Co-founder and Convenor, Meeting of the Minds
Director, Cisco Consulting Services, Cisco Systems
Gordon Feller is the Co-founder and Convenor of Meeting of the Minds and a Director in Cisco’s Consulting Services.
Prior to joining Cisco, Feller was CEO of Urban Age Institute – an international research organization which began as a magazine inside the World Bank and was spun off ten years later in 2001. Feller launched Meeting of the Minds at Urban Age Institute in 2007. For nearly 30 years, Feller has advised on economic and technology issues with leaders of multinational companies, cities, NGOs / foundations, and national governments. His clients have 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 helping to solve complex problems such as reducing carbon emissions, while developing practical and forward-looking solutions where economics, technology, and sustainability intersect. His work is the basis of a documentary film and other multimedia projects. Feller has written hundreds of articles for newspapers, scholarly journals, and magazines, including for CFO Magazine, Urban Land Magazine, TIME Magazine, Financial Times. He was formerly executive editor of Urban Age Magazine and Planet Earth Magazine.
Feller is the Co-Founder of Meeting of the Minds and continues to be the Master of Ceremonies and Convenor. Feller has been a keynote speaker at key leadership events. Feller received his Bachelor’s in political science, cum laude, and a Master’s in international affairs, both from Columbia University, where served as a Lehman Fellow, a Wallach Fellow and a Deans Fellow.
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 and Urban Age Institute websites and oversees each property’s 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 Urban Age Institute’s 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.