Alex Bell


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Alex Bell


ALEX BELL

Project Manager | Durham, NC

About Alex: 

Analyst, Pedestrian, Gooner, Modernist art, Carolina BBQ, Soccer, Psychedlic post punk, Beau gosse        

Education: 

BA, Art History, University of South Florida

MS, Planning, Florida State University

Bio:

Alex focuses on plans, projects, tools, and data products that support a systematic and comprehensive approach to community and regional planning. His work deals primarily with interactions between the built environment, economic and demographic trends, travel behavior, transportation system performance, and environmental impacts of urban development. His project involvement covers database construction and management, GIS analysis and tools creation, and model development and application. He has contributed to a variety of transportation and land use studies at the local, regional, state, and federal levels.

I believe... 

that communities are best served by maximizing the utility of their existing infrastructure and preserving local natural resources by coordinating transportation and land use planning, offering a variety of viable transportation options, and creating active public spaces. These strategies enhance efficiency, opportunity, and dynamism while serving the long term economic, social, and environmental needs of a city.

Amanda Chornoby


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Amanda Chornoby


AMANDA CHornoby, AICP

Senior Planner | Tampa, FL

About Amanda: 

Optimistic, Caring, Driven
Happy go lucky, Go Gators!
College football, Dog person

Education: 

BA, Geography, Minor in Urban & Regional Planning, University of Florida

MA, Urban & Regional Planning, University of Florida

Bio:

Amanda is a senior planner in Renaissance’s Tampa office. She provides research, writing, technical, and graphic support for a variety of projects. Prior to joining Renaissance full-time in June 2013, Amanda was a planning intern with the company, where she contributed technical assistance to the Tampa Bay Regional Strategic Freight Plan and Brevard County (Space Coast) Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. Her experience includes multimodal and intermodal transportation planning, GIS data analysis and mapping, and public involvement. 

I believe... 

that as planners we cannot choose the cities that have been built before us, but we can choose the way cities are built after us.  

 

Caroline Dwyer


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Caroline Dwyer


CAROLINE DWYER, AICP

Project Manager | Durham, NC

About Caroline: 

Appreciative, Coffee lover,
Compassionate, Detail oriented,
Engaged, Mother, Organized/ Organizer, Perpetual student,
Reader, Resourceful              

Education: 

BA, Environmental Design, Policy & Planning, State University of New York at Stony Brook

MA, City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 

Bio:

Caroline is a project manager at Renaissance. Caroline’s academic and professional experiences in the areas of sustainability and resiliency have given her a unique understanding of these concepts and how they work to effectively incorporate them into planning. Caroline has worked on numerous research projects investigating the intersection of environment and land use, including community recovery following natural disasters; “green” cities; comprehensive planning and sustainability; and resiliency after Superstorm Sandy. Caroline has experience with ArcGIS, AutoCAD, Stella Modeling Software, Environmental Impact Assessments, and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

My philosophy Is... 

“In the absence of conviction, I’ve come to terms with the fact that uncertainty is an inescapable corollary of life. An abundance of mystery is simply part of the bargain— which doesn’t strike me as something to lament. Accepting the essential inscrutability of existence, in any case, is surely preferable to its opposite: capitulating to the tyranny of intransigent belief.”

- Jon Krakauer

Caleb Van Nostrand


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Caleb Van Nostrand


CALEB VAN NOSTRAND, PE 

Project Manager | Tampa, FL

About Caleb: 

Postive, Careful, Husband,
Dad, Tinkerer        

Education: 

BS, Civil Engineering, University of South Florida

MS, Civil Engineering, University of South Florida

Bio:

Caleb serves as a project manager for Renaissance and brings four years of experience in transportation planning and modeling. His past experience includes validation and application of travel demand models (FSUTMS), geographic information systems, transit corridor studies, database management, MPO planning, and survey analysis. He has experience working in-house for both the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Florida Department of Transportation.

I believe... 

that often the simplest solution can be the best.

Chris Sinclair


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Chris Sinclair


CHRIS SINCLAIR

CEO, Principal | Orlando, FL

About Chris: 

Insanely curious, Fascinated by solving problems, Struggling musician, Reasonable sailor, Teacher, Traveler,                     Son/husband/dad/nephew 

Education: 

BA, Urban Affairs, Virginia Tech

MS, Urban & Regional Planning, Florida State University

Bio:

Chris Sinclair has more than 25 years of experience managing a variety of land and transportation planning projects. As the firm’s founding owner, he has served as the visionary leader committed to advancing the state of planning practice through the integration of transportation planning and urban design.

