• Faculty Director

    Mark Alan Hughes


    Mark Alan Hughes is a Professor of Practice in City and Regional Planning at PennDesign. Dr. Hughes served as chief policy adviser to Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and as the founding director of sustainability for the city of Philadelphia, where he led the creation of the Greenworks plan. He was a lead investigator of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Efficient Buildings Hub at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, drafting part of the winning $159 million proposal to DOE and seven other federal agencies, which has supported over $15 million of Penn research. In his faculty position at PennDesign, Dr Hughes is the founding faculty director of Penn’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, a faculty fellow of the Penn Institute for Urban Research, a senior fellow of the Wharton School’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, and a distinguished scholar in Arts and Sciences’ Fox Leadership Program.

  • Managing Director

    Diana Lind


    Diana Lind is the founding managing director of the Fels Policy Research Initiative. Previously, she was the Director of Digital Audience Development for Philadelphia Media Network, which owns the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and From 2008 to 2014, she served as Editor in Chief and Executive Director of Next City, the country’s leading independent online urban policy website. She began her career as a freelance architecture critic for Architectural Record, authored the book Brooklyn Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design (Rizzoli, 2008) and received a fellowship from the Van Alen Institute in 2011. A native of New York City, she is a graduate of Cornell University (B.A., English) and Columbia University (M.F.A., Creative Writing).

  • Administrative Assistant

    Mollie Simon

    Mollie is the Administrative Assistant for Fels Policy Research Initiative. Mollie also serves as the Administrative Assistant at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. Prior to joining Penn, Mollie worked in environmental advocacy at both national and local non-profit organizations. She served as the Climate and Energy Fellow at the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, D.C. and the Outreach Coordinator at Clean Air Council in Philadelphia. Her work was primarily focused on Clean Power Plan implementation and regulation of methane emissions from the natural gas sector. In addition to her position with FPRI, Mollie is currently pursuing a Masters of Environmental Studies at Penn with a Policy concentration.


Affiliated Faculty

Through its funding of working groups, conferences and seminars, Penn Fels Policy Research Initiative is proud to be affiliated with the followed Penn faculty: Amada Armenta, Richard Berk, Charles Branas, Cary Coglianese, John Fantuzzo, Karen Glanz, Amy Hillier, Dan Hopkins, Michael Jones-Correa, John Landis, John MacDonald, Jamie Morgernstern, Mallesh Pai, Vincent Reina, Dorothy Roberts, Aaron Roth, Dawn Teele, Sarah Tishkoff, Rakesh Vohra, and Bethany Wiggin.