Board of Directors

Chair: Courtney Crush, Crush Law
Vice Chair: Donna Ogdon Chen, Flamingo Gardens
Secretary: Dr. Anthony Vomero, Florida Dept. of Health in Broward County
Treasurer: Bennett Brooks, Brooks Acoustics Corporation, P.E.
Immediate Past Chair:  Nadia Locke, P.E., LEED AP, E Sciences, Incorporated
Larry Clark, P.E., LEED AP, Sustainable Performance Solutions
Robert Caine, P.E., AICP, LEED AP, Osborne Engineering
Bob Daniels, Planner
Rosana Cordova, P.E. LEED AP, AICP, Cordova, Rodriguez & Associates, Inc.
Ken Reinhardt, AARP
George Fletcher, Adache Group Architects
Tim Hernandez, AICP, New Urban Communities
Jessica Josselyn, Kittelson & Associates
Cynthia McGuire, Eco-Friendly, SMART, Green Home Expert

Advisory Council

Gloria Katz, Past President/Founder, Former City Commissioner
Samuel E. Poole, III, Esq., Retired
Ellen Feiler, Past President, Retired
Wazir Ishmael, City Manager, City of Hollywood
Jeremy Earle, City of Hallandale
Richard Barkett, CEO, Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors
Marianne Winfield, VP Broker Brickell Bay Realty Group
Michael Maxwell, Real Estate Development Program
Adam Sanders, Government Affairs Director, Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors    

Sponsors and Friends

The first step in reconnecting the experts with the citizens is understanding where each of us is coming from. Experts can converse through these pages and our organization so that trust and understanding reappear among those who make the decisions and those who live with them.

Here are some of our current partners:
AIA Fort Lauderdale
APA Florida, Broward Section
Audubon Society
Brooks Acoustics Corporation
Florida Dept. of Health in Broward County - View our brochure
Broward Housing Partnership
Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization 
Broward Regional Health Planning Council TOUCH
City of Coconut Creek
Cordova Rodriguez & Assoc., Inc.
City of Dania Beach
City of Lauderhill
City of Miramar
E Sciences
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Redevelopment Association
Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance 
Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors
Kittelson & Associates
Lauderdale Lakes CRA
Nova Southeastern University
Project Caine
Regent Bank
South Florida Regional Planning Council
Southeast Florida Regional Partnership
Urban Land Institute
Village of Palmetto Bay


Devin Avery
Ron Drew
Barry Heimlich
Ralph Johnson
Gloria Katz
Peg McPherson
Lou Orosz

Gary Rogers
Adam Sanders
Cyril "Sid" Spiro
Marianne Winfield


We have a number of committees that work hard to move our mission forward.   See below descriptions of each committee and feel free to contact us at if you would like to join or learn more about any of the committees. 

Annual Event

The Annual Event Committee organizes a workshop each year.  Overlaying smart growth principles onto our existing communities and connecting infrastructure will allow South Florida’s unique landscape to sustain and grow while preserving our environment, providing economic opportunities and creating desirable communities.  With this in mind, our events hosts a variety of notable speakers with expertise and wisdom in real world application and challenges of smart growth in their communities.  We also present Smart Growth Excellence Awards and highlight awarded projects.

Complete Streets

The Complete Streets Committee advocates for, and educates our communities on, the concepts and benefits of implementing complete street guidelines.  Complete Streets are a vital part of livable, attractive communities. Everyone, regardless of age, ability, income, race, or ethnicity, ought to have safe, comfortable, and convenient access to community destinations and public places–whether walking, driving, bicycling, or taking public transportation. A Complete Streets approach integrates people and place in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of our transportation networks. This helps to ensure streets are safe for people of all ages and abilities, balance the needs of different modes, and support local land uses, economies, cultures, and natural environments.

Education and Networking

The Education and Networking Committee plans and holds educational and social events with smart growth themes periodically throughout the year.  The Committee coordinates the venues, secures sponsorships, solicits and prepares publicity announcements, prepares the registration notices, and makes arrangements for the execution of the events. Committee Members work with other SGP Committees to determine the specific themes and venues for events.  The Committee may arrange with other organizations to co-sponsor and/or announce the events and to offer continuing education units or professional development hours to participants. 


