Thomas Burke Gallaher is a consultant in community animation and heritage development. In 1998, he completed a nationwide assessment of heritage development initiatives for the American Association of Museums and the National Park Service. In the 1990s, he was Executive Director of a 25 county National Heritage Area in northeastern Iowa. Prior to that, he worked with community groups, public agencies, and developers in North Tarrytown NY, New Haven CT, Bridgeport CT, Brooklyn NY, Hoboken NJ, San Antonio TX, Harrisburg PA, Syracuse NY, Montreal QC, Toronto ON, and Quebec QC. Projects included residential and retail revitalization of historic urban neighborhoods, downtown cultural districts, main street programming, affordable and market rate options, and private/public inner-city development partnerships. Tom holds urban planning and architectural degrees from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and Washington University. He is a Charter member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and la corporation professionelle des urbanistes du Quebec. He is a native of Waco TX and lives in Asheville NC.