Our organization is staffed by a core team of professionals supported by a number of dedicated volunteer experts. We often work on projects with other organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and internationally through our extensive worldwide network of ecocity practitioners.
Kirstin Miller, Executive Director
Kirstin Miller leads the organization’s program development, global initiatives and activities. She works locally and internationally to help cities access ecocity knowledge. Kirstin works closely in the development of the organization’s “toolbox” of strategies, such as car-free by contract housing, environmental restoration transfer of development rights, centers oriented development, ecological demonstration projects and ecological zoning overlay mapping. Kirstin specializes in integrating city-based experiences from a diverse range of perspectives. She is an international speaker and presenter on ecocity design, technology, development and citizen participation. Kirstin is also a Board Member of the International Ecocity Conference Series Committee and a jurist for the Katerva Awards.
Siqi (Tina) Huang, Assistant to the Executive Director
Wearing lots of different hats in our organization, Tina is a tireless force in keeping our internal ecosystem at a healthy equilibrium. Aside from assisting Executive Director Kirstin Miller in diverse tasks ranging from behind-the-scenes organization of our Ecocity World Summit series to keeping the Ecocity CoLab running smoothly, Tina is also in charge of managing our growing internship program. Making sure that word of our many projects and endeavors are amply broadcast, Tina is also involved in the production of our monthly newsletter and keeps the international ecocity community engaged through our social media channels. When she’s not helping us build ecocities, Tina is a student at UC Berkeley pursuing a double major in Environmental Economics and Society and Environment, with a minor in City and Regional Planning. Her honors thesis investigates the successful factors behind the 2014 U.S.-China Climate Deal. Tina’s research and career interests include international climate change policy, environmental politics and participatory & sustainable planning.
Sydney Moss, Urbinsight Project Director
As the Project Director for our Latin American Urbinsight projects, Sydney is the key liaison in helping our academic partners implement the EcoCompass curriculum into their course work and orchestrate data collection demos with local communities. Most recently, Sydney has been instrumental in setting up our pilot programs in Medellín, Cusco, and Lima. Utilizing her deep reservoir of teaching and community-building skills, she has been able to facilitate successful participatory action research outcomes that include a vast collection of neighborhood datasets and a citizenry newly invigorated to co-create a more sustainable environment for themselves. Sydney honed her whole systems chops while studying tropical ecology in Costa Rica, working as a community organizer for the 2008 Campaign for Change, and teaching in the field of environmental education. A Green Roof Certification course at Yestermorrow Design/Build School whet Sydney’s appetite for environmental design, inspiring her to enroll in UC Berkeley’s [IN]Land Landscape Architecture Program. There, she worked with Walter Hood on many exciting landscape designs and art installations such as Center Street Plaza in Berkeley (a Hood Design/Ecocity Builders collaboration), before going on to become Project & Operations Director at Hypae Design.
Ashoka Finley, Urbinsight Platform Strategic Advisor
Ashoka is a creative and dynamic project leader with diverse project management experience and media expertise in developing online presence and visibility through social media platforms. He is successful at innovative technological approaches to community driven engagement related to sustainability and implementation at the local level. He is involved with Urban Tilth as a co-project manager and works with schools and community-based organizations to build a more sustainable, healthy and just food system. Ashoka has a degree in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley.
Sven Eberlein, Communications Director
Sven is a writer and whole systems thinker whose work has been published in YES! Magazine, The Nature of Cities, Shareable, Mother Earth News, Planetizen, and many others. He has been intimately involved in the advancement of ecologically healthy cities and car-free living since his first tricycle ride down the middle of a city street in his native Germany. When he’s not cooking up new stories or performing web wizardry for a range of causes, Sven can be found wandering around his multicultural San Francisco neighborhood in search of new murals, tasty street food, and unicyclists in leotards.
Marco Vangelisti, Ecocity Economics
Marco studied theoretical math (algebra, logic and topology) and applied math (statistics, operations research and theory of programming language design) at the University of Padova in Italy. He obtained an MBA from the school “Enrico Mattei” in Milan. He was a Fulbright scholar in mathematics and economics at the University of California in Berkeley. Marco worked for 11 years at BARRA in Berkeley – a think tank developing statistical risk models for equity and fixed income markets around the world. He worked as visual artist on a full-time basis for 5 years. Marco obtained a MFA focusing on the intersection between public art and ecology. He later worked for 6 years managing investment equity portfolios primarily on behalf of large foundations and endowments. Marco left the corporate world in April 2009 and is currently studying permaculture design and system theory. He is a Soil Trust Advisor and founding member of Slow Money.
Richard Smith, Project Associate, Researcher
Rick is an assistant professor at the Wayne State University School of Social Work where he teaches community building and development and social policy. He does research on poverty, inequality, migration, and the impact of sustainable community development initiatives. The Association for Community Organization and Social Administration awarded him the 2013 Emerging Scholar Award. Prior to his involvement with Ecocity Builders, he served as a Presidential Management Intern at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and US Agency for International Development. Smith also served in Peace Corps Mongolia, managed the Spring Institute English Language Center and consulted with the World Bank, UNDP and UNICEF. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan and Western Michigan University.
Scott Allen, GISP, GIS Specialist
Scott brings over seven years of combined experience managing projects, developing enterprise geographic information systems and producing maps for government agencies and NGOs. His works have been published by the American Geophysical Union, Journal of Pacific Archaeology, and the Journal of Archaeological Science. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Urban Regional Planning at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Scott has supported the Ecocitizen World Map Project by helping design and manage the enterprise geographic information system which houses geospatial data provided by municipalities and collected in the field. He has also been involved with creating webmaps to display this data in an open, online environment.
Steven Poe, Virtual Reality Education Advisor
Steven is a creative director and visual media entrepreneur with twenty years experience in 360 virtual reality media production, commercial photography, and visual media development. Steven has held senior creative positions in San Francisco, Brussels, and Bangalore. He currently develops interactive stereo 360 virtual reality strategies with immersive experiences to solve complex communication objectives. Combining undergraduate work in photographic science, with post graduate education in sustainable business development, technology education, and twenty years in VR media production, Steven brings a unique experience and passion to helping people develop innovative VR applications and immersive platforms.