Panelists for Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE!


Rigoberto Almaguer
Director, WRKSHP Architecture and Urban Design Firm; Projects Lead, Architecture for Humanity Monterrey

Rigoberto Almaguer leads the Projects area of Architecture for Humanity Monterrey Chapter and is Director of the architecture and urban design firm WRKSHP. An architect, Almaguer graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo León and is currently a professor of the vertical workshop at ITESM. He has 13 years of experience developing and collaborating on projects with many firms and has won several national and local awards in Mexico.


Cynthia Barton
Disaster Housing Recovery Plan Manager, New York City Office of Emergency Management

Barton holds a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture. Prior to joining NYC's OEM, she served as the Managing Director of Architecture for Humanity New York (AFHny), and was a contributing editor to Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Solutions to Humanitarian Crises. As a consultant, she was one of the authors of the brief for the “What If New York City…” design competition for urban post-disaster housing that was sponsored by the City’s Office of Emergency Management and the Rockefeller Foundation in 2007.


Marcelo Bauzá
Executive Director, PxQ Inteligencia Inmobiliaria; Co-Founder, Architecture for Humanity Santiago

Architecture and Urbanism studies in the Universidad de Mendoza, Argentina. Studies in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. Postgraduate studies in Marketing and Customer Intelligence at the Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad de Chile. Married to Francisca Bermeosolo, a beautiful Chilean girl.


Paul Gabie
Former Senior Vice President and Head of Education Investing, R.F Chandler

Until recently, Gabie was a Senior Vice President and the head of education investing at R.F. Chandler, a Singapore-based multi-billion dollar private investment organisation. In this role, he was responsible for the firm’s US$100 million commitment to enhance the quality and availability of education in the developing world. From February 2008 through January 2010, Gabie lived in India and led the incubation and early growth of Rumi Education, an R.F. Chandler company that is India’s first chain of truly affordable private schools. Prior to joining R.F. Chandler, Gabie practiced law with Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York. In his practice, Gabie represented clients on project financings and mergers & acquisitions in Central and South America and the Middle East. His sector expertise includes education, infrastructure, natural resources and power generation. He is a member of the board of directors at Architecture for Humanity and a mentor for EVOKE, a World Bank social innovation network.

Gabie has a background that spans the business, legal and engineering disciplines. He holds an MBA with Honours and a Distinction in Leadership from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland and a Juris Doctor with Honours from the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada. Gabie also earned his BASc in Mining Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He is a qualified attorney and a member of the New York State Bar.


Felipe Gomez-Acebo
Principle Financial Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank

Gomez-Acebo has been with the Inter-American Development Bank for 11 years. He has a multi-sector profile since he is working on a the Proposal of a Strategic Development Plan of the Haitian private sector within the framework of the Haiti Response Group; as well as in the Financial department of the Bank.

Before joining the Bank, he worked at the Madrid’s Stock Market as chief project, also as Director of the Market Promotion Department. He has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in Business and Administration, also a Law degree acquired in Spain at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. Gomez-Acebo has a professional experience in Financial Markets in Latin America.


Macartan Humphreys
Associate Professor of Political Science at Columbia University

Humphreys works on the political economy of development, formal political theory, civil wars, post conflict development, and natural resource management. He uses a variety of methods including survey work, lab and field experiments, game theoretic analysis and classical qualitative methods. Humphreys has conducted field research in Chad, DR Congo, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Liberia, Mali, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Uganda and elsewhere. A new series of projects underway uses field experiments to examine democratic decision-making in post conflict and developing areas. He is a coauthor of Coethnicity: Diversity and the Dilemmas of Collective Action (Russell Sage Press, 2009) and a coeditor of Escaping the Resource Curse (Columbia University Press, 2007). Other recent research has appeared in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, the Journal of Conflict Resolution and elsewhere. He received a Ph.D. in government from Harvard in 2003 and an M.Phil. in economics from Oxford in 2000.


Tony Longo
Deputy Director, New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations

Tony Longo is a Deputy Director at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations, in charge of the Performance Management group. Its mission is to work with all City agencies on developing, revising, explaining and reporting measures of service performance, including maintenance of the online Citywide Performance Reporting (CPR) system, and publication of the twice-yearly Mayor’s Management Report.

