Keynote Speakers

Peter Harnik

Peter Harnik is the founder of the Center for City Park Excellence at the Trust for Public Land, which he directed until his retirement in 2016. Previous to Urban Green, he authored Inside City Parks, a book about the park and recreation systems of the 25 largest U.S. cities. He was co-creator of the ParkScore methodology of rating urban park systems across the nation and co-founder of City Parks Alliance. Previous to TPL, he was co-founder of the Rails-to Trails Conservancy and coordinator of Environmental Action, Inc. He is currently writing a history of the rails-to-trails movement in the United States. 

Peter Kageyama

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 Love: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places. Peter is a Senior Fellowship with the Alliance for Innovation, a national network of city leaders that is dedicated to improving the practice of local governments. He is 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.