The Idaho Smart Growth Board

Wyatt Johnson, President, is an experienced civil trial lawyer and engages in a transactional practice involving real estate and related business ventures. Wyatt’s law firm, Angstman Johnson, is well established in Idaho as a firm emphasizing real property, land development, construction, contract and related matters. He regularly practices before city and county planning and zoning authorities as well as various state administrative agencies. Wyatt lectures frequently and has published articles about litigation and real estate related issues.  He has served as chairman and vice chairman of the Litigation Section of the Idaho State Bar; is a current member of the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Idaho Rules of Evidence; is a member of the Board of Directors for the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association; and is a member of the Real Property Section of the Idaho State Bar.

Rob Hopper, Vice President, is a member of the Caldwell City Council and the chairman of the Valley Regional Transit Authority Board of Directors. Rob’s civic interests have included efforts to revitalize Caldwell’s downtown core, improve pedestrian and bicycle transit in the community, and improve the service level Caldwell provides its citizens. As a community leader, Rob serves on many other boards and committees. Rob is employed as CIO of Canyon County, and previously was an information technology consultant at Hewlett-Packard. The Hopper family has a long history in Canyon County. Rob’s great-grandfather was an early mayor of Caldwell and his father served on the Caldwell City Council in the ‘70s.

Michelle Groenevelt, Secretary, is the community development director at the city of McCall. She joined the city of McCall in 2005 as the city planner/GIS and has worked to create a progressive planning environment and continues to strive for innovative planning solutions. She has a BS in environmental studies from the University of Vermont and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech. When not in public or committee meetings, Michelle enjoys running, biking, swimming, skiing, and baking sweet treats.


Melissa Galli, Treasurer, is a residential Realtor and co-owner of Galli + Seidl Real Estate at Keller Williams Realty Boise. Melissa received a B.S. in biology/genetics from the University of California, Davis and started her career as a financial consultant for hospitals. In 2006, she moved back to her native Idaho to launch her real estate career.  She specializes in marketing properties and developments that take advantage of Boise’s sense of place—the foothills, river, greenbelt and vibrant downtown core. She was on the marketing team for two ISG Grow Smart Award-winning developments: Crescent Rim Condominiums and the Jefferson. Melissa is passionate about promoting smart urban development and is an active member of Urban Land Institute.

Kate Eldridge, Past President, was born and raised in a small town in northern New York. As a competitive cross country ski racer, she attended Middlebury College where she graduated with a degree in economics and Russian.  After a couple years working for a nonprofit organization that fostered economic development in Russia and the former Soviet Union, Kate moved west in search of new adventures. She landed in Boulder, Colorado where she worked for a software developer and earned an MBA from the University of Colorado. A career change led Kate to Boise in 2002. She is now vice president and Idaho Area Manager for HDR in Idaho.

Stacey Alexander, serves as assistant vice president at Idaho First Bank. She grew up in Birmingham, Ala., and received her bachelor of arts in international political economy from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. After a short stint in the music business, Stacey moved to Aspen, Colo., where she began a career in commercial lending. She and her husband relocated to Boise in 2011 for its vibrant downtown, quality of life and outdoor activities.

Gary Allen, is a land use and environmental attorney and partner at Givens Pursley. Gary is a lead author of the Idaho Land Use Handbook, which is a land use reference book widely used around the state. He currently serves on the steering committee of the Blueprint for Good Growth, Ada County’s first county-wide land use planning effort. Gary is active in local and state-wide community affairs. Among other things, he is the past chair of the board of the ANSER charter school and the co-founder and president of the South Boise Village neighborhood association. Gary is the past chair of the Educational Affairs Committee of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, and served as the Chamber of Commerce’s representative on the Boise School District’s Technology Task Force.

Matt Blandford was born and raised in the city of Nome, a small coastal community in western Alaska. He moved to Boise after earning a BS in civil engineering from the University of Idaho and an MS in structural engineering from West Virginia University. Matt works for Andersen Construction as a project manager. His work experience includes both structural design and construction management of a variety of different projects in the state of Idaho, including the Chobani Yogurt factory in Twin Falls and Kleiner Memorial Park in Meridian. In addition, Matt has worked on infrastructure projects including in-service bridge rehabilitation and wind farm construction aimed at providing sustainable energy alternatives to rural Alaskan communities. Matt is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and American Society of Civil Engineers, and is a LEED Accredited Professional BD+C. He believes Boise has a rather exclusive opportunity to be a driving force for sustainable development and design of large metropolitan areas.

