It is not news that the urban sphere is becoming ever important. By 2050, over 70 percent of humanity will be living in urban centers, in the greatest shift in humanity’s living conditions since the shift from hunting and gathering to agriculture. But more than that, urbanization—just like globalization—has become a fundamental process affecting the landscape of international affairs, defining the human experience in the 21st century as never before. This innovative half-day summit will explore the nexus between technology and policy and how they are contributing to better and more sustainable urban living. The summit will bring together mayors, public policy experts, leaders in technology and city design, and influencers in the private sector to discuss best practices and offer engaging insight into the future city.

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SPEAKERS

ANA C. ROLD

ANA C. ROLD

Editor-in-Chief, Diplomatic Courier

Bio

Ana C. Rold is the CEO and Publisher of the Diplomatic Courier, a global affairs media network based in Washington, DC. Ms. Rold also teaches Comparative Politics and Political Science at Northeastern University. She has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the annual commemorative publications of the G7, G20, and APEC Summits since 2009. Ms. Rold is also a co-founder of corporate publishing firm, Medauras Global, which specializes on private and public sector special reports, events, books, and publications. Rold is a member of the National Press Club, an Advisory Board Member of the Council of Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) and the Center for Education Diplomacy.

REID DETCHON

REID DETCHON

VP Energy, UN Foundation

Bio

Reid Detchon is Vice President for Energy and Climate at the United Nations Foundation. He is also the executive director of the Energy Future Coalition, a broad-based non-partisan public policy initiative supported by the UN Foundation that seeks to bring about change in U.S. energy policy to address three critical challenges related to the production and use of energy: the political and economic security threat posed by the world’s dependence on oil; the risk to the global environment from climate change; and the lack of access of the world’s poor to the modern energy services they need for economic advancement. From June 1999 through December 2001 Mr. Detchon served as director of special projects in Washington, D.C., for the Turner Foundation, managing a portfolio of major grants aimed at increasing the effectiveness of environmental advocacy and encouraging federal action to avert global climate change. Previously he spent six years at Podesta Associates, a government relations and public affairs firm in Washington, D.C., where he was a principal. From 1989 to 1993 Mr. Detchon served as the principal deputy assistant secretary for conservation and renewable energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. Previously he was principal speechwriter for Vice President George H. W. Bush. Mr. Detchon worked for five years in the U.S. Senate, advising Senator John Danforth of Missouri on energy and environmental issues and serving as his legislative director. He was a reporter for the Columbia Daily Tribune in Missouri from 1974 to 1980. He is a graduate of Yale University and lives in Bethesda, MD. 
 
See Mr. Detchon’s remarks at a TEDx event on the importance of reducing fossil fuel consumption (8/17/2011). Read his comments on the EmPOWER Maryland’s Planning Draft Report (9/28/2012) urging a new business model for electric utilities. Watch Mr. Detchon’s remarks with Timothy E. Wirth to the Colorado Oil and Gas Association on the Energy Future Coalition’s recommendations for safeguarding shale gas developments (6/14/2011). See his interview with Ginna Kelly on the goal of universal energy access (8/23/2011), and his interview on RT America regarding global population growth and its impact on sustainable energy solutions.

MAREK GOOTMAN

MAREK GOOTMAN

Director, Global Cities Initiative Brookings Institution

Bio

At the Brookings Institution, Marek Gootman is responsible for bridging “think tank” perspective and “real world” action — focused on the vitality of cities and metropolitan areas.  This work addresses topics such as comprehensive regional and state economic strategies, exports and foreign investment, infrastructure, innovation, workforce, manufacturing, and governance.  His activities encompass policy research and development, demonstration projects, peer learning networks, and outreach.  He leads efforts to advance adoption of Brookings’ ideas nationwide, engaging a coalition of business, political, and civic leaders in more than 30 metros and 20 states.  He also directs the Global Cities Initiative, a five-year project to help metro areas strengthen their international economic connections and competitiveness.

MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER

MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER

City of Philadelphia

Bio

Sworn in for a second term on January 2, 2012 as Mayor of his hometown, Michael A. Nutter has set an aggressive agenda for America’s fifth largest city – improving high school graduation and college attainment rates, vowing to strengthen community policing through Philly Rising, a unique partnership between vulnerable neighborhoods and the City, and continuing to implement the nationally recognized GreenWorks Philadelphia initiative that is helping to make the City of Philadelphia become the greenest city in America. Since 2008, municipal government has reduced energy usage by seven percent and increased alternative energy usage citywide from 2.5 to 14 percent. Since taking office in January 2008, Mayor Nutter has vigorously managed city government through the worst recession since the Great Depression by maintaining core services and reducing the City’s spending – most notably closing a $2.4 billion gap in Philadelphia’s five year plan without compromising a single police officer, fire fighter, sanitation, or health center worker. In June 2013, City Council passed the Mayor Nutter’s Actual Value Initiative, the City’s first property assessment system overhaul, transforming it into a more fair, accurate and understandable system.

MAYOR MARILYN STRICKLAND

MAYOR MARILYN STRICKLAND

City of Tacoma

Bio

Mayor Marilyn Strickland was sworn in as Mayor of Tacoma in January 2010, and previously served as a city council member. Born in Seoul, Strickland is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Clark-Atlanta University. She and her husband Patrick Erwin live in the downtown neighborhood.

MAYOR BRAD COLE

MAYOR BRAD COLE

Former Mayor of Carbondale, IL; Chairman Emeritus, Sister Cities International

Bio

Brad Cole currently serves as a corporate officer of a privately owned, multi-state, soft drink bottling and full-line snack vending and distribution business. As Senior Vice President of Pepsi MidAmerica, Cole helps lead nearly 1,000 employees and services a five-state franchise territory in the Midwest. Mr. Cole was formerly the Downstate Director for United States Senator Mark Kirk, of Illinois. He served as Mayor of the City of Carbondale, Illinois from May 2003 through May 2011. Mayor Cole served two full terms in office, choosing not to seek a third term, and set policy direction for the home rule municipal government. He was elected the youngest-ever Mayor of Carbondale at the age of 31.

 

MARY D. KANE

MARY D. KANE

President & CEO, Sister Cities International

Bio

Mary D. Kane became President and CEO of Sister Cities International in October 2011. Kane leads the membership, youth and education, development, and advocacy programs to strengthen the sister city network around the world. Prior to joining Sister Cities International, Kane was an Executive Director with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she was responsible for identifying and building business partnerships and strategic alliances for the Chamber. Before joining the Chamber, Kane was the secretary of state in Maryland and a former assistant state’s attorney. Kane serves on several boards, including Suburban Hospital – a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine and Mount Saint Mary’s University. Kane is a graduate of the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. and earned a B.S. in business and finance at Mt. St. Mary’s University.

MARGOT KANE

MARGOT KANE

VP Strategic Initiatives, Calvert Foundation

Bio

Margot manages strategy development, fundraising, and implementation of new investment initiatives and portfolios that target key impact areas at Calvert Foundation, such as women’s empowerment (WIN-WIN) and the revitalization of iconic cities. Previously, Margot managed a $75 million loan portfolio, originated and underwrote transactions, and developed investment strategies for Calvert Foundation’s loan portfolio. After working in international development at Pathfinder International in Boston and Ethiopia, Margot developed an interest in social finance through working at Walden Asset Management and NCB Capital Impact. Margot has an M.B.A. from the University of California-Berkeley, where she was a founding principal of a $1.5 million student-run social investment fund, and a B.A. from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a 2013 PLACES Fellow with The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.

SARAH JONES

SARAH JONES

Journalist, Sarah Jones Reports

Bio

Sarah Jones is an award-winning all platform journalist with a passion for attracting young audiences to hard news. Over 65,000 people mostly between the ages of 13 and 35 years old are supporters of her Sarah Jones Reports twitter, myspace or facebook pages. In 2014 Sarah was named Best Journalist in Social Media by Muck Rack at the 6th Annual Shorty Awards. She is a member of  Chatham House, the National Press Club, the Chartered Institute for Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Sarah Jones is currently based in New York and when she’s not in the newsroom she’s out riding motocross.

JEAN-CLAUDE SAADA

JEAN-CLAUDE SAADA

Chairman & CEO, Cambridge Holdings, Inc.

