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.
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.
David Arthur Skeel
S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law
David Skeel is S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is the author of True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World (InterVarsity, 2014); The New Financial Deal: Understanding the Dodd-Frank Act and Its (Unintended) Consequences (Wiley, 2011); Icarus in the Boardroom (Oxford, 2005); Debt’s Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America (Princeton, 2001); and numerous articles on bankruptcy, corporate law, financial regulation, Christianity and law, and other topics. Professor Skeel has also written commentaries for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Books & Culture, The Weekly Standard, and other publications. He has received the Harvey Levin award three times for outstanding teaching, as selected by a vote of the graduating class, the Robert A. Gorman award for excellence in upper level course teaching, and the University’s Lindback Award for distinguished teaching.
Skeel, David A. “True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of our Complex World.” IVP Books, 2014.
Skeel, David A., with William Warren and Daniel J. Bussel. “Brankruptcy.” Foundation Press 9th ed., 2012
Skeel, David A. “The New Financial Deal: Understanding the Dodd-Frank Act and its (Unintended) Consequences. Wiley, 2011