Lynn Richards (LF and Lincoln/Loeb Fellow ’13) has barely had time to share the exciting news of her appointment as president and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism, yet she hasn’t been able to wait to dig into her new role. She officially starts July 1, but she’s already there part time. “While I was sad to leave EPA and all the good work the Smart Growth Program has done, I am absolutely thrilled to lead an organization known for innovative design and building great places.”
In an interview for Better! Cities & Towns, Richards drew the link between the goals of the EPA and CNU:
CNU and EPA’s smart growth program share a common purpose: to create great places with vibrant economies, people walking and biking on the street — places that people love. While EPA is a policy shop, CNU clearly is a design shop. Members are constantly identifying and designing the innovative design and development approaches. CNU defines the cutting edge in terms of community design.
At EPA, Richards was known for her effectiveness in breaking down the silos that prevent agencies like HUD, DOT and EPA from collaborating to achieve smart policy. She established her urban design cred with cities and states across the nation as she helped them reimagine their public spaces.
She assumes her new role as, she says, “across the country, we are at a tipping point. People are choosing to live in walkable places with a mix of uses.” She’ll be meeting the CNU membership in June at CNU 22: The Resilient Community, where UK “shared streets” guru Ben Hamilton-Baillie (LF ’01) and newly appointed Harriet Tregoning (LF ’04), new head of the HUD Office of Economic Resiliency, will join the conversation.
Richard’s prodigious networks will stand her in good stead for the substantial work that remains to be done to reverse the trend of sprawl and reestablish livable urban neighborhoods. We believe she’s the right person to lead this charge and we wish her the best.