Board of Directors
Gil Penalosa, Director and Chair of the Board
Amanda O'Rourke, Director
Jared Kolb, Director
Rafael Vargas, Director
Juliana Berrio, Director
About Gil (Guillermo) Penalosa, MBA PHDHC, CSP
Gil Penalosa is passionate about cities for all people. Gil advises decision makers and communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone regardless of age, gender and social, economic, or ethnic background. His focus is on the design and use of parks and streets as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility: walking, riding bicycles, using public transit, and the new use of cars.
Gil is the founder and chair of the board of the internationally recognized non-profit organization 8 80 Cities, based in Canada. The organization was created centred on a simple but powerful philosophy; if you create a great city for an 8 year old and an 80 year old, you will create a successful city for all people. Gil also runs his own international consulting firm - Gil Penalosa & Associates and is an accomplished keynote speaker and facilitator of strategic workshops. Because of Gil's unique blend of pragmatism and passion, his leadership and advice is sought out by many cities and organizations; he has worked in over 200 different cities across six continents.