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EDRA48 Conference

Keynote Session

Thursday, June 1, 2017
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Community as Corporation – The Talent Retention Imperative
Majora Carter
President, MCG Consulting

Majora Carter

Majora Carter

Successful companies know that investing in individual employees is only as valuable as that organization's ability to keep them from taking their skills elsewhere. Yet we expect the educational and supportive investments for people in low-status communities to result in their exodus. What can be done to retain the talent, spending power, and positive examples that emerge from every community? What effect can a talent retention strategy have on chronic economic stagnation in neighborhoods? What does it look like? Join Majora Carter as she journeys through her own story of escape, return, and revitalization.

Majora Carter is a leading urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation and implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training and placement systems. At Sustainable South Bronx, Carter deployed MIT’s first-ever Mobile Fab-Lab (digital fabrication laboratory) to the South Bronx – where it served as an early iteration of the “Maker-Spaces” found elsewhere today. The project drew residents and visitors together for guided and creative collaborations. After establishing Sustainable South Bronx and Green For All (among other organizations) to carry on that work, she opened a private consulting firm to help spread the message and success of the social enterprise and economic development in low-status communities – Best for the World by B-Corp.

View some of Ms. Carter's other presentations.

Plenary Sessions

Thursday, June 1, 2017
10:30 - 11:45am

Plenary Session 1
Voices from the Past: Linking Historic Preservation to People and Place with the Social Sciences

David Brown, Chief Preservation Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Tom Mayes, General Counsel, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Jeremy Wells, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park

The presenters will discuss how, in the past few years, historic preservation practitioners and advocates have become increasingly interested in a “people-centered” approach to conserving the historic environment. The field, however, needs evidence from the social sciences — especially from environmental psychology — to help substantiate its new goals, which focus on health, quality of life, and human flourishing. To date, researchers in environmental psychology have shown little interest in the historic environment.

The panel will discuss this situation, the state of current knowledge, and offer ways to encourage foundational research in this area with the goal of informing practice. Last, the panel will discuss the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s interest in encouraging environmental psychologists and other social scientists to research aspects of the historic environment and to create pragmatic, applied research methods that practitioners can readily employ.

At the end, there will be a Q&A as well as an opportunity for the audience to provide input about how environmental psychologists and other social scientists could help answer fundamental questions about people and the historic environment, especially in terms of how research can affect practice.


David J. Brown

David J. Brown

David J. Brown leads the National Trust’s comprehensive preservation efforts, with four decades of experience in working to save historic places and build thriving, livable communities. He plays a key oversight role in the implementation of the National Trust’s Preservation10X strategic vision, including the National Treasure campaigns that help protect some of America’s most significant and threatened historic places. He guides the Trust’s advocacy work on behalf of the country’s most important preservation laws and incentives. And he oversees support for local preservation leadership, providing today’s preservation community with effective, high-impact training offerings.

Under David’s direction, the Trust is promoting preservation’s role in environmental sustainability and is committed to improving its diverse collection of historic sites across the country. With his guidance, the organization has focused on a multi-year, $25 million stewardship program to address critical priorities across its entire portfolio of sites.

David also led the creation of — the Trust’s initial introduction to the online world — and conceptualized and fostered the $15 million Partners in Preservation initiative with American Express. He successfully led the organization’s first capital campaign, the $135 million Campaign for America’s Historic Places, from 1999 to 2003.

Prior to joining the Trust, David served as the founding executive director of the Preservation Alliance of Virginia, where he produced one of the nation’s first studies on the economic impact of preservation, and as director of the Historic Staunton Foundation in Virginia. He was among the first graduates of the Historic Preservation Program at Middle Tennessee State University, and has a Master’s in Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Tom Mayes

Tom Mayes

Tom Mayes, senior counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has specialized in both corporate and preservation law since he joined the organization in 1986. He is the principal lawyer for legal matters relating to historic property real estate transactions and for the National Trust’s 29 historic sites. Mayes has written and spoken widely on why old places matter to people, as well as preservation easements, shipwreck protection, historic house museums, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and preservation public policy. For many years, he taught historic preservation law at the University of Maryland Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. In 2013, Tom received the National Endowment for the Arts’ Rome Prize in Historic Preservation, and wrote a series of essays, Why Old Places Matter.

