Gerald R. Mylroie, AICP
Richard T. Anderson
Richard C. Bernhardt
David M. Childs
Michael R. Coker
Richard F. Counts
Richard W. Dineen
Charles C. Graves, III
S. Gail Goldberg
Howard J. Hall
William T. Healy
Steven N. Jensen
Robert H. Lurcott
Andrew S. Lynn
Yolanda W. Rodriquez
Richard M. Rosan
James E. Shelby
Debra W. Stark
William “Jack” Whitney
John H. C. Barron, Jr., Esq.
New York City
New York City
New York City
Dana Point, CA
**New York City
Silver Spring, MD
** St. Louis
New York City Parks Commissioner
** Palm Springs, CA
** Las Vegas
*Current City Planning Director
***City Planning Commissioner
Former Advisory Board Members
Stephen R. McClary
Douglas B. McCoach III
Nick P. Yovino
City Planning Directors and Leaders
ACQM 2019 Honorees
The Honorable Karen Freeman-Wilson
Mayor, City of Gary, Indiana
President, National League of Cities
The Honorable Stephen K. Benjamin
Mayor, City of Columbia, South Carolina
President, United States Conference of Mayors
David M. Childs, FAIA
Chairman Emeritus, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
City of New York, New York
Architect, the new One World Trade Center in New York City
Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)
Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP
Commissioner of Parks and Recreation
City of New York, New York
City Planning Director
City of Gary, Indiana
Krista M. Hampton
City Planning Director
City of Columbia, South Carolina
RALPH BECKER, MAYOR, SALT LAKE CITY UTAH AND PRESIDENT, NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES, 2015
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is the popular, two-term Mayor of Utah’s Capital City. He was elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2011 by a wide margin. A visible and highly regarded national leader among U.S. mayors, Mayor Becker currently serves President of the National League of Cities in November 2014 and currently serves on the White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.
As Mayor, he has been an advocate for expanding Salt Lake City’s mobility and transportation options, sustainability, equality, social justice and enhancing the artistic and cultural life of the city. During the great recession (which began the year he took office) Mayor Becker led Salt Lake City government to address the largest budget gap in the City’s history without raising taxes, reducing core City services or implementing significant layoffs.
Mayor Becker’s administration has also built a reputation for its strong emphasis on social justice, human rights and achieved landmark legislation aimed at protecting the rights of the City’s LGBT community.
During his time in office, Mayor Becker has led Salt Lake City in the passing of Utah’s first non-discrimination ordinance and created the state’s first mutual commitment registry, to recognize and extend benefits to domestic partners. In December 2013, when gay marriage briefly became legal in Utah, Mayor Becker enthusiastically officiated for 35 couples who were married on the first day. And, in October 2014, helped lead the celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court action that resulted in legalizing same-sex marriage in Utah for the foreseeable future.
Before serving as the chief executive of Salt Lake City, Ralph was a member of the Utah State House of Representatives, highlighted by five years as the House Democratic Leader. Mayor Becker is currently the President of the National League of Cities, where he advocates on behalf of more than 19,000 local governments. Away from work, Mayor Becker is an avid outdoorsman who seeks as much time in Utah’s wildlands as he can find. He and his wife Kate can often be found backcountry skiing, hiking, camping and running rivers.
Kevin Johnson, Mayor Sacramento, California and President US Conference of Mayors, 2015
Kevin Johnson was elected as the 55th mayor of the City of Sacramento in November 2008 and re-elected to a second term in June 2012. He is the first African American to be elected to the office. His vision is for Sacramento to become “a city that works for everyone.”
Since taking office, Mayor Johnson has embarked on an ambitious plan to reshape how city government serves the citizens of Sacramento. His top priorities include improving public safety, creating jobs and economic development, launching green and sustainability initiatives, reforming public education, promoting good government and enhancing the quality of life for all Sacramentans.
