PB Conference 2013 – Speakers

Marco Adria is Professor and Co-Chair, Centre for Public Involvement, University of Alberta. He collaborates with other researchers examining the methods, purposes, and outcomes associated with innovations in public involvement. He was convenor of the Citizens’ Panel on Municipal Budget Priorities, held in 2009, and is co-author, with Yuping Mao, of “Changes in public opinion after a public-deliberation event,” published in Canadian Social Science, and “Deciding who will decide: Selecting participants for public deliberation,” forthcoming in Canadian Public Administration.

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has a BA in Political Science, with a specialization degree in International Affairs. He is currently Commissioner for Citizens’ Participation and Associations for the Barcelona City Council, as well as a professor at the University Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Catalonia). He is co-President of the International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (OIDP), Vice President of the Catalan Association of Communication and Political Strategy (ACCEP), and a member of the Management Board at the Centre of Studies and Public Opinion of the Regional Government of Catalonia (CEO). Previously he was General Director of Inter-Department Affairs at the Presidency Department of Regional Government of Catalonia.
Giovanni Allegretti
Giovanni Allegretti is an architect and senior researcher at the Center for Social Studies, at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Since 1997 his main research topics have been participatory budgets and techniques to foster citizens’ participation in urban planning, topics on which he has widely published. He has acted as scientific director for two EU projects in the field of participation: Participando and INCLUIR—Participatory Budget as a Tool for Fighting Social Exclusion. He is coordinator of the PEOPLES’ Observatory on Participation, Innovation and Local Powers. He has also worked for the World Bank and acts as consultant for the Swedish Association of Municipalities and Regions to support the first experiments in participatory budgeting in that country.

JohnArenaAlderman John Arena
was elected to represent Chicago’s 45th Ward in 2011. He has been a consistent, independent voice in City Council. In his first eight months he fought to keep Chicago’s neighbourhood libraries open, was a leader in budget negotiations with the mayor, opened an accessible office that is open over 50 hours a week, and began a comprehensive retail recruitment program to increase and improve the businesses of the 45th Ward. Prior to being elected alderman, John served on the board of the Portage Park Neighborhood Association for 10 years, including two terms as vice president. He was also an active member of the Six Corners Association. His Ward is currently participating in PB Chicago.
Caron Atlas
Caron Atlas
works to support and stimulate arts and culture as an integral part of social change. She directs the Arts & Democracy Project which builds the momentum of a growing movement that links arts and culture, participatory democracy, and social justice. She also co-directs NOCD-NY, the Naturally Occurring Cultural District Working Group, a consortium of artists, activists, creative manufacturers, and policymakers that has come together to revitalize New York City from the neighborhood up. She is a member of the PBNYC District Committee for District 39 and is the facilitator of the Culture and Community Facilities delegate committee for that district. She has also worked with PBNYC to expand outreach work through the inclusion of art, culture and grassroots media.
Gianpaolo Baiocchi
Gianpaolo Baiocchi
is Associate Professor of Sociology and International Studies at Brown University. He has been involved with PB since 1997, when he began his dissertation research on the topic in Porto Alegre. He has written widely on participatory democracy and participatory budgeting, in publications ranging from the American Sociological Review to the Boston Review and Labor Notes. His comparative research on multiple cities with PB is the topic of his book Bootstrapping Democracy (with P. Heller and M.K. Silva, 2011). His book on Porto Alegre’s PB (Militants and Citizens, 2005) has been taken up widely in planning and activist circles.

