Meet the Directors

Meet the Directors

Gordon Feller

Co-founder and Convenor, 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.

Jessie Feller

Managing Director

Jessie has been the Managing Director of Meeting of the Minds since 2010.

As Managing Director, Jessie oversees the curation and content 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 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.

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).

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.

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 CityMinded.org 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.

Meeting of the Minds is made possible by the generous support of these organizations:
Toyota
Cisco
The Kresge Foundation
IBM
Qualcomm
Living Cities
EY's Global Cleantech Center
Barr Foundation
Ford Foundation
Itron
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
The Annie E. Casey Foundation