Beyond his policy goals for Sacramento, Mayor Johnson is committed to elevating Sacramento’s profile as the capitol city of California – the 8th largest economy in the world. To that end, the Mayor has taken on a range of national leadership positions, including his current roles as President of the US Conference of Mayors, Chair of US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s Mayors Advisory Council, Chair of the National Resilient Communities for America Campaign, and member of the White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.
Before taking public office, Mayor Johnson led a diverse career as a professional athlete, entrepreneur and nonprofit executive. Johnson served as Chief Executive Officer of St. HOPE (Helping Others Pursue Excellence), a nonprofit organization he founded in 1989 and led until January 2008. Originally focused around providing afterschool programs to at-risk youth in the Mayor’s native Oak Park neighborhood, St. HOPE expanded to pursue a broader program of urban revitalization through public education, civic leadership, economic development, and the arts. Today St. HOPE consists of three divisions: St. HOPE Academy, St. HOPE Development Company, and St. HOPE Public Schools.
In his prior career, Johnson played professional basketball in the National Basketball Association. After earning a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, he was drafted as the 7th pick in the 1987 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He went on to play twelve seasons with the Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns, earning honors as a three-time All-Star, and five-time selection to All-NBA teams. The Mayor was inducted into the Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor in 2001, and is a member of the UC Berkeley Athletic Hall of Fame, Pac-10 Hall of Honor, Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame, Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame, National High School Hall of Fame, and World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.
Mayor Johnson has served on the Board of Directors for LISC National, the California Charter School Association, the UC Berkeley Foundation, Teach for America, the Institute of Governmental Studies National Advisory Council and the Harvard Divinity School SLI Advisory Board. His concern and compassion for children and education prompted President George H. W. Bush to honor Johnson with the 411th Point of Light. In addition, Johnson was selected as one of the “15 Greatest Men on Earth” by McCall’s Magazine and has received the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, the Good Morning America Award from Sports Illustrated, NCAA Silver Anniversary award, and the “Most Caring American” award by the Caring Institute.
Mayor Johnson has appeared on several national television programs including CNN Newsroom, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dateline NBC, Larry King Live, The Colbert Report, Fox Business Network, and Tom Brokaw’s “American Character.”
Marie Lopez Rogers, Mayor, Avondale, Arizona and
President, National League of Cities – 2013.
Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers is president of the National League of Cities (NLC), the nation’s oldest and largest organization representing municipal government.
She was first elected to local office in 1996, and on January 1, 2006, she was elected as the nineteenth mayor of Avondale, Arizona, and the city’s first Latina mayor.
Mayor Rogers grew up working side-by-side with her parents in the small migrant farm labor camps around the city. In 2011, President Barack Obama recognized her dedication to and accomplishments in local government at a national conference of Hispanic leaders.
Mayor Rogers is guiding the transformation of her community. Avondale, once tiny community, is now one of the nation’s fastest growing municipalities. Avondale is home to Phoenix International Raceway and was named the first Kids at Hope city in the United States.
She is currently a member of the League of Arizona Cities & Towns’ Executive Committee, where she has received a Distinguished Service Award and served as President of the Arizona Women in Municipal Government. Mayor Rogers serves on Arizona’s largest Metropolitan Planning Organization – Maricopa Association of Governments’ where she is the Chair of the Regional Council and Chair of the Executive Committee.
Mayor Rogers has also been active at the state government level. She was selected by U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, to serve on state of Arizona committees and task forces.
She is a founding and current member of the Hispanic Leadership Forum, an organization providing academic opportunities for rising leaders in the community. She received one of the highest awards in the state from the Latino community, when she was presented the Profiles of Success Special Recognition Award for her advocacy, leadership, and years of service to her community — emphasizing the integration of the Hispanic community.
Mayor Rogers has also received the Jacque Steiner Public Leadership Award for Children from the Arizona Children’s Action Alliance.
She and her husband Ed have been married 42 years. They have three sons and six grandchildren.