Audrey Berlowitz
has participated in, and observed the emergence of Participatory Budgeting in Greensboro since Josh and Maria came to visit and educate a few years ago. Lately, she has been particularly busy talking and interacting with city council members around PB, and has enjoyed learning how to be an effective advocate for PB at the city council level. Her interests in participatory democracy stem partially from her many year study of Hannah Arendt’s rich and fascinating political theory. This study began in Berlin where she pursued and finally earned a Master’s in Philosophy. In a unfinished essay, she has been working to uncover the origins of direct democracy in the United States. Her other political passion is Tenant Rights in South and North Carolina. As the US is fast becoming a “nation of renters”, her goal is to build a local political association run by and for renters in order to magnify their voices and increase their power in the political arena. She is lucky to earn money by doing something she enjoys: tutoring students in literacy and the Humanities, and teaching English as a second language.
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Alissa Black
directs the New America Foundation’s California Civic Innovation Project. Based in the Bay area, Ms. Black is exploring the use of innovative technologies, policies, and practices that engage disadvantaged communities in public decision making throughout California. The project builds communities of practice within California local governments, and identifies and promotes best practices that deepen engagement between government and citizens throughout the state. CCIP shares technologies that improve service delivery, open new channels for public voices, and bridge the state’s digital divides. Prior to joining New America, Ms. Black was the Government Relations Director at Code for America, and worked in the New York City Mayor’s Office and the City of San Francisco’s Emerging Technologies team. A Southern California native, Ms. Black earned a bachelor of arts degree in environmental studies from University of California, Santa Barbara, and master’s degree in urban planning from New York University.

Tim Bonnemann
is the founder and CEO of Intellitics, Inc., a digital engagement startup based in San José, CA. Intellitics helps clients in the public, private and non-profit sector apply digital technologies to engage stakeholders, constituents and communities in high-quality dialogue, deliberation and other participatory processes. The company is launching Zilino, a social web application that enables public engagement practitioners to design and host deliberative online forums and e-participatory budgeting campaigns. Tim serves on the Board of the International Association for Public Participation in the United States (IAP2 USA). He covers the intersection of participation and technology over on the Intellitics blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @planspark. A native German, Tim lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and two sons.
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Marti Brown
is a Councilmember in the City of Vallejo. During her tenure on the Council, she has focused her policy work on civic innovation including Participatory Budgeting; exiting municipal bankruptcy and balancing the city’s budget; building a healthy Vallejo through a comprehensive General Plan Update and preparing the city’s first-ever Health Element; and restructuring how the city does business including exploring best practices in public safety and other local government services. Marti spearheaded efforts to bring participatory budgeting to Vallejo, California; the city was first in the U.S. to adopt PB at a city-wide level. In addition to her council work, Marti is also the Executive Director of the North Franklin District Business Association in South Sacramento representing 156 property owners and 600 local businesses. Prior to this position, she worked in redevelopment for the past decade in the Cities of Sacramento and Berkeley. Marti holds a MA in Geography with a concentration in Resource Management and Environmental Planning and a MBA.

Ginny Browne
works for The Participatory Budgeting Project as Community Engagement Coordinator for the PB process in Vallejo, CA. She completed her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at UCLA. Ginny has worked as an organizer and researcher for labor, tenants rights, and community development organizations in NYC and the Bay Area.

Clara Marina Brugada Molina
served as government Head for the Iztapalapa district of Mexico City from 2009-2012, where she implemented a participatory budgeting process in 2010. In the 70s, she was social leader of the Union de Colonos de San Miguel Teotongo and of the Frente de Defensa de la Sierra de Santa Catarina. She participated actively in the founding, in 1980, of a large popular organization, the Unión Popular Revolucionaria Emiliano Zapata (UPREZ), and also helped create the Coordinadora de Mujeres Benita Galeana. As citizen representative she was President of the Land Use Commission for the first Citizen Council in Iztapalapa. She participated as national councilor of Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) and was a delegate at the UN world summit for Social Development. After many years of political service, she became a member of Mexico’s congress in 1997, where she served as the President of the Special Commission on Social Development. She was the Ombudswoman of Mexico City from 2006 to 2009. She currently serves as the Secretary of Welfare in the National Executive Committee of the Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (MORENA), a new political leftist party.
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Yves Cabannes
is Professor and Chair of Development Planning at the Development Planning Unit, University College London and former lecturer in Urban Planning at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In the past he has worked as Regional Coordinator of the UN Habitat/UNDP Urban Management Program for Latin America and the Caribbean, Chair for the UN Advisory Group on Forced Evictions, and as a senior advisor and member of various development initiatives and networks such as the International Alliance of Inhabitants and the International RUAF Foundation. He has coordinated numerous research and development programs on urban and municipal governance issues including participatory budgeting.

Manu Caddie
is a first-term elected member of Gisborne District Council, a provincial local authority in New Zealand. The Council has responsibility for environmental protection, public infrastructure and utilities as well community, cultural and economic development. Manu has been a community organiser for many years with a special interest in participatory processes. He recently hosted a national tour with Giovanni Allegretti, including meetings with Members of Parliament, local authority officials, and national media interested in participatory public policy.

