EcoDistricts Faculty

We collaborate with industry practitioners and other NGOs to expand our impact and engage more deeply to help cities and projects advance district and neighborhood scale sustainability. EcoDistricts Faculty are a go-to group of experts for trainings, workshops, and consulting services. Faculty have deep expertise in core areas of EcoDistricts formation and support the EcoDistricts Accelerator.

Together, we bring a combined 50+ years of experience in advancing neighborhood scale sustainability projects with a focus on collaborative governance, community engagement, social equity, resiliency, green infrastructure, affordable housing, sustainable development, placemaking, urban planning and public policy.

Nwamaka Agbo, Nwamaka Agbo Consulting

Restorative Economics practitioner, Nwamaka Agbo, brings a solutions-oriented approach to her project management consulting. With a background in organizing, electoral campaigns, policy and advocacy on racial, social and environmental justice issues, Nwamaka supports projects that build resilient, healthy and self-determined communities rooted in shared prosperity. In addition to her consulting practice, Nwamaka is also a Senior Fellow at the Movement Strategy Center and a 2017 Fellow for the RSF Integrated Capital Fellowship Program. Nwamaka previously served as the Director of Programs at EcoDistricts leading Target Cities—a program to support 11 neighborhood-scale sustainable urban regeneration projects across North American committed to equitable economic development. She graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and African American Studies and holds a Master’s of Public Administration specializing in Financial Management from San Francisco State University.

Eliot Allen, Principal, Criterion Planners

Eliot Allen is an urban planner and co-creator of the EcoDistricts Certified program. A principal of Criterion Planners of Portland Oregon, he specializes in using sustainability metrics and appraisal systems to advance neighborhood climate protection. In the past decade, Criterion-planned and implemented projects have saved over five billion pounds of GHG emissions. Eliot is a co-creator of the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system, low-carbon built environment advisor for the Sustainable SITES and STAR Community rating systems, indicator consultant for the Catalytic Communities Sustainable Favela project, and education provider for and Eliot’s urban sustainability indicators work has earned the EPA Climate Protection Award for the Chula Vista Climate Protection Plan, the CNU Charter Award for the SmartCode, and the APA Sustainable Communities Award for the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan.

Irwin Lowenstein, President, ReThink Advisors, Inc. RA, LEED AP, EcoDistricts AP

Irwin is the founder and President of ReThink Advisors, a Cleveland-based strategic, consultancy that lives at the intersection of purpose-driven urban design, planning, architecture, sustainability and resilience. A registered architect with over 35 years of professional experience, Irwin earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree at Carnegie Mellon University. Irwin has special expertise working with clients in the non-profit, government and institutional sectors and he closely collaborates with the leadership of anchor institutions, urban innovation districts, campuses, foundations and mayors who are planning, building and leveraging strategic investments. With a focus on legacy cities, Irwin brings cross-sector experience in urban design, planning, architecture and development to realize large-scale redevelopment projects on behalf of his clients, including Case Western Reserve University, MetroHealth Systems, and the City of Lakewood.

Christine Mondor, Principal, evolveEA

Christine has been active in shaping places, processes and organizations nationally and internationally through her work as an architect, educator, and activist. As strategic Principal of evolveEA and a registered architect, Christine brings creative and strategic solutions to diverse projects. Christine has taught architecture, landscape design and sustainability concepts at Carnegie Mellon University, Slippery Rock University, and Chatham College. She serves as Chair of the Pittsburgh Planning Commission, President for the Green Building Alliance Board of Directors, is a member of the Global Ecodistricts Protocol Advisory Committee, the Penn State University Stuckeman School Advisory Board, and is former Board Chair at the Design Center of Pittsburgh. She has been recognized by Pittsburgh Magazine with a Women in Business Award. She is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Pete Munoz, Senior Engineer, Biohabitats

Pete Munoz is a licensed engineer. Pete has been lucky enough to work with some of the most influential green built projects in the United States to create inspirational infrastructure and assist reconnecting our communities with what makes them work. With degrees in Biosystems, Civil and Environmental Engineering has been asked to speak around the country on a variety of topics including green infrastructure, regenerative design, and climate change solutions. Pete is a partner in the Alliance for Regeneration and he teaches several water related courses at Yestermorrow Design/Build in Warren, Vermont, and Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.

Donzell Robinson, Chief Operating Officer Justice and Sustainability Associates

As COO of Justice and Sustainability Associates, Donzell provides day-to-day leadership and management of JSA’s daily operations. Donzell Robinson has established a distinguished career as a nationally recognized ADR professional. Donzell has designed, convened, and facilitated multi-party problem solving interactions to resolve public policy problems of mutual interest. Donzell has served as President, of the Association of Conflict Resolution, the leading organization for professionals in dispute resolution field. With this experience Donzell brings an encyclopedic knowledge of international best practices in mediation, facilitation and community engagement.

Meghan Venable-Thomas, Cultural Resilience Program Director, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

Meghan is the Cultural Resilience Program Director managing the Climate and Cultural Resilience Program at Enterprise Community Partners. She has a background in public health focused on increasing health equity, strategies for community based participatory research, and tools for advancing creativity and culture. With over 10 years of military experience developing and implementing strategies, building programs, and leading teams, she is now focusing on ways to improve social determinants of health in the United States and abroad. She maintains her military service as a Major in the Massachusetts Army National Guard providing Sexual Assault Prevention Coordination, directing programs, training, and victim advocacy around Sexual Assault prevention. Meghan holds a master’s degree in Public Health Management from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from United States Military Academy (USMA).

Naomi Cole, EcoDistricts AP, LEED AP

Naomi has a diverse background in urban sustainability and development in both the non-profit and private sectors. She is a skilled manager and facilitator and brings over 15 years of experience in delivering projects and programs to public, private and community clients. Naomi has a long history with all EcoDistricts programs, as EcoDistricts Program Director for the Portland Sustainability Institute and Vice President of Programs for EcoDistricts. Her professional experience includes roles at ZGF Architects, PECI/CLEAResult, and Konstrukt. She studied architecture, environmental studies and urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Real Estate at Portland State University. Naomi is a native Portlander and lives in a net zero energy home in which she makes jewelry, bakes cakes, and speaks to her toddler in Italian.