Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Brandon Nolin is a Senior Planner specializing in comprehensive planning and community development at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). He uses his background in archaeology, statistics, and market research to develop data-driven plans that are both physically achievable and economically viable.
Over the past 10 years, Brandon has worked in communities of all shapes and sizes. He has created award-winning plans to reposition shrinking cities like Flint MI, revitalize aging commercial areas in Milwaukee, and strengthen small rural towns and emerging suburban communities. Brandon is also actively involved in furthering the planning profession. He co-founded a young planners organization and serves as Director of the American Planning Association’s Chicago Metro Section.
Brandon has a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Michigan State University and two graduate degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago: a Master’s in Urban Planning and Policy and a Master’s in Urban and Environmental Geography.
Director, Neighborhood Strategy and Planning
Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago
Deborah Moore became Director of Neighborhood Strategy and Planning in October of 2010. A long time asset to the organization, Ms. Moore first began serving NHS in 1996 as Director of the West Englewood office, and became Director of the Auburn Gresham/Englewood Office in 2000. As the Director of Neighborhood Strategy and Planning, Moore directs and develops neighborhood program resources and oversees the staff for the six partnership initiatives (Chatham, Chicago Lawn, Englewood, North Lawndale, West Humboldt and Woodlawn). Additionally, she administers the implementation of both national and local community development initiatives in the neighborhoods, including NHS’ involvement in the City of Chicago’s Micro-Market Recovery Program and in various NeighborWorks® programs. Her role also includes orchestrating the beneficial relationships between the Neighborhood Strategy office and other programs and divisions within the organization. Deborah values local and resident partnerships as a necessary tool in neighborhood revitalization and community engagement evidenced through implementation of successful initiatives resulting in new homeowners, vacant buildings reclaimed and model blocks. Ms. Moore was awarded the Community Hero Award by the Greater Auburn Gresham Community Development Corporation’s New Community’s Program in 2007 for her innovative work in and continued commitment to the Auburn Gresham community. She received her Master’s degree in Human Services Administration, with a curricular concentration in Affordable Housing Development at Spertus College.
Illinois Institute of Technology
Robert F. Anderson and Associates, Inc.
Bob Anderson is a retired vice president of marketing for UOP LLC, the world’s largest provider of licensed technology to the global oil refining and petrochemicals industry. Prior to that, he was vice president of quality and productivity. During 37 years at UOP, he received 28 US patents, earned a master’s degree in management at Northwestern, and served as managing director of subsidiaries in Belgium and the Netherlands. He is president of Robert F. Anderson and Associates, Inc. and a Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois.
Bob returned to his alma mater, Illinois Institute of Technology, seventeen years ago to start a technology transfer and intellectual property office. He worked with faculty and students for 14 years as an entrepreneurship mentor while serving as investor, officer, director, or consultant to startups in areas including thermal management of large lithium ion batteries, hybrid and plug-in hybrid conversion of vehicles from SUV’s to school buses and city buses, solar energy, and digital motor drives. He was involved in the early stages of IIT’s business incubator development. After retirement from his IIT day job, he throttled back to teaching three classes a week and managing or advising four startup companies.
Bob teaches classes at IIT in creativity, project management, ethics, presentation skills, entrepreneurship and intellectual property, as well as a globally distributed course entitled energy, environment, and economics aimed at graduate students in disciplines from architecture to engineering, science, and business. For several years he served as a senior faculty member at Keller Graduate School of Management where he taught a course in management of organizational change.
He is a regular speaker to groups interested in energy alternatives and has presented short courses in energy and the environment around the world.