Cecile Carroll
is the Co-Director of Blocks Together, a community organization dedicated to leadership development and grassroots organizing. Blocks Together’s mission is to build a grassroots community infrastructure governed from the bottom up, which provides the resources, leadership development, and sustained focused efforts to achieve widespread improvements for the community and advance economic and social justice. At Blocks Together she has been involved in grassroots education reform. In 2008, she was appointed to serve on the Illinois General Assembly’s Chicago Educational Facilities Task force and worked on legislation to create a new process for Chicago Public Schools long term planning. Her organizing career includes training hundreds of parents in advocacy, and she has coordinated parent centered education improvements throughout the West Humboldt Park community. Blocks Together’s work over the last three years has addressed critical repairs at local schools, leadership programming to address the criminalization and drop-out of young people of color, and local economic projects for employment and access to affordable housing. She also serves as Vice Chair on the editorial board of Catalyst Magazine.
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Alderman James Cappleman
is a member of Chicago City Council, who has represented the 46th Ward since 2011. As president of the Uptown Chicago Commission (UCC), he helped strengthen block clubs, organized service projects, and created open access to needed information for area residents. He is a licensed clinical social worker, and has worked in the healthcare field to improve communication among doctors, patients, and families. He is an active board member of Annie’s Legacy, a Southside nonprofit that empowers women who have experienced abuse and poverty, and former chair of the Illinois’ National Association of Social Workers’ HIV Task Force. This year his Ward is participating in PB Chicago.

Chris Cavanagh
is a popular educator, storyteller, and graphic artist, who has worked in popular arts production, coalition building, anti-racism, international solidarity and democratic organisational change. He is a co-founder of the Catalyst Centre, a Toronto-based popular education worker co-op that does curriculum development and design and facilitation for social justice groups, non-profits, educational institutions and trade unions. .

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is the Manager for the Centre for Public Involvement (CPI). Cavanagh provides leadership to develop community-university collaborations to implement and research innovative citizen engagement and deliberation opportunities. Prior to working at the Centre, she was the Program Manager of Public Engagement for an Alberta based non-profit. In this role, she created the Rural Roots youth engagement program and Youth Media project which built capacity of rural youth in dialogue and deliberation. Fiona has a certificate from IAP2 (International Association of Public Participation) and served as co-chair for the 2012 North America IAP2 Conference on public participation. She is a Steering Committee member of the Alberta Climate Dialogue and has an M.Ed in Educational Policy Studies. Fiona is a passionate adult and popular educator and is very interested in visual and experiential approaches to engagement.

Steve Corbett
is a doctoral researcher in the Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield. He is currently completing his thesis entitled ‘The Social Quality of Participatory Democracy’ and has an interest in political sociology, forms of participatory democracy, worker co-operatives, theories of empowerment, equality, and British politics and social policy. He has recently published articles (co-authored with Alan Walker) on the UK Government’s Big Society project and neoliberal political ideology in The Political Quarterly and Critical Social Policy.

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Teresa Córdova is the Director of UIC’s Great Cities Institute. She is also Professor of Urban Planning and Policy in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs(CUPPA). Dr. Córdova is a former elected official on the Bernalillo County (New Mexico) Board of Commissioners. While a County Commissioner, she served on the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority; The Metropolitan Transportation Board; and was Chair of The Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Government Commission. Professor Córdova received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Before her appointment as the third permanent Great Cities Director (following Wim Wiewel and David Perry), she was Chair and Professor of Community and Regional Planning at the University of New Mexico (UNM). She is founder and former Director of the Resource Center for Raza Planning in the College of Architecture and Planning at UNM. She was a National Research Council Fellow and currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of The Praxis Project.