Chris has managed master plans, transportation studies, comprehensive plan updates, MPO long range transportation plan updates, impact fee and concurrency ordinances and fiscal impact studies. He is well versed in a wide range of planning tools and methods, including land use models, travel demand models, traffic operations software and fiscal impact models. Chris has developed unique technical methods, including the creation of the firm’s land use allocation tool, CorPlan, which is used as a scenario planning model. 

My philosophy is...

Just like the natural environment, cities are complex, emergent systems that fascinate me. I’ve come to understand that effectively planning in such complex settings requires the ability to simultaneously pay attention to the forest and the trees. The trick to pulling off this feat is avoiding the temptation to look at each and every tree, and finding and focusing on those trees that have the greatest influence on the forest when zooming between the two levels. The more I apply this approach, the more clearly I truly understand its importance. 

City planners of yore worked in such a way, but the profession yielded to the temptation of specialization in order to tend to the details. As a result we spend most of our time lost in the trees, with no one taking responsibility for the forest. The sad result is dysfunctional cities, which ultimately take their toll on the natural environment. There is hope though. The formulation of new and important systems theories, such as emergence, is better defining our theoretical constructs. On the applied side, planners are making a move back to integrated planning. New urbanism, whether one is a fan or not, focuses on integrated planning. 

Dan Hardy


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Dan Hardy


DAN HARDY, PE, PTP

Principal | Arlington, VA

About Dan: 

Inquisitive, Positive, Husband,
Dad, Sunsets, Sabrmetrician,
Phillies fan

Education: 

BS, Civil Engineering, Michigan State University

MS, Civil Engineering, Michigan State University

Bio:

Dan Hardy is a managing principal with Renaissance and has experience in developing transportation solutions that balance transportation and land use options to optimize multimodal travel demand and transportation network services in congested communities. 

Prior to joining Renaissance, Dan served as the Transportation Planning Chief for the Montgomery County Planning Department. Dan managed a 15-person Transportation Planning Division responsible for transportation elements of countywide growth policies, master plans, and development review cases in a rapidly growing county of nearly one million residents with high expectations for involvement in decision making. His expertise includes both developing and applying growth management policies and practices.

My philosophy...

One of the things I love about being a transportation planner is that everyone is a stakeholder. We all need to go places, we all need things delivered to us, and everyone has creative ideas about how their traveling needs would best be served. Travel patterns are also influenced by the systems we engineer for them; traffic (across all modes) is essentially fluid flow with attitude. 

The challenge for the planner is to assemble the thousands of individual behaviors and desires into a collective narrative and help decision makers understand how the story can be written to have a happier ending. Progressive policies, services, and infrastructure are all complementary tools in the toolbox for building, and sustaining, great communities. Sometimes you actually have a nail and should use the proverbial hammer, other times you might want the pen. The emergence of sustainability as a formal paradigm in the planning arena is a welcome reminder that long-range economic, environmental, and equity considerations should all be balanced in picking the right set of tools.

Dave Nelson


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Dave Nelson


DAVID NELSON, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP

Senior Landscape Architect | Orlando, FL

About David: 

Designer, Golfer, Pragmatic, Adrenaline Junkie, Sports fan, Blues music, Metal head, Adventuresome, Bleeds red and black, University of Georgia Alumni              

Education: 

BA, Landscape Architecture, University of Georgia

Bio:

David is a registered landscape architect with over 34 years of planning and design experience, mostly involving land development consulting and engineering project support. David’s background has given him extensive supervisory, professional, technical, and administrative skills.

David’s job responsibilities have included master planning and development for projects including the design of recreational facilities; golf course planning, routing and design; development of multi-use PUDs, including mixed-use traditional neighborhood development (TND) and transit-oriented development (TOD); single/multi-family residential developments; trail routing; transit routing; sustainability planning; feasibility studies and layouts for commercial and industrial office parks; wayfinding and signage plans; landscape and hardscape design; entitlements and permitting; eminent domain analysis; soil erosion and sedimentation control planning; and construction coordination. 

My philosophy is... 

“The question isn't ‘what are we going to do?’ The question is ‘what aren't we going to do?’”