Mayes has developed special expertise in architectural and technical preservation issues, preservation easements, the Americans with Disabilities Act and historic shipwrecks. He is the author of several articles relating to, and has lectured widely on, preservation easements, shipwreck protection, the Americans with Disabilities Act and preservation public policy.

Mayes received his B.A. with honors in History in 1981 and his J.D. in 1985 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mayes received an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University.

Jeremy C. Wells

Jeremy C. Wells

Jeremy C. Wells is an assistant professor in the Historic Preservation Program at the University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland, US) and a Fulbright scholar. His research focuses on improving the practice of conservation/preservation planning and policy through a better understanding of how everyday people value, perceive, and use the historic environment. Wells uses social science research methodologies, such as ethnographies, survey research, phenomenology, and community-based participatory research to influence conservation practice because, fundamentally, he believes that the conservation of the historic environment is an endeavor that should benefit people. Wells is the co-editor (with Barry Stiefel, College of Charleston) of Preservation Education: Sharing Best Practices and Finding Common Ground (University Press of New England). His research has been published in the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, Journal of Environmental Psychology, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, and the Association for Preservation Technology Bulletin along with numerous book chapters. Wells, who is currently on the board of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) and chair elect, created EDRA’s Historic Environment Knowledge Network in 2008 to work with other academics and practitioners in addressing the person/place and environment/behavior aspects of heritage conservation. Through this network, he helped facilitate creation of the “Principles for Integrating Environmental Design and Behavior Research into Built Heritage Conservation Practice” to help guide researchers and practitioners.

Plenary Session 2

Friday, June 2, 2017
10:30 - 11:45am

Designing Communities for Health: Stories from the Field


Kate Konkle, Action Center Director of Research and Learning, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps; Chris Krehmeyer, President/CEO, Beyond Housing; Board Chair, National Home Matters Movement; Kristie Rauter Egge, Community Health Planner and Health Promotion Supervisor, Wood County Health Department; Sarah Stewart, MPH MEd, Active Living Coordinator; Minneapolis Health Department

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps is working to build a culture of health, county by county. We know that where we live matters to our health. And we know that health is more than health care and more than individual behaviors. It’s about creating a vibrant community where all people, especially those most affected by poor health outcomes, are heard and have the power to create and implement solutions. It’s about working across sectors and with community members to transform policies, systems, and environments that result in everyone having access to quality jobs, education, housing, health care, and other factors that influence health.

In this plenary session, we will:

  • Share our model of population health, which includes many of the areas that EDRA members are working in — education, community safety, community development, housing, and transportation as examples.
  • Facilitate a panel of community leaders who will share their stories and lessons learned from working to improve health through policy, systems and environmental changes. They will also share how they have worked to engage residents in this work.


Kate Konkle

Kate Konkle

Kate Konkle is the Director of Research and Learning for the Action Center at County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Kate leads the development and support of all learning tools and resources used by community coaches to support local action to improve health.

Prior to this role, Kate spent over three years as a Community Coach with County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. As a coach, she provided strategic guidance to communities that used County Health Rankings to drive health improvement.

Kate joined the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in 2010 as a Program Manager with the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, Kate was a Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellow. As a fellow, she was placed in the Wisconsin Division of Public Health Western Regional Office in Eau Claire, where she worked on a variety of projects. Kate supported local health departments with their community health improvement planning process and helped lead a statewide project to prepare the state and local health departments for national voluntary accreditation using assessment and quality improvement. Kate holds a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State.

Chris Krehmeyer

Chris Krehmeyer

Since graduating from Washington University in 1986, Chris has been actively involved in the field of family housing and community development in a variety of capacities. Currently, he is the President/CEO of Beyond Housing, a NeighborWorks America organization in St. Louis, MO. He has served in that capacity since 1993. Beyond Housing currently has over 130 full-time employees, a budget of almost $17 million and controls assets worth more than $110 million. The organization delivers its mission by producing and managing service-enriched affordable rental housing, operating a Homeownership Center, engaging in a comprehensive Community Building Initiative called 24:1 and leading the region’s Foreclosure Intervention Work. The strategic vision of Beyond Housing is to make entire communities better places to live.