He earned an undergraduate degree from Columbia College and a graduate degree from New York University. Before coming to government he worked at the Fund for the City of New York, a nonprofit management consulting organization which has incubated a number of innovative accountability programs for NYC. He joined the Office of Operations in 1985 to manage the City’s groundbreaking Project Scorecard, NYC’s trained-observer system for tracking the cleanliness of streets and sidewalks in every City neighborhood. During most of his tenure at Operations, Longo has worked with New York City agencies and oversight staff to collect, analyze, and improve the quality of performance delivery measures featured in the Mayor’s Management Report, and now in the online CPR system.


Bill Stallworth
Executive Director, Hope Community Development Agency

A former Biloxi High School teacher, William (“Bill”) F. Stallworth has served the city of Biloxi in various capacities since 1976, most recently as the Councilman for Ward II, a position he also previously occupied for 12 years. In addition, Stallworth was the city’s residential and business relocation officer, the Community Development Planner, Community Development Specialist, the Personnel Officer and Voter Registrar, and Vice President for Economic Development for the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. In addition to his public service, Bill Stallworth is a businessman, founding BFS Services, a construction and landscaping company, in 1985 and becoming a partner of Computer and Technology Support Services in 1992. Compelled to return to politics 12 years later, he was once again elected to the City Council as the only African American member shortly before Katrina struck, and since founded the East Biloxi Coordination, Relief, and Redevelopment Agency (later named the Hope Community Development Agency), and dedicated himself to the rebuilding of his community.


Kate Stohr
Co-founder and Managing Director, Architecture for Humanity

Stohr has been instrumental in coordinating design services and bringing in more than $4 million for community development and rebuilding in the wake of the Southeast Asia Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina.

As a former journalist, Stohr brings a background in project management, website development and a strong understanding of urban planning issues to the organization. She co-edited the book Design Like You Give a Damn, and has served as a panel moderator and guest speaker at a number of design conferences and events, including the New York Public Library speaker series "Live from NYPL," the Aspen Ideas Festival, Structures for Inclusion and the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
She received her bachelor's degree magna cum laude from New York University and her master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Stohr is the recipient of Wired magazine's 2006 Rave Award for Architecture and serves as a board member for the Center for Architecture and Design in San Francisco.


James Stuckey
Dean, New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate

Stuckey is Divisional Dean, Clinical Professor and Klara and Larry Silverstein Chair of the NYU Schack Real Estate Institute. Stuckey is also the President, CEO and founder of VERDANT PROPERTIES, LLC(R), a real estate development, ownership, acquisitions and consulting Limited Liability Company. He has over thirty years of public and private development experience, completing many of the most complicated real estate projects in the United States. Currently, he is developing a $50 million 132 unit affordable housing project in Flushing, Queens. He serves as a development advisor to Trinity Real Estate.

From January 1994 though June 2007, Stuckey was responsible for the creation and completion of several billion dollars of highly visible public/private commercial real estate development projects at Forest City Ratner Companies. As President of the Atlantic Yards Development Group, Stuckey led the development of Atlantic Yards, the proposed new home of the New Jersey Nets Basketball team, 6,430 units of housing and over 600,000 square feet of commercial development in the heart of Brooklyn. Stuckey had primary responsibility for the overall project, including land acquisition and site assemblage, public and environmental review and approval processes, business negotiations (including government financial incentives), and design and development. He was responsible for overseeing the project's LEED Certification for Neighborhood Development, a system that integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism, and green buildings into the first national system of design. He served as the lead negotiator of the project's historic Community Benefits Agreement.
Throughout his career, Mr. Stuckey has completed millions of square feet of public-private commercial, residential, industrial and waterfront development projects, in over 50 buildings totaling in excess of $25 billion; these include Times Square, the South Street Seaport, MetroTech, the New York Mercantile Exchange and other high visibility developments. He is a former President of the City's Economic Development Corporation, and currently serves as the President of the NYC Public Design Commission of New York. He is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and is conducting research and a course on post catastrophe reconstruction, with a present focus on rebuilding in Haiti after the January 12, 2010 earthquake.