Jim Ginderske
is a long time community organizer who has worked on numerous projects and campaigns. He is a founding member of the PB49 Leadership Committee, and has served in that capacity in many different roles. He has consulted with New York City organizers and elected officials about PB implementation, and is deeply committed to citizen empowerment.
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Sandy Heierbacher
is the Director of the 1500-member National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD). NCDD’s members regularly engage and mobilize thousands of people across the globe around today’s critical issues, and NCDD’s resource-rich website is a popular hub for dialogue and deliberation leaders and those looking for dialogue and deliberation services. In addition to her work with NCDD, Sandy has consulted for such organizations as the Corporation for National Service, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Kettering Foundation in the areas of public engagement and conflict resolution. Sandy has an M.A. from the School for International Training in intercultural and international management, and a B.A. in cultural anthropology from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

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(PhD, University of Denver) is an Associate Professor in the Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research focuses on community projects that explore how ethics in communication and activism influence the outcomes of initiatives for social change. She is the author of Democracy, Dialogue, and Community Action: Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro (2012) and more than a dozen journal articles and book chapters. Since 2011, she has been active with the local participatory budgeting planning group in Greensboro.

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is a town planner and expert in organisational development and participatory budgeting in Africa. Executive Director of Enda ECOPOP, his fields of expertise are local development and governance; planning and urban management; leadership, management, coaching, and supervision; and evaluation of development projects. He is working on implementing various participatory budgeting processes in African countries, and leads the focus of the International Participatory Democracy Observatory covering thirteen countries.

Norman Kearney
is a public policy consultant and graduate student in political economy. In 2012, he organized a coalition of community stakeholders and negotiated the creation of an annual $1 million capital budget for PB in Ward 2 of the City of Hamilton, Canada. Norman has led the design of PB Ward 2 (PBW2) and will facilitate its inaugural run from May to August, 2013. The innovative PBW2 model combines elements of direct democracy, deliberation, and planning, while anchoring authority at street level. Norman’s graduate research analyzes the dynamic interactions of competition, inequality, exclusion, fear, and environmental degradation. His research involves developing an alternate political economy premised on inclusion and trust. Norman is also a project advisor at the McMaster Centre for Scholarship in the Public Interest under the direction of Dr. Henry Giroux.
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Rachel Laforest
has been the Executive Director of the Right to the City Alliance since May 2011. She joined the Alliance after eight years working with progressive labor, directing the Organizing and Public Policy departments of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 and Actors Equity Association (AEA). Prior to her career with TWU and AEA, Rachel served as Lead Organizer/Co-Campaign Director for Jobs with Justice/ New York, building community-labor solidarity and joint action and co-coordinating the campaign that won an increase of $2 per hour in the minimum wage for New York State. Rachel holds a BA from Hunter College/CUNY in Political Science (Black & Puerto Rican Studies) and Education. She has served on the Steering Committee for Participatory Budgeting in New York City.

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is Program Manager for Democracy and Project Manager for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions’ (SALAR) Citizen Participation Project. Lena comes from a pedagogical background, and for the last 20 years has engaged in development work and projects within the public sector; working in municipalities, the Ministry of Education, and SALAR. For the last six years she has been responsible for SALAR’s extensive participatory project “In Dialogue with Citizens”. Today, this project reaches 200 of 290 Swedish municipalities and all Swedish Region and County Councils. Participatory Budgeting is one of the main focuses of the project. As Program Manager for SALAR’s Citizen Participation Project, Lena’s work focuses on political management, civil rights, local elections, political institutions, citizen participation, E-democracy, and cooperation with NGOs.

Daniel Latorre
Daniel is a Senior Fellow for Digital Placemaking, a program for bottom-up human-centered civic engagement media he started at Project for Public Spaces, a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people build stronger communities. With 15 years of professional experience at Razorfish, Rockstar Games, Funny Garbage and other companies his current focus is on civil society, previously for open educational technology at Scholastic, and sustainable urbanism at Streetsblog/OpenPlans. In 2012 he founded a civic engagement service design and product strategy practice, The Wise City. He is also a steering committee member for the NYC Participatory Budgeting project.

Suzanne Lee
is a Masters candidate at the DePaul School of Public Service and a research intern in the 49th Ward Service Office. She specializes in civic engagement, community building, and fourth sector partnerships. She prepared national surveys and program evaluation reports for the JET Program during her time as Vice-chair of the National Council. She is currently working on issues of education equity and access with the DREAM Project at the Steans Center of DePaul University.

