Our Team

CityCraft® Team

Callahan Seltzer, Director, CityCraft® Integrated Research Center
Denver, CO

Callahan Seltzer is an urban planner whose work focuses on regenerative planning and development processes to improve the physical, environmental, social, and economic health of bio-regional systems. She joined CityCraft in 2016 and currently leads the CityCraft Integrated Research Center (CIRC) for the Rocky Mountain Front Range Bio-Region. Callahan previously worked on the development and preservation of affordable multifamily housing at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) from 2007-2013. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Government, a Master’s degree in American Studies, and a Master’s degree from MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning.

 

Katherine Rodriguez, CityCraft Ventures®
Denver, CO

Katherine Rodriguez’ work focuses on capacity-building and developing sustainable and regenerative reporting systems that align with regenerative development—supporting the financial, social, and environmental returns for the CityCraft® projects in the Rocky Mountain Front Range Bio-Region. Katherine graduated from the University of Scranton in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. In 2013, Katherine and her business partner, Scott James Teague, founded The Pineapple Platform, a startup launched as a point-of-sale system for the hospitality industry. Together, Scott and Katherine opened their first bar in 2015 in Astoria, New York, where they learned first-hand there were bigger problems affecting the industry than just an inefficient POS tool. They learned how much financial, social and environmental capital was being ignored within their establishment and the industry’s ecosystem and decided to tackle issues such as wages/salary, healthcare, and taxes. Katherine’s passion is in helping others build strong foundations, both personally and professionally. She attributes this passion to her mother as well as to her Jesuit education. Since arriving in Denver, Katherine has focused on food systems and economic capacity building within the Sun Valley neighborhood with CityCraft®.

 

Colin Day, Projects Manager, Institute for Built Environment, CSU
Fort Collins, CO

Colin is a Projects Manager for the Institute for the Built Environment focused on district scale projects and initiatives including the Fort Collins EcoDistrict, the Urban Lab, and The Garden at Coors Field. As a Project Manager for the Institute for the Built Environment, Colin’s focus is on civic resilience, district and city scale sustainability solutions. He is a graduate of the Master’s in Landscape Architecture program at Colorado State University, where his focus was on redesigning environmentally compromised landscape for educational and community uses.
He received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the California College of the Arts, where he focused on painting and drawing. As a longtime resident and student of cities, his interest in urban design and urban scale sustainability and resilience are what eventually led him to the field of Landscape Architecture.

 

CityCraft Foundation® Board of Directors

John L. Knott, Jr., CityCraft Ventures®, Founder and Board Chair
Charleston, SC

John Knott is an internationally recognized leader in urban regeneration and sustainability. He is the creator of the CityCraft process, which restores the economic, environmental and social health of cities. Mr. Knott is a recognized thought leader and keynote speaker on sustainable community development and regenerative economies. A third-generation builder/developer, Mr. Knott has over 45 years of experience in urban regeneration. His award-winning projects include work at: the Baltimore Inner Harbor, urban areas in Baltimore and Washington DC; the University of Texas Health Science Center in the Houston Medical Center; Dewees Island in South Carolina; and the Noisette Community of North Charleston in South Carolina.

 

W. Andrew Gowder, Jr., General Counsel and Board of Directors
Charleston, SC

Andy Gowder is General Counsel for The CityCraft Foundation. Andy is a shareholder with the Charleston- based law firm of Pratt-Thomas Walker, P.A. His practice is focused on land use, environmental and real property law, local government, and corporate formation and governance for both profit and nonprofit organizations. Mr. Gowder writes and speaks on legal topics relating to land use, urbanism, planning, sustainability and the environment. He is a co-editor of Tax Increment Financing and is an author in Greening Local Government, both published in 2012 by ABA Publishing. He was a co-author of A Legal Guide to Urban and Sustainable Development and was a contributor to the 2008-2010 editions of the book, At the Cutting Edge, Land Use Law from the Urban Lawyer. He is a member and holds leadership positions in the American Bar Association, State and Local Government Law Section (Chair of the Section 2013-2014); the South Carolina Bar, where he has served as a member of the House of Delegates for almost two decades; the Urban Land Institute, as Assistant Chair of the Sustainable Development Council and immediate past Chair and current Governance Chair of ULI South Carolina. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Wake Forest University School of Law, and his B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Wofford College. He is admitted to the bars of South Carolina, where he is a certified mediator, the United States District Court for South Carolina and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

Stephen Carpenter, CityCraft® Foundation Board of Directors
Toronto

Stephen Carpenter is a CityCraft Ventures Owner, Founder and Past President of Enermodal Engineering and one of Canada’s premier sustainability experts. With over 30 years of experience in building research, sustainable and energy efficient design, he has become an expert of sustainable project planning for communities. An early adopter of the LEED rating system, and one of the first LEED Fellows in Canada, Mr. Carpenter was the Canada Green Building Council’s first and current Chair of the Technical Advisory Group and co-authored the original LEED Canada Reference Guide and delivered the revision, the LEED 2009 Reference Guide.