The purpose of the Grants Committee is to identify and share information on local, state and federal funding opportunities.  The SGP and its partners in the region may pursue funding opportunities independently or in partnership to implement Smart Growth principles.  Information shared may also include examples of awarded grant projects and programs to serve as reference for prospective applications.

A grant matrix may be developed.  The grants matrix may be used to assist with the determination of the feasibility to submit a proposal.  Favorable matrix results may trigger proposal development.  Proposal development may emphasize Complete Streets concepts espoused by Smart Growth America and utilized widely in transportation and land use planning in South Florida.  Proposal development may include board assignments for drafting narrative.  As applicable, the board may also identify partner(s) and develop partner agreements which may include roles, responsibilities, and funding/in-kind match.   

Proposal development should reinforce efforts of the SGP Outreach Committee to reflect high priority focus areas in the eastern portion of the county where redevelopment is occurring along the Florida East Coast Railway and US-1 corridor including  Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, Dania Beach, Hollywood and Hallandale Beach.  Fifteen days prior to application deadline draft proposals will be vetted for third party review to include comments and recommendations. 


The Infrastructure Committee meets regularly to continuously improve our general organizational functions. As infrastructure needs of the organization arise, these needs become “projects” for the committee to address.  Typical projects include website maintenance as well as development, and on-going improvement, of templates, by-laws, databases, etc.


The Marketing/Communication Committee is the face of our organization.  It focuses on one of our most fundamental tenants, providing opportunities for our community to learn about Smart Growth Principles and our organization.  The Smart Growth Partnership is a collaborative of diverse professionals and organizations providing leadership, advocacy, and education to promote livable, sustainable and green communities.  This takes place through a variety of media including newsletters, press releases, email, social media and word of mouth.


The Membership Committee was formed to help the organization with ensuring that it is providing value to its members and to seek opportunities to increase membership in the organization. 


The Nominating Committee receives prospective Board Nominations from an existing Board Member.  The Committee reviews and if applicable, accepts the application and interviews the potential Board Member.  The Committee makes a recommendation to the Board for a vote.  If approved by the Board the Board Nomination becomes a Board Member.


The purpose of the Outreach Committee is to communicate the Smart Growth concept to as many entities as possible.  This is accomplished via presentations demonstrating the practical application of Smart Growth principles.  We maintain a catalog of information and presentations and in past years have provided speakers from the fields of planning, real estate, engineering and architecture to present smart growth concepts to local governments and professional organizations. 


The Recognition Committee was established to acknowledge, reward and promote projects that demonstrate substantial consistency with our organization’s Smart Growth Principles.    Our committee recognizes communities and projects that have successfully used the principles of smart growth to preserve and enhance the regional quality of life while helping to protect public health and the environment. 

The committee has an annual nomination process that is advertised through email, press releases, social media and “word of mouth.”  After project nominations are closed, the recognition committee reviews the projects, uses a rating system approved by our Board of Directors, and selects projects for recognition. 

The awarded projects are announced at our annual event and presented at various meetings of each award recipient’s choice (typically City Commission meetings).  The projects are also recognized through press releases.  Projects that our committee has recognized in the past include the following:

•            Gran Forno Parklet

•            Brickell City Centre

•            Northwest Gardens Housing

•            Hallandale Beach Infill Housing Project

•            Dania Beach Nanofiltration Plant

•            City of Fort Lauderdale’s Sistrunk Streetscape Enhancement

Regulatory Reform

The Regulatory Reform Committee stays abreast of the changing regulatory environmental in our region and seeks opportunities to reduce regulatory obstacles to smart growth and educate lawmakers on the importance and positive impact of applying smart growth principles.  Projects that the Committee has supported includes the application of form based code in select areas of South Florida, speed reduction and quality of life improvement in pedestrian areas through the use of parklets and planning for improvement of the walkability of the Fort Lauderdale Uptown Business district.

Cities and towns in the eastern portion of the county where redevelopment is occurring along the Florida East Coast Railway and US-1 corridor will hold the highest priority for providing presentations.  In particular, local governments that the Outreach Committee will be contacting will include:  Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, Dania Beach, Hollywood and Hallandale Beach.