Nationally recognized smart growth expert Lynn Richards will become the next president and chief executive officer of the Congress for the New Urbanism. 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 the departments of Housing and Urban Development and Transportation, the 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 Master’s of Science in Environmental Science and a Master’s 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, has accepted a fellowship at Florida Atlantic University to teach real estate and public policy issues and plans to write a new book.
Nashville-based Littlejohn Engineering Associates has acquired the assets of ICA Engineering’s Huntsville, Alabama, office, including its backlog of projects. The office has also added landscape architecture to its service offerings with the hiring of Josh Johnson, ASLA. With more than 15 years of progressive experience, Johnson brings extensive site planning and hardscape and landscape architecture talents and skills to both private and public sector clients as well as experience in municipal parks, recreation, streetscapes, and all forms of pedestrian scale site improvements.