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has been a social worker, a Labour Relations Officer and a Member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly from 1993 until 2001. Karen was elected to Edmonton City Council in 2001 and is in her fourth term. She has served as Chair or Vice-Chair of numerous committees such as Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Executive Committee, and the Community Services Committee. Also she was Vice-President of the Former MLAs Association. Karen is Chair of the Edmonton Stop Marijuana Grow Operation Coalition (ESMGOC), an organization that received Honourable Mention for the 2008 Minister’s Awards for Municipal Excellence. Karen is also involved in several Council Boards and Initiatives including the Contaminated Gas Stations Task Force, Transforming Edmonton, Traffic Safety and the Northern/Circumpolar Initiative. In 2002 Karen began a long involvement with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. She chaired the committee which brought their annual general meeting to Edmonton in 2004. In 2012 she stepped down as Chair of the Green Municipal Fund and is currently President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
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Matt Leighninger
is the Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC), an alliance of the major organizations and leading scholars working in the field of deliberation and public engagement. Over the last sixteen years, Matt has worked with public engagement efforts in over 100 communities, in 40 states and four Canadian provinces. Matt is a Senior Associate for Everyday Democracy, and serves on the boards of E-Democracy.Org, the National School Public Relations Association, and The Democracy Imperative. He has also been a consultant to the National League of Cities, NeighborWorks America, Centers for Disease Control, and the League of Women Voters. His first book, The Next Form of Democracy: How Expert Rule is Giving Way to Shared Governance – and Why Politics Will Never Be the Same,traces the recent shifts in the relationship between citizens and government, and examines how these trends are reshaping our democracy.
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Josh Lerner
is Executive Director of The Participatory Budgeting Project, a non-profit organization that empowers communities to decide how to spend public money. Josh completed a PhD in Politics at the New School for Social Research and a Masters in Planning from the University of Toronto. In addition to teaching at Fordham University and The New School, he has worked as a popular educator with the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment and as a community development adviser on UNDP projects in Slovakia. Since 2003, he has researched and worked with dozens of participatory budgeting processes in the US, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala, Spain, and the UK. He is the author of the forthcoming book Making Democracy Fun (MIT Press), and his articles have appeared in venues such as The Christian Science Monitor, The National Civic Review, YES! Magazine, Shelterforce, the Journal of Public Deliberation, and the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management.

María del Rocío Lombera González
is President of the Board of Directors of COPEVI, one of the first NGOs in México (1965), which she has collaborated with since 1978. With COPEVI, she worked as an advisor for participatory budgeting processes in the Cuauhtémoc district of Mexico City (2001), in Ecatepec de Morelos municipality (2008), and in Iztapalapa district, Mexico City (2010). Among many international positions, she has worked as Regional Advisor on Participatory Governance of the Urban Governance Program for Latin America and the Caribbean for UN-Habitat. There, she was an advisor for the first youth PB process in the world in Barra Mansa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and conducted comparative research on the effects of PB on segregation and social exclusion in four municipalities in Latin America. She is an active member of World Social Forum (WSF) in Mexico. She has participated as a Citizen Councilor for many Mexico City public councils and federal institutions. She also served as General Director of District Development in Cuauhtemoc (2002) and Iztapalapa (2012) district governments.
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Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito
represents the 8th New York City City Council district in Manhattan and the Bronx. Prior to her election in 2006, she worked as Strategic Organizer for 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Worker’s East, Director of the Hispanic Education and Legal Fund (HELF), and as Deputy Director of ASPIRA of New York. She is one of the four council members who launched participatory budgeting in New York City. Her district is currently participating in the second year of PBNYC.

Ellie Marshall
is the communications manager for Open North, a Canadian nonprofit that builds web tools to make democracy better. As experts in online consultation, Open North’s services aim to engage citizens in the decision-making processes of government and to make information fun, easy, and meaningful. They operate Canada’s largest database of elected representatives in Canada, and Citizen Budget, an online budget simulator that allows municipalities to consult residents on budget priorities by submitting realistic budgets of their own. Open North is currently developing an open standard for sharing road-event information across all levels of Canadian government, and is expanding their other civic engagement initiatives that connect citizens to representatives. Ellie is a recent graduate of McGill University where she received her BA in Cultural Studies, Communications and Economics. Her thesis explored the political economy of Google’s search algorithm and its substantial impact on the information commons.

