Building New Urban Progress Together

New Urban Progress engages various actors coming from diverse environments to enable a vibrant exchange of thoughts and ideas. Its governance structure relies on a Steering Committee and a Sounding Board of distinguished urban experts and transatlantic analysts from Germany and the United States. Additionally, a group of young leaders from Germany and the U.S. will act as our Project Fellows. They will be part of a transatlantic exchange that takes a hands on approach by bringing them face-to-face with inspiring urban initiatives and projects in both countries. Rounding off our team will be well-known urban actors in Germany and the U.S., who will be invited to take on the role of Project Patrons.


New Urban Progress Fellows work in urban spaces on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Alexander Czeh

Institute of Transport Research of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) | Cargoroo
Alison Noehrbass

Alison Noehrbass


Andrea Jonas

German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR)

Francesca Weber-Newth

Tempelhof Projekt GmbH / paper planes e.V.

Friedrich Paulsen

German Association of Savings Banks

Grace Levin

Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Ian Lundy


Jamaal Glenn

Schmidt Futures / New York University

Julia Diringer

German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu)

Julian St. Patrick Clayton

Center for NYC Neighborhoods

Marc Lendermann

German Consulate General San Francisco

Maria Willett

City of Rochester Hills, Michigan

Melanie Kryst

Berlin University Alliance

Richard Lawrence Jr.

City of Alexandria, Virginia

Sanjay Seth

City of Boston, Massachusetts

Sinaida Hackmack

Hertie School of Governance

Steffen Haake

PD - Berater der öffentlichen Hand GmbH

Victoria Boeck

Technologiestiftung Berlin

Victoria Herrmann

The Arctic Institute

Sounding Board

The transatlantic Sounding Board is composed of renowned professionals from Germany and the United States. Their collective expertise and direction will help mould the work and results into impactful conclusions. Additionally, their diverse networks will ensure that there is sufficient collaboration and conversation between the project and other leading actors on transatlantic and metropolitan policy issues.

Almut Möller is a member fo the New Urban Progress Sounding Board.

Almut Möller

Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
Amy Liu is a member of the New Urban Progress Sounding Board

Amy Liu

Bret Perkins is a member of the New Urban Progress Sounding Board.

Bret Perkins

Comcast Corporation
Bruce J. Katz is a member of the Sounding Board of New Urban Progress.

Bruce J. Katz

Nowak Metro Finance Lab
Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook is a member of the New Urban Progress Sounding Board.

Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook

Global Public Policy Institute
Daniel S. Hamilton is a member of the New Urban Progress Sounding Board.

Daniel S. Hamilton

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Elisabeth Niejahr

Hertie Foundation
Wolfgang Teubner is a member of the NUP Sounding Board.

Wolfgang Teubner

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee gathers representatives of all three Project Partners: Das Progressive Zentrum, Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and the Progressive Policy Institute. Members of this international team work together in order to ensure a timely and effective implementation of the initiative as well as the accuracy and relevance of the topics it tackles.

Diego Rivas

Das Progressive Zentrum
Elisabeth Mansfeld is the leading the New Urban Progress project for the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft.

Elisabeth Mansfeld

Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft
Neel Brown is a member of the Steering Committee for New Urban Progress.

Neel Brown

Progressive Policy Institute


The New Urban Progress Patrons are mayors that are boldly leading cities towards an innovative and just future. Their main role is to generate excitement and visibility for our transatlantic dialogue. Additional Patrons will be confirmed.

Burkhard Jung

City of Leipzig

Uwe Schneidewind

City of Wuppertal