NEW: Our newly-launched webinar series, Ask Action Corps, brings real-life challenges from resident leaders trying to implement a project to a panel of Action Corps experts. In these conversations, Action Corps members offer strategies, tools, and resources both local and national, to help leaders overcome common hurdles to getting good done. 

Our first Ask Action Corps featured Cathy Marcinko, Justin Garrett Moore, Tommy Pacello, and Janet Boscarino talking about how to navigate regulatory challenges when planning an open space improvement project on city-owned land. 

Watch the recording here, or email us for updates on upcoming webinars. 

Q: Who is ioby Action Corps?

A: Our awesome network of experts want to help ioby Leaders like you be successful in making positive change in our neighborhoods. They're here to offer advice, support, and resources to help you implement your project. They're ready for action and they want to help!

Q: What are they experts in?

A: All kinds of things, from collaborating with city agencies, to grantwriting, to communications and PR, to painting and welding. If you need advice on something in particular, see below for a complete list.


Here's how it works:

1. Browse our experts below, or search by location or area of expertise.

2. Contact us! If you want to talk to someone in particular, email us at and we'll put you in touch. If you're not sure who you want to talk to but have specific questions, let us know and we'll help find the right expert for you.

3. You and your expert will find a time for a one-hour phone conversation. You'll pick their brains and get all kinds of great advice to bring your project to the next level.

4. No fee beta phase: We are piloting Action Corps through March 2017. This means if you are currently running or have ever run an ioby campaign, we will cover your fees! (The normal fee for a one-hour Action Corps consultation is $35. After the beta phase, you will be able to include Action Corps consultation fees in your project budget.)

You can browse our experts below, or sort them by location:

Or by area of expertise:

Activating Vacant Lots & Spaces  |  Advocacy  |   Art & Building Skills  |  Communications, PR & Media  |  Community Organizing & Civic Engagement  |   Digital Technology  |  Grantwriting & Other Fundraising  |   Financial Management  |  Graphic Design & Representation  |   Impact & Outcome Measurement  |  Leadership Development & Organizational Strategy  |   Star ioby Leaders  | Permitting & Regulatory Requirements  |  Sharing Economies  |   Storytelling & Public Speaking  |  Sustainability & Resilience  |   Tactical Urbanism  |  Urban Design  |   Urban Farming, Food & Environmental Justice  |   Volunteer Management  |  Working with CDCs / CDFIs  


Meet ioby Action corps (beta)

New York 

Ahmed Tigani

New York, NY

Assistant Director of Land Use, Planning and Development, Office of the Manhattan Borough President

Alan Cohn

New York, NY

Climate Program Director, NYC Dept of Environmental Protection

Betsy MacLean

New York, NY

Executive Director, Hester Street Collaborative

Christine Curella

New York, NY

Assistant Vice President, Center for Economic Transformation, NYCEDC

Dani Simons

New York, NY

Director of Communications and External Affairs, Motivate

Emily Pinkowitz

New York, NY

Director of Programs & Education, Wildlife Conservation Society


Ethan Kent

New York, NY

Senior Vice President, Project for Public Spaces


Justin G Moore

New York, NY

Executive Director, NYC Public Design Commission

ioby Board Member

Karyn Williams

New York, NY

Senior Project Planner, NYC Parks

Louise Bruce

New York, NY

Senior Program Manager, NYC Organics, NYC Department of Sanitation


Mark Foggin

New York, NY

Co-Founder & Advisor, Public Works Partners


Mike Lydon

New York, NY, San Francisco, CA, Miami, FL

Principal, Street Plans

Molly Rose Kaufman

New York, NY

Provost, University of Orange


Sarah Charlop-Powers

New York, NY

Executive Director, Natural Areas Conservancy



Andy Kitsinger

Memphis, TN

Owner/Principal, The Development Studio, LLC

Anthony DiNolfo

 Memphis, TN

Designer, Archimania

Cathy Marcinko

Memphis, TN

Grant Development Coordinator, Le Bonheur Community Health and Well-Being

Charlie Santo

Memphis, TN

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of Memphis

Jacqueline Shotwell

Memphis, TN

Founder and Senior Leader, The Street Farm

Desmond Andrew Lewis

Memphis, TN

Sculptor and Graduate Student, The University of Memphis

Janet Boscarino

Memphis, TN

Executive Director, Clean Memphis, Inc.

