Beth Miller has been executive director of the Community Design Collaborative since 2001, where she has developed new models and partnerships for delivering social impact design and established the Collaborative’s Infill Philadelphia initiative. An unapologetic urban enthusiast, Beth will be a Loeb Fellow this year at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She served on the Philadelphia City Planning Commission from 2011 through 2016 and currently serves on the board of the Center for Architecture and Design. Beth holds a Masters in Government Administration from the Fels School of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in the Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College.
Jenn Richards is a communications expert and nonprofit consultant with over fifteen years of experience in fundraising, strategic marketing, project management, and program design. She has worked with nonprofit organizations including Teach for America, the Association for Public Art, and the Girl Scouts. In 2018, Jenn founded High Gear Consulting Group to provide mission driven organizations with strategic communications and creative management solutions that recognize the unique needs of nonprofits. Jenn is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Heidi Segall Levy is a registered architect with 30 years of design and project management experience. She oversees all aspects of the Collaborative’s design services, including the core design grant program, as well as the Collaborative’s proactive design initiative, Infill Philadelphia, which she established in 2005. Before joining the Collaborative in 2001, she was a senior project architect with Kling and WRT, and an architectural designer with SOM’s Washington, DC office. She is an advisory board member of the Citizens Planning Institute and Philadelphia Playful Learning Landscapes and serves as a mentor for PennDesign’s Women in Architecture program. Heidi earned a Master of Architecture from Syracuse University and a BA in Psychology from Brandeis University.
Danielle Currica is a professional dance artist with a parallel career in nonprofit arts administration and program management. Most recently at Headlong, she served as both the organizational-wide administrator and manager of the Incubated Artist program, providing fiscal sponsorship, financial management, fundraising advice, planning and strategic thinking among other services to dance and theater artists who are women, trans and/or artist persons of color. She is a soloist and choreographer for the Peek a Boo Revue, performing as Sophie Sucre. Danielle was named Outstanding Performer at the 2008 Mid-Atlantic American College Dance Festival before receiving her BFA in Dance/Choreography, summa cum laude, from the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009.
Elyssa Kane joined the Community Design Collaborative in 2018 after securing resources for a variety of nonprofit organizations in the Philadelphia region over the past 19 years. She is responsible for leading the Collaborative’s staff and volunteer efforts in fundraising. Most recently, Elyssa oversaw a diversified development program at the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site. Previously, she raised funds in the community development and social service sectors. She holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania.
Linda Dottor is a certified city planner with over 25 years of experience in community planning and outreach. Originally a volunteer with the Collaborative and on staff since 2001, Linda manages communications and educational services to raise public awareness about the Collaborative’s work and mission. Previously, she served as a community planner with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and continues to be an advocate for special needs housing, historic preservation, and community gardening. Linda earned a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University and a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia.