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4619 N. Ravenswood Ave., Ste 305
Chicago, IL 60640
USA

773.271.1990

We are a multidisciplinary innovation studio working with diverse partners to understand sustainability challenges and identify holistic, resilient solutions, and we are committed to training the next generation of leaders.

People

 

Foresight Design Initiative prides itself on its network of specialist-generalists, a term for individuals who have a sufficient depth of knowledge in a broad range of fields. The inherently systemic and multidisciplinary nature of sustainability challenges creates a special demand for specialist-generalists, who are able to assimilate large amounts of information in order to follow and stay ahead of diverse industry trends.

 
 

Staff

 
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Tim Jones-Yelvington possesses a range of research, communications, and program development and assessment skills. He worked for five years as program staff at Crossroads Fund, a public foundation supporting grassroots organizations in the Chicago area. His position included managing a portfolio of grantees and helping to coordinate a community-led grantmaking process. He worked closely with the staff and leaders of new and emerging organizations to navigate their organizational growth, and also contributed to Crossroads Fund's own fundraising and communications efforts. While at the foundation, Tim developed a tool to evaluate grantees' impact. This project required synthesizing feedback from diverse stakeholders, including grantee organizations, philanthropic colleagues, board members, and evaluation professionals. Through his involvement in the philanthropic sector, Tim has experienced multiple funder-grantee collaborations, acquiring knowledge of best practices. Tim received his undergraduate degree from DePaul University and recently completed a Masters of Education in Youth Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 
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Peter Nicholson is Executive Director of the Foresight Design Initiative, a nonprofit organization he established in 2002, and Principal of the organization's design practice. Through these positions, he leads a multifaceted career focused on the creative pursuit of greater social, environmental, and economic sustainability. Peter consults on and undertakes innovative sustainable design projects for a diversity of clients, including government agencies, institutional nonprofits, and diverse businesses. Considered a highly adept discussion facilitator, he has hosted Foresight's monthly Green Drinks panels and is in regular demand as a guest speaker and moderator. Peter is dedicated to the education of the next generation of sustainability-minded leaders and regularly mentors interns as well as teaches the Foresight Immersion program. Prior to establishing the Foresight Design Initiative, he held a variety of positions in the corporate and non-profit sectors. In each, he has consistently pursued growth and innovation. Peter began his study of Sustainability and Design at the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology and holds a bachelors degree from the Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music.

 
 
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Peter Toth brings a multidisciplinary perspective to his work at Foresight, which includes primary and secondary research, event design, communications, and project management. He is knowledgeable in a range of sustainability topics, including emerging energy infrastructure, regional resilience, stormwater management, and transportation. While at Foresight, Peter has worked primarily with the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation to build the organization’s communications capacity, and has supported diverse projects with the Chicago Community Trust and Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, among others. Previously, he helped to develop a regional transit-oriented development plan at the Center for Neighborhood Technology. Peter graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in History of the Americas and a minor in Chemistry.

 
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Lyndon Valicenti brings over 10 years of experience in scientific study, policy analysis, and planning around sustainable ecological and urban systems. She has conducted scientific research on vulnerable ecosystems in the Arctic and Antarctic; contributed to debates on international climate change policy; developed and implemented programs to support city-scale climate action; and has informed ecological thinking in urban planning across China and the Middle East. Lyndon has a solid record of leading thoughtful, science-based planning, policy making, and research, as well as convening coalitions to advance strategic agendas. Lyndon is Adjunct Faculty of Sustainability Leadership and Change Management at University of Chicago’s Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. She holds a Masters in Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelors of Science in Aquatic Ecology from University of California, Santa Barbara. She also holds a certificate in Sustainable Urban and Environmental Design from Archeworks.

 
 

Jenny Goldsmith is experienced in youth programing and mentoring, as well as consulting and research focused on complex sustainability challenges. She is specifically passionate about water & energy access and believes in the necessity of moving from single (profit) to triple (environment, profit, social equity) bottom-line thinking to address sustainability & resiliency challenges. Jenny has been involved with developing and implementing Foresight Prep @ Oberlin College since the program's launch in 2014. She received her B.A. in Economics with a focus on Environmental Economics from Oberlin College.

 

 

Board of Directors

Foresight Design Initiative’s Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing that we consistently fulfill our mission in a fiscally responsible way.