Ellen Taylor, AIA, MBA, EDAC
Research Associate and Consultant, The Centre for Health Design

With nearly 25 years experience as an architect, Taylor brings a wealth of diverse knowledge to the area of evidence-based design. After graduating from Cornell University, Taylor held several positions in the private and public sectors, in positions as both the Consultant and the Owner. While obtaining her graduate degrees from the Executive Global MBA program at the London Business School and Columbia University, she began to formulate her ideas on quantifying the connections between the value of design and the business bottom line. Her work with The Center for Health Design (through the Pebble Project and grant-funded research) brings together her experience and passion into the focus on patient-centered care, improved healthcare outcomes by design and the resulting return on investment.


Deborah Visser
Senior Program Manager for Success Measures® at NeighborWorks ® America

Visser is Senior Program Manager for Success Measures® at NeighborWorks ® America where she is responsible for partner and resource development, communications, and special initiatives that advance the use of participatory outcome evaluation by funders, intermediaries and community-based organizations. Trained as a city planner, she has more than two decades of experience in strategic planning, program design and evaluation, policy analysis, resource development, and building public-private partnerships, in the United States and internationally. Most recently, as Principal of Visser and Associates, Visser advised philanthropies and nonprofits working in the field of community development. Ms. Visser also served as Program Officer for Community Revitalization at the Surdna Foundation, where she administered a $3.5 million grantmaking program that supported comprehensive community-based projects aimed at fostering economic development and promoting advocacy efforts to shape public policy and advance progressive change. She has authored and edited monographs on: evaluating the impact of community revitalization efforts, expanding philanthropic support in rural communities, crafting asset building strategies, and curtailing predatory lending. Visser has served on a number of advisory boards, including the U.S. League of Cities, The New School for Social Research Community Development Research Center, the CDFI Fund, the National Mortgage Bankers Association, and the Association for Women in Development, and is currently a member of the Board of the National Housing Institute. She holds a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University and a Masters Degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.


Benjamin Warnke
Principal of Warnke Community Consulting

Warnke is the founder and principal of Warnke Community Consulting, a consulting practice with offices in New York City and New Orleans that designs and implements community development programs and initiatives, and of Alembic Development Company, a firm that partners with nonprofit organizations to develop affordable and special needs housing.

Previously, Warnke was a Senior Director at the Corporation for Supportive Housing and at the Enterprise Foundation. He also established and directed the New York Office of the Low Income Investment Fund, a national community development loan fund.

Warnke is a Board Member of the American Friends Service Committee, an international aid organization committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service; a trustee of the Mary McDowell Friends School, a K- 12 school for children with learning disabilities; a Board Member of Proteus Gowanus, a interdisciplinary art gallery and reading room in Brooklyn; and a member of the Haverford College Corporation. He formerly served as Chair of the Board of Brooklyn Friends School. Warnke received a B.A. in English Literature from Yale University.


Yana Watson
Manager, Dalberg Global Development Advisors

Watson is a Manager with Dalberg Global Development Advisors, a strategic advisory firm specializing in international development and globalization issues. Watson specializes in emerging markets finance, and leads the firm's work in microfinance investment and institutional strategy. Prior to joining Dalberg, Watson was a manager with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), dividing her time between the Financial Services and Social Impact practices. Prior to BCG, Watson worked with VISA International's emerging markets division on microfinance strategy. She analyzed VISA's business model to articulate the value - both economic and from a corporate social responsibility standpoint - of investment in the microfinance market. Watson also worked with Women's World Banking on technological innovation in the provision of financial services to the poor, and later with a WWB affiliate, ADOPEM, a microfinance bank in the Dominican Republic. Watson holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University in Political Science and an MBA from The Wharton School. While at Wharton, Watson designed and co-taught an elective microfinance class and led a team of student volunteers to participate in the Global Microentrepreneurship Awards (GMAs), part of the UN's International Year of Microcredit.