LIZ BLUME, AICP
Liz Blume has built her career blending community organizing principles with neighborhood planning processes. She has more than 15 years of experience leading comprehensive, municipal planning processes that focus on building healthy neighborhoods through citizen participation. Until December 2002, Liz was Director of the Department of Planning for the City of Cincinnati, where she served for three years. Prior to that, Liz was Director of the Department of Planning & Community Development for the City of Dayton, Ohio.
At the Community Building Institute, Liz's work has included coordinating work with KnowledgeWorks, Greater Cincinnati Foundation and others on the engagement for Community Learning Centers, a major initiative with Cincinnati Public Schools. She has led an important regional research project that establishes a new framework for the conversation around regionalism in the Cincinnati area. She has been deeply involved with the place matters project; a major effort, with a funding collaborative, to implement a comprehensive community investment strategy in three Cincinnati neighborhoods. Liz is committed to making sure the work of the Institute is relevant and connected to people who live in the communities she is working in.
In Cincinnati, Liz led a department of 25 professionals and oversaw a budget of $2 million. Her department was engaged in a wide range of planning issues, including land use, transportation, downtown, education, housing and economic development. It gained a reputation for being committed to neighborhood and community planning efforts. One of her key accomplishments was the development of a comprehensive plan for Over-the-Rhine, a neighborhood that borders the city's downtown. The inclusive planning process has been praised for building consensus among competing community stakeholders.
Liz is a former consultant with Woolpert Consultants in Dayton. She has a Master of Community Planning from the School of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning at the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Urban Planning from the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University. She is a frequent guest lecturer on topics related to planning and politics, smart growth, professional practice and urban design, and has written numerous articles on those topics. Liz lives in Cincinnati's Clifton neighborhood with her two children.
TRINA L. JACKSON
Trina Jackson has spent her career leading processes that drive citizen empowerment and civic participation, particularly by those most marginalized by society. She has led projects in homeownership and residential planning with residents from rural Northern Kentucky to inner-city Cincinnati - involving everyone from developmentally disabled citizens to public housing tenants.
Since joining the Institute in 1999, Trina has coordinated numerous trainings and forums and maintained a strong network of community-based organizations across Cincinnati's Tri-State region, all fostering citizen-led, asset-based development practices. As a senior member of the CBI team, Trina oversees all financial operations, managing the organizational budget, as well as short and long-term projects budgets.
Prior to joining the Institute, Trina administered the Strengthening Ohio's Leadership Grant as a Community Outreach Organizer for the Ohio State University Extension. As a Planner and Housing Specialist for Kriss Lowry & Associates, Trina worked in urban and suburban communities managing federally funded housing and community development projects in Northern Kentucky. Trina also was a homeownership coordinator for Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled (LADD) in Cincinnati, where she helped mentally disabled citizens transition into homeownership.
Trina has a Master of Community Planning from the School of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning at the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from UC. She is a Certified Project Manager and holds a black-belt in the Six Sigma Process. She served as a commissioner on the Colerain Township Zoning Commission in suburban Cincinnati for five years, and is currently a member of the Land Use Advisory Board.
Urban Planning Consultant
Chris has spent almost a decade as an urban planner with the Community Building Institute (CBI). His professional experience covers a wide range of areas including neighborhood planning, planning design, community organizing, asset-mapping, geographic information systems, and program management for neighborhoods in Greater Cincinnati and beyond.
At CBI, his work has included project facilitation and technical support on numerous neighborhood plans; program management of King Studios whose goal is to erect a memorial for King Records in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Evanston; the Strive initiative aimed at educational reform; and the place matters project, a intense effort to implement a comprehensive community investment strategy in three Cincinnati neighborhoods. In 2012 Chris’s paper entitled The Impact of Live Music Culture on Urban Quality of Life was published and presented in Prague.
Chris once was a consultant with the Short Vine Development Company and served as a volunteer consultant for the Cincinnati neighborhood of Northside as they developed their land use plan between 2003-2006.
Schadler has decades of experience in the Cincinnati music scene as a musician, observer, promoter, and rock ‘n roll industrialist. He spent 13 years building the Southgate House from a small neighborhood bar in Newport, KY to an internationally recognized and acclaimed music venue that hosted over 250 events in 2007. In that same year City Beat listed him among the Top 20 most influential people in Cincinnati’s arts and music community. In 2008 Schadler conspired with three of his friends to start MOTR PUB, a live music venue that was voted Best Rock Club by Cincinnati Magazine in 2012. Chris is also the creator of the annual Northside Rock ‘N Roll Carnival, an event going on its 9th year which draws thousands of people into this dynamic and often misinterpreted neighborhood.
Chris has a Master of Community Planning from the School of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning at the University of Cincinnati; a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Northern Kentucky University; and a bronze star for survival from Newport High’s School of Hard Knocks.
Community Building Associate
Valerie has worked throughout Ohio to improve neighborhoods and communities by blending professional planning skills and intensive community engagement. She has more than seven years of professional planning experience in non-profit, public, and private planning agencies in the Cincinnati and Cleveland regions. Valerie worked most recently as a City Planner with the City of Cincinnati Department of City Planning and Buildings before joining CBI. Valerie has a Master of Regional Planning from the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies from the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University. The following accomplishments demonstrate Valerie’s professional knowledge and experience:
Plan Development and Community Engagement
Developed long range comprehensive, strategic, industrial area, and mobility plans for neighborhoods, cities, and villages to improve neighborhoods and communities by blending professional planning skills and community engagement.
Completed federally required Consolidated Plans to guide public investment toimprove the lives of low- and moderate-income families.
Coordinate and support the place matters initiative with lead organizations and community partners by providing technical assistance, mediating and resolving conflicts, reporting progress to place matters constituents, and developing and maintain the collaborative relationships to ensure successful outcomes.
Code Development and Implementation
Completed zoning resolution and ordinance updates, including zoning text and map amendments.
Reviewed site plans, variance requests, and design review board applications for planning commissions, zoning appeals boards, and design review boards.
Performed duties of municipal practicing planner and zoning inspector, including working with the public to interpret and implement zoning codes.