Board Executive Committee

  Carmen Garcia


Carmen García has been the Director, Outreach Programs for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) since 2008. She directs the agency’s minority outreach program for minority contracts and D/MWBE vendors. She develops strategic partnerships and serves as a liaison to major chambers representing minorities, women and other groups for economic opportunities. Prior to joining DART, Carmen spent seven years with the State Fair of Texas as the director of community affairs responsible for the Fair’s Speakers Bureau and special events. Additionally, she is active in a broad spectrum of groups by serving on committees and participating in organizational projects. The Houston native graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a degree in public administration.


  Paul E. Ridley, AIA

  President Elect

Paul E. Ridley is the founding principal of the Ridley Law Firm, P.C. The firm's practice is commercial litigation, construction law and transactional legal services. Mr. Ridley has been actively involved with the GDPC for more than 12 years. He is a former member of the Dallas Landmark Commission and currently serves on the City of Dallas Plan Commission. Mr. Ridley is also a registered architect.


  Robert Prejean, AICP

  Past President

As a professional urban and regional planner in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Robert Prejean has worked in both the public and private sectors, on small community plans, and regional planning and analysis. In addition, Mr. Prejean has volunteered his service pro bono for neighborhoods, districts and citywide endeavors. A planner since 1991, he received his master’s in city and regional planning from The University of Texas at Arlington in 1993 and his professional recognition by the American Institute of Certified Planners in July 1994. Prejean currently serves as the Manager of the Southwestern Medical District in Dallas.


  Phyllis Jarrell


Phyllis M. Jarrell is principal and owner of City Centric Planning, LLC, focusing on public/private partnerships, ordinance and policy development, downtown and retail revitalization and zoning entitlements.  As Director of Planning and subsequently Special Projects Director for the City of Plano, Ms. Jarrell coordinated the efforts of multiple city departments in the review and construction of major development projects such as the Legacy West development, including the corporate offices for Toyota North America, Liberty Mutual Insurance, JP Morgan Chase and FedEx Office.  She also developed programs and policies to address redevelopment and revitalization in Downtown Plano, including negotiating public/private partnerships and infrastructure allowances to incentivize new economic development and redevelopment projects. 


  Ann Bagley, FAICP


As a community planner and as a consultant, Ann Bagley's work has focused on comprehensive plans, ordinances, park development, and training planning commissions. She has worked in both the public and private sectors and now serves on the Dallas City Plan Commission. Ann is in her second term as a Board Member Elected at Large on the Board of Directors of the American Planning Association. For the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association, she is the Planning Official Development Officer. In 2010, she was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners.


  Michael A. Grace, AICP

  VP Issues

Mike Grace is the founding principal of Metro Development Consulting with 15+ years of experience in government, land development, planning and public policy. In 2014, he participated in New Cities Summit and was one of 50 individuals selected worldwide to participate in The Purpose City. Additionally, he was the Partnership Award honoree at the 2016 Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference, and he is a D Academy Fellow (2013-2014), a leadership academy managed and underwritten by D Magazine. Mr. Grace received a Masters of Regional/City Planning, a Bachelor of Arts & Science in Geography, and an Economic Development Certificate from the University of Oklahoma.


  Elizabeth Crowe, P.E.

  VP Membership

Elizabeth Crowe works as Senior Associate and Managing Director of Dallas Traffic Engineering Services at Walter P Moore, serving clients within Texas with transportation engineering and parking services. She enjoys helping clients attain their objectives, while providing prudent recommendations to increase safety, minimize/mitigate traffic congestion and improve site access and circulation. She gained significant Urban Mobility experience working with TxDOT-Houston. She has served as the Education Task Force Chair for the GDPC since 2012.


  Trude Van Horn

  VP Programs

Gertrude G. Van Horn is the CIO for NCH Corporation, a global leader in industrial, commercial, and institutional maintenance products and services, and one of the largest companies in the world to sell such products through direct marketing. Over 100 IT professionals are part of the NCH IT staff based in the US, UK and Asia.  The IT team continues to enable NCH global business opportunities and support a very diverse portfolio of growing NCH businesses in more than 50 countries across the globe.  Before NCH, Ms. Van Horn worked in technology leadership positions at American Express, JP Morgan, Jo-Ann Stores, Office Depot, Haggar Clothing Company and Victoria’s Secret.  Born and raised in Philadelphia, she received her BBA from Temple University. 


  Peter Aguirre, CFM

  At Large

Peter Aguirre is Senior Vice President, Program Development at AGUIRRE RODEN. He has 20 years of Facilities Management, Asset Management, and Programming and Strategic Planning experience with a wide variety of project and client types. His Program Development and Asset Management expertise has been utilized by organizations such as Dell Computer Corporation, Verizon, Essilor, TXU Services, Texas Instruments, and Baylor Healthcare. In addition to his role in Program Development, Mr. Aguirre also directs customer service, quality assurance, and community affairs activities for AGUIRRE RODEN.


  Brian Keith

  At Large

Brian is Director of Urban Design and Planning for JHP. He brings a passion for place-making, creating communities, and visioning of neighborhood redevelopments which emphasize diversity and sustainable over time. As a dedicated advocate for “Good Urbanism” his endeavors to infuse these planning principles into all his projects and efforts.Brian has more than 25-years of extensive mixed-use, urban redevelopment and master planning experience. His professional experience having been centered on urban design and planning, lead to a desire to create both livable communities and great urban spaces. Brian has served as the Chair of GDPC Urban Design Awards 2014, 2015 and 2016.


  Clifton Miller

  At Large

Clifton Miller is Founder and Managing Principal of Cemetrics, a business process improvement consulting firm. Prior to founding Cemetrics, Mr. Miller spent 30 years with Fortune 50 firms and retired at age 50 to become an entrepreneur. He provides, on a pro bono basis, subject matter expertise to public officials at the municipal, state and federal levels. A select list of accomplishments includes Vice Chair- Board of Directors-Dallas Concilio of Hispanic Service Organizations, Board of Directors-Dallas Fort Worth Minority Business Development Council, Co-Founder/Vice Chair- Board of Directors MBE Institute for Public Policy.