Professor Andrew B. Ayers, Director of the Government Law Center and Assistant Professor of Law at Albany Law School.
As New York Policy Manager for American Farmland Trust, Ms. Levy conducts research on, builds coalitions around, and advocates directly for public policies and programs at all levels of government that keep land in farming and keep farmers on the land in New York. She leads the Alliance for New York's Farmland, a coalition advocating for farmland protection and farmland access for our next generation, and the New York Grown Food for New York Kids Coalition, a diverse coalition advocating for farm-to-school programs. She also leads AFT's climate work in New York, offering technical assistance to municipalities on how to promote renewable energy development while protecting productive farmland, and advocating for programs and policies that help farmers adopt climate smart farming practices. She has also planned and led trainings for local government officials and planners across New York on how to design local laws to protect farmland and support farm viability. Ms. Levy holds a Bachelor's in Fine Arts, and a Master's in Food Systems from New York University.
Mr. Mercurio is Vice President of Planning and Development with Mohawk Valley Economic Development Growth Enterprise (MVEDGE), a non-profit regional economic development group based in Oneida County, NY. He leads strategic site development, land use planning, urban development, brownfield revitalization, and municipal outreach for MVEDGE. Additionally, he heads the six-county planning group responsible for developing the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council (MVREDC) Progress Report & Implementation Plan. Mr. Mercurio was instrumental in crafting the Rome Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Strategic Investment Plan and the Downtown Rome Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Plan, and he continues to serve on the task force responsible for implementation. Prior to EDGE, Mr. Mercurio served as the region's first Deputy Director of the Mohawk Valley REDC for Empire State Development, where he coordinated the [predominantly rural] six-county regional strategy and implementation efforts for Oneida, Herkimer, Schoharie, Otsego, Montgomery, and Fulton counties. He has also served as Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of Rome.
Professor Rick Su
Rick Su is a Professor of Law at the University at Buffalo School of Law, where he writes and teaches in the areas of local government law, immigration, and federalism. His research focuses on the intersection between cities and immigration. His work has appeared in the Columbia Law Review, the William & Mary Law Review, the University Of Pennsylvania Journal Of Constitutional Law, and the Harvard Law & Policy Review. Professor Su received a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 2001 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2004. After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and worked in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Katie Zuber, Ph.D.
Katie Zuber is Assistant Director of policy and research at the Rockefeller Institute of Government and Executive Director for the Center of Law and Policy Solutions. She is co-principle investigator on the Stories from Sullivan project, which examines how opioid misuse affects local communities and what local communities are doing to respond. More broadly, Dr. Zuber has researched and written extensively on state and local government issues ranging from the role of experimentation in addressing social problems to the implementation of public health and educational initiatives in New York State. Her work has been featured in Law & Society Review, Justice System Journal, Political Communication, and other publications. In 2017, she received a doctorate in political science from the University at Albany, State University of New York.