Michael A. Gallis, an Advisory Board Member and Senior Consultant, is widely considered one of the world’s leading urban strategic planners. Mr. Gallis has mobilized leaders across the globe to develop new ways of responding to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. His firm, Michael Gallis & Associates, has developed a unique methodology to understand the form, structure, dynamics and relationships that are creating the future of the world, nations, states, metropolitan regions and transportation infrastructure. The firm works extensively with the public, private and institutional sectors to affect the development of many areas including infrastructure, economic development, urbanization patterns and institutional development within urban networks.

Among other projects, Mr. Gallis led the team to develop the US Chamber of Commerce’sInfrastructure Performance Index, and was a consultant to the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission for developing the "big picture" vision. Mr. Gallis has spoken at the Royal Academy in London, on sustainable infrastructure at the National Academy of Sciences, on the future of airports to the Airports Consultants Council, and on economic development to the Southern Economic Development Council, Economic Development Administration and the Department of Labor. He has also testified before the U.S. Senate on infrastructure issues.

Mr. Gallis graduated in 1969 from the University of Pennsylvania with a Masters of Architecture / Masters of City Planning. Prior, he earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in 1967. His most recent service on Boards and Commissions includes the board of American Forests in Washington DC, the Governor’s Commission on a Competitive North Carolina, and the Advisory Board of the International Congress of the Atlantic Rim, and a U.S. Department of State board that provided technical assistance to Poland for major urban development.