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How Cities Are Reinventing Project Delivery

Kyle Wagenschutz
Urban Mobility Planner, City Thread 

Eric C. Macfarlane
First Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC)

Todd Gloria
Mayor, San Diego, CA

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About the Speakers

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Kyle Wagenschutz is an urban mobility planner and community organizing professional with 15 years of experience implementing place-based programs that prioritize strong community partnerships and accelerated project delivery. He brings diverse experience working in both the private and public sectors, having worked for local municipal governments and nonprofit advocacy organizations at all levels. Kyle is considered a national leader, a thoughtful innovator, and a champion of change for communities.


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Eric C. Macfarlane leads a staff of 1200 at the New York City Department of Design and Construction, consisting of architects, engineers, project managers, administrators, and analysts. The agency is responsible for managing the design and construction of public buildings and street infrastructure for more than 25 city agencies. Currently DDC manages a Capital portfolio of more than 1000 projects in various, phases, from planning, design, and construction, valued at more than $24 billion. DDC also procures the services of many consultants for both design and construction management who provide supplementary assistance in the delivery of DDC’s annual capital projects commitment plan. He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the City College of New York, and a Master of Science, Civil Engineering degree from Polytechnic Institute of New York (NYU-Tandon School of Engineering). He is a New York State licensed Professional Engineer.



Gloria headshotMayor Todd Gloria, a third-generation San Diegan of Filipino, Dutch, Puerto Rican, and Native American descent, was inspired to pursue a lifelong career in public service by a lesson his parents—a hotel maid and a gardener—taught him at a young age: if you care about something, then you should leave it better than you found it. That lesson continues to motivate Mayor Gloria to improve San Diego every single day. 

Mayor Gloria has spent his entire professional life in service to the public, beginning his career at the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency. He then went on to serve as District Director to United States Congresswoman Susan A. Davis, whom he credits as his mentor. 

In 2008, Mayor Gloria was elected to the San Diego City Council following Christine Kehoe and Toni Atkins in serving the Third District. In 2012, after serving his first term, Mayor Gloria’s colleagues on the City Council elected him as their City Council President. 

In 2013, he assumed the reigns of the City, beginning his time as Interim Mayor after the resignation of Bob Filner. During that time, Mayor Gloria is widely credited with restoring the public’s trust in city government. 

In 2016, Mayor Gloria was elected to the California State Assembly to represent the 78th Assembly District. He immediately rose to a leadership position in the Assembly serving first as Assistant Majority Whip and eventually Majority Whip. 

During his time in the Assembly, Mayor Gloria passed legislation on many of the major issues San Diego is working to address including building more affordable housing, fighting gun violence, combating climate change, and providing resources for those experiencing homelessness. 

As the 37th Mayor of San Diego, Mayor Gloria is committed to making San Diego a city of opportunity that invests in every neighborhood and every San Diegan. 

Mayor Gloria is a graduate of the University of San Diego and an enrolled member of the Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. He lives in the neighborhood of Downtown.