MCPC People


Ronit Eisenbach, MCPC Director, is Professor of Architecture, in the School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (MAPP + D) and curator of the Kibel Gallery. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Eisenbach is an established leader in the field of Creative Placemaking and Public Impact Design who has worked extensively with communities facing change. Her work as a public artist, creative team builder and an instructor brings together artists, designers  and stakeholders to create spaces of rehearsal, the hands-on experience of making, and shared public experiences to address issues of disinvestment, climate change, and historic social inequity.

University Partners

Kimberly M. Fisher, Program Manager, Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS)

Jason Geary, Professor of Musicology and Director of the School of Music, College of Arts and Humanities

Quint Gregory, Director of the Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture in the Department of Art History and Archaeology, Honors College

Jane Hirshberg, Assistant Director for Campus and Community Engagement, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Gerrit-Jan Knaap, Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, Executive Director of the National Center for Smart Growth Research

Willow Lung-Amam, Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, Director of Community Development, National Center for Smart Growth Research

Abby McEwan, Associate Professor, Latin American Art, and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Brendan Morse, Associate Professor, Department of Art, Co-Chair, UMD Immersive Media Design Major Development Committee

Erica Bondarev Rapach, Associate Executive Director, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and Director of the  Clarice Community Action People (CAP)

Jana VanderGoot, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation

Community Partners

Margaret Boozer, Artist, Founder and Director, RED Dirt Studio

Elizabeth Johnson, Associate Artistic Director and Director of Partnerships, Dance Exchange

Allie O’Neill, Program Manager, The Neighborhood Design Center

Rhonda Dallas,  Executive Director Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council

Anne L’Ecuyer, Executive Director, Arts on the Block

Advisory Board

Shalini Agrawal, Architect, Director, Public Design for Equity

Audra Buck-Coleman, Associate Professor of Design at the University of Maryland, Department of Art

Maryrose Flanigan, Executive Director, The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (A2ru)

Joseph Kunkel, Executive Director, Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative (SNC Design Lab)

Dr. Vesela Sretenovic, Senior Curator, The Phillips Collection, and The UMD Center for Art and Knowledge at The Phillips Collection