Bill Clark leads Clark Development, a Boise based real estate development firm. He has more than 20 years experience in managing commercial, residential and mixed-use development projects around the northwest. His recent projects include the mixed use Veltex Building, and The Jefferson and Crescent Rim condominium projects in and near downtown Boise. The primary focal points of his projects are infill and close-in locations, quality design, and creation of environments people enjoy for living and working. In addition to Idaho Smart Growth, Bill is a member of the Urban Land Institute and is assisting the YMCA with a new project.


Hethe Clark is a land use and real estate attorney and partner at Spink Butler, LLP. His practice focuses on real estate transactions and guiding development clients through the local government entitlement process. Hethe is an active member of the Idaho State Bar, serving as an at-large council member of the Idaho State Bar Real Property Section and an Editorial Advisory Board member for The Advocate. Hethe is a member of the Urban Land Institute and is a 2012-2014 selection for the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Boise Program. An Idaho native, Hethe is a graduate of Duke University and received his law degree from Washington University School of Law.

John Franden is retired and does some minor consulting. He was elected to the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) Commission in 2002, re-elected twice and retired in 2014. John served for 20 years as the executive assistant to four presidents of Boise State University, retiring in 2004. While there John oversaw many university programs, including governmental affairs, the Simplot/Micron Instructional Technology Center, Boise State Public Radio and the Gene Harris Jazz Festival. Prior to that he worked for the Idaho Legislature’s Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee (JFAC) for seven years. John has a master’s degree in public administration. He lives in Eagle and has served on the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission.

Sharon Patterson Grant, LEED AP BD+C and Homes, has been providing green building consulting and education since 2006. As a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor (CSBA) and Healthy Homes Specialist (HHS), Sharon focuses on creating healthy indoor environments alongside reducing utility costs and using resources more wisely. As a managing member of Eco Edge GreenSteps, she has worked with the largest property managers in Idaho and has consulted on over 50 LEED projects across Idaho. She also provides LEED workshops, training on energy codes and is a provider and instructor with the Idaho and Wyoming Real Estate Commissions. She launched the Sustainable Building Advisor Program in Idaho. She holds bachelor’s degrees in ecological design and business administration. Her work has received Grow Smart Awards and a Better Bricks Award. She is a published author on green building topics and hosted “Building a Greener Idaho,” a weekly radio show on Radio Boise. Her leadership positions have included USGBC Idaho Chapter Board Chair, GreenWorks Idaho Board Member and Northwest Integrity Housing Board Member.

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Renée Magee, of Idaho Falls, retired recently after many years as the planning director for the city of Idaho Falls and the executive director of its redevelopment agency. Renée was the 2016 recipient of the Idaho Smart Growth Charles Hummel Award.  She holds degrees in English, planning and law, and has worked as a planner, city attorney, historic preservation officer, university professor and advocate for the planning profession in Idaho. Renée has served on the boards of Preservation Idaho, American Planning Association Idaho Chapter, Redevelopment Association of Idaho, Idaho State Historic Preservation Office Review Board and Idaho Walk Bike Alliance.  She’s an AICP certified planner and a licensed attorney in Idaho.

Sarah Martz has worked for Boise-based LeNir Ltd. since 2003.  LeNir Ltd. focuses on real estate development, project management and consulting, including negotiating contracts and managing business relationships. Sarah currently is the project coordinator for the Harris Ranch mixed-use planned development in east Boise. She also serves as the president of the Harris Ranch Wildlife Mitigation Association.  Sarah has a degree in business management.

Jane Lloyd, Board Member Emerita, has been involved in civic issues for more than 20 years. She chaired the Boise Downtown Plan Committee, was a member of the Boise Comprehensive Plan Committee and organized the creation of the Business Improvement District and Downtown Boise Association. Before moving to Boise, she served as a city council member and planning and zoning commissioner in Montana. In addition to Idaho Smart Growth, Jane is a board member of the Boise Arts Commission and the Boise Contemporary Theater.