Advisory Board

Bob Becker

Bob has been the Chief Executive Officer of the 1300 acre City Park in New Orleans for seventeen years. Prior to coming to City Park, Bob was a Senior Vice President at the Audubon Nature Institute and the Director of City Planning in New Orleans. Since 2005 his focus has been on the restoration of the Park following the catastrophic damage sustained during Hurricane Katrina. He has raised over $127 million dollars in public and private funds to recover and implement a new vision for the Park.

Bob is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, recipient of a National Planning Excellence Award and an adjunct professor at the University of New Orleans. He has a B.A. in History from the University at Buffalo, an M.A. from the University of Iowa in Urban and Regional Planning and a Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans in Urban Studies. 

Lorin Ditzler

Lorin is the Community Coach for the Warren County chapter of Hometown Pride, a statewide program that works to empower residents of small towns to enhance their communities. She has previously worked as a city planning consultant for communities throughout the Midwest, and supported small businesses by working and volunteering for multiple Chambers of Commerce. She holds an MS in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa and a BA in English from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. She is an AICP certified city planner and a trained facilitator. Lorin lives in Des Moines where she volunteers as a board member for the American Planning Association – Iowa Chapter, the Downtown Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, and the City Sounds public piano project. She is also a musician and a freelance writer.

David Dunn

David earned a B.S. in Politics, Business, and Economics from Cornell College in 2001. David graduated with a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa in 2006. Upon completion of his studies, he served as a Planner, and later Senior City Planner for the City of Des Moines, Iowa. It was there, that he developed a niche for working in the field of housing and community development.  In 2014, David was named the Assistant Planning Director for the Rochester (Minnesota) Olmsted County Planning Department, where he led the development review team. In February 2017, David was named the Executive Director of the Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority. This role allows David to focus his efforts on affordable housing issues on a full-time basis. David currently lives in Rochester, MN with his wife, Jill, and daughters Claire and Grace.

Andrew Greenlee

Andrew J. Greenlee Ph.D. (M.S. 2006) is Assistant Professor and the Tschangho John Kim Scholar in Urban and Regional Systems in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Andrew’s research lies at the intersection of housing policy, poverty, and social equity within cities and regions. His current research examines neighborhood and metropolitan opportunity structures through residential mobility processes. Greenlee received a B.A. from Grinnell College, an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Robert Lamb

Now retired, Rob has spent more than 40 years as a professional planning and economic development executive with comprehensive experience in both the public and private sectors. He has served as planning director and community development director with the City of Beloit, WI; economic development consultant and manager with Wisconsin Electric Power Company, a large gas/electric utility; vice president of the Quad City Development Group, a bi-state regional economic development corporation; and Industrial Development Manager with the City of Rockford, IL.

These positions provided Rob with a very broad background in all phases of urban planning and community/economic development, including comprehensive city planning, business retention and expansion, project generation, project negotiation, deal closing and project implementation. These positions also provided him with the opportunity to develop strong management skills including program development and management, strategic planning and goal setting, consensus and team building, personnel management and budget administration. Throughout his career, Rob has demonstrated the ability to coordinate people and resources to successfully develop and complete major complex projects.

During his career, Rob has served on the board of directors of several professional development organizations, including Mid-America Economic Development Council, Illinois Development Council, Professional Developers of Iowa, and Wisconsin Economic Development Association (President 1989-1991).

Rob graduated from the University of Iowa in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and Political Science and completed his graduate work at the University of Iowa in Urban and Regional Planning in 1971.

Suyun Ma

Suyun Ma (M.S. 2010) works as a global external relations officer in the University of Iowa International Programs. Her specialties include international higher education, global communications and marketing, alumni relations, and social media. Previously, she was a research assistant at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center while pursuing a M.S. degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

William Millar

William Millar is a well known expert in the fields of public transportation and transportation policy, who effectively led the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) serving as its President from 1996 to 2011.

Millar served 19 years at the Port Authority of Allegheny County, the principal transit operator serving Pittsburgh, PA. As executive director from 1983-1996, he oversaw the development and operation of bus, busway, light rail, paratransit and inclined plane service. He is the founder of Pittsburgh’s award-winning ACCESS paratransit service.

