Leadership and StaffLauren2021-04-08T14:05:40+00:00
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.
SBAN Director Associate Professor, Urban Studies and Planning, University of Maryland
Willow Lung-Amam, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and Director of Community Development at the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has written extensively on suburban poverty, racial segregation, immigration, gentrification, redevelopment politics, and neighborhood opportunity. She is the author of Trespassers? Asian American and the Battle for Suburbia, and a forthcoming book on redevelopment politics and equitable development organizing in the Washington, DC suburbs. Her research has also appeared in various journals, books, and popular media outlets, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, National Public Radio, New Republic, Bloomberg’s CityLab, and Al Jazeera. Dr. Lung-Amam is a nonresident fellow at the Urban Institute’s Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies program.
Gerrit-Jan Knaap, Ph.D. is a Co-Principal Investigator for the project. He is Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and Director of the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland, College Park. He also co-chairs the Purple Line Corridor Coalition. Knaap’s research interests include the interactions between housing markets and policy, the economics and politics of land use planning, the efficacy of economic development instruments, and the impacts of environmental policy. On these subjects, Knaap has authored or coauthored over 65 articles in peer refereed journals, and co-authored or co-edited nine books. He received the Chester Rapkin award for the best paper published in Volume 10 of the Journal of Planning Education and Research, with Greg Lindsey, he received the 1998 best of ACSP award, and in 2006 he received the Outstanding Planner Award from the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association.
Stacey Sutton, Ph.D. is a Senior Researcher for the project. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy and the Director of Applied Research and Strategic Partnerships at Social Justice Initiative at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Through her research on community economic development, Prof. Sutton examines questions related to neighborhood racial transition, gentrification, and small business survival; solidarity economy ecosystems and worker-owned cooperatives; infrastructures and ideologies of Black liberatory zones; and racially disparate effects of place-based city policy and planning.
Bobby Boone, a Senior Practitioner for the Small Business Anti-Displacement Network, is impassioned about highlighting, growing, and sustaining independent retailers and restaurants that create the communities we love. From policy and engagement to pro forma modeling and tenanting, he works with municipalities, non-profit organizations, real estate developers, and business owners to co-create feasible and equitable solutions. Before founding &Access, Bobby led a citywide effort to attract and maintain small businesses in Detroit and tackled wide-ranging retail challenges as a Senior Strategist at Streetsense—from repositioning malls of yesteryear to crafting expansion strategies for emerging brands and commercial corridors. Bobby shares his love with retailers as a lecturer at Howard University and the University of Maryland and serves as a Culture of Health Leader, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Florida A&M University and a Master of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati.
Manuel T. Ochoa is Principal and Founder of the Ochoa Urban Collaborative, a planning, community and economic development firm with an equity lens that provides strategy, policy, and implementation services to help people, neighborhoods, and communities revitalize and thrive. For the past several years, Manuel has worked in Miami and the Washington metro area with small business and community leaders on the issue of gentrification and displacement. With over 25 years of experience, Manuel brings a unique mix of experience in federal and local government as well as national non-profits. Previously, Manuel served in senior leadership positions at National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB), Enterprise Community Partners, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs at the US Department of Housing and Community Development. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, is fluent in Spanish, and lives in a walkable community with his family in Friendship Heights, Maryland.
Led by the mission to support the development of healthy, thriving, sustainable communities for all, Kiara has worked in education, public health, and municipal government. Kiara had the privilege of serving the City of Miami’s District Five constituency as Community Liaison and Public Information Officer. She is a graduate of Florida State and Georgetown University. She earned her bachelor’s in International Affairs, concentrating in political science, and a master’s in Urban and Regional Planning focusing on housing, community and economic development. Kiara brings her experience of developing relations and utilizing them to uplift diverse perspectives to advance the quality-of-life in cities.
Nohely is a Ph.D. candidate in Urban and Regional Planning and Design at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her focus and interests include the intersection of immigrant communities, transnational planning, participatory community building, social justice, gentrification, and equity development. She is particularly interested in advocacy and radical planning pedagogy in her field and thinking of ways the gap between practice and academia in planning can be improved.
Bi’Anncha is a Ph.D. student in Urban and Regional Planning and Design at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition to her academic work, Bi’Anncha works as a front line, licensed Social Worker with the Compass Program at the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington. As a Compass Partner, Bi’Anncha works with adults, families, and communities in environments in which people need support in managing and navigating challenging life situations.
Katy is a Ph.D. candidate in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. She also serves as the managing editor for Journalism & Communication Monographs, under editor Dr. Linda Steiner. Katy also assists with editorial work for the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland. Before embarking on a Ph.D., Katy received an M.A. from the Missouri School of Journalism, an M.A. in literary and cultural studies from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.A. in English from Bethel College.
Jordyn is an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park, majoring in government/politics and public policy. Jordyn will be furthering her education at New York University to pursue her master’s in Urban Planning. Her focus and interests include urban education policy, criminal justice reform, gentrification, racial capitalism, and structural violence in urban communities.
Callan is a master’s student in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is also a reporter with Capital News Service and a freelance print and audio journalist.