Chris has or currently sits on a variety of boards including Midwest Bank Centre and Midwest Bank Centre Holding Company, Community Builders Network of St. Louis, University of Missouri’s Not-For-Profit programs, is board chair of the national Home Matters movement and is the former chair of the National NeighborWorks Association Board. Chris has been an adjunct faculty member at Washington University teaching a class in social entrepreneurship; he recently taught at Webster University, teaching a class on not-for-profit mergers, alliances and collaborations.

Chris is married with three children and has an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from Washington University and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of Missouri — St. Louis. He was named the Ethical Humanist of the Year for 2003 by the St. Louis Ethical Society, received the Open Door Award from the Equal Housing Opportunity Council in 2005 and was honored as the Practitioner of the Year by the National NeighborWorks Association in 2007. The NAACP of St. Louis named Chris an Inspiring St. Louisan in 2011. In 2011 and 2012 he was named one of St. Louis’ Most Influential by the St. Louis Business Journal and one of St. Louis’ Most Inspiring by the NAACP. In 2013 Chris received the Lighting the Way Award from United 4 Children and in 2014 was honored with the FOCUS St. Louis Leadership Award.


Kristie Rauter Egge

Kristie Rauter Egge

Kristie Rauter Egge is the Community Health Planner and Health Promotion Supervisor for the Wood County Health Department. She oversees the Healthy People Wood County Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan focusing on Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, Mental Health & Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, and Healthy Growth and Development. Kristie’s work focuses on policy, system, and environmental changes at the local level and she has experience working with diverse populations and numerous community organizations including non-profits, school districts, worksites, city/county planning, and the health care industry to name a few. She received her undergraduate degree from UW-Eau Claire in Biology and earned her Master’s in Public Health through Concordia University. Kristie and her husband are proud to call Wisconsin Rapids home and have an 18-month-old daughter named Avery and a 4-legged, furry 5-year-old named Lucy.


Sarah Stewart

Sarah Stewart

Sarah Stewart, MPH, M.Ed., is the Active Living Coordinator at the Minneapolis Health Department, where her work has focused on changing policies, systems, and environments to better support physical activity and health in communities using a health equity lens. Prior to her work in Minneapolis, she has organized community health coalitions in Massachusetts and taught health and special education classes in Missouri. She especially loves to bike and walk the myriad trails and greenspaces of the Twin Cities with her family.


Plenary Session 3

Saturday, June 3, 2017
10:30 - 11:45am

Standing with Standing Rock: Voices of Environmental Resistance


Patty Loew, Professor
Department of Life Sciences Communication
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Why has the Dakota Access Pipeline protest in North Dakota resonated so deeply with indigenous people? Why have so many indigenous people — upwards of 5,000 people representing 400 individual Indian nations here and indigenous communities around the world — rallied around the Standing Rock Sioux community? Dr. Patty Loew (Bad River Ojibwe), the author of Seventh Generation Earth Ethics, relates indigenous stories of struggle and resistance — links in an environmental chain that connect Native communities spiritually, culturally, and philosophically to DAPL and have inspired indigenous people to stand up for Standing Rock.


Patty Loew

Patty Loew

Patty Loew is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Departments of Life Sciences Communication and Civil Society and Community Research. She’s a documentary producer and former broadcast journalist in public and commercial television. A member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, she is the author of four books: Native People of Wisconsin, which is used by 18,000 Wisconsin school children as a social studies textbook; Teachers Guide to Native People of Wisconsin; Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal; and Seventh Generation Earth Ethics, a collection of biographies of Native American environmental leaders. She has produced many documentaries for public and commercial television, including Way of the Warrior, which aired nationally on PBS in 2007 and 2011. Her outreach work focuses on Native American youth and digital storytelling.


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