Inaugural Research Workshop: New Directions in Place Management

The opening session of the first research workshop hosted by Georgetown University celebrated the diversity and vitality present in different kinds of place management organizations across the region. Whether described by size, stakeholders, governance, metro location, urban context, responsibilities or activities…each organization was different, but united in sustaining their community and place in their own way. After the first session, Philip Sheldrake, Visiting Fellow of the Georgetown Global Cities Initiative and Fred Kent, founder of the Project for Public Spaces, delivered inspiring keynote addresses meant to reinforce attendee’s commitments to making great places centered around and built for people. Following these inspiring talks, attendees broke into various working groups focused on topic areas including: Research and Reporting Practices, Public Realm and Parks, Investment Management, Social Inclusion and Health & Well-being.


New Faces of Place Management

  • Kenyatta Robinson, Executive Director, Mt. Vernon Triangle CID
  • Meghan Trossen, Director of Program and Partnerships, Tysons Partnership
  • Monica Ray, President, Congress Heights Community Training and Development Corporation
  • Ken Ulman, President, Terrapin Development Company
  • Mary-Claire Burick, President, Roslyn BID
  • Danielle Doll, Associate Director, Downtown Frederick Partnership
  • Leona Agouridis, Executive Director, Golden Triangle BID

The Survey Findings

  • Ellen McCarthy, Lecturer, Georgetown University

Reflections on Connecting People to Place

  • Philip Sheldrake, Visiting Fellow, Georgetown Global Cities Initiative; Fellow, Westcott House, University of Cambridge; Author, The Spiritual City
  • Fred Kent, Founder, Project for Public Spaces

What’s Next? Thematic Dialogues Over a Working Lunch

  • Research & Reporting Practices
  • Public Realm and Parks
  • Investment Management
  • Social Inclusion
  • Health & Wellbeing

Lead Discussant: Whitney Gray, Lecturer, Georgetown University

New Directions in Place Management

  • Lauren Adkins, Manager of Commercial Revitalization, Department of Small, Local and Disadvantaged Businesses, District of Columbia
  • Carolyn Dellutri, Director of Professional Development, International Downtown Association
  • Chris Leinberger, Charles Bendit Distinguished Scholar & Research Professor; 
    Chair, Center for Real Estate & Urban Analysis, George Washington University
    Jennifer Vey, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
    Moderator: Richard Bradley