Dr. Lawrence Susskind
Ford Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
Vice Chair, Program on Negotiations at Harvard Law School
Susskind graduated from Columbia University in 1968 with a B.A. in English Literature and Sociology. He received his Masters of City Planning from MIT in 1970 and his Ph.D. in Urban Planning from MIT in 1973. Professor Susskind joined the faculty of the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning in 1971. He served first as Associate Head and then as Head of that Department from 1974 through 1982. He was appointed full professor in 1986 and Ford Professor of Urban & Environmental Planning in 1995. He headed the Environmental Policy Group in the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT for 25 years. Susskind also served as the first Executive Director of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School from 1982-1985, he currently is a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Vice Chair for the Program on Negotiations at Harvard Law School.
Dayna L. Cunningham, Esq.
Director, Community Innovators Lab, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
A 2004 graduate of the Sloan Fellows MBA program, Cunningham holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and a juris doctor degree from the New York University School of Law. From 2006-2007 she directed the ELIAS Project, an MIT-based collaboration between business, NGOs and government that seeks to advance economic, social and environmental sustainability. Previously, she was an associate director at the Rockefeller Foundation, where she funded initiatives that examined the relationship between race and democracy, changing racial dynamics and new conceptions of race in the US, as well as innovation in civil rights legal work. In the course of her career, Cunningham has also worked as a voting rights lawyer in Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi and elsewhere in the South, and briefly as an officer for the New York City Program at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
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