- Ferris Bueller

David Stamm


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David Stamm


DAVE STAMM, AICP

Project Manager | Orlando, FL 

About  David: 

Chicago, Glacier National Park
Read and learn, Adaptable
Synthesis, Simplicity, Wit, Implementation            

Education: 

BA Economics and Urban Studies, Trinity University

MA Planning, University of Minnesota

Bio:

David is a project manager with Renaissance with a special focus on the integration of market analysis, real estate economics, finance, and development strategy with traditional land use and transportation planning assignments. He also has experience in the analysis, planning, and implementation of downtown and transit-oriented developments. David’s experience encompasses multiple disciplines, including market analysis, redevelopment planning, financial feasibility analysis, and development management. He has worked both as a consultant/advisor to public and private sector clients, and as a developer of residential and mixed-use projects. 

I believe..

that in order to effectively plan communities we have to understand not only how people use places but how they (and the organizations/businesses they form) use real estate.  Mobility creates and supports economic value, but the means of mobility provided and utilized shape the places traveled between.  I am fascinated by why things are where they are, how they got there, and where they are going.  To understand this, demographics and economics are important, but so are history, character, design, and culture.  I have been an analyst, planner, real estate adviser, and developer, and I want to use all of those skills to help communities achieve concrete, implementable goals.  I like to watch places change for the better.

I also believe that The Simpsons is the finest television show ever produced. 


Franchesca Taylor


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Franchesca Taylor


franchesca taylor, AICP

Senior Planner | Miami, FL

About Franchesca: 

SEC Football fan (WAR EAGLE!), Foodie, Traveler, Sister, Daughter, Creative, Pensive

Education: 

BS, Business Administration, Florida A&M University

MCP, Master’s in Community Planning, Auburn University

Bio:

Franchesca is a senior planner in the Miami office. Her work experience ranges from local to regional scales. Her planning portfolio includes multi-modal transportation systems and safety planning, comprehensive plan updates, and neighborhood revitalization plans. Franchesca prides herself on innovation and has managed projects focused on tactical urbanism and the use of technology to capture bicycle and pedestrian activity levels. 

I believe...

…that urban planners have the responsibility to engage traditionally disenfranchised populations in the planning process.

Frank Kalpakis


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Frank Kalpakis


FRANK KALPAKIS, AICP

Principal | Tampa, FL

About Frank: 

Driven, Thoughtful, Realist, Listener, Family, Fisherman, Cajun

Education: 

BA, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

MA, Urban and Regional Planning, University of New Orleans

Bio:

Frank Kalpakis is a managing principal with Renaissance. He has an in-depth knowledge of the federal and state transportation planning processes. Frank’s experience covers a wide range of transportation, land use, and resource preservation initiatives including long-range transportation plans, vision plans, mobility management processes, transit planning and transit-oriented development, comprehensive plans, corridor studies, freight movement studies, environmental streamlining and preservation, and public involvement. He gives particular attention to developing multimodal transportation solutions that serve both regional demands for commuters and freight transport and local demands for travel convenience and accessibility. 

I believe...

that there is a great demand for honest work, creativity and simplicity, in that order…and that elegant, simple solutions are mostly the result of a collection of good and not so good ideas— both are needed.

Gastonia Anderson


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Gastonia Anderson


gastonia anderson

Senior Planner | Miami, FL

About Gastonia: 

Creative, Resourceful, Sister, Aunt, Cosmetologist, Innovative, Problem-solver

Education: 

Master of Public Administration, Troy University

BS, Business Administration, University of West Florida

Bio:

Gastonia Anderson is a senior planner in Renaissance’s Miami office. Gastonia is a transportation-oriented planner with MPO/TPO and local government finance experience. Prior to joining Renaissance, Gastonia was a budget officer for the City of Pensacola and she has also provided support to Metropolitan Planning Organizations as well as coordinating the Transportation Improvement Programs in both Northwest Florida and the Greater Philadelphia region. She has experience in analytical research, public involvement and outreach, Title VI, project priorities, and ArcGIS.  

Gastonia's hobbies are extensive, but at the top of the list are traveling and baking. Her skills and interests are unlimited, but her favorites include event planning, networking, building databases and websites, marketing, creating hair styles, and assisting others using her talents.

I believe...

“God gave you two ends… success depends on which end you use: heads you win, tails you lose.”

- Dr. Tonie Anderson-Steele

Glen Duke


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Glen Duke


GLEN DUKE

Information Technology Manager, Founding Principal | Orlando, FL

About Glen: 

Family, Ultimate frisbee, Computers, History, Humor,
Maps, Music               

Education: 

BA, Geography, University of South Florida

Bio:

Glen is the Renaissance information technology manager. He also has more than 23 years of experience working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications, mapping and database-related work. Glen specializes in land use and transportation-related analysis involving multiple types of datasets to quantify and effectively display geographic and socioeconomic relationships. 

