Corrin Hoegen Wendell, AICP
Founder and Executive Director
Corrin Hoegen Wendell, AICP, is a Senior Planner and Sector Representative at the Metropolitan Council for the Twin Cities 7-county metro region. A practicing planner with extensive experience providing planning, architectural, and research services, Corrin's specialties include regional planning, land use, zoning administration, community engagement, and urban design. Before joining the Council, Corrin served in local government as a City Planner for cities in Ohio, Georgia, and Minnesota. Corrin holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Masters of City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University as well as holds the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) national certification.
With a great interest in enhancing the quality of life for all people, Corrin has a strong focus and passion for planning and designing the built and natural environment. In addition, Corrin's passion for teaching and engaging with young people has always been at the forefront, from tutoring middle school youth, a 6th grade camp counselor, swim team coach, volunteering with Future Cities Competition for 7-8th graders, adjunct professor teaching Urban Design for undergraduates at Ohio State, a Team Leader for Ohio State graduate students focusing on planning efforts for coastal Mississippi, to a decade of Planners' Day in School classroom visits to K-12 students.
Corrin is passionate about giving back to the planning community and serves as Chair of the Executive Board for the Women & Planning Division of the American Planning Association (APA), various involvement in the APA Minnesota Chapter including member of the Women in Planning Committee and an ex-officio member as the Youth Engagement Planning Coordinator. She also serves as an AICP (CPE) Certified Planning Exam Contributor, APA National Planning Conference Session Proposal Reviewer, AICP Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) Site Visitor, Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Planning Education and Research, and a mentor to planning students and young professionals from Ohio State University and APA.
Monica G. Tibbits-Nutt, AICP, LEED AP BD+C
Monica G. Tibbits-Nutt, AICP, LEED AP BD+C is the Executive Director of the
128 Business Council. Working in regional planning and transportation, Monica’s areas of specialty are transportation planning, urban design, and sustainability. Her work experience includes public sector transit planning at both the MBTA Advisory Board and as Executive Director of TransitWorks. In addition, Monica has worked in regional planning and development for the Mid- Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), the City of Columbus Planning and Development office, and the Greater Linden Development Corporation. She received a Masters of City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University in Columbus and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Southern Indiana.
An active member of the research community, Monica has been a featured speaker at Next Stop: A National Summit on the Future of Transit, the New England Sociological Association Conference, the Association for Commuter Transportation International Conference, and the Research, Innovation, Scholarship, and Creativity Symposium. In both her work and research, she is most interested in developing regional strategies that integrate sustainable practices into transportation. Toward this goal, Monica’s current work seeks to improve and promote sustainable transportation practices throughout the suburban and metropolitan region.
She serves on the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors and the Fiscal and Management Control Board that currently oversees the MBTA. She is also a gubernatorial appointee to the Board of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) serving on the Legislative Committee, as well as former Vice-Chair of the Regional Transportation Advisory Council (RTAC). She is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design & Construction with the U.S. Green Building Council.
Director of Curriculum & Program Development
Lispeth is a doctoral student (A.B.D.) in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, where she studies medieval Arabic-language intellectual history at Harvard University. Beyond her time in academia, she has worked at a quantitative hedge fund, run a community art gallery, changed oil and rotated tires, and joyfully tortured students as a high school math teacher. She also holds a Masters Degree in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts and the Study of Religion from Princeton University, and likes to build moderately useful things out of wood.
Lispeth also provides communication and design consulting to planning organizations in the Metro Boston Region.
Jessica Garrow, AICP
Director of Youth in Planning
Jessica Garrow, AICP is a Planner with Design Workshop, specializing in policy planning, public participation, and land use development. She holds a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University and has over fifteen years of experience in the planning field. Jessica currently serves as Chair of APA’s Small Town and Rural Planning Division, and is a member of APA's Education Committee and Policy Committee and the Women and Planning Division. Jessica has presented at state and national planning conferences on affordable housing regulations, the sharing economy, comprehensive planning, and transportation mitigation.
For 13 years, Jessica worked as a planner for the City of Aspen, CO, including as the Community Development Director. It was there that she became passionate about mentorship and ensuring youth are engaged in shaping the places they live. To that end, all the planning efforts she led during her tenure had an element focused on engaging youth – from pre-school to high school. As the lead planner on the 2012 Aspen Area Community Plan, Jessica focused on ensuring an equity element, that included ensuring quality childcare and education opportunities for people of all ages, was a key part of the plan.
Jessica is an avid hiker, skier, and outdoor enthusiast. She enjoys being outdoors and reading with her 6-year old daughter and her husband of 9 years. When not outdoors or working, she is a fiber artist and runs a small business, Hazel Mountain Studios.
Anna Laybourn, AICP
Director of Collaboration
Anna Laybourn is a Principal at Design Workshop, an urban design, planning, and landscape architecture firm with offices in Aspen, Colorado, and five other cities. Anna’s diverse experiences in community, regional, and land planning is united by a focus on people and planet. She forges application of natural and social sciences for projects such as parks and open space master plans, transportation infrastructure urban design, resilient neighborhood plans, and development proposals.
Anna specializes in establishing innovative processes for public engagement and has a reputation for her commitment to build equity for underserved populations through participatory design shaping physical environments. The power of youth to share a different perspective, envision possibilities and be champions of change is a force she seeks to instill in the profession and communities. On this topic she has been a featured speaker at the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures summit and received honors such as an Award of Excellence in Research from the American Society of Landscape Architecture.
Anna currently serves as Vice-Chair of APA’s Small Town and Rural Division, Board of APA Colorado and Awards Program Chair, and Mountain Town and Resort Planner Summit Committee. Degrees include Master of City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from the University of Minnesota. Anna’s projects have been honored with more than 30 awards.
Director of Communications
Gretchen Davis is the Director of Communications for YEP!. Gretchen manages the organization's external communications, including the organization’s website, membership communications, social media, and branding management. Gretchen joined the YEP! Executive Board because she feels passionate about youth community involvement and excited to be apart of an organization that provides education to young people by introducing them to urban planning and civic engagement.
Gretchen has held various management roles including positions with the American Heart Association, PAC-12 Enterprises, and several restaurants. She received a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Communications with an emphasis in production management and marketing from San Francisco State University. Gretchen lives in Santa Cruz California with her husband and daughter and loves spending lots of time outdoors with her family.
Director of Finance
Scott Wendell is an SAP Deployment Lead with Ecolab Inc., where he has worked for 13 years in a variety of supply chain roles. As a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Scott has led projects focusing on process optimization and manufacturing efficiencies. His previous roles included quality management responsibility across multiple locations.
Scott holds a Masters of Business Administration from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with an Economics minor from The Ohio State University. He also serves as a mentor to Chemical Engineering undergraduate students at Ohio State.
Katelyn Champoux is the YEP! Youth Advisor. Katelyn recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in International Studies and Global Health. She is passionate about urban planning and public health and hopes to pursue a career in which she can combine both interests. She is fascinated by the impact of the built environment on human wellbeing, especially in regard to transportation and mobility.
In Summer 2019, Katelyn participated in the Urban Scholars Internship Program at the Metropolitan Council. During this 12-week program, she worked with the Local Planning Assistance (LPA) unit and participated in weekly leadership, professional development, and public speaking activities. Katelyn has extended her internship at the Council and will continue to work with LPA through December. In the future, Katelyn would like to expand on her educational and work experiences by pursuing a graduate degree in urban and regional planning with an emphasis on transportation.