Articles by Jessie Feller Hahn

About Jessie Feller Hahn

Jessie Feller Hahn is the Executive Director of Meeting of the Minds. She is an experienced urban planner, specializing in urban-regional policy with a particular focus on sustainability and clean energy. Previously, Jessie launched the successful Regional Energy Policy Program at Regional Plan Association in New York City. She has written numerous articles which have been featured in RPA’s Spotlight on the Region, The Hartford Courant, Urban Age Magazine, The Record, NPR, among others.

Released today: Meeting of the Minds Annual Report

We are excited to release our 2016 Annual Report with results from all our year-round programming. I think you will find the Annual Report helpful as you think about Meeting of the Minds’ impact in 2016 and how to engage with the Meeting of the Minds global...

Meeting of the Minds Announces Two New Board Members

Meeting of the Minds is proud to announce two new Board Members: Scott Mauvais and John Jefferson. Both have been long-time allies and supporters of Meeting of the Minds. They have repeatedly brought their expertise in urban and technology issues to our wider global...

American Urban Innovators are Filling Crucial Gaps

Together, Meeting of the Minds and Urban Innovation Exchange launched the Urban Innovator Series just 25 weeks ago with the support of the Kresge Foundation. Each week, we feature an “urban innovator” handpicked from around the United States. But what do we mean by...

Tech and sustainability leaders convene in Richmond, CA

For immediate release: When: October 20-22, 2015 Where: The Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbor Way South, Richmond, CA 94804 What: Meeting of the Minds is an annual, global leadership summit focused on the intersection of urban sustainability and connected technology. The...

2nd Annual Meeting of the Minds Hackathon sponsored by Qualcomm: Revitalizing Richmond

Although Richmond, CA is only 16 miles northeast of the thriving city of San Francisco, the city has been largely cut off from the region’s vibrant economic and technological trends for decades. With a strong potential for future growth and a population keen on...

San Francisco After the Great Quake and the Great Drought

This blog post is a response to the Dear 2015 group blogging event prompt: The year is 2050. Write a letter to the people of 2015 describing what your city is like, and give them advice on the next 35 years. For more responses, see the Dear 2015 Event Page. The year...

Dear 2015: An Invitation to Participate in a Global Discussion on the Future of Cities

Meeting of the Minds and Morris Strategy Group invite civic-minded leaders across sectors to participate in a group blogging event on October 6th. The event prompt is: The year is 2050. Write a letter to the people of 2015 describing what your city is like, and give...

Introduction to the Civic Innovation Spotlight

As the world’s leading center of innovation, San Francisco has a significant impact on international economic activity and culture creation. As the Bay Area Council Economic Institute reports, “the region’s ability to play a role in the creation of entirely new...

January 2015 Survey Results

Here at Meeting of the Minds, we are always working to keep our finger on the pulse of the ever-changing and converging urban sustainability, innovation and technology space. In early January, we asked our global network of leaders to complete a short survey related...

Q & A on Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts (EIFD)

On January 13th, 2015, Meeting of the Minds hosted a webinar discussion on a new set of infrastructure financing tools that had just become available in the state of California (video archive here). Our audience submitted over 100 questions to our panelists, many of...

Meeting of the Minds 2014 Final Report & Infographic

The Meeting of the Minds 2014 Final Report is now available. Download your PDF copy here: Download Final Report The final report includes statistics from the event and lead-up activities, a synopsis of the Detroit sessions with links to videos and slidedecks, media...

Meeting of the Minds 2014: Breaking New Ground with Urban Innovations, Connected Technology and Sustainability

Public sector, NGOs and private sector leaders to convene in Detroit For immediate release. What: Meeting of the Minds is an annual, global leadership summit focused on the development of smarter cities, next-gen infrastructure, and advanced urban development...