Team Update: Board Appointments, Professional Credentials & New Hires
The new year has brought new appointments for evolveEA Principal Marc Mondor. The Pennsylvania State Senate Minority Leader appointed Marc as a member of Pennsylvania’s Climate Change Advisory Committee (CCAC). Also the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Institute of Architects named Marc to its Board of Directors as Chair of Government Affairs.
The Climate Change Advisory Committee is a group of experts that advise the PA Department of Environmental Protection. A key function of the Committee is to advise the DEP in maintaining a Climate Action Plan for the state with updates every three years.
Marc first began serving on the AIA Pennsylvania Board of Directors in 2015, and has helped the organization lobby our state government to raise awareness of and garner support for the fields of architecture, engineering and construction. As Government Affairs Committee Chair, Marc will coordinate the development of AIA Pennsylvania’s annual legislative agenda and oversee the organization’s government affairs activities. He remarked that the Board appointment and the CCAC appointment present statewide synergies that overlap with his advocacy on behalf of AIA Pittsburgh and his professional interests, and he is excited to step into the new roles.
We are excited to announce that Ashley Cox has returned to evolveEA as a full-time member of our team! A talented and enthusiastic Urban Designer, Ashley was initially engaged with us during the summer of 2014 as an intern through Carnegie Mellon’s award-winning UDream program. After completing the internship program, Ashley remained in Pittsburgh to earn a Master of Urban Design degree at CMU. While in school she continued to work with us on select projects.
Ashley has demonstrated leadership capacity with valued contributions to our Pittsburgh community based projects such as the Hill District Centre Avenue Redevelopment Plan, Garfield Green Zone, and Urban Agriculture and Green Stormwater Infrastructure Planning in Larimer. In her new role, Ashley will continue to draw upon her advanced technical background in urban systems and her experience with creative engagement to empower people and help create resilient communities. We’re thrilled to have Ashley with us as we begin 2017!
Anna Rosenblum is the first member of our team to become a Certified EcoDistricts Accredited Professional! The credential is a new certification administered by EcoDistricts.org that marks expertise in district-scale sustainable development. Anna’s ecodistrict planning experience on projects around our region, knowledge of the EcoDistrict Protocol and training enabled her to be one of the earliest adopters of the EcoDistrict AP credential. With the credential Anna can better assist communities to become EcoDistrict Certified under the protocol that was launched last year.
We’re happy to share the news that Nicolas Azel joined our team in October 2016. Nico’s background in urban systems design and data analysis is helping to advance our work on urban scale projects. He has applied his background in planning and architecture and specialization in computational design to create data visualizations and 3D urban models focusing on transportation systems and stormwater runoff. Nico is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture. We are especially excited about Nico’s contributions to our work with the City of Pittsburgh on a strategic plan for Greenways, as well as a Bus Rapid Transit Planning Study for the Port Authority.