The Congress for the New Urbanism has announced that Lynn Richards will serve as the organization’sÂ new president and CEO. Richards joinsÂ the Congress from the EPA, where she worked in the Office of Sustainable Communities. She has organized withÂ environmental groups in former Soviet Republics andÂ holds a Loeb Fellowship from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She will assume her new role on July 1.
â€œWe want to see more great places built. We want to build neighborhoods where more people can walk and bike,â€ said the incoming president in a statement. â€œWe want to create more vibrant and prosperous places that celebrate great design and development approaches.â€ To make this happen, Richards wants to â€œroad-test innovative design and polices.â€
Richards succeeds John Norquist, who was appointed CNUâ€™s president in 2002. In his previous position as the mayor ofÂ Milwaukee, he led the charge to demolish a major highway in the city. And under his leadership at CNU, the organization called on other cities to do the same, with their biennial â€œFreeways Without Futuresâ€ list.