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Great Park Summit Speakers

Peter Kageyama is the author of For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places and the follow up, Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places. In 2012, Planetizen recognized For the Love of Cities as a Top 10 Book in urban planning, design and development. 

He is the former President of Creative Tampa Bay, a grassroots community change organization and the co-founder of the Creative Cities Summit, an interdisciplinary conference that brings citizens and practitioners together around the big idea of ‘the city.’ Kageyama is a Senior Fellow with the Alliance for Innovation, a national network of city leaders that is dedicated to improving the practice of local government. He is an internationally sought-after community development consultant and grassroots engagement strategist who speaks all over the world about bottom-up community development and the amazing people who are making change happen.  


Gabe Klein joined Fontinalis Partners as a Special Venture Partner on their new fund in 2015. He also advises on a number of technology/transportation startups, including Bridj, a next-gen flexible mass-transit company to help build the business model, financials and partnerships to scale the company. 

In 2014, he had a six-month Fellowship at The Urban Land Institute where he traveled around the U.S., speaking about entrepreneurial public leadership and positioning transportation as a transformative public investment. Klein is a board member of NACTO and Streetsblog, He grew up in the cycling industry as is an avid cyclist. Klein’s work has been featured in many major news outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, Bloomberg and many more. Klein holds a Marketing Management degree from Virginia Tech University.


Deborah Marton joined New York Restoration Project (NYRP) in 2011, bringing her extensive experience moving complex municipal projects from conception to actionable conclusions.

As Executive Director of NYRP, she manages NYRP’s work transforming open space in underserved communities to create a greener, more sustainable New York City. She oversees all organizational activities, ranging from park restoration and operations in Northern Manhattan, renovation and maintenance of NYRP’s 52 community gardens, and implementation of MillionTreesNYC in partnership with the NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation.

She developed NYRP’s identity as an urban land conservancy working across municipal jurisdictions to increase environmental sustainability citywide. Most recently, she created the vision and program for a waterfront site in Northern Manhattan that will be developed as a center for recreational boating and environmental education.

Prior to joining NYRP, Marton served as Executive Director of Design Trust for Public Space. She was also Program Manager of New York City Parks Natural Resources Group and was associated with the landscape architecture firm Field Operations. She received a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Design School and also holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law.


Juan Martinez is the Director of Leadership Development and the Natural Leaders Network at the Children & Nature Network. He dedicates his energy on grassroots campaigns to empower, explore, and create positive change.  He was named a National Geographic Explorer, TED Speaker and is a proud product of south central Los Angeles.

His passion to empower youth led him to direct Sierra Club’s first environmental justice youth leadership academy in Los Angeles. Martinez was recognized by the National Science Teachers Association’s Multicultural and Equity Committee for his work as a Global Explorer. He represents The North Face as an ambassador for outdoor engagement and his adventures include reaching the Summit of the Grand Teton with famed mountain climber Conrad Anker. 

Martinez stars in the documentary film Love in the Tetons which chronicles his compelling journey that lead him to the Tetons, and to meeting his wife Vanessa. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and was a finalist in the Banff Film Festival. In 2012, The Sierra Club Foundation Board elected Martinez to its memberships (their youngest ever); he is former Murie Center Explorer in Residence in Grand Teton National Park, WY.

Notable Speakers

Honorable Dennis Moss, Commissioner, Miami-Dade County
Joanna Lombard, Professor, University of Miami School of Architecture
Leo Alvarez, Design Principal, Perkins+Will
Tony Cho, Founder & CEO, Metro 1
Greg Guannel, Urban Conservation Director, The Nature Conservancy
Stuart Kennedy, Director of Program Strategy and Innovation, The Miami Foundation

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