Key Firm Professionals
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.
Larry Lucas, MPA, AICP
Larry Lucas manages and monitors land use projects, zoning ordinance rewrites, comprehensive plans, planning studies, and urban and regional planning projects.
Maurice Ungaro, AICP
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.
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.
Lenise Lyons brings experience in both long-range and current planning efforts. She has worked closely in all phases of comprehensive planning from plan adoption to implementation. She assisted in the development of FUTUREBR, the comprehensive plan for the City of Baton Rouge, Louisiana via meeting facilitation and charrettes, reviewing element drafts, and coordinating government and non-governmental entities during the process.
George Barnes, P.E.
Director of Program Management Services
George 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.
Manager of Marketing and Communications
Brittney is the Manager of Marketing and Communications with The Collaborative Firm, LLC. Brittney has a proven track record of success developing and deploying strategic campaigns, designing and launching effective strategies, and cultivating relationships with clients, media, community partners and internal constituents.
Marketing and Communications Specialist
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.
Assistant Director, Planning & Economic Development
Amanda has a broad range of experience providing governmental services at the city, county and state level with planning experience in zoning, subdivision and land use regulations, development review, project management and code enforcement. Amanda’s experience comes from several years working in the public sector and being involved in various aspects of local government administration.
Director of Economic Development
Edward S. Smith, Ph.D., is Director of Economic Development at The Collaborative Firm. A graduate of the University of Delaware’s School of Public Policy and Administration, Dr. Smith has conducted significant research on the EB-5 Investor Program, and as President of Boost Analytics, LLC he has provided advisement and consulting services to both clients and industry stakeholders seeking to raise capital and attract jobs to urban communities nationwide.
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.
Tyler McSwain provides a range of expertise to the Firm, encompassing architecture, design, planning, urban design, and master planning.