Jeff Andresen, Michigan State Climatologist, Co-director of GLISA, NOAA Great Lakes RISA Program
Danielle Lewinski, Director of Michigan Initiatives, Center for Community Progress
Moderator: Jamil Smith, Senior Editor, The New Republic
Jeff Andresen is Professor of meteorology/climatology with Michigan State University’s Department of Geography, Extension Specialist with Michigan State University Extension, and the State Climatologist for Michigan. He holds a B.S. degree from Northern Illinois University in meteorology and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University in agricultural meteorology/climatology.
Danielle Lewinski serves as Vice President and Director of Michigan Initiatives for the Center for Community Progress, a national nonprofit focused on helping communities develop solutions for vacant and problem properties. At Community Progress, Danielle directs the organization’s technical assistance, leadership and education, research, and policy work throughout Michigan.
Kevin Schronce is the lead Planner for the City of Flint. Over the past 3.5 years, Kevin has been extensively engaged with the development of the Imagine Flint master plan, the City’s first since 1960. He’s been instrumental in the civic engagement and public outreach portions of the planning process and guides the data collection & mini-grant programs for the City. Kevin now serves as the Director of the Planning Division and oversees the implementation of the master plan. Kevin is a Michigan native and attended school at Michigan State University, earning a degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
Jamil Smith is a Senior Editor at The New Republic, where he edits and writes features and commentary for the print magazine and its website. His writing primarily focuses on racial and gender issues, law enforcement, and sports. Jamil is also host of Intersection, a new podcast about how race, gender, and all the ways we identify come together. He joined TNR in January after more than four years of television and digital media production for msnbc’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “Melissa Harris-Perry.”