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Brings the team together

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Conan Smith

Executive Director

Conan values collaboration and big ideas, and brings plenty of both to the Suburbs Alliance.

Reprograms our regional systems

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Richard Murphy

Programs Director

Trained as both a computer programmer and an urban planner, Murph takes a systems approach to regional transformation.

Builds regional energy cooperation

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Sam Offen

Energy Programs Director

By managing the world’s first Regional Energy Office, Sam changes the way we think about energy and cooperation.

Tells stories for the region

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Hayley Roberts

Communications Director

Hayley gives the Suburbs Alliance a voice and helps the region tell its stories more effectively.

Connects young people with cities

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Emily Thompson

Talent Programs Coordinator

Emily engages young people in government, ensuring that their voice is heard and their talent is tapped.

Makes cities into energy stars

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Jennifer Young

Energy Programs Coordinator

Jennifer saves our region’s cities energy and money through her stellar program coordination.

Develops skills to affect change

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Lauren Bealore

Millennial Mayor's Congress Intern

Lauren gives our Millennials a voice by encouraging government representatives to create more vibrancy and communication within their cities.

Develops skills to affect change

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Brooks Cowan

Transportation Intern

Brooks coordinates outreach and community engagement for the rapid transit plans along Woodward Avenue.

Develops skills to affect change

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Nabiha Hashmi

Research Fellow and Millennial Mayors Congress Intern

As a Community Based Research Fellow, Nabiha’s research helps us evaluate and develop local policies and protocols.

Develops skills to affect change

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Alyssa Smith

Editorial Intern

Alyssa works to keep our accomplishments and our research up to date, and uses her critical eye to enhance written work.


Anchoring a Neighborhood

The Suburbs Alliance is kicking off Green Anchors, an ambitious project that aims to transform residential neighborhoods across our region, one house and one person at a time.

Infrastructure investment: safer bridges or wider highways?

One of every nine bridges in Michigan is structurally deficient. Meanwhile, SEMCOG’s 2040 plan intends to use a large portion of its $40 billion budget to widen I-94 and I-75.

Energy Efficiency & Bond Ratings

Can investing in energy efficiency help your bond rating? An interview with Tony Lehmann, Finance Director for the City of Huntington Woods.




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