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Greater City Providence
Promoting the smart urban growth of the Greater Providence region.
Matthew Coolidge is co-founder of Greater City Providence. In addition to the occasional blog post about cycling, sailing, or urban rant, he works as an Electrical Engineer, often traveling to major cities and ports around the globe, or simply Warwick.
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Seth Zeren is a community-oriented real estate developer, city planner, and community rabble-rouser. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and has lived, studied, and worked in South Korea, New Haven, CT, India, and Cambridge, MA before settling on the West Side of Providence. His background in evolutionary and ecological sciences informs his approach to development and planning, with an emphasis on the dynamics and processes of urban change over the designing of perfect outcomes.
Margie grew up outside of Hartford, Connecticut at a time when families frequently ventured downtown for culture, classes, and shopping. After living in New York and working as a consultant for over a decade Margie migrated east landing first in New Bedford where she ran that city’s downtown cultural economic development project AHA! Since 2004 Margie has lived in Providence on the East Side and consulted in marketing and the arts. Margie is interested in how creative cities can take a more authentic inside-out approach to presenting the arts across neighborhoods and genres.
Barry Schiller is a retired Rhode Island College math professor, is a long-time member of the State Planning Council’s Transportation Advisory Committee. He also was on the RIPTA Board of Directors 1995-1999.
Aaron M. Renn is an urban affairs analyst whose writings appear at urbanophile.com and elsewhere.
RIPTA Riders Alliance
The RIPTA Riders Alliance is a grassroots volunteer led organization that advocates for the expansion and improvement of public transit service in RI.
Roger Leaf is a retired Wall Street banker and a lifelong New Yorker. About half of his 38-year career was spent in Public Finance, but now he mostly works with non-profits like RISD, where he served on various committees from 2008 to 2012. His ties to Providence go back to 1999, where his two sons had lived for many years.
Liam is a native Rhode Islander, he studied Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Liam currently resides in New York City and is a Transportation Analyst at ReThink NYC.