Summer 2007 Annual Meeting

Thank you to everyone who joined us! Co-hosted by the city of Burlington and AARP, Mayors and other officials from New England and New York State communities came together to address regional challenges and forge innovative approaches to creating great places to live that sustain economic growth and improve the quality of life for residents – of all ages.

All presentations and Briefing Book materials, as well as information about the attendees, are below.

See full agenda here.

Presentations and Briefing Book


Seattle Climate Partnership, City of SeattleRead more.

Seattle Climate Protection Initiative, City of Seattle, June 1st, 2007. Read more.

Cambridge Energy Alliance – Project Overview, Cambridge Energy Alliance, April 12th, 2007. Read more.

City of Palo Alto Sustainability Policy, Sustainable Silicon Valley, June 7th, 2007. Read more.


John Bailey is a senior researcher with the Minneapolis and Washington, DC–based Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Bailey has been with ILSR since 1992 and has been primarily focused on energy policy research and advocacy.  He’s authored reports covering local road financing in Minneapolis, wind energy taxation and the impacts of ecological tax reform. Most recently he has authored two reports on climate change policy. Bailey is also ILSR’s webrarian and his online bulletin, Democratic Energy, reports on innovative developments and public policies that support community based energy development and distributed generation.

Scott Bernstein is President of the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) which develops resources to promote healthy, sustainable communities. Mr. Bernstein has been a Visiting Lecturer at UCLA, an Environmental Fellow of the Institute for Transportation Studies at UC-Davis, a Trustee of the Institute for the Regional Community, and a Board Member of the Brookings Institution Center for Urban and Metropolitan Policy. Mr. Bernstein was appointed by President Clinton to the President’s Council for Sustainable Development, on which body he served as the Co-chair of its task forces on State, Local and Regional Initiatives, and it’s Metropolitan Strategies Working Group.  Bernstein studied engineering and political science at Northwestern University.

Garrett Fitzgerald, Director of Programs, manages technical and policy assistance and remote and on-site software training for local governments participating in ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection campaign in the United States. Garrett also oversees the development of ICLEI’s programs and software tools for inventorying greenhouse gas and criteria air pollutant emissions and developing emissions reduction plans.  Prior to joining ICLEI, Garrett served as a consultant to the City of Berkeley’s Office of Energy and Sustainability, as a staff researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and as an analyst at ICF Consulting. He has numerous publications in the areas of sustainability indicators, renewable energy and clean energy funds. He also chaired the sub-committee on assessment for the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability and managed the development of UC Berkeley’s first campus sustainability assessment. Garrett holds a master’s degree in energy and resources from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Philosophy in environmental energy engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.


Seattle Climate Partnership, City of SeattleRead more.

Seattle Climate Protection Initiative, City of Seattle, June 1st, 2007. Read more.

Cambridge Energy Alliance – Project Overview, Cambridge Energy Alliance, April 12th, 2007. Read more.

City of Palo Alto Sustainability Policy, Sustainable Silicon Valley, June 7th, 2007. Read more.


Amanda Eichel serves as Climate Protection Advisor within the City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment, the City entity charged with implementation of Mayor Nickel’s Climate Action Plan.  In addition to working on the City’s own climate action initiatives, she serves as a liaison between the City and the US Conference of Mayors to support efforts related to the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement.  She holds a Master of Environmental Science & Management degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to her current position with the City, she worked within California State government on sustainability, environmental justice, and green government issues.

Michael Armstrong manages energy-conservation programs for the City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development.  He works on issues related to energy policy, climate change, green building, and sustainable food systems. Michael coordinated the public process that led to Portland’s Local Action Plan on Global Warming and tracks the implementation of local emission-reduction efforts.  Michael received an MPA from Indiana University’s School of Public Environmental Affairs and attended Deep Springs College.

Romel Pascual serves as the Associate Director for Environment for Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio R. Villaraigosa.  In this capacity, Romel provides policy direction on a number of key environmental priorities for the City, including climate change, environmental justice, open space, brownfields redevelopment, and sustainability.  From 2001-2004, Romel served as California’s first Assistant Secretary for Environmental Justice for California Environmental Protection Agency where led the Agency efforts in developing the state’s first environmental justice program. Between 1999-2004, the State of California passed 10 pieces of environmental justice legislation.

