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Mia Lehrer & Associates Landscape Architecture
Dawn Dyer is an accomplished Landscape Architect stretching the boundaries through artful site interventions. Dawn excels at collaboration with multidisciplinary teams from concept through construction. Dawn’s experience in architecture and landscape architecture has honed her attention to detail to create richly textured spaces using innovative strategies and sustainable best management practices. At ML+A, she is responsible for the design, project management and construction administration on a wide range of projects including adaptive re-use, master plans, on-structure parks, residential, mixed-use and institutions. She has worked on projects in the US, Mexico, the Bahamas, and China.
Daniel Harris joined Knight Foundation in November 2014. Prior to joining Knight, Harris was a principal of StorySocial, a creative design studio in Washington, D.C. In that role, he helped businesses, cities, foundations and brands more effectively collect and share their stories online and in person to build stronger communities.
He is also co-founder of Feastly, a venture capital-backed online marketplace that allows cooks to turn their homes into restaurants and promotes community connections at the dinner table. Previously, he was the chief storytelling officer for People’s District, an online oral history project launched in Washington, D.C., that collected and shared a profile of one city resident a day.
Harris earned a Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Princeton University. His work has been featured in, among others, Fast Company, The New York Times, NPR, TIME, The Wall Street Journal and Wired. The Washington Post called him a “modern-day Studs Terkel.”
Harris has delivered presentations around the world and is a regular speaker on topics such as storytelling, community building and creative placemaking. He was chosen as a National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow and is an award-winning DJ and photographer.
San Jose Mercury News Architecture Critic
Architect and historian Alan Hess is author of nineteen books on Modern architecture and urbanism; his subjects include John Lautner, Oscar Niemeyer, Frank Lloyd Wright, the Ranch House, Googie architecture, Las Vegas, and Palm Springs.
He has written for PlacesJournal.com, LA Review of Books, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, and The Architects Newspaper.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Docomomo, and the Los Angeles Conservancy have awarded his work in historic preservation.
He is a grant recipient from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and a National Arts Journalism Program Fellow.
Friends of the Levitt San Jose & Levitt Pavilion Steering Committee
Rick has been very involved with a variety of community organizations as a strong advocate for music, the arts, and education. As a teacher, he was President of the American Federation of Teachers Local 2390. He was a member of the San Jose Jazz Society Board for 14 years and served as Board President for eight years. He has been on the boards of the Belle Foundation and We Players, a San Francisco theater group. He was on the City of San Jose's Arts Commission between 2008-2015 and served as the Chair of the Commission for three years. He is currently the chair of the Levitt Pavilion Steering Committee. Rick is married to Sandra Moll and lives in downtown San Jose.
Councilmember Raul Peralez
City of San Jose Council District 3 Representative
Raul Peralez is a lifelong resident of San José, and is serving his second year as representative for Council District 3, encompassing the city’s downtown core and surrounding neighborhoods. Raul left his career with the San Jose Police Department after eight years, becoming the first active duty officer in the history of San José to be elected into public office.
As an elected official, Raul serves on several committees and boards working on local and regional transportation, public safety, and neighborhood services. Raul formerly served as the elected Vice President of his neighborhood association, a Commissioner on the Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission, and an appointed delegate to the California State Democratic Party.
For nearly a decade, Raul worked as a substitute high school and alternative education teacher, working with students in the juvenile justice system. While on the police force, he was the only officer in the county to also teach at Juvenile Hall.
Raul has been a long-time volunteer with Big Brothers-Big Sisters of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley FACES Camp Everytown, and a mentor for homeless youth with Stand Up For Kids Silicon Valley. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work with youth and commitment to community, including the YMCA Project Cornerstone Adult Role Model of the Year and an Emerging Leader recognition from Silicon Valley Latino magazine.
Raul graduated from Cupertino High School and attended San José State University. He earned a degree in Mathematics, becoming the first in his family to graduate from college. He currently lives in the Rosemary Gardens Neighborhood of greater downtown San José.
Director of the City of San Jose' Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department
Angel Rios, Jr., has over 20 years of professional experience working in both the public and non-profit sectors. He currently serves as the Director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services for the City of San Jose. In this capacity he is responsible for the administration of over 200 Parks, 55 Community Centers, over 50 miles of recreational trails, and the City’s nationally recognized Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force.
Prior to joining the City of San Jose, Angel served as the Associate Director of the largest Latino based non-profit, community based organization in Santa Clara County. In that capacity he oversaw the construction of a multi-purpose youth center in the city’s east side and was instrumental in the development of several award winning gang prevention programs.
Angel also served as an appointed member on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention Board (CalGRIP). He is currently a lead member of a City of San Jose team assisting the White House and the Office of the Attorney General launch a “National Youth Violence Prevention Forum.” He also played a key role in the development of the California Cities Gang Prevention Network.
Angel has served as one of the chief architects and re-engineering specialists of the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force. This anti-violence Initiative is lauded as one of the main reasons the City of San Jose is one of the “Safest Largest Cities” in the United States.
Angel holds a Master Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.
Peter Walker & Partners Landscape Architecture
David Walker is a design partner with over 30 years of experience working closely with Peter Walker. He has led numerous projects ranging in scale, budget, and design character, bringing both design vision and project know-how to the realization of projects around the world.
David has spent the last 15 years leading many of the large international design projects in the office as well as the design for the National 9/11 Memorial and related rebuilding efforts in New York City. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the recipient of numerous design awards. Recent projects include Barangaroo in Sydney, The National 9/11 Memorial in new York, Novartis Headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, and Samsung Electronics Headquarters in Seoul, Korea.
David has a Master of Landscape Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Landscape Architecture with Honors from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Executive Director, Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation
Sharon Yazowski is the Executive Director of the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation. As a pioneer of creative placemaking, the Levitt Foundation empowers communities to transform neglected outdoor spaces into welcoming destinations activated through free live music. Sharon provides visionary leadership and strategic direction for the growth of the national Levitt network of concert sites and permanent music venues. As the primary spokesperson for the Foundation, Sharon travels throughout the country speaking about the impact of the Levitt program. In her role, Sharon guides the development of Levitt venues, working closely with civic and community leadership; develops strategies for sustainability in collaboration with local Friends of Levitt partners; and identifies opportunities and develops programs to bring free Levitt concerts to additional communities across the country. Sharon was the founding Executive Director of Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles at MacArthur Park. Her work there and the venue’s impact in the community earned her the recognition of “Los Angeles Park Hero” by the City of Los Angeles. Sharon has also worked with various arts nonprofits in metropolitan Chicago. She earned a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University with a concentration in arts and business management.
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