Scott Smith, Mayor, Mesa, Arizona; President 2014 and Vice President, US Conference of Mayors and Honorary Chair American City Quality Month April 2013 and 2014.
Scott Smith was first elected Mayor of Mesa, Arizona, the 3rd largest city in Arizona and 38th largest in America, in May of 2008. He was recently re-elected to a second term unopposed. Mayor Smith is also Vice President of the United States Conference of Mayors. He will become the organization’s president in 2013 – the first Arizona mayor to serve as president.
Mayor Smith earned a degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University, and MBA and Law degrees from Arizona State University.
Serving in his first elected office, Mayor Smith has used his private-sector experience as a CEO, accountant and attorney to usher in a new era of decisive leadership and civic engagement. Smith led efforts for the largest reorganization of city government in Mesa’s history. Mesa downsized its government nearly 20 percent, while simultaneously making the City more effective, efficient and business friendly.
Realizing that a strong higher education environment is crucial to producing much-needed high wage jobs, Mayor Smith spearheaded the recruitment of five liberal arts colleges to Mesa. All five institutions, which include Arizona’s first Catholic college, will join other Mesa institutions such as Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus at Gateway, Mesa Community College, and Northern Arizona University’s Downtown Campus in transforming the educational landscape of the region. Four of the five new colleges will be located downtown, creating a college town atmosphere and complimenting the newly funded light rail extension through the heart of Mesa.
During his 2012 State of the City address, Mayor Smith announced StartUpMesa, an innovative initiative to make Mesa the most business-friendly city in America. StartUpMesa expands collaboration between business and government, empowers and strengthens small business, fosters innovation, expands access to capital, provides entrepreneurship education and removes barriers to success.
Mayor Smith’s HEAT initiative – which stands for Healthcare, Education, Aerospace, Tourism and Technology – has provided Mesa with economic development direction and focus that has lead to many successful efforts. He created a way to finance a Chicago Cubs spring training facility which voters approved by a 2 to 1 margin. Under Mayor Smith’s leadership, Mesa gained the keys to AZ Labs, a high-security former military lab that has the potential to become a national aerospace research center. And, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport has become a successful commercial airport with several airlines and over 1.5 million passengers.
Mayor Smith also championed a in Mesa, a cutting-edge civic engagement initiative. Leveraging crowdsourcing technology, in Mesa is a grassroots improvement effort where residents submit, vote, comment on, and process ideas that will transform the community.
The Arizona Republic has touted Mayor Smith’s regional and local leadership and vision, writing, “He has strengthened ties with several cities and has gained the confidence of many skeptical residents. The change is so marked that we shudder to think what shape the city would be in without him at the helm.”
Mayor Smith is also sought after for his insight and commentary on city and national issues. He has been quoted in national publications such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and USA Today. Mayor Smith has also appeared on news outlets such as ABC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg TV, and CNN Español.
Mayor Smith is a fourth-generation Arizonan who was raised in Tucson, before moving to Mesa in his youth. He and his wife Kim have been married for more than 30 years and have three children and four grandchildren.
Kairos Shen, City Planning Director, Boston
In January 2008, Mayor Thomas M. Menino named Kairos Shen, director of planning at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, as the city’s new chief planner.
Shen works with BRA director John F. Palmieri to create a comprehensive long-term vision to guide economic and physical changes in the city, Menino said in a news release.
‘‘Kairos is a proven leader and has the experience to articulate, illustrate and implement a comprehensive long-term vision for Boston,’’ Menino said in the release. ‘‘We must be more proactive in envisioning and creating economic growth — and I know Kairos is the right person to lead this effort.’’
As Chief Planner, Kariro leads and staffs the Mayor’s new sub-cabinet for planning and development that coordinates planning activities across all city departments and agencies
In addition to his role as Boston’s Chief Planner, Kairos is also the Director of Planning at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston’s economic development and planning agency. He has served as the Director of Planning since 2002 where he manages the BRA’s planning division that include the basic functions of community planning, urban design, zoning, waterfront planning and infrastructure planning.
