Communities never succeed or fail solely because of a single factor like design or economic development or affordable housing. To help communities navigate complex landscapes, we’ve built an interdisciplinary team of some of the country’s finest community development minds. Collectively, our team members have worked in more than 300 communities spanning more than 40 states.
Charles Buki, Founding President
Before establishing czb, Mr. Buki was a consultant to the Millennial Housing Commission, a Mesa Fellow at the Common Counsel Foundation, a senior staff member of the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, the Director of Housing for The American Institute of Architects, and a project manager for several nonprofit community development corporations. He was a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard University.
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Mr. Buki is currently a board member of the International Sonoran Desert Alliance in Ajo, AZ, serves in an advisory capacity to the Marian Jackson Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and on Fridays tutors first graders in Alexandria, VA.
Karen Beck Pooley, Ph.D.
Karen Beck Pooley, Ph.D., brings to the czb team more than 14 years of experience working on housing and community development issues. Handling all of czb’s econometric analyses, Dr. Beck Pooley has become one of the nation’s leading experts in understanding how subsidized investments in housing and community development interact with neighborhood-wide conditions.
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Dr. Beck Pooley earned a Ph.D. in 2007 from the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on neighborhood revitalization strategies, techniques for measuring housing market conditions, and the evolution of federal, state, and local housing policy. The Fannie Mae Foundation recognized her dissertation, Effective Neighborhood Revitalization Strategies, with its Award for the Best Dissertation Addressing Housing and Community Development Issues.
She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wellesley College and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning & Policy from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School in New York, NY.
Thomas Eddington, AICP, ASLA
Thomas Eddington, AICP, ASLA specializes in urban design and community development, with more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of land use planning, including seven years as Planning Director for Park City, Utah. In his role at czb, Mr. Eddington oversees urban design work and comprehensive planning.
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Mr. Eddington is a certified landscape architect with design experience in the United States and Japan, where he has demonstrated a strong commitment to the integration of planning and design. He earned a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. An avid outdoorsman and traveler, he brings energy from his many journeys to every project on which he works.
Eric Ameigh has been a planner, local government professional, and special projects manager for over fifteen years. Before joining czb in 2017, Eric held senior positions with the cities of Geneva, New York and Boulder, Colorado. A veteran of complex political environments, his expertise lies in strategy development and building the systems and structures necessary for implementation.
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During seven years in Geneva, Mr. Ameigh played a key leadership role in planning, economic development, and downtown and neighborhood revitalization. He led successive planning efforts for the city’s downtown and waterfront district as City Planner and helped to design and implement the city’s neighborhood revitalization program as the first ever Director of Neighborhood Initiatives.
He spent five years in senior project management roles with the City of Boulder, Colorado — one of the most politically engaged communities in the country — focusing on various areas of policy that included affordable housing and redevelopment, among others.
Peter Lombardi is a planner, project manager, and policy analyst with broad experience in soft-market cities. Before joining czb in 2015, Mr. Lombardi served as director at a not-for-profit in his hometown of Jamestown, NY, where he worked with public and private sector partners to implement a wide range of downtown and neighborhood revitalization strategies.
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Mr. Lombardi previously served as the founding chairman of the Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation, one of New York State’s first rural land banks. A student of architectural history and urban morphology, Mr. Lombardi wrote Jamestown, NY: A Guide to the City and its Urban Landscape, published by SUNY Press. He also led the successful nomination of the city’s downtown to the National Register of Historic Places.
Mr. Lombardi is a graduate of the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
David Boehlke is a nationally-recognized expert in neighborhood revitalization and the country’s leading authority on Healthy Neighborhoods. He has worked in more than 300 communities over his 35-year career and has served in numerous capacities.
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Over the years, Mr. Boehlke has worked as consultant and executive director of several nonprofit organizations. He holds degrees in geography and architecture from Johns Hopkins and Harvard. He has spearheaded Healthy Neighborhoods work in Hartford, Milwaukee, Norfolk and elsewhere, and led analytical evaluations of Bridgeport, Baltimore, Anchorage, New Orleans, Stockton, Gary, Flint, Norfolk, and dozens of other communities across the United States.
Jeff Winston, AICP, ASLA
Jeff Winston, AICP, ASLA is a landscape architect and planner with more than 30 years of experience providing award-winning services in comprehensive planning, land use and urban design, and landscape architecture throughout the United States.
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Mr. Winston is adept at conveying complex ideas in an understandable way and has been retained by several agencies solely for his facilitation and mediation skills. He has a special interest in the planning of communities and regions and has designed plazas, malls, streetscapes, and community-wide design guidelines for numerous communities. He has been a visiting professor of landscape architecture and has taught at the University of Colorado.
Susan M. Wachter, Ph.D.
Susan M. Wachter, Ph.D., is the Albert Sussman Professor of Real Estate and a Professor of Finance at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wachter is also Director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania. She has held numerous positions at The Wharton School and is member of the boards of directors at the Journal of Housing Economics, Housing Policy Debate Journal, and the Journal of Housing Research. Dr. Wachter has been extensively published, most recently having written Immigration and the Neighborhood with Albert Saiz (2011) in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. She has made guest appearances on PBS NewsHour, NPR, and NBC to comment on housing markets.
Al Tetrault is a national real estate expert consultant who consults on a wide range of real estate activities including development, financial analysis, tax credit analysis, financing, and construction management. He also provides organizational development, due diligence assessments, and a variety of real estate related training.
With czb, Mr. Tetrault has collaborated on projects for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, the Housing Authority of New Orleans, the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, and others. He holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from American University. He is a faculty member at the Robert H. Smith School of Business and the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland.
Alan Mallach, FAICP
Alan Mallach is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program of The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, where his work focuses on foreclosures, neighborhood stabilization, and the revitalization of older industrial cities. He is also a visiting scholar in the community affairs department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and a lecturer in the graduate city planning program at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
Mr. Mallach has been a consultant, advocate, and public official and served as the director of the Department of Housing & Development in Trenton, NJ. He is the author of A Decent Home: Planning, Building and Preserving Affordable Housing and Bringing Buildings Back: From Vacant Properties to Community Assets and many other works on city planning, housing, and Italian opera.
Mr. Mallach is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners and holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University.
Michael Pyatok is the nation’s leading low-income housing architect and has been in practice for more than 45 years. His firm, Pyatok, is based in Oakland, CA and has designed more than 35,000 units of affordable housing for low-income households.
Mr. Pyatok is a graduate of the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute in New York, NY and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He was a Fulbright Fellow and a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University, is a member of the College of Fellows of the AIA, and the author of Good Neighbors: Affordable Family Housing. He is currently the Buchsbaum Professor of Affordable Housing at Harvard University, a Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, and the winner of more than 150 local and national design awards.
Scott E. Page, Ph.D.
Scott E. Page, Ph.D., is the Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and is an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute. He is the author of The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Firms, Groups, Schools and Societies and of Complex Adaptive Systems: An Introduction to Computational Models of Social Life. He serves on advisory boards to universities, high schools, and non-profits.
Dean Oliver, Ph.D.
Dean Oliver, Ph.D. is an analyst with ESPN and is a prominent contributor to the statistical evaluation of basketball, sometimes called APBRmetrics, named for the forum of a growing community of basketball analysts. Dr. Oliver earned a Ph.D. in statistical applications in environmental science from the University of North Carolina in 1994 while scouting for Bertka Views, a scouting organization run by former Lakers assistant coach Bill Bertka.
In 2004, Dr. Oliver set out to create a position in the NBA for statistical analysis, following the trend set in baseball. Dr. Oliver’s book, Basketball on Paper, has been widely praised as the best book on statistical analysis in basketball. The book forms the basis for much of the statistical analysis done in basketball at the NBA, college, and international levels.
