Board Bios

Executive Board

President: Paul Moyer, AICP. Paul has over 30 years of private practice experience in the Washington DC region.  Paul started his career with EDAW which later became AECOM. For 25 years Paul led dozens of projects and held multiple leadership roles including Managing Principal, Regional Director and leadership of Federal planning.  Following AECOM, Paul joined VHB as the Director of Planning for the Mid-Atlantic Region, where he led several major projects including the Union Station Master Plan EIS and Long Bridge EIS. Paul joined Jacobs in 2017 as Principal of the Advance Planning Group and Location Leader for the Mid-Atlantic Region. Paul has been on the NCAC-APA Board for 4 years prior to becoming Chapter President. He is also active in Urban Land Insitute as a member of the Technical Advisory Panel Committee, a member of the Urban Revitalization Council and active in the Urban Plan Program.

President-Elect: vacant

Professional Development Officer: Clark Larson, AICP. Clark is a planner with the City of Rockville Planning Department specializing in GIS and cartography. He serves as the chapter’s Professional Development Officer, supporting DC area planners seeking the AICP credential and those striving to maintain it. Clark holds a master’s degree from the University of Virginia’s Urban and Environmental Planning program and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He is an avid cyclist, outdoorsman, and father (not always mutually exclusive).

Professional Development Officer-Elect: Marc Lewis-Degrace. Marc is an urban planner with over 20 years of professional experience in financial services, economic consulting, international development and urban planning. He has worked in the public sector and private sector for multiple organizations, both domestically and internationally.  Marc is most passionate about using planning to assist urbanizing cities in the developing world to better plan their futures.

Marc currently works for Symmetra Design as a senior transportation planner. Prior to this, he spent several years working in local planning in Washington State, Nevada and the DC Metro Area. He also worked for the George Soros Foundation in West Africa and for several firms in economic consulting. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Urban Planning and a B.A. from The American University in International Relations. Marc is also a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

Vice President for Communications: Lindsay Smith. Lindsay is a planning and food systems consultant; currently working with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to develop a Regional Food Systems Program. She is serving her third term on the NCAC-APA Board. Prior to independent consulting, Lindsay practiced planning in the Prince George’s County, MD. She’s also consulted on land conservation, served as a coordinator for the Montgomery County Food Council, and consulted with philanthropy on strengthening regional food systems and improving food access. In July 2018, she graduated from VALOR, an agricultural leadership development program in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Lindsay holds a master’s in urban planning and a master’s in environmental policy from the University of Michigan.

Vice President of Diversity & Outreach: Radhika Mohan. Radhika is a Principal Planner in the Neighborhood Planning and Community Development Division of the City of Alexandria’s Department of Planning and Zoning. In this role, she leads complex, interdepartmental projects and their engagement with the community. Radhika is currently working on the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, part of the new Amazon headquarters in Northern Virginia. She has also worked on Alexandria’s City Strategic Plan, the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan, and implementation of other small area plans throughout the City. Prior to this, Radhika was Senior Program Manager for the Mayor’s Institute on City Design, a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and the US Conference of Mayors. These, she worked with over 100 mayors and design professionals around the country on urban planning challenges and opportunities. Radhika holds master’s degrees in city and regional planning and landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Minnesota.

Outside of work, Radhika enjoys running and walking around the city with her friends and family, and expanding her design thinking through the Memorials for the Future competition, where her team’s proposal won an honorable mention and was among the top four finalists. (More information on the competition can be found here:

Vice President of Membership: Kayla Anthony, AICP. Kayla is a community development strategist, public engagement expert, and trusted advisor to municipalities and institutions seeking to build community through the built environment. She works in Brailsford & Dunlavey’s Municipal Development Advisory Services practice group. Kayla received a Master of Community Planning from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Communications from The University of Alabama.

Secretary: Laura Searfoss, AICP. Laura is passionate about helping communities use their assets to solve their most pressing challenges. As Program Director at Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., she has led or supported the development of more than a dozen plans focused on increasing housing affordability and access to opportunity across the country. Through this work, Laura has helped communities improve their inclusionary housing policies and programs; create financing tools to support transit-oriented development; and better-align housing policy goals with existing resources. Previous experience includes working as an associate at the National Complete Street Coalition; as a neighborhood planner in local government; and in a past life, as a magazine editor. She holds a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.A. in English from James Madison University. This is her first term on the board.

Treasurer: Lee Dwyer, AICP. Lee is a Research Manager at the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, focusing on economic development, real estate, planning, and data analysis.  He previously worked as a Project Manager at CivicMoxie, a Boston-based urban design and planning firm, where he handled multiple planning projects and studies in the Northeast. Lee also worked with DSNI (the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative) in Boston to research and map affordable housing, foreclosures, and community assets. Lee holds a Master’s in City Planning from MIT and a Bachelor’s in Urban Studies from Brown University. 

At-Large Directors

Jose Carlos Ayala, CNU-A, is an Urban Planner and Designer in the Neighborhood Planning and Community Development Division of the City of Alexandria’s Department of Planning and Zoning. In this role he provides community-based, long-range planning and analysis on proposed development and also advises other City agencies on land use, design and other planning issues. In previous work, he served on the City of Orlando’s (FL), Zoning Adjustment Board and as Planning and Zoning Commissioner-at-Large. Additionally, Jose served the City of Orlando Main Street Program on a pro-bono basis.

Jose has been an active accredited member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and the American Planning Association since 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental and Growth Management Studies and a Master’s degree in Planning in Civic Urbanism, both from Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida.

Erkin Ozberk, AICP, is a Community Planner with the District of Columbia Office of Planning in the Neighborhood Planning Division. Prior to this, Erkin worked as a Planner for the City of Takoma Park managing projects at the intersection of transportation, land use, and economic development. He has also worked for the Toronto City Planning Division. Erkin holds a Master’s degree in planning from York University in Toronto. He returns to the NCAC-APA board for his third term after serving two terms as Vice President for Communications.

Natalie Patterson serves as a loan analyst for The Institute for Community Economics (ICE) and the National Housing Trust Community Development Fund (NHTCDF). Prior to joining the National Housing Trust staff in 2017, Natalie worked on the real estate development team at Self-Help Credit Union in Durham, NC and as a Community Revitalization Fellow with the University of North Carolina Development Finance Initiative in Chapel Hill.

Natalie received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Geography from Calvin College in 2014, and her Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech in 2017. While at Virginia Tech, she served as the president of the Graduate Urban Affairs and Planning Association, where she worked to increase awareness of planning and social justice issues facing southwest Virginia.

Christian Pulley is the Director of the Department of Economic and Community Development for the City of Laurel. As Director, Christian is responsible for zoning compliance, subdivision and development review, historic preservation, economic development, affordable housing, as well as implementation of the City’s Unified Land Development Code and Master Plan. Prior to joining the city, she worked as an Outreach Associate with the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) in Washington, DC.  She holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Morgan State University and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Christian is also a member of the Inter City County Management Association (ICMA).

Elena Romero is a founding partner of Axis Architects; a residential architecture practice located in the City of Rockville. Axis Architects specializes in home additions, renovations, custom homes, and small multi-family projects, as well as, urban design and planning consulting. Prior to this, Elena worked for 14 years at Torti Gallas and Partners, an architecture and planning firm in Silver Spring, where she was a Senior Associate and a design leader in the Region and Town Planning Segment. Her experience includes working on master plans, form based codes, transit oriented developments, and policy documents, among others. Elena was born in Colombia, South America, where she later studied architecture at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. She holds a master’s in urban design from University of Miami. This is her second term on the NCAC-APA Board.                 

Allie Thompson is an Urban Planner at ICF where she works on transportation projects involving environmental justice, public health, social equity, and resilience issues. She is a recent graduate of George Washington University where she received a Master’s in Sustainable Urban Planning with a concentration in Climate Change Management and Policy. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a marketing and development coordinator with The Nature Conservancy and The Conservation Fund. Before serving as an At-Large Director, Allie was a NCAC APA student representative  from 2017 to 2018. She holds a Bachelor’s in Earth Science from Valparaiso University, and is originally from St. Louis, MO.

Allie’s other professional affiliations include Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) and Young Innovative Planning Professionals (YIPPs). In her free time, she enjoys traveling, visiting new restaurants, seeing live music, exercising, and taking dance classes.

Faculty Representatives

Andrew Bernish, AICP, GISP, is a member of the faculty in George Washington University’s Sustainable Urban Planning Department where he teaches a Principles of Urban Planning course and co-leads an annual, international planning studio that takes students to South Korea, Bangladesh, and Kazakhstan. He holds a master’s degree in Community Planning from the University of Maryland and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Andrew currently works as the GIS analyst at the Secretary’s office for the Maryland Department of Transportation. Previously, Andrew served in South Africa with the US Peace Corps in the Education and Community Resource Program.

Uwe Brandes is faculty director of the masters program in Urban and Regional Planning at Georgetown University and affiliated faculty at the Walsh School of Foreign Service. He serves as faculty director of the Georgetown Global Cities Initiative and adviser to the Cities & Urbanization initiative at the World Economic Forum. Uwe has written and lectured widely on urban design and development topics and has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post and Wired among others.

Uwe serves on the board of the ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance and the NoMA Parks Foundation. He holds a M.Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Fulbright Scholarship at the Institute of Spatial Planning at the Technical University Dortmund, MIT, Paul Sun Fellowship at the Institute of Architecture and Urbanism at Tsing Hua University and an A.B. in Engineering Science from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.

Student Representatives

Becca Garman, George Washington University. Becca Garman is pursuing a Masters in Sustainable Urban Planning at GWU. She currently works as a Real Estate Associate at the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH), where she supports the development, acquisition, and preservation of affordable housing in the Washington DC metro area. Previously, she worked with Habitat for Humanity in both its international headquarters in Atlanta, GA and its South African national affiliate in Cape Town, SA. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Davidson College.

Shayna Goldsmith, Georgetown University. Shayna Goldsmith is the Associate for UrbanPlan and Professional Development at the Urban Land Institute where she works with District Councils to bring the one-day workshop to public officials, local government staff, and citizen leaders. Shayna also works on professional development programs, including the Certificate in Commercial Pro Forma Modeling Fundamentals and the Real Estate Entrepreneur Program, as well as growing new education offerings. Given her passion for creative placemaking, Shayna also has experience working with several local arts organizations. Most recently, she was on the consulting team for CulturalDC, where she helped connect developers and artists in order to bring new public art, art spaces, and art events to her native Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Shayna is currently pursuing her Master’s in Urban & Regional Planning program at Georgetown. She holds a bachelor’s degree in studio art, with minors in history and art history, from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Carlos Pazmino, Georgetown University. Carlos is a student at Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies’ Urban and Regional Planning Master’s Program. Before pursuing his master’s, Carlos worked as a community organizer at the New York Public Interest and Research Group (NYPIRG) where he advocated for investments in urban transportation, homelessness rights, expanded access to public higher education, and preserving New York’s water.  He holds a B.A. in political science from the City College of New York’s Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership.

Russell Ottalini, University of Maryland. Russell is a Masters of Community Planning Candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park. He also serves as program analyst in the US Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, where he supports site acquisition, planning and management of its international real estate program. Prior to pursuing a career in urban planning, Russell served as a Princeton in Asia fellow  in Tokyo and as a product classification analyst for HCL Technologies onsite at Google Pittsburgh. He also worked with local community groups in Pittsburgh’s North Point Breeze neighborhood, securing the installation of a Pennsylvania Historical Marker and promoting local park renovation by building partnerships with nonprofit organizations and city officials. Russell received a B.A. in Japanese and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh.