Community Heart & Soul Trustees
Tom is a Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches land use planning, growth management, land preservation, and environmental planning. Tom is a Senior Contributing Editor of Farmland Preservation Report. His books include: When City and Country Collide: Managing Growth in the Metropolitan Fringe, The Small Town Planning Handbook, and The Environmental Planning Handbook for Sustainable Communities and Regions. Tom holds a BA in Economics from Harvard University, a master’s in Agricultural Economics from the University of Newcastle, United Kingdom, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Oregon State University.
Jared is Executive Director of Energy Action Network, a nonprofit devoted to creating clean affordable, and secure electric, heating, and transportation systems for Vermont. He served as Vermont state Economic Development Director. Jared is author of Next Generation Democracy: What the Open Source Revolution Means for Power, Politics, and Change. He served as National Director of the Sierra Student Collation, the national student chapter of the Sierra Club and the largest student environmental organization in America. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and master’s degrees in Modern Society from the University of Cambridge and in Public Affairs from Princeton University.
Janice had a twenty-five-year career at The Vermont Country Store in Manchester, Vermont, where she was Head of Retail and Head of Merchandising for catalog and web sales. She represented the company in numerous community activities and events including the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company in Weston, Vermont, and youth organizing through the West River Sports Association in Londonderry, Vermont. Janice’s recent philanthropic activities include the Manchester Community Library building campaign and the campaign for the Burr & Burton Academy Mountain Campus in Peru, Vermont. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Michael’s College.
Susan served as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs where she focused on cooperation and strategic partnerships to improve the lives of Coloradans. She served as Mayor of Fort Collins, Colorado, and was a City Councilor. She has taught at Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado. She was Vice President and Executive Director of the National Audubon Society in Colorado, Executive Director of Aims Community College Foundation, and founding member and chair of Great Outdoors Colorado. Her BA is in Political Science from the University of Michigan, an Ed.M. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Colorado State University.
Ed is Senior Resident Fellow at the Urban Land Institute. He served as Vice President and Director of Land Use Planning for The Conservation Fund in Arlington, Virginia. He co-founded and was President of Scenic America. He taught at Georgetown University Law Center and served in the U.S. Army. His books include: Ten Principles for Smart Growth on the Suburban Fringe; Green Infrastructure: Connecting Landscapes and Communities; Land Conservation Financing; Better Models for Commercial Development; and Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities. Ed holds a master's in Urban Studies from the University of Alabama and a JD from Georgetown University.
Lyman is Proprietor, with his sons, Cabot, Gardner and Eliot, of The Vermont Country Store. The retailer employs more than 600 and sells through two stores, catalogues, and the web. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and was a Planning Commissioner in his hometown, Weston, Vermont, and experienced divisiveness of residents over a proposed animal amusement park on the side of a mountain north of town. The scars on the mountain healed far faster than the divisions in town, which prompted Lyman to conceive Community Heart & Soul. This practice focuses on what residents have in common, engages all voices in town, identifies those things that matter most, and articulates its heart & soul as a guide to decisions about its future. The numerous cities and towns that practice Community Heart & Soul have experienced renewed energy, optimism, a can-do attitude, increased volunteerism and resident engagement, self-driven economic development, and more people moving in. They are now better places to live and raise families.
Scot is Associate Director for Advocacy and Influence for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where he supports a national portfolio of work aimed at creating greater opportunities for children, families, and communities focused on advancing place-based policies, practices, and strategies. He also coordinates Casey’s local advocacy efforts in Baltimore.
Scot serves on a number of boards, including the Smart Growth America board, which he chairs, and the Baltimore regional Sustainable Communities Initiative steering committee, where he is Co-chairman. His master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Studies and bachelor’s in Architecture are from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
Tony is Executive Director of the Ittleson Foundation. He was Chief Program Officer at the J. M. Kaplan Fund, and worked at the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. He was adjunct faculty of the Preservation Program in the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He served in lead roles of numerous preservation organizations including Preservation League of New York State, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Partners for Sacred Places, Historic Districts Council of New York City, the New York Preservation Archive Project. He holds a master's in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois and a bachelor's from Kenyon College.