Lynn Richards Named President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism

Nationally recognized smart growth expert Lynn Richards will become the next president and chief executive officer of the Congress for the New Urbanism, the organization announced today.

lynn_richards_color thumbnailWashington, D.C.—Nationally recognized smart growth expert Lynn Richards will become the next president and chief executive officer of the Congress for the New Urbanism, the organization announced today. Formerly with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities, Richards will assume her role at CNU July 1.

Richards has had a distinguished career at EPA, including authoring significant research and implementing policy changes at the federal, state, and local levels.  She helped break down roadblocks and coordinate funding among HUD, DOT, EPA and other agencies that affect the built and natural environment.  As an urban design expert, Richards has worked on placemaking issues with state and local governments, helping them reimagine their towns and cities.

Richards was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design for the 2012-2013 academic year. Prior to EPA, Richards lived and worked in the former Soviet Republics from 1988 to 1995, helping environmental groups increase their organizational and political effectiveness.  She holds a Masters of Science in Environmental Science and a Masters in Public Affairs from Indiana University. She is passionate about cycling, calling her tandem bike “the family station wagon.”

Richards succeeds John Norquist, CNU’s president and CEO since 2004.  Norquist, the former four-term mayor of Milwaukee and author of The Wealth of Cities, will teach real estate and public policy issues and plans to write a new book.

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