Our Team

The RenewLV effort is made up of committed residents of the Lehigh Valley. If you are interested in becoming a part of a network of advocates working toward regional collaboration and urban revitalization, please sign up for our e-mail list. You will receive occasional e-mails about RenewLV events, updates, and more.

Board of Directors

  • Ron BeitlerLower Macungie Township, Commissioner
  • Robert BlackMorris Black & Sons, Inc.
  • Mike Drabenstott Drabenstott Communications Group
  • William Erdman – Keystone Consulting
  • Rep. Robert Freeman136th Legislative District, Northampton County
  • Erich Hornung – David Hornung Architect
  • Alan JenningsCommunity Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley
  • Dave LobachEmbassy Bank
  • Don MilesSierra Club
  • Delicia Nahman  –  Lehigh University
  • Jo Ann Pendleton – The Designer’s Eye Creative Consultants
  • Julie Thomases  Former non-profit executive 
  • Andy Twiggar – Dunn Twiggar


Robert Black and Julie Thomases at Summit for Smart Growth, 2015

RenewLV Staff

Meet the Staff

  • Joyce Marin Executive  Director
  • Justin Burker Campaign Coordinator 


Much of the work of RenewLV is accomplished through the work of dedicated volunteers at the committee level.  We have demonstrated a track record of success in hosting public engagement events for dialogue on important regional issues.

If you would like make a difference in the Lehigh Valley, finding regional solutions through smart growth, efficient local governance and sustainability while interacting with regional leadership, please contact us immediately at smartgrowth@renewlv.org.


Since its inception, RenewLV has been convening leaders and stakeholders from around the region to tackle tough regional issues. These have included regional police, consolidated water/waste water services, regional public health. In 2012-14 RenewLV conducted public outreach and engagement for the EnvisionLV effort with a consortium of fourteen partners in the development of a regional sustainability plan funded by a $3.4 million HUD Sustainable Communities Planning Grant. At the end of 2014 with the conclusion of the EnvisionLV process and the completion of the summary report, 1LV, by consortium partner, LVPC, the RenewLV board of directors reset RenewLV’s initiatives:

1. Farmland Preservation
2. Sustainable Food Systems
3. Smart Transportation

Presently, RenewLV has active committees working on initiatives.

One of the more exciting collaborations is the founders team of the Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council (LVFPC) which includes seventeen partners utilizing a Collective Impact model of collaboration. It was formed to “move from ideas to actions” on the ideas in the Assessment Report: Lehigh Valley Food Economy, a study of the regional food system developed by Buy Fresh Buy Local of the Greater Lehigh Valley as a part of the EnvisionLV process. Partners for the LVFPC include: United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania, Rodale Institute, Buy Fresh Buy Local of the Greater Lehigh Valley, Sodexo, CACLV, the Counties of Northampton and Lehigh, The Nurture Nature Center, Lafayette College, Jordan Heights Neighborhood Revitalization, St Luke’s University Health Network, Seven Generations Charter School, the Lehigh Valley Health Network, New Bethany Ministries, Penn State Extension and RenewLV.

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Like urban planning books? Join the Smart Growth Discussion Book Club

Do you have opinions about urbanism, smart growth and public policy that supports sustainability and equity? We gather regularly to discuss relevant community issues at the Coffee House Without Limits in Allentown! Come make friends, drink coffee and explore ideas that will improve our communities such as: zoning, gentrification, air quality and more.

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Make friends, discuss civic activism, new urbanism, smart growth, making a difference, and anything on your mind about your neighborhood or regional growth. Come make your voice heard!

If you are reading a really interesting book and want to propose it for future discussions please contact us: smartgrowth@renewlv.org or call 484.893.1060.

The Coffee House Without Limits in Allentown!

Moving Ideas to Action

4th Annual Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities
"Our Towns, Our Farms, Our Future"

Our 4th Annual Summit for Smart Growth was a huge success! We focused on social entrepreneurship and how to make sustainability legal. Check out the coverage of our event by The Morning Call here

SoCap and Ben Price of CELDF.

Last year on December 9th, 2016, almost 200 community leaders and concerned citizens gathered at the Renaissance Hotel in Allentown for RenewLV's fourth annual Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities to discuss social entrepreneurship and how to make sustainability legal. We also held table discussions that covered topics such as strategies for land preservation, community revitalization and municipal cooperation.

At last year's Summit, we asked the questions:

•How do you balance what appears to be competing interests: Doing good and making money?

•How does overbearing local, state or federal laws prevent us from preserving quality of life and/or supporting smart growth?

•How do we achieve local self-determination without giving up some of the laudable goals of regulations intended to provide quality of life and prosperity for all?

A big thank-you to all of the Summit for Smart Growth sponsors who contributed to last year's discussion! You made this event possible!

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Report Highlights Fiscal Benefits of Smart Growth Renew Lehigh Valley has often noted the benefits of smart growth development for municipalities, including cost savings. A new report by Smart Growth America details the benefits for municipalities realized through smart growth development. Read the full report here.

Watch the Envision Lehigh Valley Virtual Meeting

RenewLV and our partners at the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, the City of Allentown, the City of Bethlehem, and the City of Easton held a one-of-a-kind virtual public meeting for Envision Lehigh Valley. 100 participants logged in through a live video feed, Facebook, Twitter, and live chat. Missed the meeting? View the full recording on YouTube here