City & Regional Planning and Community Development Faculty

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City & Regional Planning and Community Development Faculty

  • Assistant Professor and Program Head of Planning & Community Development
    City & Regional Planning, Community Development

    Jeffrey Doshna, PhD, AICP

    • Email: doshna@temple.edu
    • Phone: 215-204-1213
    • Office: Architecture 213
    • Website: http://sites.temple.edu/doshna
    • Jeffrey P. Doshna is a professional planner, economist and community leader. He teaches courses in community and economic development, quantitative and qualitative research methods and supervises the graduate planning studio. Since January 2019, he has served as a Councilman in Flemington, New Jersey.
       
      His primary research area is community economic development with a focus on community development finance. His current work explores the influences of neoliberalism on the practice of community development through programs like the Federal Healthy Food Financing...

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  • Associate Professor of Practice
    City & Regional Planning, Community Development

    William J. Cohen, PhD, FAICP

    • Email: wjcohen@temple.edu
    • Phone: 302-765-2352
    • Bill Cohen has been a practicing city and regional planner with over 32 years of experience at the municipal and state levels, in addition to the nonprofit sector. He has been on the faculty of Temple University since 2004, where his teaching and research focuses on ecological planning and environmental design. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses including: Planning History and Theory, Land Use Planning; Ecological Planning and Development and People, Places, and Environment.

      Cohen has experience as a municipal planning director and was the...

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  • Associate Professor
    City & Regional Planning, Community Development

    Lynn Mandarano, PhD

    • Email: lynn.mandarano@temple.edu
    • Phone: 215-777-9112
    • Office: Architecture 135
    • Website: http://sites.temple.edu/mandarano/
    • Lynn Mandarano is an expert in community engagement and capacity building for collective action to address complex social and environmental concerns. Her research explores how everyone from individuals to regional collaborative institutions develop capacities, such as knowledge, relationships and political will to plan and implement projects that have positive, long-term impacts. Her work in Philadelphia assists communities with capacity building and engages students through community-based service learning projects. 
       
      She is actively engaged in research and has...

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  • Adjunct Faculty
    Planning & Community Development

    Logan Axelson

    • Logan Axelson is a senior transportation planner in the Office of Transit, Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. He focuses on long-range planning and urban design for public transit projects. He works with students to help express city planning concepts graphically.

      MRP, Cornell University
      BA, Temple University

  • Adjunct Faculty
    Planning & Community Development

    Gayle Christiansen

    • MCP, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      BA, Kenyon College

  • Adjunct Faculty
    Planning & Community Development

    James Crowder

  • Adjunct Faculty
    Planning & Community Development

    Patricia Day

    • Email: patricia.day@temple.edu
    • Patricia Day is the manager of leadership engagement at the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia. She works closely with business units within the Chamber and with regional stakeholders to promote access to education across the lifelong learning continuum to assure that the region benefits from an educated and skilled workforce.

      MS, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      BS, SUNY Oneonta

  • Adjunct Faculty
    Planning & Community Development

    Martine DeCamp

    • Martine Decamp is a senior planner at the City of Philadelphia.

      MCP, University of Pennsylvania
      BS, University of Arizona

  • Adjunct Faculty
    Planning & Community Development

    Thomas Edinger

    • Email: thomas.edinger@temple.edu
    • Thomas Edinger is a senior transportation planner at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, where he handles major transportation planning tasks, including managing the Congestion Management Process (CMP) for the region.

      MCRP Ohio State University
      BS, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Adjunct Faculty
    Planning & Community Development

    David Feldman

    • Website: www.right-sized-homes.com
    • David Feldman has worked in housing and community development policy and implementation for over 25 years, in the private and non-profit sectors. His work has included funding and technical assistance to community-based organizations for affordable housing and community economic development projects, neighborhood planning and related policy initiatives in Pennsylvania; New Jersey; Flint, Michigan; and for Hurricane Sandy relief in New York City.

      Certificate Graduate Management Program, University of Pennsylvania
      MArch, Harvard University
      BA, University of Pennsylvania

  • Adjunct Faculty
    Planning & Community Development

    Sean Greene

    • Email: sean.greene@temple.edu
    • Sean Greene brings over 25 years of experience of resource protection and planning to the classroom. Currently working at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, he incorporates his experience and the those of his students to explore how our communities grow.

      MS, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      BA, University of Delaware

  • Adjunct Faculty
    Planning & Community Development

    David Guinnip

    • Email: david.guinnup@temple.edu
    • David R. Guinnup is an applied economist and an urban and regional planner with over 40 years of professional experience in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Currently, he teaches the fundamentals of cultural and environmental ecology of human settlements. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, The International Economics Honor Society.

      MBA, Wright State University
      BS, Ball State University

  • Adjunct Faculty
    Planning & Community Development

    John Haak, AICP

    • Email: john.haak@temple.edu
    • John Haak is a city planner with 35 years of professional experience with regional, county and municipal-level planning agencies. His expertise includes comprehensive and community planning, economic development, capital programming, urban redevelopment, transportation planning and sustainability.

      MCRP, University of North Carolina
      BA, Brown University

  • Adjunct Faculty
    Planning & Community Development

    Kyle Hearing

    • Email: kyle.hearing@temple.edu
    • Kyle Hearing is a passionate advocate for equitable transportation, working as a consultant within the transit industry. He brings his passion for geospatial analysis to the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, where he helps students develop tools for the interpretation of space and matter.

      MS, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      BS, University of Michigan

  • Adjunct Faculty
    Planning & Community Development

    Meredith Johnson

    • Email: tul07908@temple.edu
    • Meredith Johnson specializes in accessible development that utilizes existing space through community empowerment and interdisciplinary thinking. She is the executive director at the East Falls Development Corporation—a non-profit that works in community and economic development in and around the East Falls neighborhood in Philadelphia.

      MS, University of Pennsylvania
      BS, Texas State University

  • Adjunct Faculty
    Planning & Community Development

    Melissa Kim

    • Email: melissa.kim@temple.edu
    • Website: www.lisc.org/philly
    • Melissa Kim believes that solutions to complex urban challenges are most effective when they are anti-disciplinary, imaginative, pragmatic, reflective and co-created with communities. Currently working at LISC—a national community development corporation—she continually strives to connect the classroom with real-world experience.

      JD, Temple University
      MS, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      BA, Amherst College

  • Adjunct Faculty
    Planning & Community Development

    Dennis Livrone

    • Email: dennis.livrone@temple.edu
    • Dennis Livrone is a retired environmental planner from the Bucks County Planning Commission. For over 35 years, he represented county government on federal, state, regional, county and municipal planning committees, as well as authored/co-authored numerous planning and educational publications. He serves as the Chairman of Doylestown Borough Park and Recreation Board.

      MEPC and BS, Pennsylvania State University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Planning & Community Development

    David Manhardt

    • MS, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      BA, University of Delaware

  • Adjunct Professor
    Planning & Community Development

    Terence Milstead

    • Email: terence.milstead@temple.edu
    • Terence Milstead is the vice president of Ogilvy. He is an internationally-trained social scientist, strategic communications consultant and project manager skilled in designing evidence-driven public relations and community outreach strategies and facilitating stakeholder engagement, dialogue and consensus around plans, programs, policies and products.

      PhD and MSP, Florida State University
      BA, University of West Florida

  • Adjunct Professor
    Planning & Community Development

    Kevin Moran

    • Email: tuj70012@temple.edu
    • Kevin Moran is the senior manager at ULI Philadelphia and was previously the executive director of the Northern Liberties BID and Fairmount CDC. He has an extensive background in non-profit management and economic development that includes facilitating over $5 million in public space, affordable housing and commercial corridor investments in the Philadelphia region.

      MA and BA, Villanova University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Planning & Community Development

    Brian Olszak

    • Brian Olszak is a senior planner at the Montgomery County Planning Commission. He produces legal instruments, such as zoning and land development ordinances and similar technical documents; writes subdivision and land development reviews, as well as zoning amendment reviews; and analyzes and synthesizes demographic, housing and development data, among other responsibilities.

      MS, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      BA, Loyola College in Maryland

  • Adjunct Professor
    Planning & Community Development

    Nicole Ozdemir

    • Nicole Ozdemir is a community-focused urban planner who concentrates her work efforts on public engagement and equitable development.

