Building Smart Communities of the Future

Tuesday, February 16


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Throughout history, cities have been a catalyst for innovation and revolution. However, as the urban population continues to increase, we are faced with some of the greatest challenges in sustainability and resiliency. Smart Cities of the future aim to merge technology with infrastructure to create an efficient and adaptive built environment.

Join Clark Construction Group and a panel of experts in discussing the strategies of creating sustainable, efficient, and resilient communities of the future. Attendees will gain perspective from professionals that work in fields integral to the development of smart and sustainable cities: real estate development, technology, construction, sustainability, and architecture.

We will touch on the importance and challenges of integrating transportation, sustainability in both design and construction, accessibility, and technology in the urban environment.

Moderator: Catriona Winter is Clark Construction Group’s Vice President of Design Services. During her 16 years at Clark, Catriona has lead preconstruction activities through all phases of the project development process. As the Vice President of Design Services, she ensures that project designs achieve all goals regarding to optimal scope, schedule delivery, and level of quality. Catriona has delivered large-scale, impactful projects in the Washington Metropolitan area such as The Wharf, the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, 600 Massachusetts Avenue, and the Howard County Circuit Courthouse.

Catriona holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Architecture from the University of Virginia. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and a board member of AIA DC, Women in Construction Mid-Atlantic, and the National Building Museum.


Fernando Arias is Clark Construction Group’s Director of Sustainability and draws from over 20 years of experience in architecture, operations, and construction to shape the company’s sustainability strategies.

Fernando is an architect and former military mechanic that became passionate about solving massive global challenges centered around health and the built environment. He has recently been recognized for his leadership in Advancing Health and Wellness in the Built Environment by the U.S. Green Building Council, along with his government appointments to the U.S. General Services Administration Green Building Advisory Committee, and the District of Columbia Green Building Advisory Council.

Ekua Gilbert-Baffoe manages the development and delivery of S2N Technology Group’s projects nationwide. She has overseen the design and implementation of reliable, high-performance technology on projects across the country, including Museum of the Bible, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Long Beach Civic Center, INOVA Women’s Hospital, INOVA Children’s Hospital, and INOVA Schar Cancer Institute.

Ekua earned her bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Illinois. She also completed the Executive Leadership and Management Certificate Program through the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Desa Sealy is founder and president of Gotham Urban Ventures, a Washington, DC development and consulting firm focused on public private partnerships. A real estate veteran with more than 25 years of experience, Desa has worked on over $1.5 Billion of public and private projects with an emphasis on large scale, high-impact developments that transform the neighborhoods and cities that surround them. Prior to founding Gotham, Desa served as an Obama appointee in the General Services Administration. She holds a bachelor’s degree in

Urban Studies from Brown University and a master’s degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.

Tracy Sayegh Gabriel is the President & Executive Director of the National Landing Business Improvement District. Tracy is an innovative urbanist, planner and problem-solver, committed to sustainable, place-based solutions to complex urban challenges and building great cities and neighborhoods. Featured on the Washington Business Journal’s Power 100 list in 2019, Tracy leads placemaking and promotion for Virginia’s largest downtown and has managed large-scale, high-profile public projects in NYC and Washington, DC.