I believe... 

A map is worth a thousand pictures.

Hunter McKibben


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Hunter McKibben


HUNTER MCKIBBEN, PLA

Designer | Tampa, FL 

About Hunter: 

Compassionate, Perceptive,
Curious, Fun, Bold             

Education:

BA, Landscape Architecture, Specialization in Urban Design & Planning, University of Florida

Bio:

Hunter is a designer in Renaissance’s Tampa office. She focuses on providing design and graphic support to the Renaissance team. With her foundation rooted in Landscape Architecture, Hunter focuses on bringing a humanistic approach to planning. Her experience includes creating walkability and parking studies for the Pompano Beach Core, large-scale community planning and amenity design, the City of Cocoa Beach Master Visioning Plan, and organization of the East Coast Greenway Alliance South Florida Tour and Summit.

I believe… 

...the most meaningful parts of life are found in our shared experiences. To have the ability to create the spaces for these moments, realized or unrealized, is awesome.

Jessica Romeo


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Jessica Romeo


JESSICA ROMEO 

Chief Financial Officer | Orlando, FL 

About Jessica: 

Fun loving, Loyal, Persistent, Collaborative, Sister, Aunt

Education: 

BS, Accounting, University of Florida

Bio:

Jessica brings over 10 years in accounting. She manages Renaissance's finance and accounting department and has a degree in accounting from the University of Florida. 

I believe.. 

...without risk, there is no reward! 

Joel Lehman


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Joel Lehman


JOEL LEHMAN

Project Planner | Philadelphia, PA

About Joel: 

Thoughtful, Problem Solver, Cyclist, Hiker, Traveler, Learner, Maker and Appreciator of Good Food

Education: 

BS, Communications, Eastern Mennonite University

Master of Urban and Environmental Planning, University of Virginia

Bio:

Joel is a project planner at Renaissance. He received a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning degree from the University of Virginia School of Architecture, where he focused on transportation and land use. At Renaissance, Joel has worked on a variety of projects, including state department of transportation needs assessments, state highway context classification efforts, small area plans with focuses in land use and transportation, placemaking workshops, and the utilization of online tools including interactive mapping and surveys for web-based community engagement. Outside of professional planning, Joel loves exploring cities, discovering new hiking and mountain biking trails, and enjoying good company and food along the way.

I believe...

…that by bringing people, ideas and tools together, planners are uniquely situated to help communities envision, craft and implement plans and policies that help them become better places for everyone.

Kate Ange


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Kate Ange


KATE ANGE, AICP

President, Chief Development Officer, Principal | Arlington, VA

About Kate: 

Optimist, Connector, Chief of center, Organic, Inspired, Family, Glue, Coffee anyone?   

Education: 

BA, Environmental Studies, Rollins College

MA, Urban & Environmental Planning, University of Virginia

Bio:

Kate Ange is president and managing principal with Renaissance Planning. Kate’s project experiences including working at the corridor and countywide scales on visioning and scenario planning, multimodal transportation planning, community development strategic planning and public engagement. Kate excels in strategic communications and facilitation relative to framing key issues, understanding tradeoffs and identifying a consensus path forward in the development of plans and policies. She has worked with local governments, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Departments of Transportation and federal agencies to advance integrated approaches to land use, urban design and transportation in support of community livability and sustainability goals. Recent topical areas of expertise include food systems planning, transit-oriented development, scenario planning, equitable development, rural community capacity building and development of programmatic guidance and trainings.  

My belief is... 

The people we encounter, the development patterns we experience, and the ways in which we move from one place to another in a given day…these experiences shape who we are. Helping to create communities that provide opportunity, strengthen connections between people, express authenticity of place, provide transportation options, and infuse natural elements throughout—that is why I plan.

Katherine Shor


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Katherine Shor


katherine shor

Project Planner, Operations Specialist | Durham, NC 

About Katherine: 

Creative, Organized, Curious, Resourceful, Engaged, Driven

Education: 

BA, Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bio:

Katherine Shor is a project planner and operations specialist experienced in working with diverse stakeholders, across the public and private sector to cultivate innovative solutions to complex problems. Her work is at the nexus of food system planning, community development finance, and environmental equity. She believes that strategic planning is integral to the long-term sustainability and resiliency of communities. 

