March 28, 2023
Program on Water
Tom Eitler, Founder & President of Urban Development Advisors, LLC
Dinner program on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at
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Cost for dinner is $35.00 pp /members and $40.00 pp / nonmembers
Moderator and Panelists' Biographies
Tom Eitler is an urban planner and land use professional with more than 30 years of experience in land use, real estate development and government operations. He is Founder and President of Urban Development Advisors LLC where he provides strategic advice to cities, companies and organizations on a wide variety of real estate and land use issues.
Most recently he was Senior Vice President for the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a nonprofit education and research institute that focuses on issues of land use, real estate, and urban development. From 2006 to 2023, Mr. Eitler managed the professional team at ULI that conducted the well-respected Advisory Service Panel Program that provides strategic advice to communities and organizations on a wide variety of real estate, planning, and urban design and public policy subjects.
Mr. Eitler has worked with cities, towns, counties, private developers, nonprofits and institutions on a wide variety of issues including comprehensive planning, revitalization, land economics, historical preservation, transportation systems, economic development, and sustainable design. He is an expert on US zoning law, municipal codes, urban design and government operations. He has prepared and conducted hundreds of reports on community engagement plans, charettes, advisory groups, workshops, and panels. Mr. Eitler has authored numerous plans, studies, strategies and reports on urban planning, design, land economics, public administration, and real estate development. He was the principal author of the Urban Land Institute’s “Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places” and co-author of the recent “Legacy Cities: From Rust to Revitalization.”
He has directed projects in both the public and private sector in a variety of locations throughout the United States, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Prior to joining the Urban Land Institute Mr. Eitler was a principal with Community Planning Associates LLC, a land planning consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. Before that he was Director of Operations for a planning and architectural firm with offices in Virginia, California, and Hawaii. Prior to that, he was a principal planner with several local governments, including Chief of the Long-Range Planning for Prince William County Virginia where he established the County’s first urban growth boundary initiative, traditional neighborhood design ordinance and financial guidance for its impact fee system.
Tom has a Master’s in urban & environmental planning from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture and three undergraduate degrees in urban studies, political science, and public administration. Mr. Eitler is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a past member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture.
Dr. Stanley B. Grant, Professor and Director of the Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory (OWML) email@example.com
Dr. Stanley Grant is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, Director of the Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory (OWML) in Northern Virginia, and the Principal Investigator of a $3.6M National Science Foundation (NSF) Growing Convergence Research project (one of NSF’s Ten Big Ideas) to evaluate bottom-up approaches for managing salinization of inland freshwaters. Dr. Grant is also an Emeritus Professor in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering at the University of California, and served as Chair of Hydrology and Water Resources in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne (Australia).
Dr. Grant’s professional interests include the measurement and modeling of pollutant fate and transport in coastal and inland waters. He has led several competitive multi-million dollar center research programs, including a $5M NSF Partnership for International Research and Education grant focused on the Millennium Drought in Australia, a $2M project funded by the UC Office of the President to evaluate capturing and reusing stormwater runoff on the five southern University of California campuses, and the NSF GCR project mentioned above.
The undergraduate component of his NSF PIRE program—which brought nearly 50 undergraduates from UCI, UCLA and UCSD to Australia to participate in a six-week field-oriented summer program focused on urban water sustainability—was featured in a short film by the NSF (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb_YJCYrr_c ).
Dr. Grant has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in top disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals (including the journals Science and Nature), and many of his former PhD and post-doctoral students are now themselves professors at top research universities (including Stanford University), environmental scientists and professional engineers. He was a member of US EPA’s Science Advisory Board (Drinking Water Panel, Science and Technological Achievement Awards Panel) from 2000 to 2009 and is a frequent reviewer and panelist for research journals and funding agencies. Dr. Grant received his B.S. with distinction in Geology from Stanford University in 1985; and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Science (with a minor in Applied Biology) in 1990 and 1992, respectively, from the California Institute of Technology
Elizabeth was awarded an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and an MS Ch.E. from New York University Tandon School of Engineering. She worked as a chemical engineer for both the US EPA in DC, and at DuPont before working in finance on due diligence for merger and acquisitions of industrial properties and serving as a credit officer at Pittsburgh National Bank and Bank of the West.
Elizabeth was a consultant with Washington Advisors, a firm which provides out-source environmental risk management and Brownfield loan structuring for lenders, the military, municipalities and corporate SPEs; and watershed management and well management for rural community water systems. Elizabeth authored the Brownfields chapter in “Soil Contamination,” and is the author of The Lenders Guide to Developing an Environmental Risk Program.
She retired as President of Washington Advisors, and began her volunteer career and blog, Green Risks. Elizabeth is the Vice Chair of the Prince William Sustainability Commission, and served as a Director of the Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District for 10 years.
Greg has over 25 years of experience in the water profession, having been with Fairfax Water for over 19 years. He has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in civil engineering and oversees staff in source water planning and protection, water system planning, and technical Services/GIS mapping.
He is a Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and has presented or co-authored over 2 dozen technical papers and presentations.
Greg serves as the chair of the urban and industrial issues workgroup of the regional Potomac River Drinking Water Source Protection Partnership (DWSPP).