Citistates Associates

Neal Peirce

Chairman, The Citistates Group

Co-author of Citistates, Boundary Crossers, and Century of the City. Wrote a 10-book series on U.S. states and regions culminating in The Book of America: Inside U.S.A. Today. Syndicated columnist, Washington Post Writers Group.

Curtis Johnson

President, The Citistates Group

Co-author of Citistates, Boundary Crossers, Disrupting Class and Century of the City. Former board chair, the Metropolitan Council of Minneapolis-St. Paul, community college president and state government official.

Farley Peters

Manager and Vice President, The Citistates Group

Public policy specialist, networker and speaking agent for the Group.


Camille Cates Barnett

Former managing director of City of Philadelphia; former city manager of several cities in Texas and Washington D.C.

MarySue Barrett

Skilled civic connector, president of Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council, former chief of policy for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Eugenie Birch

University of Pennsylvania-based scholar of cities — American and global — and member of key urban commissions.

Edward Blakely

Expert in regional planning and disaster recovery, also active as a a radio and podcast commentator, presently a professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Sydney.

David Boyd

A professional planner, educator, and writer, currently working with MSA Professional Services.

Tim Campbell

A foremost American urbanist focused on international cities. Former World Bank official, board chair of the Urban Age Institute.

Gail Christopher

Expert on holistic health issues, currently Vice President for Programs at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

Rick Cole

City Manager of Ventura, Calif., commentator and advocate for issues of sustainability, smart growth and New Urbanism.

David Crockett

Former IBM executive. Founder of Chattanooga Institute for Sustainability, consulting group focusing on applying principles of sustainable communities, former chair, Chattanooga City Council.

Gene DePrez

Strategic advisor to Citiscope, the non-profit journalist-led website and global news service launched by the Citistates Group. He is also the founding partner of Global Innovation Partners.

William Dodge

Principal of Regional Excellence Consulting; former Executive Director of National Association of Regional Councils; author of books and articles on regionalism and regional government structures.

Thomas M. Downs

Transportation expert and commentator. Chairman, North American Board of Veolia Transportation. Former president/CEO of the Eno Transportation Foundation, CEO of Amtrak, and New Jersey Commissioner of Transportation.

Richard C. D. Fleming

An active civic entrepreneur in business and government. Recently retired after 17 years as president of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association; previously president of the Greater Denver Chamber of Commerce and HUD executive.

Anthony Flint

A veteran journalist long focused on development issues, now with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Author of This Land: The Battle Over Sprawl and the Future of America and Wrestling With Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York’s Master Builder.

William Fulton

Currently the mayor of Ventura, Calif. — But also journalist, urban planner, commentator and author on urban planning, metropolitan growth, and economic development. Author; editor of California Planning and Development Report.

Roberta Brandes Gratz

Award-winning journalist and urban critic, New York-based author of The Living City: Thinking Small in a Big Way.

John Stuart Hall

Professor at the School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University; specialist in regional governance and university-community linkages. A co-author of Citistates.

Lenneal Henderson

Professor of Government and Public Administration and chair of the William Donald Schaefer Center at the University of Baltimore. Lecturer on on metropolitan and environmental issues across the U.S. and internationally.

Doug Henton

Founder of Silicon Valley firm, Collaborative Economics; specialist in regional economic development strategies involving civic alliances; founder of the Alliance for Regional Stewardship.

 Jon Hockenyos

An Austin, Texas-based economist focused on the dynamics of change in cities and urban regions.

Alan Hoffman

Expert in, exponent of effective regional transit systems. Founding partner of the San Diego-based Mission Group.

William Hudnut

Former mayor of Indianapolis, leading that city’s renaissance over 16 years. Author of Cities on the Rebound (1998) and Changing Metropolitan America: Planning for A Sustainable Future (2008).

Peter Katz

Author, consultant, developer and community builder; founding Executive Director of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Expert on form-based codes and other urban planning tools.


Daniel Kemmis

Former mayor of Missoula, Mont., and the Mountain West’s leading contemporary thinker and writer on topics of community, regionalism and human society.

Robert Lang

Professor of sociology at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas as well as director of Brookings Institution Mountain West headquartered there. Author of Edgeless Cities: Explaining the Elusive Metropolis.

Richard Louv

Journalist and visionary. Author on life and community (Last Child in the Woods, America II, Childhood’s Future and others).

Alex Marshall

Author, architecture and planning reporter, a commentator on cities and the dynamics of their transportation systems and physical environment. Senior editor, New York Regional Plan association and the Institute of Urban Design.

Ed McMahon

Authority on land conservation, smart growth and HP.  Senior Fellow for Sustainable Development of the Urban Land Institute.

Robert McNulty

Founder-president of Partners for Livable Communities, advancing agencies of quality of life and inclusive civic structures in communities of all income and demographic groups.

Jonathan Miller

Author of Emerging Trends in Real Estate, the leading commercial real estate industry outlook report embracing urban futures.

Mark Muro

Regionalist policy leader for the Brookings Institution, author and journalist.

Aaron Naparstek

Writer, speaker and social entrepreneur,  founder and leader of Streetsblog, a breakthrough web site providing daily coverage of key transportation, land use and environmental issues – initially in New York City, but now in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington as well.

Sam Newberg

A dedicated writer on cities’ glories and pains with a fitting nickname — “Joe Urban.”

 Mary Newsom

Skilled journalist on issues of urban development and regional futures, formerly an editor at the Charlotte Observer.

Manuel Pastor

Director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at the University of Southern California. A trailblazer in connecting the interests of minority and disadvantaged communities with the economic and social futures of entire citistates.

Scott Polikov

“Recovering” attorney, urban planner, rail activist, policy consultant, and a civic entrepreneur from Fort Worth, Texas.

Samuel Seskin

Portland-based transportation and land use specialist. Expert on transit-oriented development.

Keith Schneider

Journalist – producer -public policy strategist, Keith Schneider is a New York Times special correspondent, founded the Michigan land Use Institute, and directs communications for the Apollo Alliance.

William Shutkin

Educator, environmentalist, social entrepreneur and former foundation president.

Beth Siegel

Founder and President of Mt. Auburn Associates, a New England-based economic development consulting firm promoting economic growth and stability, job generation, and more efficient capital markets.

Ron Sims

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Affairs. Three times elected Executive of King County, Wash., Sims is a leader among U.S. elected officials in calling for early, strong regional action plans to combat global warming.

William Stafford

President, Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle; former deputy mayor of Seattle with a specialty in intergovernmental relations. Premier leader of regional study tours to world citistates.

Kim Walesh

Expert in economic competitiveness and civic leadership, director of San Jose’s economic strategy for Silicon Valley, co-founder of Collaborative Economics.

Jay Walljasper

Award-winning writer and speaker; former editor of the Utne Reader and Ode Magazine.

David Warm

Executive Director of the Mid-America Regional Council, a leading American practitioner of the challenging art of regionalism on a metro scale.

Marc A. Weiss

Founder and leader of the Global Urban Development, a global cities think tank. Focused on regionalism, housing and economic development issues under HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros.

Thomas K. Wright

Executive director of the New York-based Regional Plan Association.  Lecturer on growth management and regional policy.

Nicholas You

“Imagineer” and world citizen; international urban consultant; former United Nations-Habitat official and lead organizer, the World Urban Campaign.

Speakers Bureau

The Citistates Group represents many of its Associates for speaking engagements. For more information, see our Speakers Bureau Information Page