Ed McMahon, Chair
Ed McMahon is the Senior Fellow for Sustainable Development and Charles E. Fraser Chair for Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy at the Urban land Institute. He is recognized nationally as an inspiring and thought-provoking speaker and a leading authority on topics such as the links between health and the built environment, sustainable development, land conservation, smart growth, and historic preservation. He recently presented “Where am I? The Power of Uniqueness” at TEDxJacksonville.
David J. Brown
David J. Brown, executive vice president and chief preservation officer at the National Trust, directs a comprehensive array of preservation projects, historic sites, and partner services. Before joining the Trust 15 years ago, he served as founding executive director of the Preservation Alliance of Virginia. David also served as director of the Historic Staunton Foundation in Staunton, Virginia, and has authored numerous publications. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University’s historic preservation program, he also holds a master’s in planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Kevin Daniels is president of Daniels Real Estate, LLC, which focus on complex urban real estate projects that combine historic preservation and the redevelopment of landmarked structures. His work has been recognized with two National Preservation Awards and numerous local and state awards. Daniels currently serves on the National Trust Community Investment Corporation (NTCIC)’s board and a number of other boards, including the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Seattle Preservation & Development Authority, and Gonzaga University.
Samuel B Dixon
Sam Dixon practices law at his firm, Dixon & Thompson, PLLC, and is serving his fourth term as an elected town councilman for Edenton, North Carolina, where he is the chairman of the budget committee. He is a former board member of Preservation North Carolina and a current member of the National Trust Council.
Joe Grills is the past chairman of the Montpelier Foundation, which manages the presidential home of James and Dolley Madison, a National Trust Historic Site. He serves on the boards of Woodberry Forest School and Kimco Realty, and is a member of a number of investment organizations.
Irvin M. Henderson
Irvin Henderson is the principal of Henderson & Company, a consulting firm and development company with particular expertise in the areas of community development, commercial, residential, and enterprise development. He is the former President and CEO of Henderson Financial Services and the former CEO of Gateway Community Development. Irvin is Chair of the National Trust Community Investment Corporation, a Trustee of the CRA Fund, Past Chair and current Executive Committee Member of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Chair of the Capital Markets Collaborative Council, and the Founding President of the Community Reinvestment Association of North Carolina.
Laura Krizov is the Manager of the Michigan Main Street Center and has worked for the State of Michigan for more than 18 years. Krizov served on the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s CATeam, where she assisted communities in the revitalization process, including handling Brownfield projects, packaging CBDG incentives and providing technical assistance. For the last 14 years, she has been a vital part of the Michigan Main Street Program, providing training to communities and elevating the program to its current status. Krizov has worked with all of the current Main Street communities and oversees the members of the Michigan Main Street staff.
Mary M. Thompson is co-manager, with her husband Dick, of Thompson Consulting, which provides services in historic preservation, planning, public policy, and project management. Mary was formerly a state coordinator of the Washington Downtown Revitalization Program and a program associate for the National Main Street Center. She also served as the Washington state historic preservation officer.
Darryl Young is the Director of the Summit Foundation’s Sustainable Cities Program. Previously, he was General Manager and led the public relations practice at Riester, a national advertising, public relations and social marketing firm. Darryl has served as the Director of the California Department of Conservation, a $1.2 billion agency responsible for recycling, open space and farmland preservation, geological hazards including seismic safety, and oil, gas, geothermal and mineral exploration. He has also been a Member of the California Board of Forestry, the Acting Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and served for ten years in the California State Legislature culminating as the Chief Consultant to the Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee. In the non-profit sector, Darryl has been the National Media Director and Lobbyist for the Sierra Club. He currently serves on the boards of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, TransitCenter Foundation and the Story of Stuff Project. He is a past board member of the Container Recycling Institute, President of the National Recycling Coalition and Lighthawk, an environmental flight services organization.
Jess Zimbabwe (AIA, AICP, LEED-AP) serves as Executive Director of the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership at the National League of Cities. The mission of the Daniel Rose Center is to achieve and support excellence in land use decision making. The Center’s flagship program is the Daniel Rose Fellowship for public leaders, which brings the mayors and senior leadership teams of 4 cities together for a year-long program of learning from land use experts, technical assistance, study tours, leadership development, and peer-to-peer exchange. Jess serves as the Rose Center’s first Executive Director. Previously, Jess was the Director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design. Jess earned a Master of Architecture and Master of City Planning from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Architecture from Columbia University. Jess was an Urban and Regional Policy Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, and a Fellow of the Women’s Policy Institute of the Women’s Foundation of California. She serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Next City, and she was appointed by Mayor Vincent Gray to the Washington, DC Green Building Advisory Council She is a licensed architect, certified city planner, and a LEED-Accredited professional.