Our Leadership

The leadership team for this project includes scholars and small business practitioners whose work focus on issues of gentrification, community and economic development and small business support services.

Willow Lung-Amam

SBAN Director
Associate Professor, Urban Studies and Planning, University of Maryland

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Gerrit Knaap

SBAN Co-Principal Investigator
Executive Director, National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, University of Maryland

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Stacey Sutton

SBAN Senior Researcher
Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Bobby Boone

SBAN Senior Practitioner
Founder & Chief Strategist for Access

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Manuel Ochoa

SBAN Senior Practitioner
Principal and Founder of the Ochoa Urban Collaborative

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Our Staff

Our senior leadership is supported by a Project Manager and a robust team of UMD students.

Kiara Garland

Project Manager

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Nohely Alvarez

Project Assistant

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Bi’Anncha Andrews

Project Assistant

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Katy June-Friesen

Project Assistant

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Jordyn Battle

Project Assistant

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Callan Tansill-Suddath

Project Assistant

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