urbanism, and smart growth.

Mr. Lawlor works extensively with the firm's representation of the Congress for the New Urbanism New England Chapter as the organization's pro-bono counsel. Before attending law school, he worked for Comsis Corporation in Silver Spring, Maryland, as a consulting transportation planner for local and state governments. Mr. Lawlor achieved CNU-Accredited status in 2009 from the Congress for the New Urbanism.

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Donald Powers | Board Member

Union Studio Architects

Donald W. Powers has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of architectural practice, including urban and town planning, multi-family housing, commercial and institutional buildings, adaptive re-use and single-family residences throughout the U.S. and Canada. Through a longstanding commitment to the principles of New Urbanism, Mr. Powers has integrated mixed-use planning and architectural design with the goal of creating diverse, walkable neighborhoods — furthering his single-minded vision to save the world from placeless sprawl. Mr. Powers received his B.S. in Architecture from University of Virginia and his Master in Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. He founded Union Studio Architecture & Community Design (formerly Donald Powers Architects) in 2001.

 

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Russell Preston | Board Member

Principle Group

Russell Preston is founder of Principle Group, a planning, design and development firm focused on creating authentic places. He has worked as a developer and urbanist since 1999 on a variety of public and private projects throughout the United States. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture and the University of Miami master’s program in architecture and urban design. Preston is a contributor to Tactical Urbanism and an editor of Living Urbanism, a publication on contemporary urban design and city building. Mr. Preston currently serves as a Commissioner of Boston’s Air Pollution Control Commission and on the board of Boston’s South End Washington Gateway Main Street. Prior to founding Principle Group, Mr. Preston worked with Cornish Associates on the redevelopment of Downcity, Providence and Mashpee Commons, a mixed-use neighborhood on Cape Cod. In 2010 he received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to the profession from the University of Miami. Mr. Preston is also a working artist and illustrator.

 

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George Proakis | Board Member

City of Somerville, Mass.

As the Planning Director in one of New England's fastest-growing cities, George Proakis facilitates the implementation of the SomerVision city plan, with its 568 goals, policies, and actions on such varied topics as zoning, urban design, stormwater recharge, backyard chickens, family housing, dining decks, and dormers. Following Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone’s direction for his staff to “be abnormal,” Mr. Proakis has turned neighborhood planning and zoning on its head, creating new strategies to bring neighbors together and build consensus for better development. His team in Somerville is creating the most innovative zoning regulation in New England. As described by his staff, Mr. Proakis is one of the only people who can give a talk about zoning that leaves an audience captivated, educated, and entertained. Mr. Proakis is a big fan of well-written regulations, walkable neighborhoods, open government, the Boston Red Sox, and the Oxford comma. He holds a Master of City Planning from MIT, a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse, and a degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University.

 

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Henry Owainati | Board Member

ConsulCapital LLC

Henry Owainati is Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer at ConsulCapital LLC, a private investment firm focused on direct real estate strategies based in Darien, Connecticut. Consul is seeking to finance urban projects in America’s underserved towns and cities. Mr. Owainati has over 20 years of experience investing and managing alternative assets with expertise in private equity and direct real estate. He is an experienced investor in underserved markets, including the transition economies of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and postwar Iraq, where he advised with the U.S. Department of Commerce on private and public financing of reconstruction projects, including affordable housing development. His experience covers the developed markets as well, where he invested with private equity partnerships in the U.S. and Europe, deploying capital in leveraged buyouts, growth, distressed situations and real estate. He is also Non-Executive Director at Old Hill Partners, a multi-strategy private investment firm. Mr. Owainati is the former Managing Director and Co-Head of Global Private Equity at Vienna-based Bank Gutmann, with $19 billion in assets, and former senior banker with Bank Austria-UniCredit Group. He holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester and a Master’s degree from Boston University, and is a CFA Charterholder.

 

Jonathan LaBonté | Board Member

City of Auburn, Maine

Jonathan LaBonté is in Augusta serving as the Director of the Governor's Office of Policy and Management. Previously, he was the Executive of the Androscoggin Land Trust, a land conservation organization serving 19 towns and cities, spanning all or part of four counties within the Androscoggin River watershed. In that position, he worked with local, state and federal agencies, as well as land owners and other non-profits, to build support of conservation projects and the development of recreational assets in the region to promote access to the area’s natural resources.

Jonathan was first elected to office in 2008 as an Androscoggin County Commissioner, representing Auburn, Poland, Minot and Mechanic Falls. In 2009, he was named to the MaineBiz Next List as someone shaping the future of Maine’s economy. The Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce named him businessman of the year in 2010. He now owns a home in downtown Auburn, four blocks from where he grew up.

 

Sophie Weston Chien | Intern

Sophie is a fall intern combining aspects of programming and communications at CNU New England. She is currently an undergraduate studying architecture at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), with a concentration in Nature, Culture and Sustainability Studies. She also works as a Community Liaison at Dorcas International Institute of RI, building a bridge between RISD and a vital nonprofit that resettles refugees and supports new immigrants to the Providence area. Her interests at CNU NE lie with improving the conditions of communities through New Urbanism to inculcate social justice.

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Gray Brakke | Intern

Gray Brakke joined CNU New England as an intern in May 2016 with a background in media and publications. He is currently an undergraduate at Brown University concentrating in political science and urban studies. He also works as a GIS and geocoding assistant for Brown’s Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) initiative. Given his lifelong love for maps, he is primarily interested in the spatialization of social and political issues as they relate to the built environment.