Lee Fisher is President and CEO of CEOs for Cities. Prior, Lee served as Ohio Lt. Governor, Director of the Ohio Department of Development (“ODOD”), Chair of the Ohio Third Frontier Commission, Ohio Attorney General (“OAG”), State Senator and State Representative. During the time he led the state’s economic development efforts, Site Selection magazine awarded its Governor’s Cup to Ohio three consecutive times -in 2007, 2008, and 2009. The Governor’s Cup recognizes the state with the most new or expanded capital investment projects in the nation. Site Selection also recognized Ohio with the 2008 Competitiveness Award, recognizing ODOD, under Lee’s leadership, as the top economic development agency in the country. Lee has extensive management, strategic planning, fundraising, public speaking, and writing experience. In addition to his public service, Lee has worked as a federal appellate law clerk, private attorney, public and private company board director, law school instructor, undergraduate teaching fellow, television and radio commentator, and as the President/CEO of the Center for Families and Children (“CFC”). Under his leadership, CFC tripled its annual revenue generation and Lee led the largest capital campaign in CFC’s history.
Scott is the President and Co-Founder of the Center for Neighborhood Technology. He leads CNT’s work to understand and better disclose the economic value of resource use in urban communities, and helps craft strategies to capture the value of this efficiency productively and locally.
He studied at Northwestern University, served on the research staff of its Center for Urban Affairs, taught at UCLA and was a founding Board member at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Center. President Clinton appointed Scott to the President’s Council for Sustainable Development, where he co-chaired its task forces on Metropolitan Sustainable Communities and on Cross-Cutting Climate Strategies and to other Federal advisory panels on global warming, development strategy, and science policy. He helped write a climate change strategy for the 1st 100 days of the new Administration. Scott is a Fellow of the Center for State Innovation, a Board Member of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and Congress for the New Urbanism, works with governors, mayors and metropolitan organizations across the U.S., and most recently helped create the Chicago Climate Action Plan at the request of Mayor Richard M. Daley. CNT is a signer of the Charter of the New Urbanism and Scott is a member of the Urban History Association, which includes urbanists old and new.
Randy Blankenhorn is executive director of CMAP, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (www.cmap.illinois.gov). Under his leadership, CMAP developed and is now guiding the implementation of GO TO 2040, metropolitan Chicago’s first comprehensive regional plan in more than 100 years. The plan’s four themes -- Livable Communities, Human Capital, Efficient Governance, and Regional Mobility -- address the fundamental challenges that shape residents' daily lives. Randy and CMAP staff work closely with seven counties, 284 municipalities, and scores of stakeholder groups to implement the plan’s strategies for aligning public policies and investments, seeking to maximize the benefit of scarce resources as the region adds more than 2 million new residents in the next three decades. With GO TO 2040’s integrated approach to transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues, CMAP is dedicated to strengthening the region’s communities and ensuring economic prosperity. Prior to joining CMAP in 2006, Randy was Bureau Chief of Urban Program Planning for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), coordinating activities of the 14 metropolitan planning organizations across Illinois.
Tom Tresser is an educator, organizer and nonprofit consultant. He calls himself a creativity champion and defender of the commons. He was director of cultural development at Peoples Housing where he created a community arts program that blended the arts, education and micro-enterprise. Tom has acted in some 40 shows and produced over 100 plays, special events, festivals and community programs. He was a co-founder of Protect Our Parks, that stopped the privatization of public space in Chicago. He was a lead organizer for No Games Chicago [http://www.nogameschicago.com], a grassroots effort that opposed Chicago’s 2016 Olympic bid. He has taught workshops on “The Politics of Creativity – A Call To Service” [http://www.tresser.com/civic-work] for arts service organizations in six states. Tom also consults with arts organizations on strategic planning, audience development and peer-to-peer marketing. Tom has published a web-based project, “America Needs You!” [http://stores.lulu.com/tom1042] – about the need for artists to get involved in politics. Tom was the Green Party candidate for the position of President of the Board of Commissioners of Cook County in November 2010 election. He teaches a class on creativity and social change [https://tomsclasses.wordpress.com/acting-up] for DePaul's School for New Learning and a class on creativity [http://tomsclasses.wordpress.com] for the IIT Stuart School of Business MBA Program. He is working to launch his 13th nonprofit enterprise, the CivicLab [http://www.civiclab.us], a space for building tools for civic engagement.