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author of Voice and Vote: Decentralization and Participation in Post-Fujimori Peru (Stanford University Press 2011), is a Latin Americanist with expertise in decentralization, participatory governance, gender, and development. Voice and Vote explores the origin and implementation of a recent Peruvian decentralization reform that is considered to be one of the most participatory in Latin America. She is currently working on a second book about participatory decentralization reforms in the developing world. The book tests the hypothesis that participatory decentralization reforms strengthen democratic governance over time with data from fifteen cases from around the world. In addition to studying, teaching, and researching in several Latin American countries, Professor McNulty worked for several years in the field of international development as a program manager and a monitoring and evaluation specialist. Dr. McNulty has a Ph.D. in Political Science from The George Washington University and a M.A. in Political Science from New York University.

José W. Melendez
is currently a Doctoral Student in Learning Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His interdisciplinary co‐department is Urban Planning & Policy with a focus on community development. José is using a Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) theoretical framework to understand the learning occurring in the 49th Ward’s Participatory Budgeting Process. His research seeks to shed light on how certain processes, structures, language and decisions lead to environments that impact both the learning and participation of those involved in participatory planning environments and thus the outcomes of the process. José is both a resident and active research participant in the 49th Ward’s PB process. José received his B.A. from Oberlin College and his M.Ed., from UIC. He previously worked in the public health and education sectors in Washington DC, and Chicago respectively. José’s work and research focuses on communities usually absent in decision‐making processes, seeking to combine theoretical and practical solutions for community development settings.
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Michael Menser
is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College and Earth and Environmental Science and Environmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center, and the Chair of the Board of The Participatory Budgeting Project. His current research focuses on participatory democracy, urban environmentalism, food sovereignty, and the “solidarity economy.” Menser is an active member of the PSC-CUNY faculty union and has worked with a range of labor, neighborhood and direct action groups including the NYC and World Social Forum, US Solidarity Economy Network, Brooklyn Food Coalition and the Participatory Budgeting 45th District Committee in NYC.
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Alderman Joe Moore
is a member of Chicago City Council. Since 1991 he has represented the city’s 49th Ward, which includes the Rogers Park neighborhood. He has been named the “Most Valuable Local Official” in the country by The Nation magazine, in recognition for his successful sponsorship of a resolution against the war in Iraq, measures requiring living wages for employees of big box retail stores, and environmental restrictions on Chicago’s coal-fired power plants. Starting in 2009, he launched the first participatory budgeting process in the US, inviting residents of his ward to directly decide how to spend his $1.3 million discretionary budget.

Larry Morse
was born in Washington DC and lived in Chile from the ages of 8 to 12. He went to college and university finishing with a doctorate in economics. Larry retired in 2010 after teaching economics for 42 years, two and half of which were in El Salvador. He has strong beliefs in equality and social justice along with reading and research interest in the economics of race and racism. PB is a natural fit and he is looking forward to its being implemented in Greensboro.

Marta Nunes da Costa
is currently Researcher in Political Theory at CEHUM, Minho University, Portugal. She is responsible for a project entitled ‘Redefining Democracy for the XXI Century’, financed by Foundation of Science and Technology. Her most recent book, ‘Democratic Models’ will be published in May 2013 in Brazil.

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graduated with a Masters in History and Political Science from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). His experience in participatory politics started in 1993 as the coordinator of the Planning Office (GAPLAN) of the Porto Alegre municipality, managing the Participatory Budgeting process. In 1999 Tarson directed the Department of Urban and Regional Development of the Secretary of Planning of the state government of Rio Grande do Sul, working with Participatory Budgeting at the state level . He also worked as a consultant for projects linked to popular participation for the World Bank and UN-Habitat, as well as projects related to fighting poverty and food security for the UN agency FAO. Tarson is currently the coordinator of the Cooperation and International Relations Advisory in the office of state governor Tarso Genro.

