Governor Parris Glendening, Smart Growth Leadership Institute
Gov. Parris N. Glendening is President of the Smart Growth America's Leadership Institute (www.smartgrowthamerica.org/leadership-institute)  and also serves as Senior Advisor for NSI's Energy, Environment and Sustainability team (www.nationalstrategies.com). He completed his second and final term as the Governor of Maryland in 2003. As governor, one of his primary agenda items was Smart Growth. He led the creation of a groundbreaking smart growth initiative that focused on using the entire $23 billion state budget as an incentive for smart growth. Before becoming Governor, Parris N. Glendening was a local elected official for more than 20 years. He began public service in 1973 as a city councilman in Hyattsville and was later elected to the Prince George's County Council in 1974. In 1982 he was elected County Executive of Prince George's County, a post he held for three consecutive terms.

Ian Munce, City of Tacoma, Community & Economic Development 
Ian Munce is an Urban Planner at the City of Tacoma department of Community & Economic Development. The mission of Community and Economic Development is to stimulate Tacoma's economic activity and strengthen Tacoma's position as a thriving urban, cultural and economic center.  We work to establish Tacoma as a destination city, attract investment that builds a vibrant economy, strengthen the heart of the city, and enhance neighborhood livability.

David Batker, Earth Economics, Chief Economist and Executive Director
David Batker completed his graduate training in economics under Herman Daly, one of the world's foremost ecological economists. Dave has taught in the Training Department of the World Bank, and has worked for Greenpeace International, specializing in trade and international finance. He also worked for two years with the Rural Reconstruction Movement, a Philippine non-profit group dedicated to ecologically sound community-based development.

Jake Carton, Jobs with Justice 
In 2009 Jake Carton was Washington State contact for Jobs With Justice. He has been organizing with Jobs With Justice in Pierce County since 2006. Washington State Jobs with Justice is a 14 year old coalition of over 154 member organizations and 5000 "I'll Be There" individual pledgers fighting together for workers' rights and economic & social justice. Whether through creative, direct action on the streets or our Workers' Rights Board in CEO board rooms, we are committed to supporting working people and their families.

Steve Moddemeyer, CollinsWoerman, Seattle architecture and sustainable development 

As the leader of CollinsWoerman’s Sustainable Development and Planning practice, Steve has more than 19 years of experience leading governments, planners, architects, land owners, and project teams towards increased sustainability. He specializes in creating tools and alternative strategies that lead to resilient infrastructure systems for cities and large developments. As a consultant, Steve led creation of the global program called Cities of the Future for the International Water Association. He collaborates with a world-wide network of consultants, academics, and entrepreneurs to create 21st Century resilient urban designs for clients in the US and beyond.   

Urban Studies Faculty
Debra Friedman, Chancellor and Professor, Ph.D., Sociology, University of Washington, 1983
James W. Harrington, Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs and Professor, Ph.D., Geography, University of Washington 1983
Brian Coffey, Director and Professor, Ph.D., Geography, University of Oregon, 1982
Yonn Dierwechter, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Geography and Environment, London School of Economics, 2001
Mark Pendras, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Geography, Rutgers University, 2005
Anne Taufen Wessells, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Social Ecology, University of California Irvine, 2007
Anthony Falit-Baiamonte, Lecturer, Ph.C. (ABD), Geography, University of Washington 1999
Lisa Hoffman, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California Berkeley 2000
Linda Hurley Ishem, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Social Welfare, University of Washington 2008
Matthew Kelley, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Geography, The Pennsylvania State University 2007
Gregory Lund, Part-time Lecturer, M.S., Education, State University of New York, Brockport 1998
Daniele Spirandelli, Part-time Lecturer, Ph.D. (candidate), Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington 2012