In the 1970’s Bill worked for the Pennsylvania DOT where he developed and managed Pennsylvania’s Free Transit Program for Senior Citizens and led its rural public and community transit efforts.

Millar, a strong supporter of transportation research received the Founding Father Award for his leadership in establishing the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP). He was a member of the executive committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) for over two decades serving as its chair in 1992.

Millar is the recipient of many awards for his professional and community activities and was inducted into APTA’s Hall of Fame (2013) and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America Hall of Fame (2011).

He earned a BA from Northwestern University in geography (1970) and an MA from the University of Iowa in Urban and Regional Planning (1972).

Mike Norris

Mike is the Executive Director of the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission in West Burlington, Iowa, and has worked for the Commission since 2003. He has extensive experience in economic development, housing development and finance, public transit management, business loans, transportation planning, land use planning and local government services.

He also serves as the Executive Director of Great River Housing, Inc. (certified Local Housing Trust Fund), Southeast Iowa Housing, Inc. and as Administrator of the Southeast Iowa Regional and Economic Port Authority.

Mike has additionally served in many capacities on statewide policy committees and organizations, including: Iowa Association of Councils of Governments (Chair, Vice-Chair), Iowa Freight Advisory Committee, Iowa Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and the Iowa Strategic Highway Safety Plan Committee. In addition he is currently President of the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning Alumni Advisory Board.

In southeast Iowa, Mike is a member of several organizations in a volunteer capacity: Burlington Noon Kiwanis, Greater Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Young House Family Services, Inc. (Chair), and the Des Moines County Community Foundation.

Mike earned a B.S. in Geography from the University of Iowa in 2001 and a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning in 2003. While at Iowa he participated in the Hawkeye Marching Band, Pep Band and University Band.

Nancy Richardson

Nancy Richardson was director of the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) from 2005 to 2011, serving in that position under three governors. She held several previous positions during her twenty-nine year career at Iowa DOT, including director of the Air and Transit, Administration, and Operations and Finance divisions. She was an active member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, serving as a member and/or chair of the Standing Committee on Finance and Administration, the Authorization Steering Committee, the Standing Committee on Performance Management, the Climate Change Steering Committee, and the NCHRP Project 20-24 Administration of Highway and Transportation Agencies Panel. She also served as a member and president of the Mississippi Valley Conference of AASHTO States. For eight years prior to her time at Iowa DOT Richardson was a social worker with the then Iowa Department of Social Services. 

Following her retirement from the Iowa DOT in 2011, Richardson served as Co-Chair of the Iowa Governor’s Transportation 2020 Citizen Advisory Commission tasked with working with Iowa citizens to identify road needs and funding strategy options. Richardson currently serves on the boards of directors of the Iowa Donor Network (currently chair of the board) and the Community Foundation of Johnson County (CFJC). She also serves as a member of the University of Iowa School of Public Health’s Injury Prevention Research Center Community Advisory Committee and School of Urban and Regional Planning Advisory Committee.

Richardson was born and raised in Decorah, Iowa; received a bachelor’s degree with a major in Social Work from the University of Iowa; and resides in Coralville, Iowa.

Sarah Slack

Sarah Slack is a partner and environmental lawyer in the Business Law Department at Foley & Lardner LLP. Ms. Slack is a member of the Environmental Regulation Practice and the Energy Industry and Life Sciences Teams.

Ms. Slack divides her time between development/redevelopment work, environmental compliance counseling, transactions and environmental litigation. Ms. Slack has extensive experience on the cutting edge of Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Superfund, and RCRA enforcement, as well as citizen suit litigation, settlement strategies, and related cost recovery, insurance coverage, and indemnity disputes. Ms. Slack also provides counsel to clients regarding air emissions, waste management, underground storage tank compliance, and water discharge permitting and compliance.

Ms. Slack was selected to the 2013 - 2015 Wisconsin Super Lawyers – Rising Stars® lists.

Ms. Slack received her B.A. in French from Grinnell College, with a concentration in Western European studies. She received her law degree, with high distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law, as well as an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning, focusing on environmental and land use planning.

Ms. Slack is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and California. She is a board member of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin.