Deb Ryan has a 25-year history of assisting communities and their leaders with challenges relating to development, urban open space, downtown revitalization, healthy communities and civic engagement in the community planning process. As an Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at UNCC, she was the founding and former Director of the Charlotte Community Design Studio, Director of the Urban Open Space Leadership Institute (OSL) and Director of the Mayor’s Institute on City Design: South. Formerly, she taught at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and led the urban design efforts at the Freelon Group. A recognized expert on civic engagement and the use of the Web 2.0 in the community planning process, Deb has lectured across the country on the subject, led webinars for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and and been a featured guest on Smart City Radio. She is the founder and managing principal of both Ryan-Harris, LLC and Wikiplanning.