Alex Fishman - Curriculum Director
Alex was born in Minsk, Belarus, raised in Brooklyn, New York, and educated in Chicago. Alex served for 9 years in Chicago's public schools. He taught 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade before moving to high school, where he was the lead Innovation Lab teacher for 9th and 10th grade.
Alex created and began iterating on the Regenerate Neighborhoods curriculum in 2013. His work has been inspired by students who wanted to see real change in the places where they live. Leveraging digital tools and the input of best practitioners from various community building professions, the Regenerate Neighborhoods curriculum strives to reach an authentic audience that is empowered to develop and broaden the impact of their ideas. Alex is eager to build a network, composed of educators and youth, interested in impactful and connected learning. He currently lives in Los Angeles and works at Campbell Hall as the K-6 Technology Lab Teacher and Tech Integration Specialist.
ZACH BORDERS - PLANNING + DESIGN DIRECTOR
Zach is an architect, urban designer, and planner. He is the founder of Civic ArtWorks, an award-winning neighborhood building company that created Municipal, an app that helps people work together to improve the places they love, and Regenerate Neighborhoods, a high school curriculum focused on neighborhood planning, design, development, and governance. Zach is a Newcity “Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago” and Engineering News-Record Midwest “Top 20 Under 40” honoree. He served as the first chairman of the Auditorium Theatre Auxiliary Board, an organization comprised of young professionals whose objective is to raise awareness and generate support for the restoration and preservation of the Dankmar Adler & Louis Sullivan designed National Historic Landmark. Zach served on the Board of Directors for the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), the leading organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions. He also served as the chair for the regional chapter, CNU Illinois. He is the author of "Washington" which focuses on the historic development of his central Illinois hometown and editor of "Prairie Urbanism" which showcases the built legacy of Illinois communities and includes interviews and articles written by leading urbanists from around the world, focusing on Chicago and the future of New Urbanism. Zach attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he received Master of Architecture, Master of Urban Planning, and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degrees.