Laura Reese

Director and Professor · Michigan State University

Laura Reese is an expert in animal welfare policy, animals in the city, animal sheltering, local economic development

Local Economic Development Animals in the City Animal Welfare Policy Animal Sheltering

Dominique Halaby

Director, Business Innovation Group · Georgia Southern University

Dr. Halaby oversees development of Georgia Southern University’s City Center.

Community Development Workforce and Economic Development Non-Profit Organizations Workplace Innovation Rural Entrepreneurship

Carolyn Dudek

Chair of the Political Science Department, Director of European Studies · Hofstra University

Professor Dudek specializes in comparative politics with regional focuses in Europe and Latin America

Latin American Politics European Politics Regional Economic Growth and Development Fluent in Spanish

Ascanio Piomelli

Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Professor of Law · UC Hastings College of the Law

Contacts: piomelli@uchastings.edu / 415-581-8925 / Office: 100 McAllister Street, Suite 350

Social-Change Lawyering Clinical Legal Education Community Legal Services Wage & Hour Law Community Group Advocacy

Tyler Mulligan

Associate Professor of Public Law and Government and Director, Development Finance Initiative · UNC-Chapel Hill

Tyler Mulligan is an Associate Professor of Public Law and Government at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government.

Affordable Housing Code Enforcement (Minimum Housing Codes) Community Development Downtown Revitalization Economic Development

Steffanie Scott

Professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Management · University of Waterloo

Leading international scholar on food security, food system change, and COVID-19 impacts on the food suppy.

Food Agriculture & Environment COVID-19 (Coronavirus) China Food Policy Local Food Systems

Vivek Ghosal

Department Head, Economics & Virginia and Lloyd W. Rittenhouse Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences · Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Researches firm strategy related to innovation, decision-making under uncertainty, and regulatory reform, among other areas

Mergers & Acquisitions Innovation Economic Policy and Regulations Firm Strategy Antitrust Law and Economics

Judith Cone, M.S.

Vice Chancellor for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, UNC-Chapel Hill · UNC-Chapel Hill

Putting important ideas to use for the public good

Entrepeneurship Innovation & Economic Development Management & Leadership Humanitarian Affairs Commercialization

Don Holbrook

The Next America: Moving Beyond a Fragile Economy · Author and Keynote Speaker

Author/Keynote Speaker/Public Policy Business Incentives-Site Location Consultant

Public Speaking Site Location Public Incentive Negotiations

Gregory DeFreitas

Professor of Economics · Hofstra University

Prof. DeFreitas is an expert on labor studies.

Labor Economics Research Methods Urban Economics Microeconomics African Economic Development

T. William Lester, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, College of Arts and Sciences · UNC at Chapel Hill

Lester is an expert on the impact of minimum wage and living wage policies on urban economic development.

Economic Development Labor Market Institutions Living Wage Policies Minimum Wage Policies Labor Economics

Manley A. Begay, EdD

Public Trustee · Fielding Graduate University

Faculty member at Northern Arizona University where he teaches courses on nation-building, curriculum development, and Indigenous education

Indigenous Nation-Building Indigenous Education

Alina Ball

Associate Professor of Law · UC Hastings College of the Law

Contacts: balla@uchastings.edu / 415-581-8852 / Office 300-100

Corporate Law Transactional Lawyering Community Lawyering Clinical Education Critical Race Theory

Kurt Schindler

Distinguished Senior Educator Emeritus · Michigan State University

Kurt Schindler is an expert in land use (planning and zoning) and economic development as practiced by local units of government.

Water Quality Protection Placemaking Right to Farm Act Planning Zoning

Peter Coclanis, Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A.

Distinguished Professor; Director, Global Research Institute, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D · UNC-Chapel Hill

Albert R. Newsome Professor Professor and Director of the Global Research Institute

Southern Economy Asian Studies Globalization Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods Economic Development

Gabe Gabrielsen

Executive Director - Professional Speaker · Local Government Resources

When you are tired of Stupidity

Airm High

Wesley Longhofer

Associate Professor of Organization & Management; Academic Director, Social Enterprise @ Goizueta · Emory University, Goizueta Business School

Comparative Political Sociology Organizational Sociology Philanthropy and Non-Profits Corporate Social Responsibility Environmental Sociology

Enrico Moretti

Professor · Haas School of Business & Department of Economics |University of California, Berkeley

Expert on urban economics and labor economics

Labor Economics Urban Economics The Economics of Cities and Regions

Don Duval

Chief Executive Officer · NORCAT

Experienced, dynamic, and engaging speaker on an array of topics related to innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship

Turnaround Strategies Entrepreneurship Academic Research Commercialization

Patrick Conway, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, College of Arts and Sciences · UNC-Chapel Hill

Patrick J. Conway is Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at UNC Chapel Hill

Tariffs Globalization International Trade IMF Adjustment Programs Economic Development

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