We have assembled four sets of participants:

  1. Core team: Matthew Bernstine, Penina Laker and Linda Samuels
    tructures and organizes the entire project and operates as primary investigators and project facilitators.

  2. Organizational partners: Courtney Mueller, Vector Communications; Lisa Cagle and Liza Farr, Bi-State Development
    Are transit experts and act as liaisons between our team and the city and our team and the current formal planning process around the Northside/Southside line;
  3. Project partners: Iris Patten, Eric Zencey, Rodrigo Reis, Antionette Carroll, Sunni Hutton, Umeme Houston, Alix Gerber
    Enter the project for various phases depending on expertise and availability to help engage residents and execute the CCPs.



penina C. laker

assistant professor of communication design

Penina Acayo Laker is an Assistant Professor of communication design at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University. Her research and work is centered around topics that utilize a human-centered approach to solving complex social problems, locally and internationally. She is also interested in broadening the scope and access of design education to young people in the developing world.


Linda samuels

Associate Professor in Urban Design

Linda C. Samuels is an Associate Professor in Urban Design at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University. Her work focuses on the reinvention of infrastructure through an interdisciplinary design lens to play a critical and productive role in a new urban public realm. She teaches in the Master of Urban Design and Doctor of Sustainable Urbanism programs in Sam Fox.


matt bernstine

Senior Urban Designer and Lecturer

Matt is a Senior Urban Designer and Lecturer at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University. As an Urbanist, he focuses on projects that engage civic and institutional partnerships in the St. Louis region. He is passionate about creating sustainable urbanism[s] in both practice and research.





Bryan Arias is a graduate student in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis pursuing a dual Master’s of Architecture and Master’s of Urban Design. Prior to enrolling at Washington University, Bryan worked for 2 years at GTM Architects in the D.C. metro area, primarily in the multi-family studio. Bryan is the research assistant for Mobility for All by All, and assists in data gathering and visualization, graphic content, and presentation material, as well as engagement with community partners and members.


Alix gerber // CCP LEAD and
Visiting Assistant Professor of communication design

Alix Gerber is a design researcher who works with people to visualize the futures we imagine, provoking discussion around how our society could be more equitable and meaningful. Her project Futures of Public Safety, for example, invited people to envision three different futures where we keep neighborhoods safe without policing. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, teaching courses such as Research Methods in Human Centered Design and Radical Design: Making Civic Experiences.

Umeme Houston // CCP LEAD
sewcial impact project

Umeme Houston, is a st. Louis-based creative visionary, textile artist, and entrepreneur. She has earned degrees in accounting and general transfer studies. She has been trained by Highlander Economics and Governance and University of Missouri Extension Neighborhood Leadership Academy. She is the founder of Sewcial Impact Project which is a project that teaches youth the life skill and art of sewing as a means self-sufficiency, social justice, and social change. Umeme is a proud fellow of Urban Bush Women and the Regional Arts Commission’s Community Arts Training (CAT). 


Antionette D. Carroll // ccp lead
creative reaction lab

Antionette D. Carroll is the Founder, President and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit social enterprise that educates, trains, and challenges cities to co-create solutions with Black and Latinx populations to design healthy and racially equitable communities. Within this capacity, Antionette has pioneered a new form of creative problem solving called Equity-Centered Community Design. Throughout her career, Antionette has worked for non-profits working for social justice, human rights, and diversity and inclusion


Erika Harano // ccp lead
creative reaction lab

Erika Harano is a mixed race, mixed class, mixed gender, mixed media artist who is committed to co-creating and fighting for an equitable world. Through her work as a co-facilitator and co-designer of high school civic activism programming in Chicago and Boston, and as a co-organizer with the queer Asian American Pacific Islander community, Erika has collaborated with others to challenge existing systems of power and to (re)imagine equitable approaches and possibilities. 

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sunni hutton // ccp lead
dutchtown south comm. cooperation

Sunni Hutton is a St. Louis native, educator, performance poet, activist and self-proclaimed lover, With her B.S in Education Policy from Vanderbilt's Peabody College and Master's of Education from the University of Missouri, Sunni uses her ability to write and empathize with individuals to teach workshops around the city such as Central Print's Print & Poetry Workshop. Sunni also motivates populations to action including graduates of InspireSTL, Magdalene St. Louis' employees, St. Louis Public Radio's We Live Here, Green Party Rally, and Socialist Alternative's Mass March.