2020 SEED Awards Jury

Carl Anthony

Architect, author and urban / suburban / regional design strategist

Carl Anthony, is co-founder of the Breakthrough Communities Project. He has served as Acting Director of the Community and Resource Development Unit at the Ford Foundation, responsible for the Foundation’s world-wide programs in fields of Environment and Development, and Community Development.  He directed the Foundation’s Sustainable Metropolitan Communities Initiative and the Regional Equity Demonstration in the United States. Carl funded the national Conversation on Regional Equity (CORE), a dialogue of national policy analysts and advocates for new metropolitan racial justice strategies. He was Founder and, for 12 years Executive Director, of the Urban Habitat Program in the San Francisco Bay Area. With his colleague Luke Cole at the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, he founded and published the Race, Poverty and the Environment Journal, the only environmental justice periodical in the United States. He has a professional degree in architecture from Columbia University.  In 1996, he was appointed Fellow at the Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Carl’s book is entitled The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race.


2019-2020 National President of the National Organization of Minority Architects

Kimberly Dowdell is the Director of Business Development and member of the leadership team in HOK’s Chicago studio. She won the 2020 AIA Young Architects Award honoring individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers. Ms. Dowdell is a member of the Detroit Developer Roundtable and the Urban Land Institute. She initiated the concept behind Social Economic Environmental Design, an organization that she cofounded in 2005, and was a Crain’s Detroit Business “40 Under 40” honoree. In 2019, Ms. Dowdell delivered the 19th Annual Dunlop Lecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Maya Henderson

Sustainability Professional

Maya Hendersen is the former Director of Sustainability for Kilroy Realty Corporation, recognized as the North American leader in office sustainability by the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB). She supported internal teams and tenants in their efforts to occupy and operate high-performing, environmentally sustainable buildings.
Maya currently volunteers with the NAACP’s Centering Equity in the Sustainable Building Sector Initiative to help in the promotion of new sustainable development norms that prioritize social equity. Additionally, Maya served as Chair of USGBC-LA’s Legacy Project Committee and worked to resource community-based projects that amplified sustainability for residents of the Greater Los Angeles area.

Christopher Lee, AIA

Architect, Mark Cavagneo Associates

Christopher Lee is an architect with Mark Cavagneo Associates in San Francisco. He is passionate about exploring what is possible at the intersection of architecture, urban design, and the community that it serves. A talented and thoughtful architect, he has over 20 years of experience collaborating on a diverse range of project types including workplace, art and cultural institutions, educational facilities, and master plans. Prior to moving to San Francisco, Christopher was project director at Bernard Tschumi Architects in New York for over 10 years where he designed and built award winning projects throughout Europe and Asia. A registered architect in the State of New York, Christopher is also a certified Design-Build professional, and active board member of Design Corps—a public interest non-profit organization. Christopher holds degrees from the University of Kansas and Columbia University with honors.

Tiffany N. Mayhew NOMA, AIA Assoc.

Program Manager

Tiffany Mayhew received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University in 2006. She is a member of AIA MD Potomac Valley and DCNOMA. Tiffany has two children, 9 and 4 and typically balances her time as a part-time architectural designer for a residential design build firm in Maryland and as the National Program Manager with the National Organization of Minority Architects.

Marquis Miller

Chief Diversity Officer, City of Chicago, Office of the Mayor

Marquis Miller is the City of Chicago’s first Chief Diversity Officer. He is an executive-level strategist in the Office of the Mayor and the new Office of Equity & Racial Justice, with responsibility for developing and implementing the City’s workforce diversity, equity and inclusion plans. This includes partnering with City Council, City departments, and bargaining units.
Marquis brings veteran experience to his senior role and holds the distinction of being a National Diversity Council Certified Diversity Professional. Before joining the City, Marquis led The Business Mosaic LLC, a consulting practice in the business services and mission-based sectors. He also held vice president and civic leadership roles at the NMSDC and S.USA Life, and earned his BA degree from The Ohio State University, He also completed the National Urban Fellows America’s Leaders of Change executive leadership development program at the University of Kansas (KU) Public Management Center.

Jacqui Patterson

Senior Director of Environmental and Climate Justice at the NAACP

Jacqui Patterson, MSW, MPH, has worked on gender justice, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental justice, with organizations including Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, IMA World Health, United for a Fair Economy, ActionAid, Health GAP, and the organization she co-founded, Women of Color United. She serves on the Boards of Directors for the Institute of the Black World, the American Society of Adaptation Professionals, Greenpeace, National Black Workers Center Project, Bill Anderson Fund and the Advisory Boards for the Center for Earth Ethics and the Hive Fund.

Paloma Pavel

President of Earth House Center

Paloma Pavel, PhD, s co-founder of the Breakthrough Communities Project and served as Director of Strategic Communications for the Sustainable Metropolitan Communities Initiative at the Ford Foundation. Pavel’s academic background includes graduate study at the London School of Economics (LSE) and Harvard University. Her research at LSE addresses South African Economics in the pre- and post-Apartheid eras. Her dissertation (Organizational Culture and Leadership Development) was part of a five-year study by the Carnegie Foundation on the workplace in America, which culminated in the publication Good Work. Dr. Pavel is visiting faculty at the University of California, Davis, where she also serves on the Regional Advisory Council for the Center for Regional Change. At MIT Press, she co-edits the Sustainable Metropolitan Communities Books series with Robert Gottlieb. Dr. Pavel is editor of the nationally recognized book entitled, Breakthrough Communities: Sustainability and Justice in the Next American Metropolis (MIT Press, 2009).

Laura Shipman

Director of Community Development and Planning, One Treasure Island

Laura is the Director of Community Development and Planning with One Treasure Island, a nonprofit organization in San Francisco committed to fostering a vibrant, inclusive community on Treasure Island that provides pathways for economic advancement for lower-income San Franciscans, including those who have experienced homelessness. She has a background in community planning and urban design, and served as both a Design Corps Fellow and Board Member. She holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design with Distinction from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University School of Architecture, Art and Planning.


Managing Principal, Self + Tucker Architects

Jimmie Tucker is Managing Principal and Co-Founder of Self + Tucker Architects. Jimmie’s passion is community revitalization and creating high performance, healthy buildings. STA has successfully designed the National Civil Rights Museum, the STAX Museum and Academy, along with many other projects that have had a positive impact throughout the Mid-South. In 2019 Jimmie was elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows.
In addition to his passion for Architecture and Planning, Jimmie has directed his energies toward Real Estate Development. His current project is 510 MLK, 36 Loft Apartments proposed on the edge of Downtown Memphis. Jimmie combines his expertise in Architecture and Real Estate Development to provide more effective design services to his clients.

Barbara Brown Wilson

Associate Professor, Author, University of Virginia

Barbara Brown Wilson is an associate professor of urban and environmental planning at the UVA School of Architecture, and a co-founder and faculty director at the UVA Democracy Initiative Center for the Redress of Inequity through Community-Engaged Scholarship (aka The Equity Center). Dr. Wilson is the author of Resilience for All: Striving for Equity through Community-Driven Design (Island Press: 2018). Through her research and practice she collaborates with community partners to identify opportunities to coproduce knowledge intended to move our communities, and the field of urban planning, toward social and environmental justice.

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