Firm Professionals

The Collaborative Firm, LLC offers an outstanding cadre of professionals with years of combined experience in planning, program management and development. With this expertise, the Collaborative Firm's team is uniquely qualified to provide planning and strategic solutions for both the public and private sectors.

Key Firm Professionals


James Shelby

Principal Planner


James is a highly experienced executive with more than 25 years of experience in city and  regional planning involving technical work in planning and operations of the planning areas and extensive knowledge of land use, urban design, and federal, state and local governments programs.  James is a proven performer in recruitment and management encompassing personnel, contract negotiations, and customer relations.

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Maurice Ungaro, AICP

Senior Planner


Maurice Ungaro assists in the operations and planning efforts of The Collaborative Firm, specializing in business development, current planning, comprehensive planning, redevelopment plans, and historic preservation.  Maurice assists the Firm’s governmental clients with achieving their planning and revitalization goals.

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Al Lane

Manager of Planning & Economic Development


Allan has over 30 years of experience in local government and the nonprofit sector including management positions in community development; city planning; business and economic development. Areas of experience and accomplishment include neighborhood redevelopment; community planning; organizational development; community engagement; marketing; and economic development projects.

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George Barnes, P.E.

Director of Program Management Services

George Barnes thumbGeorge Barnes serves as Director of Director of Program Management Services with The Collaborative Firm. George has over 48 years water/wastewater utility management experience and responsibility for implementing large, complex municipal environmental capital improvement programs. George also has experience with combined sewer overflow and sanitary sewer overflow control programs and wet weather policy issues.

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Ebony Hillsman

Marketing and Communications Specialist

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Ebony Hillsman has more than a decade of communications experience in various  media platforms including AP style news writing, digital marketing expertise and business communications. She has positioned herself to anticipate and prepare clients for the fast moving communications world.

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Lanii Dennis

Marketing and Communications Specialist

Lanii serves as a marketing communications strategic professional with the  Collaborative Firm, LLC.  She is an award-winning writer and digital content creator with over 10 years of supervisory experience. Lanii has planned, implemented and managed notable advertising campaigns, global websites, and she’s created various branded video on topics ranging from healthcare to community development and transportation.

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Tyler McSwain


Tyler McSwain provides a range of expertise to the Firm, encompassing architecture, design, planning, urban design, and master planning.

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