Building a team: Director of Planning & Sustainability, City of Northampton

economy, environment, equity

Identify and implement the community vision for a sustainable and resilient future with a healthy and equitable economy, environment. 

  • planning | resiliency | sustainability | equity | economic prosperity
  • participatory visioning | comprehensive planning | strategic planning
  • place-making |  conservation-environment | history | sustainable transportation
  • Zoning | GIS | historic | CB architecture | agriculture and food.  

Key accomplishments:

  1. Develop modern planning office with strong and highly productive team
  2. Create regional emphasis, such as ValleyBike share, Healthy and the Built Environment, Community Choice Aggregation, multi-community open space and trail projects, potentially productive aquifer regulatory reform, and state hospital redevelopment
  3. Transform regulatory structure
  4. Build multi use trail network
  5. Preserve 20% of the city as open space
  6. Develop complete streets culture and projects
  7. Create sustainability and resiliency framework
  8. Create place-making focus
  9. New paradigm of social equity and affordable housing

Planning & Sustainability website

Advancing the practice: Teaching, publishing, collaborations

Local Planning Agency Management

 Research and publishing work that provides lessons for planning, community development, and sustainability in the Pioneer Valley. 

  • “Conservation and Limited Development Projects for Local Governments,” PAS Memo, 2019
  • “Building Sustainability and Resilience into Local Planning Agencies.” PAS Memo, 2018
  • “Planning’s Accredibility Gap,” Planning Magazine, 2017
  • “Complete Streets Guidance for Communities-Urban to Rural,” Municipal Advocate, 2017
  • “Small Opportunity Cities: Transforming Small Post-Industrial Cities into Resilient Communities.” German Marshall Fund, 2016
  • Management of Local Agency Planning, APA-PAS, 2016
  • Assessing Sustainability: A Guide for Local Governments, APA-PAS, 2011
  • Planning Issues of Onsite and Decentralized Wastewater Treatment and Disposal, APA-PAS, 2006
  • “Elements of Financial Performance Guarantees,” Public Investment News, 2002
  • Performance Guarantees for Government Permit Granting Authorities, APA-PAS 
  • "Financial Performance Guarantees: The State of Practice," Journal of American Planning Association, 1989 

Strategic and tactical: Advancing planning in diverse settings

Reimagining Dublin One

Short term strategic teams- consulting and pro-bono projects.  

Pelham and Wendel, MA

Huntington, MA

Lee, MA

New Marlborough, MA

Worthington, MA

Whitman, MA

East Bridgewater, MA

Framingham, MA

Walpole, MA

Page, AR 

Story Co., IA

Las Vegas

Vinalhaven, ME





Bath ME

Rio Vista, CA

Sebastopol, CA

Sipaulovi-Hopi, AR

Santa Rosa, CA

Allegany Co, PA

Port Angeles, WA

Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Dublin, Ireland

Healdsburg, CA

Rockaways, NYC

Pilot Point, TX

Tremonton, UT

Austin, TX

Stanwood, WA

Coos County, OR

Central, LA

Culver City, CA

Lake Havasu, AR

Longview, WA

New Orleans

Alpena, Northeastern Michigan

Northern Haiti

Awards and Honors


•Excellence in Sustainability award, for Sustainable Design Assessment Teams (2019)

•Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship, University of Massachusetts (2017)

•Social Advocacy Award for Design & Resiliency Teams, Massachusetts APA (2016)

•Outstanding Site Visitor award, Planning Accreditation Board (2014)

•Honorary WMAIA award, Western Massachusetts American Institute of Architects (2010)

•State Trail Advocacy award, American Trails (2010)

•Inducted to the College of Fellows, American Institute of Certified Planners (2008)

•Bike Advocate of the Year, Mass Bike/Pioneer Valley (2003)

•Distinguished Leadership award, Massachusetts APA (2002)

•Social Advocacy award for Affordable Housing, Massachusetts APA (2001)

•Northampton Historical Commission Preservation award (1996)

•American Institute of Certified Planners certification (1989)

Fellowships and Residencies

• Rockefeller Bellagio Residency, Italy (2017)

• US State Dept. Professional Fellowship, Malaysia (2017)

• German Marshal Fund Fellowship, England, Northern Ireland, and Denmark (2015)

• Fulbright Specialist Fellowship, U. of Auckland, New Zealand (2011)

• Fulbright Specialist Fellowship, U. of Venda, South Africa (2007)

• Eisenhower Fellowship, Hungary (1995)