Conference Speakers 2021

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Tiffany Manuel, PhD

President & CEO, TheCaseMade

DrT (as she prefers to be called) is a dynamic speaker, best-selling author and the President and CEO of TheCaseMade, an organization dedicated to helping leaders powerfully and intentionally make the case for systems change. In her role at TheCaseMade, DrT works with hundreds of passionate social changemakers, innovators and adaptive leaders around the United States who are building better, stronger communities that are diverse, equitable and inclusive. By aligning their community stakeholders around the kind of deep systems changes that can improve population outcomes, these leaders are able to grow their impact, scale their programs, and harness the investments they need to improve their communities.

DrT grew up in Detroit, Michigan during one of the most turbulent times in the city’s history. It was because of the challenges of that experience that she champions better policy, programs, investments and services that can transform our cities and communities for the better. It is also the reason that DrT has worked to expand opportunity, equity and inclusion through 25+ years of professional and volunteer experience spanning the private and non-profit sectors, government and academia.

Trained as a social scientist in quantitative and qualitative methods, she is a self- professed “data, policy, and messaging wonk!” She is passionate about translating the insights harvested from her research and practice to improve our ability to build public will around the critical issues that matter most. She holds doctorate and master’s degrees in public policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston, a master’s degree in political science from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago.

DrT has served on numerous nonprofit and social-impact boards and is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, an African American public service sorority.


  • TheCaseMade for Affordable Housing
  • TheCaseMade for Ending Homelessness By Building Public & Political Will
  • TheCaseMade for Health Equity
  • TheCaseMade for Advancing Racial Equity & Inclusion In Your Organization
  • TheCaseMade for Ending Racial Segregation, Gentrification & Displacement
  • Workshops: (Please inquire with an APB agent to see a list of all workshops)

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Arthur C. Nelson, Ph.D., ASCE, FAcSS, FAICP

Arthur C. (Christian "Chris") Nelson is professor of urban planning and real estate development at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He is also presidential professor emeritus of city and metropolitan planning at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Chris was a pioneer in smart growth planning and research before the term came into fashion. He is also one of the nation's leading experts in the role of transit in advancing economic development and shaping housing markets in ways that can advance social equity, not to mention the role of changing demographics in shaping markets. With more than $50 million in grants along with more than 400 publications including more than 20 books, Chris is ranked in the top 10 among more than 1,000 US planning professors in the overall citation quality of his work.  He is also among the top 30 most cited planning scholars among nearly 4,000 in the world. For the 20th Annual Land Use & Sustainable Development Conference, Chris will unveil his emerging research with "Make No Small Visions".



Sara C. BroninProfessor, Cornell University and Founder, DesegregateCT 

Mack L. Carter, Jr.Executive Director, White Plains Housing Authority

Lucia Chiocchio, Esq., Partner, Cuddy & Feder LLP

Joseph Cotter, President & Chief Executive Officer, National Resources

Donald L. Elliott, Esq., FAICP, Director, Clarion Associates, LLC

Peter Feroe, AICP, Sr. Technical Director / Planning, AKRF, Inc.

Shelby D. Green, Esq., Co-Counsel, Land Use Law Center and Professor of Law, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Robert HalmiChief Executive Officer, Great Point Studios

Kenneth KearneyPresident, The Kearney Realty & Development Group

Steven G. Leventhal, Esq., Leventhal, Mullaney & Blinkoff, LLP

Gina Martini, AICP, ENV SP, Senior Project Manager, VHB

Dwight H. Merriam, FAICP Attorney at Law

Valerie Monastra, AICP, Principal Planner, Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC

Omalawa Musa, LEED AP BD+C, Design and Construction Manager, Trinity Financial LLC

John R. Nolon, Esq., Co-Counsel, Land Use Law Center and Distinguished Professor of Law, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Bonnie Von Ohlsen, AICP, RLA, LEED Green Associate, Kimley-Horn of New York, P.C.

Lynne Ward, Executive Vice President, National Resources

Michael Allan Wolf, Esq., Professor of Law and Richard E. Nelson Eminent Scholar Chair in Local Government, University of Florida Levin College of Law

Michael D. Zarin, Esq., Partner, Zarin & Steinmetz

STUDENT PANEL: Bailey Andree, Abigail Dove, Rhea Mallet, Jaclyn McBain Cohen, Gabriella Mickel, Colt Watkiss, & William West, J.D. Candidates, Elisabeth Haub School of Law