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Neighborhood Capital Institute creates comprehensive development plans that are community-driven and economically viable; we do this by merging the expertise of stakeholders, development experts and leading planning professionals.


LINEWHO: A small, select group of national experts - policy leaders and/or leading practitioners in fields that have direct relevance for the work of NCI, who support NCI, and who wish to contribute their own efforts in a meaningful way.

WHAT: Each Special Advisor may be requested to join an NCI team working group from time to time. The time required might be as little as one or two hours or up to a full working day. The type of service will vary by Advisor and by project. Examples: A housing expert might be asked to join a planning design meeting to help the design team locate attractive locations for a mix of housing types. A social media expert might be asked to join a session preparing the work plan for Community Engagement. And an expert in transit-oriented development might join a design session that seeks to balance the requirements of federal, state and local government with the needs of the private sector.

WHY: NCI cultivates relationships with thought leaders and those engaged in best practices so as to expand a community’s sense of what is possible for itself. The reinvestment process is thus enriched by concentrated expertise that is rarely available, especially to a specific project area or district. Special Advisors will have their expenses covered and may also receive an honorarium, depending on the project budget, as approved by the client.




  1. Susan M. Campbell: Leveraging Local Stakeholder Institutions, Engaging Communities, Economic Development Strategies
  2. Carol Coletta: Energizing and Engaging Cities
  3. Bill Hudnut: Cities, the Public-Private Process, and Infrastructure
  4. Robert Schofield: Transit-Oriented Districts
  5. Robin Snyderman:
    a. Targeted Housing Approaches (including Employer-Assisted, Affordable, Mixed-Income and TOD); and
    b. Strategies for Increasing the Effective Use of Public Resources at the Local and Regional Levels, including Inter-Jurisdictionally

To view the resumes of the NCI Special Advisors, please go to:


Susan M. Campbell

Susan M. CampbellSusan Campbell advances community and government relations, develops partnerships and builds programs to enhance the quality of life in urban under-served neighborhoods. A seasoned redevelopment consultant, Susan specializes in creating economic development strategies for dis-invested neighborhoods by leveraging the resources of existing stakeholders.

As a former Associate Vice President at the University of Chicago, Susan created “PlaceMaking” programs and initiatives to influence economic growth, establish destination, implement redevelopment projects and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods surrounding the University and its main campus. Susan managed research, planning and real estate strategies that positioned the university as a key contributor to urban development within Chicago. Working through the university’s Office of Civic Engagement, Susan focused on campus and community planning initiatives and worked with the University Police, Neighborhood Schools Programs, and the University’s Real Estate office to design and implement programs and projects. In addition she served as a university representative with local government, community and city-wide civic organizations.

Prior to her work at The University of Chicago, Susan served as Partner and Vice President of Planning and Development at Campbell Tiu Campbell, Inc. Susan was responsible for all business development and the urban planning practice at this family-owned architecture, planning and construction management firm. At CTC, she developed a respected expertise in the preparation of comprehensive urban redevelopment plans with unique focus on community engagement. Her work included revitalization of commercial corridors, thematic and asset-based urban design applications, redevelopment plans for public housing sites, regional master planning and neighborhood violence prevention strategies.

Susan has served on the boards of numerous organizations including the American Institute of Architects/Chicago Chapter, the National Organization of Minority Architects/National Board, and the founding Board of Directors of Women in Planning and Development. Currently, Susan is the vice-chair of northern Illinois’ regional planning organization: Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and she is on the Board of Directors for Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI).

Susan attended Tufts University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Sociology; graduated with honors from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Master of Urban Planning and Policy and received a Master of Architecture degree from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Carol Coletta

Carol ColettaCarol Coletta specializes in developing cities and creative communities. She is leading ArtPlace, a new national initiative to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S. ArtPlace is a collaboration of the nation’s top foundations, leading banks, federal agencies and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Prior to joining ArtPlace, Carol was president and CEO of CEOs for Cities, a national network of urban leaders building and sustaining the next generation of great American cities.

For ten years, she hosted and produced a nationally syndicated public radio show, Smart City.

She also served as executive director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Conference of Mayors and American Architectural Foundation.

Carol is a passionate advocate for cities, and she has devoted her life to answering the question: What makes cities succeed?

Carol was a Knight Fellow in Community Building at the University of Miami School of Architecture and was named one of the world’s 50 most important urban experts by a leading European think tank. She is a Senior Fellow with the Design Futures Council and completed graduate work in future studies and design. In 2012, she was named one of the Top 100 in Public Interest Design.

The Hon. William H. Hudnut III

Former four-term Mayor of Indianapolis and Congressman, author, public speaker, TV commentator, think tank fellow, elected official, and clergyman, Bill Hudnut currently serves as Executive Director of the Real Estate Program at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. He is a Senior Fellow Emeritus at The Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Washington, DC; managing partner in his own consulting firm, Bill Hudnut Consultants, LLC; and an associate with Washington-based Bose Public Affairs Group.

