VISION & ORGANIZING GUIDLINES

CNU-MCC’s first meeting was convened in 2016 at CNU24 in Detroit where the vision for the caucus and draft organization guidelines were shared with potential members. A governance committee was selected to develop the next iteration of guidelines to submit to members for ratification at the next annual meeting. At CNU25, caucus members voted to approve the recommended guidelines with the proviso that the newly elected CNU-MCC leadership committee work out some minor details. Please read the finalized organizational guidelines that covers the vision and mission of the caucus, membership requirements, activities, election of the leadership committee, etc., at this link.

LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Committee Chair: Chris Elisara, Ph.D. 

Dr. Chris Elisara is an educational pioneer in Christian higher education, an entrepreneur, award-winning filmmaker, and an urbanist. After growing up in New Zealand Dr. Elisara moved to the United States where in 1996 he founded a Christian undergraduate environmental study abroad program with campuses in Belize and New Zealand. In 2010 he founded the Center for Environmental Leadership before being invited in 2012 to found the World Evangelical Alliance’s Creation Care Task Force. In his WEA role Dr. Elisara works with UN-Habitat, the World Economic Forum, and other international agencies. Dr. Elisara served on the board of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) from 2013-2016 and has produced several award-winning films on urban topics. 

 

Secretary: Andrew Moore AIA, LEED AP, CDT

Andrew Moore has practiced architecture for over twenty years in Richmond, Virginia, exploring a wide variety of building types. Since 2009, Andrew has directed the Urban Architecture Studio at Glavé & Holmes Architecture, focusing on designing buildings, in both the private and public sectors, which enhance community life and the neighborhoods in which they are located. Andrew is active in various community and professional organizations at both local and national levels, including Partnership for Smarter Growth, Storefront for Community Design, Urban Land Institute and the Congress of the New Urbanism. When not working or spending time with his wife and three daughters, Andrew enjoys sketching as a way to slow down and see the world around him.

 

Sara Joy Proppe, M.CRP

Sara Joy Proppe, a native Texan, resides in Minnesota where she works for Schafer Richardson, a Minneapolis-based, private real estate firm. As Project Manager, she leads development projects, including historic rehab, market rate mixed-use, and affordable housing, through all aspects of the development process. Her vision for integrating her faith and work led her to found Proximity Project, an initiative to educate, activate, and collaborate with churches to be thoughtful stewards of their built environment. In this capacity, Sara Joy writes, speaks, and consults on the intersections of theology, urban design, and placemaking. She is a regular contributor to Strong Towns blog and has also written for Humane Pursuits, Comment Magazine, and Barna Group. Sara Joy co-chairs the Executive Committee of the Urban Land Institute’s MN chapter of the Young Leaders Group and sits on the District Council Advisory Board. She regularly teaches a Small Developers Training Workshop for the City of Minneapolis, and is an active member of Women in Real Estate Development & Urban Planning (WIRED-UP) and the Congress for New Urbanism. In her free time, she is a committed member of her neighborhood community garden and an avid bicyclist and cook.

 

Eric O. Jacobsen, Ph.D.

Eric Jacobsen is the author of The Space Between (Baker, 2012), and Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith (Brazos, 2003) as well as numerous articles on New Urbanism. He is a member of the Congress for New Urbanism, and a participant in the Colloquium on Theology and the Built Environment sponsored by St. Andrews University and the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship at Calvin College.

Rev. Jacobsen is the Senior Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma where he lives with his wife (Liz) and four children. Eric received his doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2008, in the area of Theology and the Built Environment.

 

Mike Watkins, FAIA FAICP LEED-AP CNU-A

Michael Watkins is the founder and principal of Michael Watkins Architect, LLC, an urban design and architecture firm. Their work includes master plans for neighborhoods, hamlets and town extensions, codes and design guidelines, and serving as town architect, and leading urban design charrettes.

He serves as the Town Architect for Norton Commons in Louisville, Ky. and Whitehall near Wilmington, Del.

In 2007, Watkins left his position as Director of Town Planning with Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company to enroll in the Masters program in Classical Design offered by The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America and the Georgia Institute of Technology. While with DPZ, he opened their Washington, D.C. office (1988), where he served for nearly twenty years as the Town Architect for Kentlands, a 352-acre neo-traditional neighborhood northwest of Washington, D.C., and led and/or participated in many charrettes for a wide variety of types on projects in the United States and abroad.

Watkins is one of several contributors to Andres Duany’s SmartCode, a zoning ordinance that legalizes the development of traditional neighborhoods. In 2003 he edited and produced The Guidebook to the Old and New Urbanism in the Baltimore / Washington Region.

 

Jay Hoekstra, AICP, CNU-A

Jay Hoekstra has been an urban planner in the public sector since 1979. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a Congress of the New Urbanism Accredited Professional, has a Certificate from the Form Based Code Institute, has training in travel demand forecasting and is a Certified Charrette Planner.  Has been trained and used GIS extensively. His degrees are Master of Urban Planning, and a Bachelor Degree in Philosophy, with a minor in landscape architecture.  He has studied theology, biblical history and urban design for decades.

Work products include land use plans, zoning ordinances, bicycle and pedestrian plans, housing and demographic studies, employment center design guide, and others.  He has managed a charrette for 200 acres, a brownfield studies, and a large scale, consensus based regional plan for the Grand Rapids metropolitan area.

He has served his church as elder, Sunday school teacher, worship committee member, food distribution volunteer, and choir member.  He serves his community as a board member of the Michigan Chapter of CNU, a manager of an altruistic LLC, and advisory committee for Grand Rapids City Plan.  He has made hundreds of presentations on new urbanism to church groups, communities and students.

He enjoys repairing and making things, reading biographies and big history, bicycling, golfing with friends, and some writing. He has written articles for Planning and Zoning News and Terrain emagazine, book reviews and news articles.

Ben Hurley Scarbro: Volunteer Assistant

Ben Hurley Scarbro is a designer, planner, and architect located in Washington DC.  His objective is to engage communities directly to enable them to elevate their way of life through creating their environments and shaping their experiences.  Ben has been with Waldon Studio Architects for over five years and is tasked with managing projects of varying sizes from High Street Atlanta, to rural Churches in Tennessee. He is engaged with faith communities around the country looking to use design as a tool to glorify God.  Currently, Ben is volunteering with CNU-MCC to help with communications and organization.