Jessie F. Hahn

Executive Director, Meeting of the Minds
Board Co-President,
Urban Age Institute

Jessie F. Hahn is the Executive Director of Meeting of the Minds. Since 2010, she has built and managed the development of Meeting of the Minds into an international leadership platform for city-to-city learning. Jessie’s focus is identifying global urban sustainability, innovation, and technology best practices; developing platforms for city leaders to exchange best practices; spotlighting innovators; and building alliances and partnerships between the private sector, public sector, non-profit and philanthropic sectors.

Previously, Jessie launched and ran the Regional Energy Policy Program at Regional Plan Association in New York City. She has written numerous articles which have been featured in NPR, Urban Age Magazine, The Record, RPA’s Spotlight on the Region, The Hartford Courant, among others. Previous to RPA, Jessie worked as a cluster specialist at Economic Competitiveness Group, as a Sustainability Fellow at the Portland Development Commission, and started her career at SMWM (now Perkins + Will) in their urban design studio.

Jessie holds a BA from Vassar College in Urban Studies and Hispanic Studies (Phi Beta Kappa) and a Masters in Environment and Development Studies (honors) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Gordon Feller

Board Co-President, Meeting of the Minds
Director, Cisco Systems

Gordon Feller is a Director at Cisco Systems headquarters in Silicon Valley, reporting to Wim Elfrink, the company’s EVP-Industry Solutions and Chief Globalization Officer. Feller is also Co-founder/Convenor of Meeting of the Minds.

Prior to joining Cisco, Feller was CEO of Urban Age Institute, an international non-profit research/training organization which began as a magazine inside the World Bank and was spun off ten years later in 2001. For 30 years, Feller’s advised on economic and technology issues with leaders of multinational companies, cities, NGOs / foundations, and national governments. His clients included World Bank, United Nations, German and Canadian national governments, The Rockefeller Foundation, IBM, Reuters, Metropolis, and United Cities & Local Governments.

Feller advises leaders on how advanced technologies are enabling them to solve complex problems — with a special focus on developing practical and forward-looking solutions where economics, technology, and sustainability intersect. His work is the basis of documentaries and other multimedia projects. Feller’s published hundreds of articles in newspapers, scholarly journals, and magazines, including CFO Magazine, Urban Land Magazine, TIME Magazine, Financial Times. He was formerly executive editor of Urban Age Magazine and Planet Earth Magazine.

Feller’s a keynote speaker at key leadership events. Columbia University awarded him a Bachelor’s in political science, cum laude, and a Master’s in International Affairs. At Columbia he served as a Lehman Fellow, a Wallach Fellow and a Dean’s Fellow.

In June 2014, Feller was appointed as a Global Fellow of the Commons Lab, Science and Technology Innovation Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

David J. Hahn

Director of Communications

Dave joined the team as Director of Communications for Meeting of the Minds in October 2012.

He built and maintains the Meeting of the Minds website and oversees search engine optimization strategy. Dave leads the design and direction of the organization’s digital and print communications, including all social media outreach and email marketing campaigns. He is the producer of the monthly Meeting of the Minds webinars, and serves as the editor of the blog and the Meeting of the Minds magazine. Dave also manages Meeting of the Minds’ media partnerships, conference registrations, and accounting.

Dave has over twelve years experience in building websites and developing communities in multiple industries. Dave studied anthropology and ecology in the South Pacific before earning his BA in Germanic Studies from Indiana University.

Caroline Firman

Program Manager

Caroline joined Meeting of the Minds as Executive Assistant in January 2014 and transitioned to Program Manager in November 2014. As Program Manager, Caroline is responsible for managing operations for the annual conference, assisting with fundraising and social media, and general administrative responsibilities.

Previously, Caroline worked for six years in a variety of roles at the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO). During her time at ACSO, Caroline has helped to plan and implement five Annual Conferences and played a significant role in expanding ACSO’s social media presence as well as an integral part in the redesign of ACSO’s website in 2012.

Caroline holds her BA in Music from UC Davis and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Arts Education from California State University Sacramento.

Meeting of the Minds is made possible by the generous support of these organizations:
Barr Foundation
Wells Fargo
Black & Veatch
Blossman Propane Gas, Appliance & Service
FIA Foundation
Volvo Research and Educational Foundation (VREF)
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
CBRE Group, Inc.
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company