Hudnut is probably best known for his sixteen-year tenure as Mayor of Indianapolis,1976-1992. He managed a work force of some 4500 persons, with a budget over $450 million. A past president of the National League of Cities and the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, Hudnut helped Indianapolis record spectacular growth during his sixteen years in office and sustain its Aaa bond rating throughout his tenure. His stated goal was to build a "cooperative, compassionate and competitive" city. He established "a national reputation for revitalizing his Midwestern city," (The$Washington$Post) and came to be regarded as "an entrepreneurial leader willing to take prudent risks" (The$Toledo$Blade). He spearheaded the formation of a public-private sector partnership that led to Indianapolis's emergence during the 1980s as a major American city. He was actively involved in private sector developments such as the $300 million Circle Centre downtown retail/entertainment complex, the negotiations to bring the Baltimore Colts to Indianapolis, the construction of the 36-story American United Life building in the center of the city, and $157 million worth of sports venues. During his time at ULI, Hudnut chaired or participated in 15 Advisory Services Panels (charettes) from Sacramento to Ft. Lauderdale, from Dubai to Waukeegan, chaired one charette for the Mayor’s Institute of City Design, and organized and chaired 27 Mayors forums that brought together public officials, architects, developers, academics and other experts, to discuss the revitalization of cities, ranging from the impact arts and culture and parks and open space have on property values and a city’s quality of life, to affordable housing and urban design.

Hudnut sponsored seventeen bills that became public law as a Congressman. He has recently stepped down as Mayor of Chevy Chase, MD and as a twenty year member of the Board of the National League of Cities. He was a member of the Millennial Housing Commission appointed by Congress during 2001-2002, and a long-time member of the National Academy of Public Administration. Prior to his entry into public life, as a clergyman he served churches in Buffalo, NY, Annapolis, MD, and Indianapolis, IN. After leaving the Mayor’s office, Hudnut held posts at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, the Hudson Institute in Indianapolis, and the Civic Federation in Chicago, before assuming his position with ULI in 1996.

A much sought-after speaker, "spirited...with high energy eloquence," (The Toledo Blade) Hudnut "gives life to the word charismatic" (The Cincinnati Enquirer). He is the author of Minister$Mayor$(1987), a book reflecting on his experience in politics and religion; The Hudnut Years in Indianapolis, 1976-1991 (1995), a case study in urban management and leadership; Cities on the Rebound (1998), an analysis of clues to the successful city of the future; Halfway to Everywhere (2003), a portrait of America’s first tier suburbs; and Changing Metropolitan America: Planning for a More Sustainable Future (2008). Through his writings and the programs he has organized, his work at ULI concentrated on promoting responsible leadership in the use of the land and in building vital, sustainable metropolitan areas. Under his leadership, public sector membership in ULI doubled from approximately 2400 to 4700.

Hudnut is the recipient of many awards, including Princeton University's highest alumni honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award for public service (1986); City and State magazine's "Nation's Most Valuable Public Official"(1988); the Rosa Parks Award from the American Association for Affirmative Action (1992); and the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (1985). Hudnut graduated from Princeton University with high honors and election into Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated summa cum laude from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He has received honorary degrees from thirteen colleges and universities.

Robert E. Schofield

Robert SchofeldBob Schofeld, Vice President of Development for Akridge, oversees the completion of all aspects of Akridge projects, including construction, design, feasibility evaluation and Client occupancy. He also manages development issues of acquisition, entitlement and finance.

Since joining Akridge in 2000, Schofeld has completed over $1.8 billion of construction and development, of three million square feet of office space and over one million square feet of mixed-use space. Before becoming the Vice President of Development in 2002, Schofeld managed construction of all of Akridge large commercial real estate projects.

Schofeld has over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate development. Previously, he was President of the Washington office of Construction San Jose, S.A. and grew the company to a $35 million a year contractor. He was also Vice President of Operations for Pavel Enterprises, Inc. He worked at Clark Construction for nine years as a general contracting Project Manager.

He is a Member of many professional organizations, including the District of Columbia Building Industry Association, the Washington Building Congress, the Urban Land Institute and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Schofeld received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University.

Robin Snyderman

Robin SnydermanRobin Snyderman has been providing leadership in the housing and community development arena for 25 years.

Currently a Non Resident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution, Robin is also a Founder and Principal
with the new "collaborative management" and consulting firm, BRicK Partners, LLC.

A native of the Chicago area, Robin served as Vice President of Community Development for the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) from 2006 through 2012, after initially joining as housing director in 1998. While at MPC, Robin managed the launch and growth of several nationally recognized efforts, promoting regional collaborations and securing resources for trailblazing initiatives in the areas of interjurisdictional municipal coordination, employer-assisted housing, public housing reform and local, state and federal policy innovation.

In 2002, Robin staffed the Gubernatorial Housing Transition Team Committee and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Governor's Housing Task Force. In 2011, she also co-chaired the State's Linkage Working Group to further outline the State's role promoting subregional and interagency coordination.

Prior to her work at MPC, Robin worked for 10 years with San Francisco's Mission Housing Development Corporation, where she shaped its supportive housing strategy, transforming four troubled Single Room Occupancy Hotels into vibrant housing communities with effective service strategies and active tenant leadership among the 240+ formerly homeless residents. During that period, in addition to receiving recognition for her work from the Fannie Mae Maxwell Award of Excellence, the New School of Social Research and others, Robin also wrote a monthly newspaper column for the neighborhood paper, served on the Board for Bernal Heights Housing Corporation and provided leadership to a variety of catalytic task forces on supportive housing, code enforcement and neighborhood empowerment.

Robin is a board member of the Illinois Housing Council and Heartland Housing, and a trustee of the National Housing Conference. She is a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, a graduate of Harvard University's Executive Education Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government, which is part of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and completed terms of service for the City of Evanston's Housing Commission, for the affordable housing committee of the Federal Homeloan Bank, and as faculty at Northwestern University's Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration Program.

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