Executive Director, Philadelphia City Planning Commission
Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and Director of Commerce, City of Philadelphia
Alan Greenberger is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and Director of Commerce for Philadelphia. Prior to his position as Deputy Mayor, Greenberger worked for several years with Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, practicing as a partner through 2008. In 2009, he became the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission. Greenberger currently serves on the faculty of the Department of Architecture at Drexel University and the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. Among Greenberger’s notable projects are the renovation of Lehigh University’s Lindeman Library, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, the America on Wheels Museum in Allentown, and the Master Plan for the Centennial District in Fairmount Park.
President, J Nowak and Associates, LLC
Jeremy is President of J Nowak Associates, a consulting firm that provides counsel to businesses, social sector institutions, and governments. His current clients include The Kauffman Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the Lenfest Foundation, the Berwind Family Trust, and Lourdes Hospital. Prior to starting the firm, he was the President of the William Penn Foundation (2011-2012). During his tenure at William Penn, he designed and led a planning process that serves as the blueprint for their grant making. Prior to William Penn, Nowak was the founding CEO of The Reinvestment Fund (TRF), one of the nation’s leading community development financial institutions (CDFI). Under his leadership TRF provided more than $1 billion in support of housing, small businesses, and community facilities. He is currently a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. In 2012 and 2013, Nowak was appointed to chair the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia by the Board of Governors in Washington D.C.; his tenure at the Fed ended December 2013.
Nowak, Jeremy and Bruce Katz. 2018. “The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism.” Brookings Institution Press.
Nowak, Jeremy. 2013. “Afterword.” In Revitalizing American Cities, 256-260, Susan Wachter and Kimberly Zeuli, eds. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Nowak, Jeremy. 2008. “Community Development Finance and the Green City.” In Growing Greener Cities: Urban Sustainability in the Twenty-First Century, 244-258, Eugénie Birch and Susan Wachter, eds. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Nowak, Jeremy and Edward Hill. 2002. Policies to Uncover the Competitive Advantages of America’s Distressed Cities. Urban Publications, Paper 567.
Nowak, Jeremy. 2001. How CDFIs Can Apply Market Realities to Poverty Alleviation. Capital Xchange Journal. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution.
Nowak, Jeremy and Edward W. Hill. 2000. Nothing Left to Lose: Radical Policy Changes Are Required to Uncover the Competitive Advantages of America’s Distressed Cities. The Brookings Review, 18(3): 22-26.
Editor-in-Chief, Citiscope; Chair, Citistates Group
Neal Peirce is Editor-in-Chief of Citiscope, a nonprofit professional news site that commissions journalists across the world to write quality descriptions of innovations in their own cities. The stories are then distributed, with commentary and a weekly “CitiSignals” feature on important city developments, to media and individual subscribers worldwide. From 1975 to 2011, Peirce wrote a syndicated newspaper column (Washington Post syndication) on state and local government themes. He has also authored a series of books on American states and regions and was a founder and contributing editor of National Journal and politics editor at Congressional Quarterly. He chairs the Citistates Group, a collection of writers, speakers and consultants focused on the viability of metropolitan regions around the world. With Curtis Johnson, he wrote “Citistates Reports” on strategic issues facing twenty-six U.S. metros. In the 1970s he was a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Peirce, R. Neal and Curtis W. Johnson with Farley M. Peters. 2009. Century of the City: No Time to Lose. New York: The Rockefeller Foundation.
Peirce, Neal. 1997. Boundary Crossers: Community Leadership for a Global Age. College Park, MD: University of Maryland.
Peirce, Neal. 1993. Citistates: How Urban America Can Prosper in a Competitive World. Santa Ana, CA: Seven Locks Press.
Peirce, Neal. 1993. Breakthroughs: Re-Creating the American City. New Brunswick, NJ: Center for Urban Policy Research, Rutgers University.
Peirce, Neal and Jerry Hagstrom. 1983. The Book of America: Inside Fifty States Today. New York: WW Norton Co.
Founder and President, The Mega-Cities Project
Janice Perlman is Founder and President of The Mega-Cities Project: Innovations for Urban Life, a global non-profit network designed to shorten the lag time between ideas and implementation in urban problem solving. Perlman’s most recent book, Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro is based on her longitudinal study tracing changes over four generations in Rio’s favelas. She first lived in the favelas in 1968-’69 and challenged prevailing stereotypes with her first book, The Myth of Marginality. She was formerly a professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, and has received many major awards, including a Guggenheim, the C Wright Mills Award, the Chester Rapkin Award, the American Publishers’ PROSE Award and the Global Citizens Award.
Perlman, Janice. 2010. Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro. New York: Oxford University Press.
Perlman, Janice. 2004. From the Marginality of the 1960s, to the ‘New Poverty’ of Today: A LARR Research Forum, Latin American Research Review, Peter Ward (ed.) 39: 1.
Perlman, Janice. 1990. A Dual Strategy for Deliberate Social Change in Cities. Cities: The International Quarterly of Urban Policy, 3-15.
Perlman, Janice. 1987. Misconceptions about the Urban Poor and the Dynamics of Housing Policy Evolution. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 6(3): 187-196.
Perlman, Janice. 1976. The Myth of Marginality: Urban Poverty and Politics in Rio de Janeiro. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Perlman, Janice. 1976. Grassrooting the System. Social Policy, VII(2): 4-20.