Dr. Sarita Bhakuni
Consultant, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
LEAD Facilitator, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Duane Carter, AIA
Director of Sustainability & Building Performance, Solomon, Cardwell Buenz

Hoyt Hudson
President, Mainstay Energy

Lindsay James
Vice President of Restorative Enterprise, InterfaceFLOR

Burt Klein
President, PortionPac Chemical Corporation

Peter Nicholson
Executive Director & Founding Principal, Foresight Design Initiative

Gabe Stevens
Student, Lincoln-Way East High School
Alumnus, Foresight Prep@Oberlin College program 2015

Lanita Stevens
Product Stewardship and Sustainability Manager, USG Corporation

Advisory Committee

Our Advisory Committee consists of leading professionals who regularly offer their expertise and insights in support of our projects; *many have previously served on the Board of Directors.

Karen Hobbs
Senior Policy Analyst, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

Molly Baltman
Assistant Director of Grantmaking, Communities, McCormick Foundation

Barry Bursak*
Environmental Consultant, Barry Bursak Consulting

Christine Esposito*
President, Terracom Public Relations

Ilsa Flanagan*
President, i flanagan consulting

Marilyn Jones*
President, Consolidate Printing Company

Florian Pfahler*
President, Hannah's Bretzel

Chuck Templeton
Managing Director, Impact Engine

Alumni

Dedicated to training the next generation of leaders, Foresight Design Initiative consistently hosts interns throughout the year. We are proud of our educational program alumni and interns who have gone on to apply their experience to a wide range of entities throughout the world.

Alina Ahmad | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2011

Sean Aldridge | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2010

Eliot Andre | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2011

Jessica Arkwright | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2006

Emily Arons
Immersion Fellow, 2008

Sarah Ashbrook | LinkedIn
Intern, 2007

Jeremy Apolinski | LinkedIn
Intern, 2014

Kelsey Atkinson | LinkedIn
Intern, 2011

Korbi Bare | LinkedIn
Intern, 2008

Jodie Bass | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2006

Carrie Beckman | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2012

Amy Beltemacchi
Immersion Fellow, 2006

Sarah Benjamin | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2004

Geoffrey Berkheimer | LinkedIn
Intern, 2013

Leslie Blanchard | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2011

Kim Boustead | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2011

Kristin Braziunas 
Immersion Fellow, 2005

Rebecca Brooke | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2003

Ariane Burwell | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2005

Hilary Carr | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2007

Nathan Case-McDonald | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2011

Steve Chau | LinkedIn
Intern, 2011

Christine Choi
Immersion Fellow, 2005

Alana Clark | LinkedIn
Intern, 2006

Jane Clark | LinkedIn
Intern, 2014

Anna Cody | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2009

Maura Collins | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2006

Molly Danielsson | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2005

Mars Dauer | LinkedIn
Intern, 2012

Andrew DeCoriolis | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2007

David DeDonato | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2010

Tony DeMarco | LinkedIn
Intern, 2012

Jessa Dickinson | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2009

Lucinda Dieker | LinkedIn
Intern, 2010

John Dobies | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2011

Patrick Dodd | LinkedIn
Intern, 2012

Alex Duchak | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2009

Luke Eddins | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2003

Laura Einsel | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2006

Lindsey Elton | LinkedIn
Intern, 2009

Ben Flanders | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2010

Amanda Foran | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2009

Whit Forrester
Intern, 2005

Lindsey Freel | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2012
Intern, 2012

Will Galloway | LinkedIn
Intern, 2011

David Garcia | LinkedIn
Intern, 2009

Nathaniel Gelb | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2005

Jennifer Goldsmith | LinkedIn
Intern, 2014

Geetha Gottumukkala | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2006

Vaibhav Gupta | LinkedIn
Intern, 2011

Brittany Hahn | LinkedIn
Intern, 2011

Markus Takashi Heberlein
Immersion Fellow, 2003

Jannis Hegenwald | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2012

Caitlin Henning | LinkedIn
Intern, 2009

David Hershberger
Immersion Fellow, 2006

Max Herzog | LinkedIn
Intern, 2014

Babar Hillfram | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2011

Will Hood 
Intern, 2005

Tiffany Horn | LinkedIn
Intern, 2007

Vanessa Hoton
Intern, 2011

Liz Huggett | LinkedIn
Intern, 2010

Amanda Huhn | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2007

Grant Huling | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2006

Andrea Hume | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2009

Matt Jones | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2011

Lindsay Kuehn | LinkedIn
Intern, 2005

Adam Kuperman | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2008

Theora Kvitka | LinkedIn
Intern, 2012

Kirsten Larson | LinkedIn
Intern, 2009

Sakina Lavingia | LinkedIn
Intern, 2014

Natallia Lebedz | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2006

Shiyi Li | LinkedIn
Intern, 2014

Naomi Lipke | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2003

Caroline Little | LinkedIn
Intern, 2008

Jennifer Long | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2012

Cherise Lopez
Immersion Fellow, 2011

Peter Madjarov | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2008

Rana Marks | LinkedIn
Intern, 2012

Adrian Marti | LinkedIn
Intern, 2006

Carley Matsumoto | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2011

Lyrica McTiernan | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2004

Brad Meadows | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2012

Amanda Medress LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2006

Kate Merena | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2011

Oliver Miller | LinkedIn
Intern, 2009

Sonja Elise Millermaier
Immersion Fellow, 2009

Gerry Miriello | LinkedIn
Intern, 2011

Erica Moen | LinkedIn
Intern, 2011

Scott Mohan | LinkedIn
Intern, 2009

Lisa Morris
Immersion Fellow, 2005

Kasper Musteikis
Immersion Fellow, 2012

Uzma Noormorhamed | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2010

Jennifer North | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2011

Mollie Nye | LinkedIn
Intern, 2008

Rob Olden | LinkedIn
Intern, 2005-2006

Laate Olukotun | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2005

Jason (Chun) Ou-Yang
Immersion Fellow, 2004

Laura Patterson | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2003

David Persky | LinkedIn
Intern, 2004

Natalie Phillips-Hamblett | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2005

Michael Plank
Intern, 2008

Joanna Racho | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2011

Anne Rainwater
Immersion Fellow, 2003

Ali Raizin | LinkedIn
Intern, 2007

Shraddha Ramani | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2006

Nathalie Razo | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2011

Annabelle Rector | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2012

Leia Rehorn
Immersion Fellow, 2006

Rudi Reitberg | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2006

Carla Riggs | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2008

Abbey Ripstra
Immersion Fellow, 2005

Sandeep Sabu | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2009

Sarina Sawyer
Immersion Fellow, 2009

Bill Schleizer | LinkedIn
Intern, 2003

Lynn Schmitt | LinkedIn
Intern, 2012

Daniel Shaffer LinkedIn
Intern, 2011

Annan Shehadi | LinkedIn
Intern, 2008

Danya Sherman | LinkedIn
Intern, 2005

Andrea Small | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2006

Carey Stansbury | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2006

Pamela Steiner | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2008

John Stevens-Garmon
Immersion Fellow, 2004

Lynne Stewart 
Immersion Fellow, 2006

Marie Stringer | LinkedIn
Intern, 2012

Ellen Sweeney | LinkedIn
Intern, 2006

Chris Tobias | LinkedIn
Inter, 2004

Peter Toth | LinkedIn
Intern, 2011

Brenna Townly | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2010

Harrison Tucker | LinkedIn
Intern, 2008

Ian Tsan | LinkedIn
Intern 2007

Caroline Valette
Immersion Fellow, 2006

Jennifer Wang | LinkedIn
Intern, 2006

Logan Warren | LinkedIn
Intern, 2011

Karen Wei | LinkedIn
Intern, 2010

Ashley Wendela | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2009

Jessica Weninger
Immersion Fellow, 2008

Alexis Wheeler LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2010

Derek Wietsma | LinkedIn
Intern, 2012

Lucas Williams | LinkedIn
Intern, 2012

Rebecca Williams | LinkedIn
Intern, 2008

Dimitri Wohns | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2009

Tom Woods | LinkedIn
Intern, 2005-2006

Lonnie Yates | LinkedIn
Intern, 2009

Laskarina Yiannakaris | LinkedIn
Immersion Fellow, 2008

Isabelle Yisak | LinkedIn
Intern, 2012

Cassie Younger 
Immersion Fellow, 2012