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Mariela Alfonzo

Associate Fellow, Placemaking, NewCities
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Dr. Mariela Alfonzo is the Founder of State of Place, an urban data analytics platform that helps placemakers identify and economically justify optimal urban design, planning, and development projects that create thriving places people love.

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Naureen Collings (Kabir)

Special Advisor, NewCities
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Formerly the Director of Urban Innovation and Research, Naureen continues to work with NewCities as Special Advisor on a variety of initiatives.

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David Gomez-Alvarez

Associate Fellow, Citizen Engagement, NewCities
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David Gomez-Alvarez is coordinator and co-editor of Steering of the Metropolis, a UN-Habitat publication on metropolitan governance. He is currently a visiting scholar and fellow of the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Julie Kim

Senior Fellow, Financing Strategies, NewCities
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Dr. Julie Kim joined NewCities in February 2015 as the first Senior Fellow to lead our newly launched Financing Urban Infrastructure Initiative. Dr. Kim holds a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and is currently based at Stanford’s Global Projects Center.

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Greg Lindsay

Senior Fellow, Mobility, NewCities
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Greg is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council in their Strategic Foresight Initiative. He is also a contributing writer for Fast Company.

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Sarah Moser

Associate Fellow, Greenfield Cities, NewCities
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Sarah Moser is an Assistant Professor of Geography at McGill University. Her research examines new master-planned cities, nation building, the cultural politics of urban mega-projects, and urban trends in the Middle East and Asia.

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Roger Sherman

Associate Fellow, Built Environment, NewCities
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Roger Sherman is Design Director of Urban Strategy at Gensler LA. Previously, Roger was founder of Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design. A Senior Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Global Cities Institute, he is author of three books, including "LA Under the Influence: The Hidden Logic of Urban Property".