Mike Davis is the Executive Director of the Central Illinois Land Bank Authority. Before his transition to Illinois, he worked as a Senior Program Officer for LISC Boston. During his time at LISC from 2012-19, he provided affordable housing owners across the state with technical assistance on energy efficiency, clean energy and healthy housing. Additionally, Mike led LISC’s lending for community development projects across Massachusetts. Previously, he worked for five years at New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation & Development as a Director of Operations for the Division of Architecture + Engineering and as a Senior Planner for the Bronx Planning Unit. Mike also spent three years as grassroots organizer on drinking water/watershed protection for Clean Water Action in MA and a year in AmeriCorps with MA Community Water Watch.
Mike has a Master of Urban Planning from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a BA in English and a BS in Earth Science from Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Design and Construction.
Emma Walters is pursuing a graduate degree in Urban Planning at the University of Illinois. Prior to moving to Illinois in 2019, she was most recently Executive Director of Allston Village Main Streets, a business district revitalization organization, and also worked at Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation in Boston.
Archie Chen is a second-year master’s student in Urban Planning at the University of Illinois. She is a researcher specializing in data science and ethnography. Before pursuing her degree in Illinois in 2019, she extensively researched and documented communities’ social and economic self-empowerment strategies in Hartford, CT and her home, Shanghai, China.