Bio

As Founder, Chairman and CEO of Cambridge Holdings, Jean-Claude brings more than 25 years of leadership, vision and passionate commitment to the organization and its activities. He works with community leaders, healthcare executives and physicians to champion the development of communities and facilities that support healthy, mindful living, made easy. His honors and appointments related to health, education and the arts include: Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Alcuin School, which serves Montessori and International Baccalaureate students; Board of Trustees of the Dallas Museum of Art; Founder and Chairman of the Saada Foundation, which supports advancements in healthcare and education; and Founder and Chairman of the Cambridge Mindful Living Foundation, which supports personal, community and global health initiatives. Previous appointments include the Advisory Board of the Thunderbird School of Global Management and the Boards of Directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas and MediSend International. Jean-Claude holds three degrees: Master of Business Administration, Master of Science (engineering) and Bachelor of Science (engineering), all from Case Western Reserve University.

ANDREW SALKIN

ANDREW SALKIN

COO, 100 Resilient Cities, Rockefeller Foundation

Bio

Andrew Salkin joined 100 Resilient Cities from New York City’s Department of Finance, where he was the Deputy Commissioner of Operations, managing more than 800 people and responsible for collecting $30 billion annually through real estate, business, and excise taxes, as well as parking summonses. In this role he improved efficiencies and customer service, including introducing web-based payment options. Previously he served as the First Deputy Commissioner of the Taxi and Limousine Commission, overseeing day-to-day operations of the agency, including the regulations of New York City’s medallion taxi fleet, livery vehicles, commuter vans and paratransit vehicles – comprising 50,000 vehicles and 100,000 drivers. Some of his hallmark projects included equipping taxis with credit card payment machines and New York City’s Taxi of Tomorrow competition. During the transit strike of 2005, he developed and oversaw the implementation of the Transit Strike Plan that allowed for an additional 1,500,000 taxi rides a day. Prior to joining the Taxi and Limousine Commission, Andrew worked at the Department of Transportation as Lower Manhattan Borough Commissioner, the “Downtown Construction Czar,” where he led the City’s efforts to balance the needs of residents, employees, and tourists of Lower Manhattan amidst the clean-up, construction, and rebuilding post-September 11. Andrew holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

JORDAN GOLDSTEIN

JORDAN GOLDSTEIN

Managing Director and Principal, Gensler

Bio

Jordan Goldstein, managing director of Gensler’s 275-person Washington, DC, has a distinguished 18-year career that blends design innovation and organizational leadership. Goldstein joined Gensler in 1996, his first job after finishing school. In 2003, he was promoted to principal, making him one of the youngest partners in the firm’s 49-year history. Goldstein’s innovative design work has garnered numerous international and regional design awards, including several AIA and IIDA awards, Good Design Awards, and Best of NeoCon Gold and Silver Awards. His accomplishments in architecture, workplace and product design have allowed him a unique interdisciplinary approach to design, and an ability to influence the direction that each of these practices takes within the firm.

AGENDA

8:00 AM

BREAKFAST & REGISTRATION

8:45 AM

WELCOME REMARKS

Ana C. Rold

CEO and Publisher, Diplomatic Courier

Reid Detchon

VP Energy, UN Foundation

9:00 AM

INTERVIEW: WHAT MAKES A CITY A “GLOBAL CITY”

Marek Gootman

Director, Global Cities Initiative Brookings Institution

9:30 AM

BREAK

9:40 AM

PANEL I: CITIES – FROM LOCAL TO GLOBAL

Mayor Michael Nutter

City of Philadelphia

Mayor Marilyn Strickland

City of Tacoma

Mayor Brad Cole

Former Mayor of Carbondale, IL; Chairman Emeritus, Sister Cities International

Mary D. Kane

President & CEO, Sister Cities International

10:15 AM

BREAK

10:30 AM

INTERVIEW: BETTER CITY, BETTER LIFE

Margot Kane

VP Strategic Initiatives, Calvert Foundation

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones Reports

11:00 AM

BREAK

11:10 AM

PANEL II: GLOBAL CITIES +SOCIAL GOOD

Jean-Claude Saada

Chairman & CEO, Cambridge Holdings, Inc.

Andrew Salkin

COO, 100 Resilient Cities, Rockefeller Foundation

Reid Detchon

VP Energy, UN Foundation

Jordan Goldstein

Managing Director and Principal, Gensler

Leanne Rios

Communications Specialist, UNDP

11:45 AM

ADJOURN

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