Dr. Oliver is presently a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Quantitative Analysis of Sports and a member of the executive board of the Association of Professional Basketball Research.
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JoAnna helps teams and communities innovate, articulate new visions, solve tough problems and drive lasting change throughout their organizations and communities. She has worked in communities such as Norfolk VA, Park City, UT, Hermosa Beach, CA and San Francisco, CA to help city government and communities work together to problem-solve. She specializes in engaging communities to have difficult, honest conversations that are grounded in facts, and drive toward actionable resolution. JoAnna also works in the private sector and has led change initiatives at many global companies including Alcoa, William McDonough’s MBCD, Blue Shield of California, Coca-Cola, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Gap Inc., Gap, Global Giving, IBM, Lifetime Television, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, San Francisco Aids Foundation, Starbucks, and Yahoo.
Matt Ingalls, AICP, ASLA
Matt Ingalls is founder and principal of Ingalls Planning & Design. He has more than 20 years of professional planning and design experience in the private and public sectors. Mr. Ingalls has a detailed understanding of interdisciplinary collaboration and how planning and design work together to shape communities. Prior to starting his firm, he held senior planning positions in a consulting firm and the City of Rochester, New York.
Mr. Ingalls received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University at Buffalo and a master’s degree in landscape architecture and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the Knowlton School of Architecture at the Ohio State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Rodney Jordan is the Chief Community Engagement Officer of the McKinley Megginson Financial Group in Norfolk, VA. Previously, he was the Director of Community Impact for One Economy Corporation. Mr. Jordan’s work has been cited in The New York Times, Black Enterprise, Emerge, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and USA Today for accomplishments in bringing business and culture to the internet. In 1987, Mr. Jordan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) in Hampton, VA. He is currently President of Park Place Civil League, a civically engaged neighborhood organization in Norfolk, VA, and serves on the School Board of Norfolk Public Schools.
Donald Poland, Ph.D., AICP
Donald Poland, Ph.D., is a human geographer and professional planner with more than 20 years of experience in land use planning, community development, real estate market regeneration, and executive level management. He has worked in the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors as a municipal planning director, planning consultant, executive director/CEO, and as a university lecturer in human geography and urban planning. Dr. Poland earned his PhD from the Department of Geography, Cities and Urbanization program at University College London in London, England.
Dr. Poland is a past President of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association, a founding member of the Connecticut Partnership for Balanced Growth, a governor appointee to the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, and has served on the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation Board of Trustees.
Marcia Nedland is the principal of Fall Creek Consultants, a national firm delivering training and technical assistance on neighborhood revitalization and market rebuilding to nonprofits, government, intermediaries, funders, and other policymakers. Ms. Nedland specializes in building positive brands for neighborhoods so that they may build confidence and attract demand from strong homebuyers and renters. Her work engages developers, realtors, neighbors, local governments, and other stakeholders in building curb appeal, strong housing standards, and community management capacity to reinforce and strengthen housing markets.
Michael J. Berne
Michael J. Berne is the President of MJB Consulting (MJB), an award-winning retail planning and real estate consultancy based in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. MJB is retained across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. to undertake market analyses, devise tenanting strategies, and spearhead implementation and recruitment efforts.
MJB’s clients include municipalities, quasi-public/non-profit development corporations, BIDs, and institutions, as well as private developers, investors, and retailers. MJB is among North America’s leading consultancies on urban and downtown retail, having strategized and recruited for high-profile CBDs like Brooklyn, NY; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; London, UK; and and Los Angeles, CA. MJB is also very active in smaller markets, ranging in size from second-tier cities to rural market centers.
Mr. Berne is widely considered to be one of the leading experts in the field. A regular speaker at industry conference and events, he has written extensively for Urban Land magazine and has participated in numerous ULI Advisory Service Panels; lectured at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Berkeley; and has appeared in a variety of publications including Financial Times and The Washington Post.