Susan Silberberg

is an accomplished city planner, urban designer, architect, author and MIT Lecturer. She is the Founder and Managing Director of CivicMoxie, LLC, a planning, strategic placemaking, and urban design group serving public and non-profit clients. Susan is also Founder and Director of Fairsted Advisors, LLC, a real estate consulting group assisting private clients and their advisors on real property transitions and opportunities. The constant building and care of cities, urban spaces, organizations and communities can be a messy business that involves much more than showing up with the right technical expertise in hand. It's about HOW you do things. Susan loves working collaboratively with people of diverse interests and backgrounds to make great things happen in the public and private sectors.

Susan is lead author for the 2013 MIT whitepaper on placemaking, Places in the Making. Completed with the generous support of Southwest Airlines, the paper looks at the current state of placemaking practice and explores ten case studies to draw lessons for the field. She is also the author of "Pretext securitization of Boston's public realm after 9/11: Motives, actors and a role for planners" in Policing Cities: Securitization and Regulation in a 21st Century World (Routledge, 2013).

Susan will be speaking at Chicago Ideas Week in October 2014 and TEDxBeaconStreet in November 2014. She is invited to speak on placemaking to the UN Council on Economic Development in Geneva in December 2014.

Susan serves on the Board of Directors of Historic Boston, Inc., a non-profit developer of endangered historic properties, and The Joshua Bates Art Center in the South End of Boston. She is very serious about her teaching, professional work and research but doesn't think that precludes joy and laughter. Her ideas on current urban issues can be found by following her on Twitter and checking out her blog.