Keynote speaker information

Georgia Sheridan, AICP

Georgia Sheridan is the Senior Manager of Transit Oriented Communities at LA Metro, the transit authority for Los Angeles County. She has worked in both the public and private sector in the U.S. and China. Her work experience and interests come together in three core areas: urban design, mobility, and visual communication.

At Metro, Georgia oversees Metro's recent effort to develop strategies and metrics to integrate a "transit oriented communities" philosophy into the planning, engineering, design and construction of new transit lines. Metro's rail and bus rapid transit system is rapidly growing, thanks to a voter-approved sales tax measure in 2016 that is expected to generate $120 billion of infrastructure investment over the next 40 years.

Prior to working at Metro, Georgia worked for the City West Hollywood, where she managed the City's Pedestrian and Bike Plan, a Public Space Plan for the WeHo Design District, and zoning code changes to streamline the development process. Before joining West Hollywood, Ms. Sheridan worked in the private sector at Torti Gallas, an architecture and planning firm in Downtown LA. There, Georgia consulted with cities, developers, and transit agencies on master planned communities, corridor revitalization strategies, station area planning, and placemaking plans.

Georgia co-created and teaches a graduate course on Visual Communication at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, has written for Planetizen and Next American City, and is a frequent speaker at planning and design conferences.

She received a Master of Urban Planning from UCLA and graduated magna cum laude from Emory University. In her spare time, Georgia is an avid photographer, trail runner, and New Yorker cartoon enthusiast. Her love of unique cities begins with her hometown: Santa Fe, New Mexico, appropriately nicknamed the City Different in the Land of Enchantment.

Dr. Tim Chapin

Dr. Chapin is Dean for the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy and a Professor in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning at Florida State University. During his over seventeen years at FSU, Dr. Chapin has undertaken research on the effectiveness of Florida's growth management regime, assessed the effectiveness of planning efforts in shaping development outcomes, and evaluated the role of sports facilities in the promotion of urban redevelopment. His current research interests revolve around how autonomous vehicles and national demographic trends will influence urban development and transportation activities in Florida and the United States. Over his career he has secured over $3 million in outside funding from federal, state and local governments to support his research. Dr. Chapin also serves as the Senior Associate Editor and Review Editor for the Journal of the American Planning Association.

Harriet Tregoning

Harriet Tregoning is the immediate past Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Community Planning and Development at the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Her work at HUD encompassed helping states, regions, cities, counties and towns across the country build a strong foundation for resilience in the face of a changing climate, and for a diverse and prosperous economy based on enhancing community quality of place, economic opportunity, fiscal stability, transportation choice, and affordability. She  was previously Director of the District of Columbia Office of Planning, where she worked to make DC a walkable, bikeable, eminently livable, globally competitive and thriving city. Prior to this she was the Director of the Governors' Institute on Community Design, co-founded with former Maryland Governor Glendening. She served Governor Glendening as Secretary of Planning in Maryland. Prior to her tenure in Maryland state government, Tregoning was the Director of Development, Community and Environment at the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  She was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2004.