Gary Taylor is a Professor and Extension Land Use Specialist in the Department of Community & Regional Planning (CRP) at Iowa State University. He teaches in the CRP department, and publishes, conducts workshops and provides technical assistance to citizens and government officials in Iowa in a variety of subject areas, including land use planning and zoning and local government law, and intergovernmental relations. From 2015 to 2022 he was the Director of the Community and Economic Development (CED) program of ISU Extension and Outreach, and the Associate Director of the Institute for Design Research and Outreach in the ISU College of Design. Prior to joining ISU Mr. Taylor was an Extension Specialist with Michigan State University and an attorney and planning consultant with firms in Oregon and Washington. Mr. Taylor is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He holds a law degree from the University of Nebraska and a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University
Luke Seaberg recently joined Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s CED program as a campus-based state specialist. He is part of the Local Government and Housing team, and engages with communities on challenges related to housing, planning and zoning, board and commission effectiveness, open meetings and records, and a variety of other topics. Prior to coming to ISU, Seaberg worked in Madison, Wisconsin as the Program Director for Tenant Services at Tenant Resource Center, a housing nonprofit specializing in housing counseling, eviction prevention, and homeless case management services. Among other duties, Luke led trainings and seminars on subjects related to housing and housing law on topics including the eviction process, fair housing, environmental health, and rental assistance. Luke has a master’s degree in urban planning and development from Cleveland State University, where he also worked as a research assistant in the university’s Center for Economic Development, studying the economic impact of industrial sectors, anchor institutions, and major events like the 2016 Republican National Convention. In addition to his master’s, Luke also holds a graduate certificate in GIS.