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Board of Directors

JasonRobertsJason Roberts, Chair

Jason is the founder of the Oak Cliff Transit Authority, founder of the original Better Block Project, co-founder of Art Conspiracy and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, and candidate for US Congress. In 2006, Jason formed the non-profit organization Oak Cliff Transit Authority to revive the Dallas streetcar system, and later spearheaded the city’s effort in garnering a $23 Million dollar TIGER stimulus grant from the FTA to help reintroduce a modern streetcar system to Dallas. In 2010, Jason organized a series of “Better Block” projects, taking blighted blocks with vacant properties in Southern Dallas and converting them into temporary walkable districts with pop-up businesses, bike lanes, cafe seating, and landscaping. The project has now become an international movement and has been featured in the New York Times, Dwell magazine, TED Talks and on NPR. Team Better Block was showcased in the US Pavillion at the 2012 Venice Biennale.


13.11.26-Angela-Hunt-Headshot-DFulgencio-0024-2Angela Hunt, Director

Angela served four terms on the Dallas City Council, from 2005-2013, stepping down after eight years due to term limits.  Elected at the age of 33, Angela was the youngest woman ever to serve and was re-elected with overwhelming support from her constituents.  In 2013, Angela joined the law firm of Farrow-Gillespie & Heath where she advises clients on a wide range of governmental issues including complex zoning and land use matters, economic development programs, tax increment financing grants, public-private partnerships, affordable housing tax credits, and intergovernmental relations. As councilwoman, Angela focused on neighborhood quality of life issues, improving city services, expanding governmental transparency, and creating a more pedestrian- and bike-friendly urban core.  She played a key role in the creation of Klyde Warren Park, a 5-acre deck park constructed over a sunken freeway.

Using creative zoning tools and pedestrian-oriented streetscape improvements, Ms. Hunt led the effort to revitalize the deteriorating Lower Greenville area into a thriving neighborhood retail district.  Together with Councilmember Scott Griggs, Angela was responsible for the creation of the Trinity Skyline Trail, a transformational 4.6-mile concrete bike path along Dallas’ Trinity River that is reshaping the city’s relationship to its most under-utilized natural asset.


Kate_Canales_600px-475x443Kate Canales, Director

Kate is the director of Design and Innovation Programs at the Lyle School of Engineering. She has a background in product design, design research and design strategy. Her area of focus is innovation through an understanding of human needs and behavior. Kate has worked as a designer and researcher at IDEO and as a creative director at frog design. Her writing on human-centered design has appeared in GOOD magazine, The Atlantic and The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. In 2012 she and her team at frog design received an IDSA Gold Award for their work on mobile phone systems in health care for UNICEF in Zambia and Malawi.


30ad661Andrew Snow, Treasurer

Andrew is the Chief Development Officer for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, whose mission is to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and to provide national leadership on child abuse issues. Andrew served as Director for Alumni Relations at Southern Methodist University in Dallas prior to DCAC. Since 2006, Andrew and his team doubled the number of alumni donors to SMU through the creation of a culture of giving, making the school one of 30 in the US News and World Report Ranking of top 60 schools to have reached this level. He serves on the Finance Committee at Highland Park United Methodist Church, is the President-elect for the Oak Cliff Foundation, and the Treasurer of the Better Block Foundation. Andrew received his MBA from Southern Methodist University and his Bachelor of Arts with a major in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma.


1e84850Christian Chernock, Secretary

Christian has 14 years experience in the renovation, new construction and green building industry as owner/operator of Designing Habitats, a design build firm that focuses on the revitalization of historic and conservation districts. He is experienced in residential market analysis, land acquisition, finance structuring, budget management, energy efficient design/building practices and on site project development. As a lecturer he has presented on the real world applications of Integral Ecology and Sustainability at the national Bioneers Conference, Institute of Noetic Sciences and for other various trade organizations.

Christian has a dedicated history of civic and community work. As a Dallas appointed official he served 8 years on the Board of Adjustments, a quasi-judicial board that hears Dallas building code and zoning related cases. He acts as chairperson for the Oak Cliff Gateway Steering Committee, a small team charged with providing zoning recommendations to the City of Dallas for 850 acres adjacent to the Trinity River. He served as a member of the Dallas Green Building Task Force, a public/private partnership focused on the rewriting of city building codes. Christian also has a history of community outreach with organizations like Habitat for Humanity as a core volunteer trainer and project crew chief.