Katherine is trained in community engagement, collective visioning, and interviewing techniques. She also has experience with STATA, community meeting facilitation, and the Microsoft Office Suite. Katherine holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Katrina Corcoran


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Katrina Corcoran


KATRINA CORCORAN 

Planner | Tampa, FL 

About Katrina: 

Optimistic, Lifelong Learner, Detail-Oriented, Organized, Motivated        

Education:

BA, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, University of South Florida

MA, Urban & Regional Planning, University of South Florida

Bio:

Katrina is a project planner in the Tampa office. She studied Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (Economics/Public Administration) and participated in the Honors College at the University of South Florida (USF) for her undergraduate degree. She also started working at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at this time. This experience helped her to become interested in urban planning. She continued on at CUTR as a Graduate Research Assistant and earned her Master in Urban and Regional Planning at USF. During her time at Renaissance, Katrina has worked on federal grant applications, mobility/freight work, and efficient transportation decision making (ETDM), among other projects. Her previous work at CUTR includes National Transit Database (NTD) collection/analysis, research on autonomous technology in transit, and evaluations of the economic benefits of complete street policies.

I believe.. 

...it is important to never stop learning. Staying open-minded helps us to gain new experiences and opportunities in every aspect of our lives, as professionals and as people. 

Matthew Pleasant


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Matthew Pleasant


Matthew Pleasant

Planner | Tampa, FL

About Matthew: 

Passionate, Curious, Action-Oriented, Bike Commuter, Believer in Change

Education: 

BA, English, University of South Florida

Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of South Florida

Bio:

Matthew Pleasant is a project planner in the Tampa office. He has provided research, data collection and GIS support for a variety of projects, including the creation of Hillsborough County’s Vision Zero action plan, Tampa’s Riverwalk, the Selmon Greenway annual performance measurement, and both of the EPA's Health Places for Healthy People and Local Foods, Local Places programs. His planning work is driven by an interest in the forces that shape a city, neighborhood or block and how we can make these places thrive. Prior to joining Renaissance, he worked as a journalist in central Florida and south Louisiana. His coverage included the impact of the 2008 hurricanes Gustav and Ike and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on small bayou communities.

I believe...

we should love where we live.

Mia Candy


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Mia Candy


MiA CANDY

Senior Planner | Durham, NC

About Mia: 

Collaborator, Creative thinker, Placemaker, Writer, Photographer, Storyteller, South African in the US

Education: 

BA, English Literature & Social Anthropology, University of Cape Town

MA, City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Bio:

Mia is a well rounded planner with a strong sense of design and place making. She graduated with her Masters in Planning from UNC Chapel Hill and specializes in community development and urban design. She has worked with local governments, nonprofit organizations, and private consultants across the state, conducting geospatial analyses, community engagement, and place-based design.

Mia has also worked as a community organizer in Cape Town, South Africa, and for the Center for Health & Environment in Queens, NY. 

I believe...

that the evolution of cities occurs on a spectrum from organic growth to human design. Planning for cities that work requires the integration of organic processes and strategic design. Embracing chaos and uncertainty as inevitable forces of city building is the key to sustainable, resilient problem solving. 

Nick Lepp


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Nick Lepp


NICK LEPP, AICP, CTP

Principal | Orlando, FL 

About Nick: 

Father, Red Soxs Fanatic, Golfer, Direct
Confident, Laid back        

Education: 

BA Political Science, Environmental Inquire Minor, Penn State University

MA Urban & Environmental Planning, University of Virginia

Bio:

Nick Lepp is a Principal at Renaissance Planning with over 13 years of experience in integrated land use and transportation planning, with a focus on practical, results-oriented approaches to land use planning, policy planning, multimodal planning, corridor studies, development review, transportation analysis and long range planning. He is a responsive and service-oriented project manager who has demonstrated the ability to thoroughly understand local community issues, context, and perspectives as a framework for development of transportation systems. He uses his knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to work with Renaissance’s own community-based land-use planning model CorPlan, and multimodal sketch planning Tool CorMap with Florida Standard Urban Transportation Model Structure (FSUTMS) CUBE Software to evaluate scenarios based on performance measures developed for the context of the community.

I believe... 

...that numbers speak louder than words, baseball is the greatest game on earth, and the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.

Nicole Estevez


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Nicole Estevez


NICOLE ESTEVEZ

Project Manager | Miami, FL 

About Nicole: 

Creative, Tactful, Perceptive,
Analytical, Espresso drinker  

Education: 

BA, Urban & Regional Planning, Florida Atlantic University

MA, Urban & Regional Planning, Florida Atlantic University

Bio:

Nicole is a project manager in Renaissance’s Miami office. She provides research, writing, technical, and graphic support for a variety of projects led by Renaissance. Prior to joining Renaissance, Nicole was a Project Manager at the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University, where she contributed towards numerous, interdisciplinary research endeavors. Her experience includes a strong background in analytical research, GIS data analysis and mapping, public involvement, visual communications and strategic design.

