Women's Planning Forum: Tribute to Susan Christopherson

Susan Christopherson writing on a blackboard

Susan Christopherson. William Staffeld / AAP

Join the City and Regional Planning Department and Women's Planning Forum as they welcome back several alumnae to discuss their experiences since leaving Sibley Hall. Topics will include career development, life as a woman in the workplace, and each speaker's current roles.

Martha Armstrong (M.R.P. '96)

Martha Armstrong is the vice president and director of economic development planning for Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD), where she has worked since 1997. Armstrong provides management of the Finger Lakes Regional Prosperity Network – formerly the TCAD Foundation – as well as facilitating the Tompkins County Economic Development Collaborative, which coordinates economic development-related activities among local agencies and fosters interagency collaboration to advance mutual interests. Some of Armstrong's recent projects include the 2015 Tompkins County economic development strategy, the 2010 countywide intermunicipal water and sewer feasibility study, and the 2010 Tompkins County workforce strategy. Armstrong is a licensed architect and worked in that field for 15 years prior to receiving her masters in regional planning from Cornell University and joining TCAD. Armstrong is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a certified economic development finance professional. Armstrong serves on the Kendal at Ithaca board of trustees. Past community service includes the Better Housing for Tompkins County board and the Belle Sherman After-School Program board.

Susan Boyle (M.R.P. '82)

Susan Boyle is the contracted executive director of the Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association in New Jersey. Specific to brownfields, she is the project manager for GEI Consultants, Inc.'s contract with the New Jersey Institute of Technology's Technical Assistance for Brownfields Program. Boyle has a national reputation in brownfield remediation and redevelopment stemming from her 25+-year career in New Jersey state government. Boyle served as assistant commissioner for site remediation at New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection and the administrator and chief financial officer of the Spill Fund, among other positions.

Allison Rachleff (M.A. HPP '94)

Allison S. Rachleff is a senior architectural historian and project manager at AECOM, a global engineering design firm headquartered in the U.S. Rachleff has 23 years of experience providing cultural resource management and historic architectural expertise to a variety of clients throughout the U.S., including military and transportation agencies, and the private sector. She has both supervised and conducted fieldwork and research for a variety of documents prepared in compliance with federal, state, and local preservation regulations including sections 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act; Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act; the National Environmental Policy Act; and state and local equivalent regulations.

Katelyn Wright (M.R.P. '10)

Katelyn Wright is the founding executive director of the Greater Syracuse Land Bank, which was incorporated in 2012 and is acting in partnership with the city and county to address tax-delinquent, vacant, and abandoned properties. Prior to this she worked as a land use planner for the city of Syracuse and was the primary author of the land use and development component of the city's Comprehensive Plan 2040.

Sponsored by Russell Van Nest Black Lectureship Fund