EDSA - Principal
During his 26-year career, Kona Gray has practiced on a global stage, providing inspiration and enhancing professional awareness. His portfolio ranges from large-scale planning to detailed site design, with emphasis on communities, urban parks, hospitality and campus environments. Blending sensitivity and context with creative design solutions, Kona unites a client’s vision with his vanguard viewpoint producing designs with purpose and presence. Currently, he is designing projects in Florida, California, Georgia, Virginia, Arkansas, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, China, Dubai (UAE), Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Antigua. A registered Landscape Architect and ASLA Fellow, Kona earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia. Kona is the newly elected Vice President for Professional Practice on the ASLA national Board of Trustees Executive Committee and a Past President of the Landscape Architecture Foundation.
Nelson Byrd Woltz - Principal
Over the past two decades of practice, Thomas Woltz has forged a body of work that integrates the beauty and function of built forms with an understanding of complex biological systems and restoration ecology. In 2011, Thomas was invested into the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows, among the highest honors in his profession, and in 2013 he was named Design Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal magazine. At present, his firm Nelson Byrd Woltz is entrusted with the design of nine major public parks across the United States, Canada, and New Zealand, including Hudson Yards in New York City, Memorial Park in Houston, and Centennial Park in Nashville. NBW projects create models of biodiversity and sustainable agriculture within areas of damaged ecological infrastructure and working farmland, yielding thousands of acres of reconstructed wetlands, reforested land, native meadows, and flourishing wildlife habitat.
Memphis River Parks Partnership - President
Kresge Foundation - Senior Fellow
As president and CEO of the Memphis River Parks Partnership, Carol Coletta is leading the relaunch of the nonprofit to develop, manage and program six miles of riverfront and five park districts along the Mississippi River in Memphis.
Carol is on loan from The Kresge Foundation where she is a senior fellow in the foundation’s American Cities Practice. She leads a $50+ million collaboration of national and local foundations, local nonprofits and governments to Reimagine the Civic Commons in five cities. Carol previously served as vice president of Community and National Initiatives for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and as executive director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design.
Memphis Medical District Collaborative - President
Born and raised in Memphis, Pacello is president of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative, a nonprofit organized to redevelop the Medical District. He served as a member of Memphis’ Innovation Delivery Team, a Bloomberg Philanthropies nonprofit formed to create plans of action against the city’s most critical issues. Projects in Memphis were aimed to reduce youth gun violence, lessen the number of neglected spaces and buildings, and induce economic growth in key neighborhoods within the city. Pacello has also worked at Code Studio, where he managed many nationwide projects regarding planning and development code, and has served as an assistant city attorney for the City of Memphis.
Alcy Ball Development Corporation - Program Director
From 2012-2016, Seth Harkins taught students in Whitehaven, Oakhaven, and Orange Mound through the Memphis Teacher Residency. Seth is passionate about seeing others increase their potential through learning. At Alcy Ball Development Corporation and as a resident in Alcy Ball, he uses that passion to connect families to new employment, housing, and financial opportunities.