CNU Staff

Lynn Richards  

Lynn Richards
President and CEO
Email: lrichards@cnu.org

Lynn Richards is President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Previously, Richards had a long and distinguished career at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), holding multiple leadership roles over 13 years including Acting Director and Policy Director in the Office of Sustainable Communities. She worked with dozens of state and local governments to implement placemaking approaches by developing policies, urban design strategies, and environmental solutions for vibrant, prosperous neighborhoods. Additionally, she produced groundbreaking research on water and land use strategies.

Before joining the EPA, Richards worked briefly in the private sector at a consulting firm. She lived and worked in the former Soviet Republics from 1988 to 1995, helping environmental groups increase their organizational and political effectiveness.

Richards was awarded a Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in the 2012-2013 school year. She has a dual Masters in Environmental Science and Public Affairs from Indiana University.

 
Mindy Martinez  

Mindy Martinez
Executive Assistant
Email: mmartinez@cnu.org
Phone: 312.551.7300 x10

Mindy Martinez is Executive Assistant to the President, and has worked for CNU since 2008. In addition to managing the President's travel schedule and calendar, she takes responsibility for many of the operating functions of the CNU office. Mindy held a similar role at Planned Parenthood Chicago as assistant to the C.O.O., and her resume includes experience with Northern Trust Bank, the American Bar Association and Arthur Andersen LLP. She has three dogs, a shih tzu, a yorkie and a miniature poodle.

 
Abigail Bouzan-Kaloustian  

Abigail Bouzan-Kaloustian
Administration and Finance Director
Email: abkaloustian@cnu.org
Phone: 312.551.7300 x13

Abby joined CNU in March 2008 as the new Administration and Finance Director. Prior to joining CNU, she received a degree in Biology from Bucknell University and worked as the Director of Administration and Programs for the Neighborhood Technology Resource Center, a not-for-profit located in Chicago. In her spare time, Abby enjoys running along the lakefront and traveling home to Maine.

 
Alex McKeag  

Alex McKeag
Program Manager
Email: amckeag@cnu.org
Phone: 312.551.7300 x16

Alex McKeag joined the CNU team in November 2012, first as a communications intern, and then stepped in as CNU’s Interim Communications Director from January to March 2013. Alex now manages the annual Congress program and CNU initiatives. Before working at CNU, Alex earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and spent two years working and teaching abroad. He’s also spent two years as communications and project support for a small economic development organization in his hometown of Moline, IL.

 
Tim Halbur  

Tim Halbur
Communications Director
Email: thalbur@cnu.org
Phone: 312.551.7300 x12

Tim joined CNU in early 2013 after several years as the Managing Editor of Planetizen.com, a news website covering urban planning and design. There he authored a children's book teaching kids about the urban transect and produced a 2-disc DVD called The Story of Sprawl. Tim has also worked at Reconnecting America promoting and researching transit-oriented development and at ArtPlace advocating creative placemaking as a catalyst for economic development. Before delving into the field of urbanism, Tim produced audio tours for museums and historic sites including the Johnson Space Center, Millennium Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Juantiki Jones  

Juantiki Jones
Membership Assistant
Email: jjones@cnu.org
Phone: 312.551.7300 x19

Juantiki joined CNU in April of 2007 as the receptionist/assistant to John Norquist in 2008. Today, as the Membership Assistant, she is the daily face of CNU for members and is solely responsible for member satisfaction. Born and raised in Chicago, Juantiki has a personal desire to see the city’s sprawl replaced with livable, walkable and sustainable communities. Please call and make sure you introduce yourself to Tiki and learn more about what CNU has to offer.

 
Roy Taylor  

Roy Taylor
Transportation Summit Project Assistant
Email: intern@cnu.org
Phone: 312.551.7300

Roy joined CNU in May 2013 as Transportation Summit Project Assistant. Before joining CNU, Roy worked in the banking industry as an Operations Manager. He is currently a graduate student pursuing his Master of Public Administration with a focus in Metropolitan Planning & Urban affairs at DePaul University. His research focus is on the impact of Community Development Financial Institutions in underserved communities. Roy holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Purdue University.

 
Roy Taylor  

Gary Scott
Membership Assistant
Email: gscott@cnu.org
Phone: 312.551.7300

Gary joined CNU in January 2014 as a Membership Assistant. Currently, he is pursuing his Master of Public Administration with a focus in Metropolitan Planning & Urban Affairs at DePaul University. He is in the Chaddick Scholars Program with the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development. He has studied abroad in Curitiba, Brazil and Tours, France as well as traveling to a variety of cities in the United States to study urban planning. Gary holds a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University in education with a minor in French & history. In his spare time, Gary studies genealogy, spends time with his family & friends and enjoys traveling.

 
John O. Norquist  

John O. Norquist
President Emeritus
Email: johnolofnorquist@gmail.com

John Norquist was president and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism from 2004 to 2014, and is now the John M DeGrove Fellow at Florida Atlantic University and Adjunct Professor at DePaul University Real Estate Program. During his tenure, He spoke often and eloquently about the regulatory obstacles that continue to get in the way of good urbanism. Building on his experience taking down the Park East Freeway in Milwaukee, he championed a national CNU campaign that has helped advocates and local officials in their own highway teardown movements.