      MA, University of Pennsylvania
      BA, University at Albany, State University of New York

  • Adjunct Professor
    Planning & Community Development

    Samantha Porter

    • Email: tul07914@temple.edu
    • As the director of place-based initiatives for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, Samantha Porter is interested in interdisciplinary, community-driven approaches to planning and community development. As a practitioner, she offers a blend of theory and practice in disaster recovery program design and implementation.

      MPA, University of Pennsylvania
      BA, Temple University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Planning & Community Development

    Tracy Purdy

    • Email: tracy.purdy@temple.edu
    • Tracy Purdy emphasizes the importance of citizen involvement in community development work, as well as that of forming partnerships between organizations to expand their reach and accomplish the mission of both organizations, bringing added benefits for the community. Her experience working with Mosaic Community Land Trust and the Pottstown Housing Coalition informs her instruction.

      MS and BS, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Planning & Community Development

    Andrew Reid

    • Email: andrew.reid0002@temple.edu
    • Andrew Reid is engaged in cutting-edge economic and community development practice nationally, focusing on major social and economic challenges, such as gentrification, equity, inclusive growth, food access, housing, infrastructure, access to financial services and health disparities. 

      CAGS, Tufts University
      MBA, Golden Gate University
      BA, University of California, Davis

  • Adjunct Professor
    Planning & Community Development

    David Schellinger

    • Email: david.schellinger@temple.edu
    • David Schellinger is a principal at Stantec. He is responsible for new business development and technical practice oversight.

      BS, Villanova University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Planning & Community Development

    Eleanor Sharpe

    • Email: eleanor.sharpe@temple.edu
    • Eleanor Sharpe is the executive director at the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. She serves in a dual capacity as head of the planning commission and deputy to the director of the city's Department of Planning and Development, responsible for the Division of Planning and Zoning.

      MCP, University of Pennsylvania
      BArch, Howard University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Planning & Community Development

    Martin Sinel

    • MS, University of Texas at Austin
      BS, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Planning & Community Development

    Andrew Svelka

    • Andrew Svelka is the associate manager for the Office of Smart Growth at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC). Over the last decade, he has developed and directed planning studies for communities and partner agencies throughout Greater Philadelphia that address issues of transportation, land use and economic development.

      MCRP, Rutgers University
      BA, George Washington University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Planning & Community Development

    Jon Tehrani

    • Email: jbt@temple.edu
    • Jon Tehrani is an analytics engineer at Stepwise Real Estate Analytics, which empowers real estate developers, lenders and nonprofits to quickly find and evaluate investment opportunities and helps facilitate the reduction of blight through efficient use of information.

      MS, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      BA, Emory University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Planning & Community Development

    Joanne Walker

    • Email: joanne.walker@temple.edu
    • Joanne Walker is an attorney and consultant with a keen interest in land use, the environment and social issues. With over 35 years of experience in environmental and land use law, and working with nonprofits on management and governance issues, Joanne is interested in promoting responsible planning and stewardship, particularly with respect to the environment, quality of life and improvement of social conditions.

      JD and MPA, Syracuse University
      BA, LaSalle University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Planning & Community Development

    Marissa Waxman

    • Marisa Waxman is first deputy revenue commissioner for the City of Philadelphia. She loves utilizing behavioral economics and data analysis to improve revenue collections and expand relief for vulnerable Philadelphians.

      MCP and BA, University of Pennsylvania

  • Professor Emerita
    Planning & Community Development

    Deborah Howe, PhD, FAICP

    • Deborah Howe was Professor at Temple University for 10 years and Chair from 2006–2015. Her research and professional interests include affordable housing alternatives, community planning for aging populations, commercial land use patterns and the Oregon land use system. Among the numerous accomplishments throughout her career, Howe co-founded the Faculty Women's Interest Group, chaired the Global Perspectives Committee for the American Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) and served as a planner, grants coordinator and community development director in Dutchess County, New York where she administered over $6 million in Community Development funding.

      In 2000, Howe was inducted as a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) in recognition of her contributions to planning education. In 2005, she was recognized by the Oregon Chapter of American Planning Association for exemplary service during her six-year term as the lead co-editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association—the premier journal in the field of planning. 

      PhD, University of Michigan
      MS, University of Michigan
      BS, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse