Marc A. Weiss

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"Dr. Marc A. Weiss is Chairman and CEO of Global Urban Development (GUD), an international policy organization and professional network with offices in Barcelona, Beijing, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, Prague, Rehoboth, San Francisco Bay Area, Singapore, Sydney, and Washington, DC. He also serves as Chairman of Sustainable Economic Development Strategies LLC, Executive Editor of GUD Magazine, Chair of the Climate Prosperity Alliance, and Co-Chair of the GUD program committee on Generating Sustainable Economic Development. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and a member of the Steering Committees of the United Nations Sustainable Development Knowledge Partnership, the UN World Urban Campaign, and the UN-Habitat Best Practices and Policies Program. He previously served as: Public Policy Scholar and Editor of Global Outlook at the Woodrow Wilson International Center; Coordinator of the Strategic Economic Development Plan for Washington, DC; Special Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and HUD Liaison to the President’s Council on Sustainable Development in the Clinton Administration; Director of the Real Estate Development Research Center, Acting Director of the Ph.D. Program in Urban Planning, and Associate Professor at Columbia University; and Deputy Director of the California Commission on Industrial Innovation.

"He is the author or co-author of many books, articles, and reports, including a widely acclaimed book on urban development and planning, The Rise of the Community Builders, a best-selling international textbook, Real Estate Development Principles and Process, published by the Urban Land Institute, and Sustainable Economic Development Strategies, published by Global Urban Development. He has been an adviser on sustainable economic, business, employment, and community development in cities and regions in the U.S. and throughout the world, including South Africa, China, Brazil, Spain, Sweden, the U.K., the Czech Republic, and the Virgin Islands. He and his GUD colleagues have advised on Sustainable Economic Development Strategies for San Antonio, San Jose/Silicon Valley, Southwest Florida, Metropolitan Portland, Metropolitan Denver, and the State of Delaware, and they recently completed a Sustainable Economic Development Strategy for Sarasota County, Florida, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Also, he and his GUD colleagues helped organize an international conference on Sustainable Economic Development, sponsored by the Brazil and U.S. Governments and the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), held in Curitiba, Brazil, during June 7-8, 2011. Dr. Weiss earned an M.C.P. and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. with Honors in Political Science from Stanford University, plus he attended the London School of Economics." [1]

Married to Nancy Sedmak-Weiss.


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  1. Climate Prosperity Alliance About, organizational web page, accessed April 29, 2014.