Robin Abad Ocubillo

Senior Planner
San Francisco Planning Department

Robin Abad Ocubillo is Senior Planner at the SF Planning Department. His current and past work focuses on civic innovation in public space design, management, and evaluation.  He is the Lead Policy Planner for SF Places for People and also manages the city’s Public Space- Public Life program which conducts human-use evaluation of public spaces. Prior to SF Planning, Robin served as a Project Manager with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, working on cultural landscape and adaptive reuse projects throughout the SF Bay Area; he also co-authored over a dozen public life studies of LADOT complete streets projects.

Adriana Akers

Urban Designer and Planner

Adriana combines expertise in planning and design, social science research, and sustainability to devise interdisciplinary, context-sensitive interventions that strengthen urban quality of life. Her work at Gehl is informed by her past experiences in urban policy, where she focused on diverse topics including sustainable development in Chinese cities, design strategies for informal settlements, disaster recovery planning after Hurricane Sandy, and citywide sustainability planning in New York. Adriana holds a Master’s in City Planning and a Certificate in Urban Design from MIT.

Story Bellows


Story Bellows is a partner at CityFi, an urban advisory services working at the intersection of technology, governance, public-private partnership, and public space. Before joining CityFi, Story served as Brooklyn Public Library’s Chief Innovation and Performance Officer. She also launched and directed the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics in Philadelphia, served as Director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a National Endowment for the Arts leadership initiative, and spent four years in private design practice in Chicago. Story holds a BA from Colgate University and an MSc from the London School of Economics in City Design and Social Science.

Geoff Dyck

Project Manager and Urban Designer

Geoff is a multidisciplinary project manager and designer. Motivated, curious, and creative, Geoff combines his expertise as an urban planner, data analyst, and designer to produce vibrant public places and thoughtful urban strategies with people at their heart. He is passionate about developing design and planning solutions that are both responsive and flexible to changing neighborhoods and communities. Geoff received his Master degree in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute.

Jennifer Gardner

Program Manager
Gehl Institute

Jennifer Gardner is Program Manager with Gehl Institute, and an urban planner whose work aims to promote equity and opportunity through human-centered planning and design and sound public policy. Jennifer manages programs and projects across Gehl Institute’s portfolio of research, public health, and civic technology work. Previously, Jennifer was a Senior Planner with NYC Parks, where she managed over $500M planning and policy projects, including the creation and implementation of two signature initiatives to enhance equity in public space. She holds an MS in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute and a BA in English Literature from Cornell University.

Riley Gold

Research Associate
Gehl Institute

Riley is a Program Associate at Gehl Institute, where he has worked on projects related to the study and advancement of equitable public life. Prior to joining Institute, Riley worked at Interboro Partners, an interdisciplinary design and planning office in New York City, where he researched, co-edited, and co-wrote the firm’s book, The Arsenal of Exclusion and Inclusion. In 2015, Riley was a Maguire Fellow in Delhi, India, studying media and urbanism based at Sarai: a program of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Alex Hagenah

Data Librarian
Seattle Department of Transportation

Alex Hagenah is a data librarian supporting the Seattle Department of Transportation. He is the creator and maintainer of a comprehensive catalog of transportation data
 for reference and analysis. He provides data support and analysis for the Policy & Planning 
division of the DOT and supports Strategic Data initiatives – including development of outcome-based metrics, data management and governance plans, and special projects. Alex was recently a data analyst at the Brooklyn Public Library and Graduate Assistant at the Pratt Institute School of Information.

Daniel Latorre

Co-Founder & Director
Digital Placemaking Institute

Daniel Latorre started the digital placemaking practice while at Project for Public Spaces in 2010 where he is a Senior Fellow. He co-founded the Digital Placemaking Institute, founded The Wise City, co-founded a neighborhood alliance in Brooklyn, and has over 20 years of digital experience across human-centered design, branding, edtech, gaming, social media, product management, and technology strategy.

Paul McConnell

Senior Director of Product Design

Paul is the Sr. Director of Product Design at Intersection, an urban innovation company that integrates technology to create better customer experiences for cities, transit authorities, citizens, and brands. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for Experiential Graphic Designs (SEGD) and helped create Urban Assembly Maker Academy, the first public high school in New York City with a design and technology centric curriculum. Paul is the author of the O’Reilly Media report “Designing for Cities: Technology and the Urban Experience” and contributed to the soon to be published “Smarter New York City / How City Agencies Innovate” by Columbia University Press. His work has also been featured in publications such as Wired, Communication Arts, Fast Company, and City Limits. Paul holds a graduate degree from Pratt Institute where he continues to serve as an associate professor.

Christian Moscardi


Christian has extensive data / technology experience – most recently leading the tech team at The Data Incubator, a data science training firm. Starting this summer, he’ll be in Washington beginning a technology fellowship at the US Census Bureau. Currently, he’s working with BetaNYC and finishing his Masters’ at NYU CUSP.

Crystal Penalosa


Crystal Penalosa (they/them) is an American artist and interdisciplinary designer based in New York. Their work as an artist focuses on queer identity, utilizing modular electronics and voice. Crystal currently works at Stae as a community engineer, collaboratively developing hardware prototypes with cities to solve problems. They hold a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.

Lauren Renée

Senior Planner, BJF Planning

Lauren Rennée is an Urban Planner and Civic Hacker from New York City. She is a Senior Planner at BFJ Planning where she works on a wide range of transportation planning projects for public and private sector clients in the tri-state area. Outside of work, Lauren is an organizer of BetaNYC, a civic-tech organization dedicated to improving lives through civic design, digital tools, and open data. The organization works to demystify government, empower communities, and encourage collaboration between elected bodies and their constituents.

Eric Scharnhorst

People Data Expert

Eric builds analytics applications for cities. He first started working on projects with Gehl in Copenhagen in 2009, and is the data architect behind Gehl Public Life Data. He holds a Phd from the Center for Public Space Research at the Royal Danish Academy, and is an experienced keynote speaker. He worked with the Obama White House and Redfin to build software to make it easier for people to find an affordable home and a good job.

Ellie Smith

Program & Policy Specialist
Seattle Department of Transportation

Ellie Smith is a Program & Policy Specialist at the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). In her role in the Public Space Management team, Ellie has used her background in research methods and program evaluation to assess various SDOT initiatives, including parklets and pavement to parks. She is part of a team developing a citywide, systematic approach to public life data collection on city sidewalks to be piloted in Summer 2018.

Shin-pei Tsay

Executive Director
Gehl Institute

Shin-pei Tsay is the Executive Director of Gehl institute, whose mission is to transform the way cities are shaped by making public life an intentional driver for design and policy. Previously, Shin-pei served as Deputy Executive Director at TransitCenter; founded and directed the Cities and Transportation Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and served as Deputy Director of Transportation Alternatives and Chief Operating Officer of Project for Public Spaces. Shin-pei is on the Board of In Our Backyards (ioby) and Transportation Alternatives, and is a Commissioner for the New York City Public Design Commission. Shin-pei holds a MSc in Cities, Space and Society from London School of Economics and a BA with distinction from Cornell University.

Adriana Young

Head of City Relations

Adriana is an urban design researcher and the head of city relations at Stae. She helps craft inclusive design and technology for cities and bring people-centered products to life. She is also teaching faculty at the Parsons School of Design, where she leads courses in design thinking and research.