John Paul Shaffer

Memphis, TN

Livable Memphis Program Director, Community Development Council of Greater Memphis

Karen B. Golightly

Memphis, TN

Director, Paint Memphis

Kerry Hayes

Memphis, TN

Principal, Key Public Strategies

Khara Woods

Memphis, TN

Graphic Designer, Self-Employed

Kyle Statham

Memphis, TN

Data Scientist

Megan Higgins

Memphis, TN

Project Manager, Innovate Memphis

Nikii Richey

Memphis, TN

Co-founder, Sister Supply

Rebecca Matlock Hutchinson

Memphis, TN

Site Director, Soulsville, USA

Sarah Newstok

Memphis, TN

Special Projects, Livable Memphis

Sarah Taylor

Memphis, TN

Garden Manager, Community Table Food Bank Garden; Flower Farm Manager

Shannon MB Dixon

Memphis, TN

Consultant in Organizational Building

Siphne Sylve

Memphis, TN

Project Manager and Artist


Susannah Barton

Memphis, TN

Development Director, Overton Park Conservancy

Sylvia Crum

Memphis, TN

Executive Director, Revolutions Bicycle Cooperative

Tommy Pacello

Memphis, TN

President, Memphis Medical District Collaborative



Adele DiMarco Kious

Cleveland, OH

Founder and Lead Steward, Yinovate, LLC

Cordell Arellano

Cleveland, OH  

Lifelong Advocate for Youth Empowerment and Community Building

Dan Hinman

Cleveland, OH

Director of Income, United Way of Greater Cleveland

David Jurca

Cleveland, OH

Associate Director, Kent State Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative

Fouad Yared

Cleveland, OH

Community Outreach Specialist, Cleveland Tenants Organization

Joy D Johnson

Cleveland, OH

Associate Director, Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc

Kirby Broadnax

Cleveland, OH

Saint Luke's Beam Fellow, Placemaking + Equity, Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Mary Manning

Cleveland, OH

AmeriCorps Member, Ohio History Service Corps

Nakia Smith

Cleveland, OH

Doula/Director-Birthing Beautiful Communities, and East End Neighborhood House

Nina Holzer

Cleveland, OH

Manager of CDC Advancement, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress



Allandra Bulger

Detroit, MI

Deputy Director, Detroit Future City

Anna Lemler

Detroit & Ann Arbor, MI

Institute Director, American Conference on Diversity

Detroit, MI

Owner, De-tread LLC


Bob Spence

Detroit, MI

Board President, Summer in the City


Lacy Dawson

Detroit, MI

Field Director, Michigan Voice

Lauren Hood

Detroit, MI

Director, Live6

Mark Covington

Detroit, MI

Director, Georgia Street Community Collective

Ryan Marshall

Detroit, MI

Architect, FX Architecture

Todd Scott

Detroit, MI

Executive Director, Detroit Greenways





Other Cities 

Nwamaka Agbo

Oakland, CA

Next Economy Innovation Fellow, Movement Strategy Center

Danya Sherman

Cambridge, MA

MIT Sam Tak Lee Lab for Real Estate Entrepreneurship and Consultant

Julie Flynn

San Francisco, CA

Project Director, The Street Plans Collaborative



Noah Budnick

Berkeley, CA

Director of Public Policy & Government Affairs, Zendrive, San Francisco, CA 

Naomi Doerner

New Orleans, LA

Principal Planner & Equity Strategist, Assembly

ioby Board Member

Jason Hercules

Washington DC

Manager, LEED Dept.; Location and Transportation Specialist


Martha Roskowski

Denver, CO

VP of Local Innovation, PeopleForBikes

Noelle Ito

Los Angeles, CA

Vice President of Programs, AAPIP