Board Executive Committee


  Paul E. Ridley, AIA


Paul E. Ridley is the founding principal of the Ridley Law Firm, P.C. The firm's practice is commercial litigation, construction law and transactional legal services. Mr. Ridley has been actively involved with the GDPC for more than 12 years. He is a former member of the Dallas Landmark Commission and currently serves on the City of Dallas Plan Commission. Mr. Ridley is also a registered architect.


  Brian Keith

  President Elect

Brian is Director of Urban Design and Planning for JHP. He brings a passion for place-making, creating communities, and visioning of neighborhood redevelopments which emphasize diversity and sustainable over time. As a dedicated advocate for “Good Urbanism” his endeavors to infuse these planning principles into all his projects and efforts.Brian has more than 25-years of extensive mixed-use, urban redevelopment and master planning experience. His professional experience having been centered on urban design and planning, lead to a desire to create both livable communities and great urban spaces. Brian has served as the Chair of GDPC Urban Design Awards 2014, 2015 and 2016.


  Carmen Garcia

  Past President

Carmen García has been the Director, Outreach Programs for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) since 2008. She directs the agency’s minority outreach program for minority contracts and D/MWBE vendors. She develops strategic partnerships and serves as a liaison to major chambers representing minorities, women and other groups for economic opportunities. Prior to joining DART, Carmen spent seven years with the State Fair of Texas as the director of community affairs responsible for the Fair’s Speakers Bureau and special events. Additionally, she is active in a broad spectrum of groups by serving on committees and participating in organizational projects. The Houston native graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a degree in public administration.


  Phyllis Jarrell


Phyllis M. Jarrell is principal and owner of City Centric Planning, LLC, focusing on public/private partnerships, ordinance and policy development, downtown and retail revitalization and zoning entitlements.  As Director of Planning and subsequently Special Projects Director for the City of Plano, Ms. Jarrell coordinated the efforts of multiple city departments in the review and construction of major development projects such as the Legacy West development, including the corporate offices for Toyota North America, Liberty Mutual Insurance, JP Morgan Chase and FedEx Office.  She also developed programs and policies to address redevelopment and revitalization in Downtown Plano, including negotiating public/private partnerships and infrastructure allowances to incentivize new economic development and redevelopment projects. 


  Michael Carleton


Michael Carleton has over 30 years’ experience in both energy and environmental fields. He is a project manager for the firm of Arredondo, Zepeda & Brunz LLC. Mr. Carleton’s educational background is in public administration and he works with clients to develop infrastructure projects in an environmentally and publicly acceptable manner. His projects have included long-term solid waste management plans, facility permitting, program management and various energy feasibility studies.


  Michael A. Grace, AICP

  VP Issues

Mike Grace is the founding principal of Metro Development Consulting with 15+ years of experience in government, land development, planning and public policy. In 2014, he participated in New Cities Summit and was one of 50 individuals selected worldwide to participate in The Purpose City. Additionally, he was the Partnership Award honoree at the 2016 Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference, and he is a D Academy Fellow (2013-2014), a leadership academy managed and underwritten by D Magazine. Mr. Grace received a Masters of Regional/City Planning, a Bachelor of Arts & Science in Geography, and an Economic Development Certificate from the University of Oklahoma.


  Linda Summers

  VP Membership

Linda Summers’ career spans 30 years in marketing and business development for firms primarily in the built environment. As vice president and director for Parsons Brinckerhoff, KBR, and URS, she developed marketing strategies, wrote or directed proposals, led presentation teams, designed logos and other graphics, and worked with clients and others to position for upcoming work. As a consultant, she now advises clients on market growth strategies, and develops proposals, logos, books and brochures; acting as a trusted advisor, she teaches them about positioning, branding, and winning in fiercely competitive environments. 


  Ruben Landa

  VP Programs

Ruben Landa is an experienced and accomplished leader in the architecture, engineering and construction industry with more than 18 years of experience in public involvement, public affairs, planning and diversity program management. His career includes time with STV Incorporated, HDR Inc., the Texas State Senate, K Strategies Group and now with WSP USA, Inc., where he is the senior communications manager for the Texas/Mountain Region. A proud native Texan, Ruben has earned Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in political science from Sam Houston State University.