Stephen has been awarded Solar Person of the Year by the Solar Energy Society of Canada, the President’s Award from the Ontario Building Envelope Council, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Sustainable Buildings Canada. 

A highly sought-after green building expert, Mr. Carpenter writes a regular column in Building magazine, has spoken at all major industry events including Green Build, Ontario Association of Architects, and ASHRAE conferences, and has been featured in publications such as the Globe and Mail and High Performance Buildings magazine.

 

John Porretto, Sr., CityCraft® Foundation Board of Directors
Houston, Texas

After 25 years as the chief administrator and CFO/COO at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, John led this institution from a small UT outpost in Houston to a comprehensive academic health center comprising seven health-related schools, hospitals, and research institutes in more than 2.5 million gross square feet of space, and involving more than 4500 staff, 1100 faculty, 3,500 students, and 2,000 trainees. Ultimately John had fiduciary accountability for a $600 million annual operating budget and a $750 million capital project budget. John’s most cherished accomplishment was the development and construction greatly needed Nursing School and Student Community Center. Personally leading and overseeing its planning and construction provided John up-close lessons about the many benefits of incorporating sustainable materials and methods into the new building and into the planning, procurement, design, and construction methodology. The building, a 200,000 gross square foot academic, research, and student services facility, now serves as a model for economic, environmental, and social responsibility. Porretto and his team incorporated sustainability principles campus-wide, thereby positively influencing decision-making for future design, construction, renovation, maintenance, and operation of all campus facilities. This facility is still the only LEED-certified sustainable building in the vast Texas Medical Center.

 

Matthew Bauer, CityCraft® Foundation Board of Directors
San Francisco, CA

Matt has worked to improve communities and create jobs in both for profit and non-profit sectors for more than 25 years. Before co-founding BetterWorld Telecom in 2003, Matt served in a series of leadership roles in the telecommunications and power industries, including the AES Corporation and NETtel Communications. In addition to his duties as President at BetterWorld, Matt is also Project Co-director at ConnectSpace.vi, a new broadband career and co-working center in St. Croix, USVI. Matt is co-editor and author of the Nonprofit Guide to Going Green, published by Wiley & Sons and is a regular contributor to the Washington Post as a Small Business Panelist, as well as Sustainable Industries/Triple Pundit Media. He has either helped found or grow a number of non-profits over the past decade, including Lowcountry Local First (Charleston, SC), Sitar Center for Children and the Arts (D.C.), and the True Colors Theatre Company (Atlanta). Matt is a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and SF-based Full Circle Fund. He serves on the national boards of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and the American Sustainable Business Council. Matt lectures/speaks nationally on sustainability and telecommunications, most recently at the Mile High Business Alliance Annual Conference, Funders’ Network Annual Conference, Progressive Opportunities, NetImpact Annual Conference, Sonoma State College, Evergreen State College, Green Telecom East, CTIA Green Telecom Summit, the FCC Broadband Workshop Series, Nokia Siemens Green Telecom Summit and as a CAIR at Bainbridge Graduate Institute. He holds a BA in Telecommunications from Indiana University and MBA from George Washington University.

 

Michael Ibarra, CityCraft® Foundation Board of Directors
Los Angeles, CA

Michael Ibarra is Senior Vice President of Landon Butler & Co., LP (LBC) and is responsible for marketing, investor relations, and client service for LBC’s Western US investment clients and investors in the Multi Employer Property Trust (MEPT). Prior to joining LBC in July 2007, Mr. Ibarra served as Managing Director, Strategic Accounts, for CB Richard Ellis/Trammell Crow (CBRE). At CBRE, he was responsible for coordinating and overseeing the operating teams managing MEPT’s portfolio, directing all of CBRE’s service offerings and field personnel assigned to the property management, leasing and construction management services provided to MEPT, along with managing the CBRE and Trammell Crow Company efforts to acquire or develop properties on behalf of MEPT. Before assuming responsibility for the MEPT relationship in 2003, Mr. Ibarra was the Senior Vice President for Management Services with Trammell Crow Company in Southern California and also served as a Managing Director in the Global Account Management Group, responsible for the global relationship between CBRE and The General Electric Company. Mr. Ibarra began his real estate career in 1984 with LaSalle Partners, where he served as the SVP and CFO for LaSalle Partners Asset Management LP – California and the COO for LaSalle Partners Asset Management LP – Colorado. Mr Ibarra serves on the Governing Board and Steering Council member for Heartland Capital Strategies, as a member of the Board of CityCraft Foundation, and as a member of the Steering Committee for the Impact Finance Collaborative & Alliance for Sustainable Colorado. Mr. Ibarra is a licensed real estate broker in California. He earned a Bachelor in Science degree in Biology from Colorado College.

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