Kairos has been intimately involved in many of Boston’s most important planning efforts in the last ten years. They include the guidelines for the Rose Kennedy Greenway (“The Big Dig”) Longwood Medical and Academic Area, the plans for East and West Fenway neighborhoods, the implementation of Boston’s new $700 million convention center, the planning of the 1000 acre South Boston Waterfront, and plans for Fenway Park. In addition to undertaking and supervising many of the planning and design studies, He regularly participates in community meetings that are essential to the success of any planning effort.
He maintains high hopes for the city. He was part of the team that approved the Boston Green Building Standards, making Boston the first major city to require adherence to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification standards. He has also been involved in planning the extension of the transportation system and working on an urban transit ring that would streamline connections between job centers beyond downtown, such as the Longwood medical area and Kendall Square.
Kairos is a graduate of Swarthmore College with a degree in art history and has a Master of Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Neal R. Peirce – ACQM Honorary Chair
American City Quality Month April 2010 honorary chairman, internationally recognized urban affairs columnist, Neal R. Peirce (left) meets with American City Planning Directors’ Council/American City Quality Foundation Chair, Gerald R. Mylroie, to discuss national program activities.
American City Quality Month program honorary chair is internationally recognized urban affairs columnist, Neal Peirce with the Citistates Group, Citwire.net, based in Washington, DC. Also Mr. Peirce is the co-author of “Century of the City: No Time to Lose” published by The Rockefeller Foundation and recipient of a UN-Habitat 2009 Scroll of Honor Award.
Gerald R. Mylroie, AICP
City, town and regional planning and real estate design, development and management professional / executive with 40 years of national and international experience in the private sector and in all levels of government.
*Master of Business Administration, University of Chicago.
*Master of Planning (Urban and Regional Environment), University of Southern California.
*Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design/Landscape Architecture with Honors, California State Polytechnic University in Pomona.
Experience – Pre- Year 2000
*Senior Vice President and Executive Committee Member, Cushman & Wakefield, a Rockefeller Group subsidiary, New York City.
Headed the nation’s largest business real estate management services group with 400 employees. Responsible for management of over $10 billion of corporate real estate facilities totaling over 80 million square feet of space located in cities across America and in 32 countries. Private sector clients included Fortune 500 companies including Citibank, Bank of America and IBM.
*Senior level national real estate planning and asset manager including UBS/Swiss Bank Corporation, New York City. Responsible for the US real estate planning and acquisition including the downtown redevelopment consolidating 9 properties for the $160 million UBS/Swiss Bank Corporation’s construction of the world’s largest open span trading floor and office building complex.
*Vice President, real estate planning and asset management, First National Bank of Chicago. Responsible for corporate facility site selection, leasing, acquisition and planning in 15 US cities and in 32 countries. This included implementing the largest downtown Chicago lease totaling 500,000 square feet in support of downtown development, and re-developing several major mixed-use office buildings in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Dallas.
Post Year 2000 – Experience in Maine and New Hampshire
*Director of Town Planning and Development for Kittery, Maine. Planned and increased asset value by $200 million to $1.6 billion; revitalized Kittery’s business districts, improved land use/zoning development standards; established three tax increment financing districts; helped plan $90 and $180 million bridge projects, obtained over $1 million of development improvement grants and obtained State legislation adoption to promote development. Founded the Kittery Maine Improvement Foundation.
* Co-Chair Sustain Southern Maine partnership of over 40 municipal and other organizations to promote economic development and environmental protection.
* Chair, Kittery Area Comprehensive Transportation System Board managing over $3 million annually of transportation improvements in York County.
* Executive Board Member, Southern Maine Regional Planning and Development Commission.
*Director of Planning and Development for Wells, Maine. Prepared and achieved adoption of a Comprehensive Plan and initiated a new mixed use town center plan.
