Diane Jones Allen, D. Eng., PLA, FASLA
Program Director, Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Texas, Arlington
Diane Jones Allen, D. Eng., PLA, FASLA is Program Director and Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Texas, Arlington. She is Principal Landscape Architect with DesignJones LLC which received the 2016 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Community Service Award. In 2017, she participated on the ASLA Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change. Diane serves on the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) as the Vice President of Education. Diane is author of Lost in the Transit Desert: Race Transit Access and Suburban Form, Routledge Press, 2017, and co-editor of Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity, Island Press 2017. Diane is part of one of two cross disciplinary teams that won 2020 SOM Foundation Research Prize focused on examining social justice in urban contexts.
President, Climate Resilience Consulting
Joyce Coffee, LEED AP, is founder and President of Climate Resilience Consulting, a social enterprise that works with clients to create practical strategies that enhance markets and communities through adaptation to climate change. Coffee has 25 years of leadership experience in government, private, nonprofit, philanthropic and academic sectors. She has worked with over 200 institutions to create and implement climate-related resilience strategies. Specific areas of emphasis include resilience strategy, resilience finance, resilience measurement and social equity. She is an appointed director or chair of twenty nonprofit boards and initiatives. She received a B.S. in biology, environmental studies and Asian studies from Tufts University and a Masters in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Urban Designer & Strategist
Ifeoma Ebo, LEED AP, NOMA is an experienced Urban Designer & Strategist with a proven track record in transforming urban spaces into platforms for equity and design excellence. Through leadership roles in urban design & development initiatives funded by the United Nations, FIFA and the NYC Mayors Office she has excelled in managing multidisciplinary teams towards the planning and implementation of projects supporting racial, social and cultural equity. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University and Columbia University where she teaches on the intersection of urban design and equity. As the founding Director of Creative Urban Alchemy LLC, she is a highly sought-after consultant on equitable urban design and sustainable development strategy for city governments and civic institutions internationally.
Team Leader, SOM's High Performance Design Group
Arathi Gowda is a team leader for SOM's High Performance Design Group, which spearheads the firm's sustainability work. As an educator, she is committed to training the next generation of sustainable practitioners, having taught coursework on sustainable urbanism at multiple universities. She is an advocate for collective climate action and is the co-chair of AIA Chicago's 2030 Commitment Working Group and one of 20 Steering Committee members for U.S. Architects Declare. In 2016, Gowda was honored with the individual Chapter Mission Award from Illinois Green and in 2019 was named one of ten recipients of Green Building & Design's Women in Sustainability Leadership Award.
Senior Associate and Resilience Planner, AECOM’s Urbanism + Planning Practice
Tatum is a senior associate and resilience planner with AECOM’s Urbanism + Planning practice. She trained in architecture, urban design, and regional planning in Johannesburg, South Africa London, UK and Austin, TX. She has led and managed a wide-range of projects for cities and regions including climate action, economic resilience, transportation, land use and equity and within AECOM is highly active in furthering the firm’s Equity, Diversity and inclusion initiatives. Some current projects include working with communities across nine coastal counties along the Gulf coast to develop an economic resilience strategy to be better prepared for future storms. Most notably, Tatum served as the Deputy Project Manager for the City of Dallas’ Comprehensive Environmental and Climate Action Plan, and was recognized as one of Dallas Innovates’ ‘Future 50 disruptors in 2020’ for this work. She is an experienced facilitator bringing diverse interests together to co-create solutions that are ecologically sensitive, encourage economic prosperity and are equitable for communities.
Dawveed Scully (facilitator)
Associate Director and Senior Urban Designer, SOM
As an associate director and senior urban designer at SOM, Dawveed Scully spearheads complex urban planning projects at the neighborhood, district, and city scale through an equitable design lens. He has helped lead SOM's approach to community engagement, refining the firm's strategies for better engaging and championing the communities we serve. By facilitating robust collaboration between stakeholders, local government, and empowering citizens during the design process, Scully uses design as a tool for effective and lasting change. His recent projects include the Atlanta University Center Master Plan, the Detroit East Riverfront Plan, and Englewood Connect, a new entrepreneurial and community hub on Chicago’s South Side. Scully is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture. He was awarded the ULI Chicago Young Visionary Award in 2018 and was recently selected to participate in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s transition committee on Business, Economic, and Neighborhood Development. He is a 2021 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and currently serves on the CCAC Burnham Council.