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Ashley Clark speaking at Data Day

UNC Charlotte Urban Institute staff are experienced speakers and presenters on a variety of topics. If you’d like a speaker for your event, please feel free to contact the speakers listed, or contact the institute’s main offices at 704-687-1210 or


Jeff Michael, director
  • Overview of the Charlotte Region (past and present)
  • Land use planning
  • Land conservation
  • Leadership challenges for a changing region

Ashley Williams Clark, director of outreach and strategic partnerships
  • Housing, homelessness
  • Neighborhood planning
  • Integrated data systems

Diane Gavarkavich, director of research services
  • Survey methodology
  • K-12 education
  • Public health
  • Program evaluation

Bill McCoy, emeritus faculty
  • Age-Friendly community
  • Housing issues for older adults
  • Community design for older adults
  • Senior villages as an Aging in Place strategy

Mary Newsom, director of urban policy initiatives
  • Regional growth patterns
  • Planning, land use and urban design
  • Walkability and pedestrians 
  • Mecklenburg creeks and surface waters

Laura Simmons, director of community indicators
  • Demography
  • Immigration
  • Quality of Life indicators