Romel’s involvement with environmental issues began in community organizations and grassroots leadership. He has over a decade of experience in the environmental and environmental justice fields.  Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Romel headed the environmental justice program for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9. His work focused on national environmental policy and program development.

Romel also worked with the Urban Habitat Program, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco whose focus is to build multicultural urban environmental leadership. He was the Project Coordinator of the Brownfields Leadership and Community Revitalization Project. He also worked with the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) where he conducted research on the impacts of environmental pollution on communities.

He has a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, and Masters in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley.  He currently serves on the board of Urban Habitat.


US Hotels and their Workers: Room for Improvement, Working for America, September 1st, 2002. Read more.

Living Wage Victory in LA, Peter Dreier, The Nation, February 5th, 2007. Read more.

City, Business Leaders Rach Compromise on Hotel Wages, NBC4 TVRead more.

Coalition of Port-Area Residents, Environmental, Labor, and Religious Leaders Premier Solution to Al, Coalition for clean and Safe Ports, March 29th, 2007. Read more.

2 LA-area ports aim to slash diesel exhaust, Janet Wilson and Ronald D. white, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, April 14th, 2007. Read more.

Data on Chicago’s Retail Industry, Brennan Center for JusticeRead more.

Job Standards and Accountability fo rLarge Retailers, Brennan Center for JusticeRead more.

Citywide Minimum Wage Laws: A New Policy Tool for Local Governments, Paul Sonn, Brennan Center for Justice, May 1st, 2006. Read more.

CityBuild: A Construction-focused workforce initiative managed by the Mayor’s Office of Economic and, Jesse Blout, September 1st, 2005. Read more.

Widespread Abuse of Day Laborers Shows Gap in Legal Aid, Cara Anna, Associated Press, February 11th, 2006. Read more.

Day Laborers, Organized Labor Unite for Workers’ Rights, The Oakland Tribune, September 18th, 2006. Read more.

Workers Centers: Organizing Communities at the Edge of the Dream, Janice Fine, Economic Policy Institute, February 1st, 2006. Read more.

Labor Peace Agreements for Hotel Development Projects, Washington, D.C., January 1st, 2014. Read more.

Cities and Jobs: Local Strategies for Improving Job Quality and Access, Center on Wisconsin Strategy, June 12th, 2007. Read more.


Jennifer Sung is an attorney in the Economic Justice Project of the Brennan Center. She works primarily with grassroots coalitions to develop new public policies to promote accountable economic development. She also provides support to campaigns to secure living wages, expand access to health care, and protect the right of workers to organize. Prior to  joining the Brennan Center, Ms. Sung clerked for Judge Betty Binns  Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School (2004), where she was a co-founder of the Hospital Debt Justice Project in the Jerome N. Frank  Legal Services Organization and served as co-chair of the Workers Rights Project. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College (1994).

Pablo Alvarado currently serves as the national Day labor Organizing Network.  His responsibilities include leading day labor organizations in their pursuit to represent the day labor community in various forums and giving day laborers a public voice.  He is the recipient of the Next generation Leadership Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, which recognizes entrepreneurial, risk-taking and fair leaders who seek to develop solutions to major challenges of democracy, including issues of race, changing demographics, the digital divide, and massive globalization.  In 2004, Alvarado was recognized by the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World program.  Alvarado worked with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles as the Lead Coordinator of their Day labor Project.  Under his leadership, CHIRLA’s Day Labor Project received recognition from the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission during the year 2000.  He brings an extensive background of working with day laborers and community organizing to the Day Labor Rights Project.  In August 2005, TIME magazine named Alvarado among the 25 most influential Hispanics in the US.

Neal Kwatra is the Deputy Director of the UNITE HERE Department of Strategic Affairs. He leads the New Hotel Development Program and helped to found INMEX, THE INFORMED MEETINGS EXCHANGE, which helps to leverage the economic power that big group customers have with key employers in the hotel industry in the context of current new organizing and industry-wide bargaining in the hotel industry.  Before coming to UNITE HERE, Neal worked at the AFL-CIO Center for Strategic Affairs on the United Farm Workers Strawberry Campaign and the Multi-Union (SEIU-1199, HERE, UFCW, UAW) Geographic Organizing Campaign based in Stamford, CT.  Neal has also been a field director for campaigns and a press intern at the White House. He has a degree in Political Science and Journalism from Rutgers University.

Larry Frank serves as Deputy Mayor of Neighborhood and Community Services in the Office of Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa. As senior staff member, Laurence is responsible for Public Work, the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, the Mayor’s Field team, Constituent Services, Special Projects, external Labor issues, and Workforce Development.  Before coming to City Hall, he was a faculty member at UCLA.  There he worked as both the Staff Director and Research Director for the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education.
Laurence graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from St. Lawrence University with a B.A. in Religious Studies. After graduation, while on leave from Princeton Seminary, he took a full-time position with the United Farm Workers union.  He worked for two other unions until 1982, when he formed a non-profit organization in Los Angeles that focused on voter participation and conducted two local initiative campaigns.  In 1990, he obtained his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law and developed a sentencing practice while specializing in juvenile law.
He currently serves as a State of California Appointed Commissioner for the Prison Industry Authority, which monitors prison labor in California’s thirty-three state prisons.


City of Chicago Initiatives Targeted to Individuals with Criminal Backgrounds, Chicago Department of Human ResourcesRead more.

Jeff Rakover Interviews Maurice Emsellem, Center for America Progress, June 4th, 2007. Read more.

Major US Cities Adopt New Hiring Policies Removing Unfair Barriers to Employment of People with Crim, National Employment Law Project, January 3rd, 2007. Read more.

Courts Mix Justice with Social Work, Leonard Post, National Law Journal, June 7th, 2004. Read more.

City Aims to Break Cycle for Ex-Cons, Jonathan Schuppe, May 2nd, 2007. Read more.

An Ordinance Regarding CORI, The City of BostonRead more.

Restoring Hope—Justice Programs Address Offenders’ Problems, Doug Smeath, Desert News, January 14th, 2007. Read more.

San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, Kamala D. Harris. Read more.

Courting the Community: Justice Center will Address Causes of Crime by Aiding Offenders, Victims, Gavid Newsom, Kamala D. Harris, SF Gate, May 13th, 2007. Read more.

Community Court Principles: A Guide for Planners, Center for Court Innovation, January 1st, 1997. Read more.

Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Customized Work Serves Program Serving Ex-Offenders, City of Chicago, June 1st, 2007. Read more.

Rebuilding Lives. Restoring Hope. Strengthening Communities, Richard Dailey, January 1st, 2006. Read more.

Red Hook Experiment: How a Neighborhood Court Fights Crime and Solves Problems, ABA Journal , June 1st, 2004. Read more.

Programs Offered through the Salt Lake City Prosecutors Office, Salt Lake City Prosecutors Office, July 1st, 2007. Read more..


Greg Berman is the director of the Center for Court Innovation, a non-profit think tank that helps courts reduce crime, aid victims, and improve public trust in justice. Part of the founding team responsible for creating the Center, he has helped guide the organization from start-up to an annual budget of $15 million. The Center has received numerous awards, including the Prize for Public Sector Innovation from the Citizens Budget Commission and the Innovations in American Government Award from the Ford Foundation and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Greg is the co-author of Good Courts: The Case for Problem-Solving Justice (The New Press, 2005).

Maurice Emsellem is the National Employment Law Project’s (NELP) Policy Director.  NELP is a research and advocacy organization that delivers on the nation’s promise of economic opportunity. Mr. Emsellem specializes in government systems of support for unemployed workers and policies that reduce employment barriers of people with criminal records.  He and his colleagues at NELP have co-authored several publications, including scholarly articles that appeared in the Stanford Law & Policy Review and the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform.   Mr. Emsellem was a Soros Justice Senior Fellow (2005), and a Visiting Public Interest Mentor at Stanford Law School (2003).  He received his B.A. in 1982 from the University of Michigan and his J.D. in 1986 from Northeastern University School of Law.

