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 National Correspondent with MTV News. Most recently, he was a Senior Editor at New Republic, where he wrote and edited columns and features for both print and digital. There, Smith also hosted the podcast INTERSECTION, which dealt with identity politics. Prior to that, he served as a segment producer for "The Rachel Maddow Show" and "Melissa Harris-Perry." Smith's bylines have also appeared in the Washington Post, Ebony.com, and theGrio. Previous stops include NFL Films, HBO Sports, CNN and the William Morris Agency.