*Vice President of Planning and Development for Hall Enterprises where obtained approval for a 66 acre, mixed use, 117 residential units (50 affordable housing), smart growth, village development project.
* Senior Planner to 18 municipalities covering 525 square miles with a 135,000 population at the Strafford Regional Planning Commission based in Dover, New Hampshire. Responsible for the adoption of the New Hampshire’s first Urban and Regional Master Plan coordinating growth management, transportation, economic development and environmental protection policies.
Experience in Washington, D.C.
* US Congressional Commission, project director resulting in President Carter’s signing an Executive Order improving comprehensive urban and regional planning with environmental considerations, and in recommendations to streamline federally financed public works programs saving millions of dollars.
* Office of Management and Budget, streamlined federal urban and regional and related infrastructure planning requirements.
* U.S. Department of Commerce, responsible for all coastal state planning to accommodate energy and economic development and for project planning for $1 billion worth of development and environmental mitigation projects.
* White House Interagency Task Force on Energy Impact Assistance.
* American Institute of Planners (now the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Planning Association), senior staff director and represented community planners before international, federal, state and local elected and other officials.
*Chair, American City Planning Directors’ Council composed of the nation’s city planning directors and founder, American City Quality Foundation.
Mission to raise public awareness about the status and future of America’s cities; and promote better quality city planning, decisions, design, development, management and action to improve the quality of our cities and their surrounding regions.
*Initiated (1988) the annual, national American City Quality Month program every April co-sponsored with the National League of Cities, The US Conference of Mayors, American City Planning Directors’ Council / American City Quality Foundation, National Building Museum, City Planning and Management Division of the American Planning Association, Urban Land Institute, Mayors Institute on Urban Design, American Society of Landscape Architects, and others.
* Chair, Friendship Heights (Washington, DC and Chevy Chase, Maryland) Citizens Coordinating Committee and author of the 1972 transit oriented development plan for one of WDC’s first Metro station areas whose proposed land use zoning was upheld by the Maryland Supreme Court.
*Member, Washington, D.C. Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Downtown Redevelopment, Chicago Downtown Development Council, and Montgomery County Maryland’s first Blue Ribbon Committee on Growth Management that initiated the nationally recognized growth management program.
* Member, American Institute of Certified Planners.
* Prior Member, American Society of Landscape Architects.
* Real Estate Broker Licensed in State of Maine, and previously in New York and Maryland.
* Author, Maine State Laws enabling lower cost workforce housing and public transit.
* Author, California Environmental Law: A Guide, and several articles on planning and development.
* Honorary Discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve – Air Wing.
* Honorary Member, Burbank, California Fire Department.
* State Senator, California Model Youth Legislature, Sacramento, California.
* Boy’s State Member, Sacramento, California.
* Burbank, California Senior High School – Student Body President.
* Married, three children.
John Wesley, ACIP, City Planning Director, Mesa, Arizona and Co-Chair, American City Quality Month, 2013.
Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa, Arizona (left) meets with John Wesley, AICP, American City Planning Directors’ Council Member , American City Quality Month April 2013 Co-Chair and City Planning Director of Mesa, Arizona, to discuss the April 2013 American City Quality Month program.
John Wesley became the City Planning Director for the City of Mesa, Arizona in 2003. He implemented a neighborhood planning program, oversaw a comprehensive update to the City’s zoning ordinance including the addition of a form-based code, and is currently doing an update to the City’s General Plan. In 2008 the City’s Historic Preservation Office was moved to be part of the Planning Division.
John received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon in 1980 and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Oregon in 1985.
John began his career as a planner in 1982 in Oklahoma City as an Assistant Planner working on review of rezoning cases and subdivision plats.
In 1983 He moved to Stillwater, OK as an Assistant Planner.
In 1984 he was promoted to City Planner and in 1985 to Community Development Director. As the Community Development Director he had responsibility for planning, building permits, code enforcement, urban forestry, and grants.
He has been an active member of the American Planning Association since 1982 and became a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 1986.