I believe… 

“When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there. But if you keep going, and live with the problem and peel more layers of the onion off, you can often times arrive at some very elegant and simple solutions.”

– Steve Jobs

Renee Kinney


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Renee Kinney


renee kinney

Program Management Specialist | Miami, FL

About Renee: 

Health Nut,  Caregiver,  Mom,  Coach,  Amazon shopper,  Country girl turned suburb dweller,  Direct,  Grateful

Education: 

BA, Psychology, Northwestern College

Bio:

Renee brings over 30 years of experience in grants management and service and leadership in youth development. She has strong experience in data collection, internal audits, and developing plans, policies and procedures that comply with various types of national standards and requirements. She has also led teams responsible for preparing funding audits and site visits, as well as conducted audits of subcontracted programs as a lead federally-funded agency. She most recently served as Director of Compliance and Reporting for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, leading a grant writing team that successfully secured three grants totaling $2.5 million in federal funds. At Renaissance she works primarily on 5310 vehicle compliance with the Florida Department of Transportation. She also helps with technical assistance, community planning, and community development initiatives.

I believe… 

Everything I do impacts our children. That’s my “why”…

Rob P


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Rob P


ROBERT PIATKOWSKI

Planner | Miami, FL

About Rob: 

Traveler, Backpacker, Cities
New Jersey, Figure ground, Urbanism, Mountains, Open minded, Yellow jacket           

Education: 

BS, Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

MA, City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology 

Bio:

Rob is a planner with Renaissance. His passion is the intersection of urban design and transportation, developed through a series of design studios along with his background in civil engineering. Always with an eagerness to learn and explore, Rob has spent time in China studying and working on urban design issues as well as researched low-carbon urban form.  Prior to joining Renaissance, Rob worked for a Regional Planning Commission and Metropolitan Planning Organization in New Hampshire where his design and engineering skills were applied to a variety of projects.  

I believe... 

... the best way to understand a city is to wander its streets, meet its people, and eat its food. Much about a place and its history can be discovered by taking in all that is possible about its form and the bits and pieces which make it up – unveiling the influences of those who came before and their culture. The same can be said about food! 

Scott Sinclair


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Scott Sinclair


SCOTT SINCLAIR

Business Operations Manager, Senior Transportation Planner | Orlando, FL

About Scott: 

Dad, Cube, Systematized,
Lacrosse, Sports trivia,
Superstitious, Magic, Bucs and Noles          

Education: 

BS, Geography, Florida State University 

Bio

Scott Sinclair serves as a senior transportation planner for Renaissance and brings over 10 years of experience in travel demand modeling, and integrated land use and transportation planning. He excels at technical analysis and has a keen focus on practical, results-oriented approaches to development review, transportation analysis and long-range planning. Scott also serves as the Business Systems Manager, where he is responsible for developing and managing the internal/external processes in the following areas: Project and contract administration, SharePoint development and implementation, and business administration.

My philosophy is... 

"If you’re going to have a party, make sure you book a band and not a DJ." 

Ysela Llort


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Ysela Llort


YSELA LLORT

Principal | Miami, FL

About Ysela: 

Collaborative, consensus builder, driven to understand, driven to solve, enthusiastic mentor             

Education: 

BS, Economics & Anthropology, Duke University

Master of Planning, Clemson University 

Bio:

Ysela has a diverse background as a planner and brings over 30 years of leadership experience working with DOT’s and Transit Agencies. She oversaw Miami-Dade’s transportation transit system as the county’s Transit Director from 2011 to 2015 and is credited with establishing the metro’s Orange Line to Miami international Airport, strengthening Miami-Dade Transit's partnership with the Federal Government and restoring commitment to transit. She also served with the Florida and Virginia DOTs, establishing leadership and direction in the development of multimodal plans and programs as well as planning and operations programs.

Ysela has been recognized nationally by the National Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) as well as by Cien Latinos/Hispano’s de Miami-Dade for her transportation work in the state of Florida. She is also an active member of TRB and the National Academy of Science and Engineering. 

I believe... 

...the built environment lasts lifetimes— often centuries. It’s critical that communities grow in ways that enrich people's lives. 

I get energized from collaborating with people to find practical solutions to the complex problems that enable such places to be.