Angela Rudolph, Assistant to the Mayor, joined the Office of Mayor Richard M. Daley in October 2006. Ms. Rudolph has been charged with spearheading the development of strategies and initiatives for the City of Chicago to support people with criminal backgrounds as they work to transform their lives achieve success, strengthen their families and home communities — thus making a stronger safer Chicago.  Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office Ms. Rudolph served as a Program Director at Chicago Metropolis 2020 where she focused on justice and violence by working on issues of childhood exposure to violence, re-entry, juvenile justice and sentencing reform. She has served as the Education Director with the Chicago Urban League where she was responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the League’s education and youth development programming. Ms. Rudolph began her professional career in Illinois working for the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory working as a Policy Associate and a Program Associate with the policy and advocacy division of the Ounce of Prevention Fund. She holds a Master’s in Education Policy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.A. from Union College in American History.


Dan Abrahamson, Director of Legal Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance
Pablo Alvarado, National Coordinator, National Day Laborer Organizing Network
Nino Amato, President of Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group, Madison, WI
Michael Armstrong, Operations Manager, Portland, OR
Angelica Ayala, Admin Assistant, Office of Chief of Staff, Los Angeles, CA
John Bailey, Energy Policy Analyst and Webrarian, Institute on Local Self Reliance
Tom Bates, Mayor, Berkeley, CA
Dan Bates, Director of Government Relations, Portland, OR
Greg Berman, Director , The Center for Court Innovation
Scott Bernstein, President, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Carol Brown, Acting Chief of Policy, Mayor’s Office, Chicago, IL
Dave Cieslewicz, Mayor, Madison, WI
Luciano Colonna, Executive Director, Harm Reduction Project
Dan Coody, Mayor, Fayetteville, AR
T.M. Franklin Cownie, Mayor, Des Moines, IA
Vicki Cram, Senior Government Relations Consultant, Ball Janik LLP
Heidi Davison, Mayor, Athens, GA
Margaret Dooley, Prop 36 State-wide Coordinator, Drug Policy Alliance
Amanda Eichel, Senior Climate Protection Advisor, Seattle, WA
Maurice Emsellem, Policy Director, National Employment Law Project
Garrett Fitzgerald, Director of Programs, ICLEI
Larry Frank, Deputy Mayor, Los Angeles, CA
Rafael Gonzales, Associate Director, Neighborhood and Community Services, Los Angeles, CA
Sue Greenwald, Mayor, Davis, CA
Sophia Heller, Director of Policy and Strategic Planning, Los Angeles, CA
Paul Hernandez, Director of Communication and Public Affairs, The California Endowment, Los Angeles, CA
Darwin Hindman, Mayor, Columbia, MO
Jennifer Ito, Research Director, SCOPE/AGENDA
Rosemarie Ives, Mayor, Redmond, WA
Kathy Keolker, Mayor, Renton, WA
Alice Kinman, Commisioner, Athens, GA
Yoriko Kishimoto, Mayor, Palo Alto, CA
Neal Kwatra, Strategic Affairs Department, UNITE HERE
Randall Lewis, Chief of Staff, Tacoma, WA
Ana Machiado, Los Angeles, CA
Nabar Enrique Martinez, City Manager, Redlands, CA
Matt Mayrl, Research Associate, COWS
Eugene Montanez, Mayor, Corona, CA
Nelson Motto, , National Day Laborer Organizing Network
Marissa Nuncio, Staff Attorney, National Day Laborer Organizing Network
Torie Osborn, Senior Advisor to the Mayor, Los Angeles, CA
Romel Pascual, Environment Associate Director, Los Angeles, CA
Victor Peterson, Environmental & Building Safety Director, Malibu, CA
Janet Piraino, Chief of Staff, Madison, WI
Tom Potter, Mayor, Portland, OR
Satya Rhodes-Conway, Senior Associate, COWS
Tate Rider, Policy Intern, Los Angeles, CA
Joel Rogers, Director, COWS
Angela Rudolph, Assistant to the Mayor, Chicago, IL
Dina Siegel, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs , Boston, MA
Len Simon, Simon & Company
Jennifer Sung, Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice
Laura Zahn, Los Angeles, CA