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.

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.

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.

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.