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Ali Modarres is the Director of Urban Studies at University of Washington Tacoma. He is the editor of Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning and serves on a number of research and policy advisory boards. Dr. Modarres earned his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Arizona and holds master and bachelor degrees in landscape architecture from the same institution. He specializes in urban geography and his primary research and publication interests are socio-spatial urban dynamics and the political economy of urban design. He has published in the areas of immigration, race and ethnicity in American cities, social geography, transportation planning, environmental equity, urban development and public policy. Some of his recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Urban Affairs, Cities, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, and Anthropology of the Middle East.
As an entrepreneur, author, consultant, and national speaker, Clay Roberts has provided recommendations for asset development training, consulting and technical assistance; conducted studies on asset development in education; and completed a book and video about asset development in education.
Mr. Roberts is the founder and President of Roberts and Associates, a company dedicated to the development of healthy, contributing young people. He is formerly the C.E.O. of Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.).
A program developer, trainer, and speaker, Clay Roberts has produced five national model programs, including Here’s Looking at You, 2000®, a K-12 drug education program; Natural Helpers, a peer-helper program; and Get Real about AIDS©, a 4-12AIDs prevention program. Mr. Roberts and his prevention programs have been highlighted on NBC’s “Today Show;” PBS’s “Frontline.” “Hour Magazine,” and in Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and Instructor Magazine.
Mr. Roberts has been a consultant and keynote presenter in over 35 states and in several foreign countries.