Nicole Joslin, AIA, LEED AP, Executive Director
Nicole has a diverse professional and academic background in architecture, development, disaster recovery, and community engaged-design. After working for Architecture for Humanity's Hurricane Katrina recovery program in Biloxi, MS, Nicole moved to Austin and co-founded Women.Design.Build to provide more opportunities for women to engage in community driven design and construction activities. She concurrently practiced at architecture firm BOKA Powell and received her architectural license in 2012. Nicole's experience contributed to her research on the role of community organizations in disaster preparedness and recovery in the Community and Regional Planning graduate program at the University of Texas. Nicole returned to the Gulf Coast in 2014 for a research fellowship at architecture and planning firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in New Orleans, LA investigating community engagement frameworks in professional design practice. These experiences inform Nicole's current role as the Executive Director of ACDDC and visiting researcher at the University of Texas School of Architecture.
Marla Torrado, PhD, Program Coordinator
Marla has a PhD in Community and Regional Planning with a background in community-engaged research and community organizing. She has extensive experience analyzing impacts of large-scale development projects on local, often marginalized, communities. She has worked with communities in Austin, Puerto Rico, and Argentina in collaborative and participatory planning projects related to affordable housing, access to healthy foods, and the impacts of development on natural ecosystems. She is deeply interested in social justice, participatory processes and community engagement, as they relate to planning and development.
2018 Board of Directors
Nora Keane (Board Chair), Assistant Vice President, PNC Real Estate
Dylan Siegler (Board Vice-Chair), Sustainability Specialist, NRG Energy
Brad Pease, (Board Treasurer) Vice President, Paladino and Company
Jake Wegmann (Board Secretary), Assistant Professor, Community and Regional Planning, University of Texas
Liz Mueller, Associate Professor, Community and Regional Planning, University of Texas
Meredith Powell, Principal, Public City
Steven Moore (Emeritus), Bartlett Cocke Regents Professor in Architecture, University of Texas