Dan X. O’Neil
is the Executive Director of the Smart Chicago Collaborative, a civic organization devoted to making lives better in Chicago through technology. Prior to the Smart Chicago, O’Neil was a co-founder of and People Person for EveryBlock, a neighborhood news and discussion site serving 16 cities. He was responsible for uncovering new data sets through online research and working with local governments. O’Neil has also participated in the open data/ open government movement, advising governments and candidates on policy.
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Amisha Patel
serves as Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative and Grassroots Illinois Action, affiliated non-profit organizations working to win racial and economic justice in Chicago and statewide. Both organizations educate and mobilize Illinois residents to build real power for working families, by fighting for living wage jobs, quality public schools, good housing, and safe streets, and by connecting these fights to the voting booth.This follows six years at Service Employees International Union Local 73, where Amisha organized hospital employees and Head Start workers, and worked in coalition with community organizations to fight against school closings. She worked for five years doing arts-based violence against women prevention programming in communities of color in the Bay Area. The documentary that her youth created, Young Azns Rising! Breaking Down Violence Against Women, screened in numerous film festivals and won the Asian Emmy for best documentary.
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Pete Peterson is Executive Director of the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine School of Public Policy, a multi-partisan, non-profit organization that seeks to develop solutions to difficult public policy conflicts through citizen engagement. In 2010, Common Sense California merged with the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine School of Public Policy to form the new Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership. The organization both consults on and financially supports civic engagement efforts throughout California. Pete is also an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy, teaching a state and local governance course on citizen engagement through deliberative democracy. Pete has also worked in elected politics, running for office himself (on the County level), and serving on campaigns for both State and National office. He earned his BA in History from George Washington University, his Masters (with highest honors) in Public Policy (MPP) from Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy, and was a Public Policy Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Pete has served on the Research Board for PB Vallejo.

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is currently a Ph.D candidate in Political Science at the University of São Paulo and at the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle/IHEAL. He received his BA in International Relations from the University of Bologne in Italy in 2006 and a M.A in Latin American Studies from the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle/IHEAL in France in 2008. His thesis examines the process of international diffusion of Participatory Budgeting in Africa, Europe, and Latin America. He is author of Le transfert d’un modèle de démocratie participative: Paradiplomatie entre Porto Alegre et Saint-Denis (2010), published by the IHEAL/CREDA and La Documentation Française. He is also a permanent researcher at the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP) and was Professor of International Relations at the Universidade Estadual Paulista.
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Rachel Weber
is an Associate Professor in the Urban Planning and Policy Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she teaches courses and conducts research in the fields of economic development and real estate finance. As the Associate Director for Research and Program Development at UIC’s Great Cities Institute, she has co-chaired the Steering Committee for Participatory Budgeting Chicago. Much of her recent work has focused on the design and effectiveness of property-tax based incentives for urban development; recent publications on this topic have appeared in Urban Affairs Review, The Journal of the American Planning Association, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Housing Policy Debate, and Urban Studies. In addition to her academic research agenda, Dr. Weber has served as a consultant to local governments and community-based organizations on issues related to public incentives and neighborhood revitalization and has been a PI on several research and technical assistance grants in this area. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her master’s degree and doctorate in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.
Erik Olin-WrightErik Olin Wright is Vilas Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. His academic work has focused on social stratification, class relations, and egalitarian social, economic, and political systems. Since 1992 he has directed The Real Utopias Project, which explores a wide range of proposals and models for radical social change. His books include Deepening Democracy: Institutional Innovations in Empowered Participatory Governance (with Archon Fung, Verso, 2003); Envisioning Real Utopias (Verso, 2010); American Society: How It Really Works (with Joel Rogers, W.W. Norton, 2010).

BiopicFred Otieno
is from Western Kenya, East Africa. He did his undergraduate work at Kenyatta University in Nairobi where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education Arts Kiswahili, History, and Political Studies in the year 2008. During the 2010/2011 academic year, he was a Fulbright exchange student at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and Council on African Studies. Fred’s broad research interests focus on democratization in the global South. He is currently a Masters’ student in Pan African Studies at the Department of African American Studies, Syracuse University (completing in May, 2013). His Masters’ research focuses on Grassroots Democratization through Citizen Participation in State Devolved Funds in Kenya.

Ranata Reeder
is originally from Greensboro, NC. She received her BA in Communication from North Carolina State University. She is currently a graduate student in Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has served as a research assistant to Dr. Spoma Jovanovic’s Participatory Budgeting research project since July 2012. Ranata has held a long interest in democracy and civic engagement, and has served as an intern for the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. She is currently interested in traveling, community gardens, upcycling, and sustainable neighborhoods.

