Sep 23 - 24, 2014


Kristin Baja headshotKristin Baja

Climate and Resilience Planner, Baltimore City Department of Planning, Office of Sustainability

Kristin Baja is the Climate and Resilience Planner with the Office of Sustainability at Baltimore City. She is responsible for development and implementation of the City's Disaster Preparedness Project and Plan (DP3) which integrates climate adaptation with hazard mitigation efforts. She is also responsible for climate change communication and outreach, Community Rating System certification, resiliency planning, and STAR Communities certification. She is an active member of the Climate Communications Consortium of Maryland, American Society of Adaptation Professionals, and the Baltimore City Forestry Board. Before joining Baltimore City, Kristin worked for the City of Ann Arbor developing their Climate Action Plan and Sustainability Framework. She has been involved in climate and resilience planning with various cities throughout the United States. Kristin holds a Master of Urban Planning degree and a Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan. Kristin is an avid cyclist and loves to explore the city by bike. She is a certified master composter, gardener, and coaches youth soccer in Patterson Park. - See more at:

James Brainard headshotThe Honorable James Brainard

Mayor, City of Carmel, Indiana

Under Mayor Brainard’s leadership, Carmel has experienced tremendous growth and prosperity. Its population has increased from 25,000 to more than 80,000. Parkland, greenspace and trails have also increased. Mayor Brainard has gained recognition for constructing roundabouts in Carmel, reducing vehicle emissions and improves safety and traffic flow. He spearheaded the creation of the Carmel Arts & Design District and Carmel City Center, a new downtown for the city, featuring The Palladium concert hall. Carmel has been honored with many awards for its high quality of life and environmental initiatives. In August 2012, Carmel was named #1 Best Place to Live in America for cities with a population of 50,000 – 300,000 by Money Magazine.

Mayor Brainard’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts in History from Butler University and Doctor of Jurisprudence from Ohio Northern University.  He also received a diploma from the Oxford Institute on International and Comparative Law from the University of San Diego.  Mayor Brainard serves as co-chair of the Climate Protection Task Force and Advisory Board of Directors for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.


Dwight Evans headshotThe Honorable Dwight Evans

Pennsylvania State Representative, Philadelphia County





Stephen Goldsmith headshotStephen Goldsmith

Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and Director of the Innovations in Government Program, Harvard Kennedy School

Stephen Goldsmith, Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and Director of the Innovations in Government Program, Harvard Kennedy School
Goldsmith is a nationally recognized expert on government management, reform, and innovation. Goldsmith currently directs Data-Smart City Solutions, a project working to catalyze the use of data at the local government level by serving as a central resource for cities interested in this emerging field.

He previously served as Deputy Mayor of New York and Mayor of Indianapolis, where he earned a reputation as one of the country's leaders in public-private partnerships, competition, and privatization. Goldsmith has written The Power of Social Innovation; Governing by Network: the New Shape of the Public Sector; Putting Faith in Neighborhoods: Making Cities Work through Grassroots Citizenship and The Twenty-First Century City: Resurrecting Urban America. His newest book is: The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance.


Tishaura Jones headshotTishaura O. Jones

Treasurer, City of St. Louis, MO

Building on a background as a public servant, financial services professional, and educator, Tishaura O. Jones was sworn in as Treasurer of the City of St. Louis on January 1, 2013.  She is the first woman to hold the office in the history of St. Louis.  

Treasurer Jones is the chief investment and cash management officer of the city.  Prior to becoming Treasurer, Tishaura established a track record of leadership in the Missouri House of Representatives.  She was a Missouri State Representative from 2008-2012 and was the first African American and First Female Assistant Minority Floor Leader.  During her tenure, she was a strong advocate for education, women’s reproductive rights, and healthcare, and economic development.    

Born in St. Louis, Ms. Jones has a Master’s degree in Health Administration from the Saint Louis University School of Public Health and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Hampton University. 


Jerry Madden headshotThe Honorable Jerry Madden

former Texas State Representative

Jerry Madden and his wife Barbara, a retired nurse, have been married 49 years. They are the proud parents of three adult children - Jerry, Stephanie and Kristina - and have six grandchildren. Upon graduation from West Point with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Jerry spent six years in the Army, including one year in Vietnam and two years in Germany, before bringing his family to Richardson, Texas, in 1971.
Madden worked 11 years for Texas Instruments, 8 years for Teledyne Geotech, and in 2000 formed Jerry Madden Insurance to offer group health plan coverage options to small businesses out of his independent agency's Plano offices. In July of 2008, he sold his company and retired from the insurance business. He obtained a Master of Science in Management and Administration Sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1979.