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Speaker

Tom Jost

Title: Senior Urban Strategist, Parsons Brinckerhoff
NACTO Title: Speaker, Designing Cities Conference

Tom Jost is a senior urban strategist at Parsons Brinckerhoff, operating out of the New York World Headquarters.  Tom has spent his career exploring the drivers that influence urban development.  Tom’s focus is on solving the challenges faced by cities in adapting to climate change and a carbon-free economy. Tom has more than twenty-three years of experience delivering complex multi-disciplinary sustainable projects of international significance.  Tom is currently working in Stamford, Connecticut, Nassau County, the Bronx and Staten Island. Tom managed the plan for Fresh Kills Park, converting America’s largest landfill into NYC’s largest ecological habitat.  Tom ran the design and construction of the High Line, the internationally recognized new standard for urban open space and catalyst for billions in private investment in NY’s Meat Packing District.  Tom managed the restoration plan for Xochimilco Park in Mexico City, the re-establishment of a UNESCO agricultural world heritage site, providing energy through biomass and restoration of water systems through natural water filtration.  Tom’s work routinely involves large public dialogue and design exercises.  For Fresh Kills, Tom managed a highly successful outreach program that developed community-based designs for the four quadrants of the park in a very charged public setting as the site was the final resting ground for the World Trade Center building fines.