Larry A. Rosenthal JD PhD
teaches at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and has long served as executive director of the Berkeley Program on Housing and Urban Policy. His publications include Risking Housing and Home: Disasters, Cities, Public Policy (Berkeley Public Policy Press, 2008) [ed., with John Quigley] and Our Town: Race, Housing and the Soul of Suburbia (Rutgers University Press, 1995) [with David Kirp and John Dwyer]. His current research interests include civic engagement, participatory budgeting, and municipal fiscal distress. Trained as an attorney, Rosenthal served as law clerk to the late Justice Marcus M. Kaufman at the Supreme Court of California. He teaches courses on collaboration, cities, public policy analysis and practice, law, and quantitative methods. He received his doctoral and masters degrees in public policy from UC Berkeley, a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an AB from Oberlin College.

Ines Sommer
is a Chicago-based filmmaker, cinematographer, educator, and curator. She has directed genre-crossing fiction, experimental, and documentary projects for more than two decades, including the short documentary “Democracy in Action” about participatory budgeting in Chicago’s 49th Ward. Her human rights documentary “Beneath the Blindfold”, which follows four international torture survivors on their path to healing, was named “Best 2012 Political Documentary” by the Chicago Reader and recently screened on Capitol Hill for members of Congress and their staff. Ines’ company Sommer Filmworks LLC produces documentaries and videos for the non-profit market and her camerawork has been featured in numerous award-winning documentaries. Besides her filmmaking career, Ines has organized and curated numerous film events, series, and festivals with an emphasis on community engagement and has taught film/video production at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and elsewhere.
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Celina Su
is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York. Her interests lie incivil society and the cultural politics of education and health policy. She is especially interested in how everyday citizens engage in policy-making—via deliberative democracy when inclusive institutions exist, and via protest and social movements when they do not. She is co-author of Our Schools Suck and author of Streetwise for Book Smarts (Cornell University Press, 2009). As a teacher-scholar, her honors include a Berlin Prize, a Whiting Award for Excellence in Teaching, and a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. She also serves as Executive Director of the Burmese Refugee Project, which she co-founded in 2000. Celina received a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from MIT and a B.A. Honors from Wesleyan University. She serves on the Steering Committee and Research Board for Participatory Budgeting in New York City, and recently published an article on PBNYC in the Journal of Public Deliberation.

daniel_schugurenskyDaniel Schugurensky
is a professor in the School of Social Transformation and in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. He is particularly interested in the connections between participatory democracy, citizenship education and community engagement. Daniel has helped organize three international conferences on citizenship learning and participatory democracy (Toronto 2003, Toronto 2008, Rosario 2010). He has conducted research on Participatory Budgeting in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Canada, paying special attention to the educational dimension of participatory budgeting. He co-edited the book “Learning citizenship by practicing democracy: International initiatives and perspectives” (Cambridge Scholarly Press, 2010).

Reynald Trillana
is the executive director of the Philippine Center for Civic Education and Democracy, a non-government organization dedicated to the strengthening of democracy through civic education. Mr. Trillana has more than ten years of experience in development work, mostly in Mindanao where managed projects on voter education and the deepening of democracy among Muslim Filipinos. Mr. Trillana also taught politics and government at the University of Asia and the Pacific and the University of Santo Tomas.

Andrew Trump
is a member of PB Greensboro, the community-based group working to “get PB” in Greensboro since 2011. He manages the Greensboro programs for Reading Connections, North Carolina’s largest community-based adult literacy agency. Additionally, he works with IMPACT Greensboro, a place-based leadership development program that brings together established and emerging local leaders to create personal strategies for affecting positive community change. In the fall of 2013 he’ll begin work on a master’s in public administration from the University of North Carolina School of Government. He’s excited by PB projects that improve public transportation and urban bike- and walkability.

Meg Wade
is a board member for PBP. She served as a community representative in the first year of PB in the 49th Ward in Chicago, helping co-chair the transportation committee that year. She has provided facilitation services and training for a variety of grassroots and non-profit organizations.

Mandy WagnerMandy Wagner
is a trained lawyer with a Masters degree in Development and Cooperation. For the past 7 years she has worked in international development cooperation, focusing on good governance issues. In 2011 Ms Wagner joined the Service Agency Communities in One World as project manager for participatory budgeting. Her work focuses on promoting the idea of participatory budgeting in Germany, as well as an international knowledge exchange between German municipalities and municipalities from all over the world.