CNU MIDWEST BOARD CANDIDATES
The following candidates have submitted their qualifications to serve on the CNU Midwest Board of Directors.
Austin Gibble | Indianapolis
Austin Gibble is the Long Range Transportation Planner for the City of Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development specializing in addressing complex urban mobility challenges through analysis, project management, and strategic partnerships. Austin is a graduate of both Ball State University and the University of South Florida, and a Graduate Scholar for the Center for Urban Transportation Research in Tampa Florida.
Serving as the Subchapter Leader for Indianapolis., Austing says "Interventions of the past half-century have damaged our cities and left our most vulnerable behind. CNU is facilitating the conversation to right the wrongs."
John Yung | At-Large
John Yung is an urban planner with over 14 years of experience. He joined New Urbanism in 2004 after reading Suburban Nation. Writer and manager of UrbanCincy.com, he is also a founding member of the CNU-Midwest Chapter.
At Urban Fast Forward he is an urban development and policy consultant with a focus on revitalizing and enriching city centers and neighborhoods. In 2010, he was a key part of the team that developed, implemented, and administered the first Cincinnati-area form-based code in Bellevue, KY.
Brian Boland | At-Large
Brian Boland is focused on residential and mixed-use properties in traditional urban neighborhoods and says long before he knew anything about urban design or planning or urbanism he was an urbanist by nature. When most people were moving out of Covington, he and his wife and moved in. The couple purchased a historic home and over time have built a portfolio of holdings around the Cincinnati Metro.
Serving as one of the founding members of the Midwest Chapter, Brian says "The CNU community has inspired me and I continue my work as a small part of the greater project of creating places people love — one building at a time.
Arin Blair | Northern Ohio
Arin Blair, AICP serves as Chief Planner for the City of Sandusky, Ohio. Her experience includes six years in planning, recreation, and urban design consulting across Ohio and the Midwest and eight years as a small business owner-operator. Arin previously served four years as Social Chair for the Central Ohio section of the American Planning Association (APA). She has spoken at the APA National Planning Conference, Ohio APA Conference, and Central Ohio APA Planning & Zoning workshop as well as at the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association State Conference and the Society of Outdoor Professionals National Outdoor Recreation Conference. Arin loves walkable places, historic architecture, exploring cities, sampling great food and drinks, traveling abroad, lounging with her wife and cats, talking culture and socio-politics with her daughter, camping and experiencing nature.
Matt Ireton | At Large
Matt Ireton is an architect with K4 Architecture having close to thirteen years of experience designing a wide range of project types. His passion for traditional design and urban planning was sparked while earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to K4, he spent six years with David M. Schwarz Architects in Washington D.C.
A member of the Pleasant Ridge Development Corporation’s Board, he is a strong advocate for sustainable urban infill within historic neighborhoods.
Miranda Micire | Pittsburgh
Miranda Micire graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a dual Master's in Social Work focused on Community Organizing and Social Action and Master's in Public Administration with a focus on Public Administration in 2019. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2016.
She currently works at the City of Pittsburgh in the Office of Councilperson Erika Strassburger as the Community Engagement Coordinator. In her role at the city, Miranda is responsible for communications and outreach, legislative research and writing, and constituent relations. Miranda is passionate about incorporating social work values into all of her work.
Recently, Miranda started a small-scale, community-focused real estate development company, HeyDay Development, LLC. HeyDay is focused on real estate for the greater good and incorporates sustainability, affordability, and community in all its work. In her free time, Miranda enjoys spending time with her two rescue dogs, Bandit and Lulu, and exploring different neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.
Maximilian "Max" Upton | At Large
Max Upton is an experienced Urban Planning and Economic Development practitioner holding various positions in the Federal, County, Local, Private and Non-Profit sectors in addition to being a combat Veteran of the Afghanistan war. He currently serves as the Director of Building, Housing and Planning for the City of Lorain, the 10th Largest City in the State of Ohio, where he oversees all of the Planning, Community, and Economic Development activities of the City. Prior to that he served as the Director of Economic Development for MidTown Cleveland Inc., a community and economic development non-profit in Cleveland, Ohio.
Throughout his career, Max has amassed real estate and economic development portfolio in excess of $250 million dollars of real estate projects consisting of office, industrial and multi-family real estate asset classes. In addition to his professional full-time roles Max served as an Adjunct professor at Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban affairs teaching courses related to economic development finance and issues and problems the local economic development practitioner wrestles with, he also serves on the Board of the Valor Home, a transitional housing non-profit serving homeless Veterans and he was recently nominated to serve on the Executive Board of the Ohio Conference of Community Development.
Phil Holoubek | Kentucky
Phil Holoubek is the founder, President, and CEO of Lexington’s Real Estate Company. LRC is actively involved in the transformation of downtown Lexington. Since its inception, LRC has developed over $70 worth of residential and commercial mixed-use real estate, with additional projects valued at another $50 million currently under development in the downtown Lexington area.
Since moving to Lexington in 2000, Phil has been actively involved in a variety of civic organizations and ventures aimed at improving the quality of life for Lexington’s existing young professionals, as well as recruiting knowledge-based young professionals from other cities. Phil is the founder of a civic organization known as LYPA (Lexington Young Professional’s Association), which is currently in its 15 th year, and which strives to recruit and retain knowledge based
young professionals. Phil was also responsible for bringing to Lexington the nationally known “Creative Cities Summit”
conference. Phil has served on the boards of numerous local organizations such as the Lexington Center, Urban League, Bluegrass Community Foundation, Downtown Lexington Corporation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and various other local organizations