THE NATIONAL CONSORTIUM FOR CREATIVE PLACEMAKING
1021 Stuyvesant Ave, Suite 4
Union, NJ 07083
LEONARDO VAZQUEZ, AICP/PP
Leo is a national award-winning planner who is a leader in two emerging fields in urban planning: creative placemaking and cultural competency. He has two decades of experience in community development, community engagement, small group facilitation, local economic development, leadership development and strategic communications. He has worked with a wide variety of communities in New Jersey, California, Connecticut, Louisiana, New York and Pennsylvania. With a strong focus on implementation and sustainability, he specializes in building leadership teams to oversee plans and raising funds to support planning and implementation efforts. In addition to his affiliation with The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, Leonardo Vazquez is Director of Creative Placemaking at New Hampshire Institute of Art. He is the author of Leading from the Middle: Strategic Thinking for Urban Planning and Community Development Professionals and co-editor of Dialogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities. He has written for several professional and general interest publications, including Planetizen, Planning, Progressive Planning and The Star-Ledger. He is the recipient of the 2012 American Planning Association National Leadership Award for Advancing Diversity and Social Justice in Honor of Paul Davidoff. It is the highest award given in the urban planning field on issues of social equity. He received a B.S. from Northwestern University and a M.P.A. and M.P., both from the University of Southern California.
ANDREA ORLANDO, MSJ
Andrea Orlando hails from the world of print journalism, where she spent 10 years as a daily newspaper reporter for The Asbury Park Press and the Star-Ledger after obtaining her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. She honed her digital media skills after founding a creative movement company and now serves as Community Director for NCCP. As a creative movement artist and company owner, Andrea garnered kudos for her work with high school students at health fairs. She has also worked with the active older adult population. In early 2018 she co-created a performance art piece with college students around the issue of sexual and domestic violence against women. She is an ordained deacon and a passionate advocate for undocumented immigrants, especially in the Latinx community. She teaches and performs New York style salsa dance in the tri-state area and enjoys bachata as a social dance.
As Community Director, Andrea blogs, podcasts and writes newsletters. She is also responsible for building the creative placemaking community and developing new opportunities for NCCP.
THOMAS YOUNG, MLA
Thomas Young comes from a nontraditional background with a variety of disciplines. He received his masters degree in landscape architecture from Rutgers University as well as a bachelors degree in biological sciences and music. When he’s not working at NCCP, Thomas is the Artistic Director and co-founder of a local theater company, ReThink Theatrical, which provides free and accessible storytelling to all. Young has received two NJASLA Student Merit awards for his thesis entitled "Isotopes in the Garden: a Narrative of the Atomic Age and its Legacy in the Global Landscape" and for his work on "WONDERLAND&YOU," an immersive Alice in Wonderland experience at the Rutgers Gardens with ReThink Theatrical.
As the current Creative Director for the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, he focuses on curating content for a variety of workshops, summits, and events in order to further build the capacity and connections of fellow creative placemakers around the country. With his background in theatrical productions and landscape design, Thomas continues to collaborate with other local artists to produce accessible art with, for, and by local communities.
Erica has been in the arts for over 25 years. After attending The University of North Carolina School of the Arts for Modern Dance, she performed professionally in New York for Gina Gibney Dance. During that time, she also formed her own company, Esio Trot. Esio Trot's most prominent performances at Vermont’s SolarFest planted the seeds for Erica’s passion for environmental justice. Subsequently, she worked as an Office Manager for an international adoption agency while teaching ballet and modern dance part-time. Erica became the Artistic Director of The Dancer’s Edge in East Lyme, Connecticut in 2003, and remained in that position for 12 years. She received many awards for her choreography, both regionally and nationally, during her time at The Dancer's Edge. After moving from Connecticut to New Jersey in 2015, Erica returned to school and earned her degree in Arts Management from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Erica concentrated on cultural equity, arts advocacy and policy along with creating environmentally sustainable arts organizations.
Serving as the Operations Manager for The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, Erica concentrates on office management, customer service, and registrations to events. She joins the team at NCCP with an excitement to help bring the field of creative placemaking to the forefront of community development.
Magdalena Mysliwiec is currently a student in the city and regional masters program at the Edward J. Bloustein School for Planning and Public School at Rutgers University. She received her undergraduate degree in international studies with a minor in business administration from the University of Richmond in Virginia, where she realized the potential a city has to develop via urban planning and the arts. Before returning to her home state of New Jersey, she spent time in Chapel Hill, NC, as the senior program associate at a small educational and research non-profit working with the military.
Magdalena joins NCCP as its program coordinator and with a passion to learn more about how community development, public health, and resilience can be fostered through creativity and non-traditional planning approaches. She works closely with her coworkers and external contacts to build relationships and ensure Summits and workshops proceed smoothly.
RICHARD BRYANT, CHAIR
MUSCO CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SOUTH JERSEY CULTURAL ALLIANCE
PRESIDENT & BROKER OF RECORD
SEGAL LABATE COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
MANAGER OF PUBLICATIONS + COMMUNICATIONS
ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM
CIVIC EYE COLLABORATIVE
NEWBERRY OPERA HOUSE
SIEGEL ARTIST MANAGEMENT
COLLEEN FINNEGAN KAHL