Staff

  • Ponce City Market | Atlanta
    A unique building becomes a hub for historic neighborhoods. #thisiscnu

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  • Storrs Center | Mansfield, CT
    A mixed-use center for town and gown. #thisiscnu

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  • South Main | Buena Vista, Colorado
    An inspiring town extension. #thisiscnu

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  • Mercado District | Tucson, Arizona
    A timeless place from the ground up. #thisiscnu

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  • Village of Providence | Huntsville, Alabama
    Expanding options for a car-oriented suburban area. #thisiscnu

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  • UCLA Weyburn | Los Angeles, CA
    From parking lot to urban tour-de-force. #thisiscnu

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Lynn Richards

President & CEO

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. 

Email: lrichards@cnu.org (for scheduling concerns please cc: Kristen Dunphey)

Selected Publications


Abigail Sheridan

Deputy Director

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.

Email: asheridan@cnu.org
Phone: 312.551.7300


Robert Steuteville

Senior Communications Advisor

Robert Steuteville is founder and executive director of Better Cities & Towns, a 501c3 nonprofit that seeks to educate and raise awareness for more sustainable and livable communities. Steuteville has been writing, editing, and publishing in the field of New Urbanism since 1996, when he founded New Urban News, a trade publication that covered the trend until 2012, when the name was changed to Better Cities & Towns. He authored or co-authored four editions of New Urbanism: Best Practices Guide, which is used for CNU accreditation. He published the Smart Code Version 9 and Manual. He is leading a team that is writing a form-based code, using the Smart Code as a basis, for the city and town of Ithaca, New York. Steuteville is a signer of the Charter of the New Urbanism, which was unveiled in Charleston, North Carolina, when New Urban News was launched. He participated in the Mississippi Renewal Forum, when new urbanists made plans for 11 communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina. He lives in Ithaca, New York, with his family.

Email: rsteuteville@cnu.org


Nathan Norris

Director of Education and Training

Nathan Norris is CNU's Director of Education and Training. Norris leads CNU's outreach to cities and works to expand its municipality-focused training and education. Available to state and local governments of all sizes, CNU’s educational programs offer a crash-course for municipal leaders and staff on New Urbanist principles and strategies. Previously, Nathan was the co-founder and Director of Implementation Advisory for the international urban design firm PlaceMakers, LLC.  At PlaceMakers, Nathan worked with developers and municipalities to plan, entitle, develop and market neighborhoods, towns and cities. 

Nathan is an attorney and has served as the real estate broker for multiple large scale traditional neighborhood developments. Nathan is a contributor to the Charter of the New Urbanism and the SmartCode Manual; a co-founder of the New Urban Guild; a founding board member of the Transect Codes Council; the primary author of the Smart Growth Schools Report Card; a certified instructor for the National Association of Realtors Smart Growth course; and the project manager for the Appraisal System which rates the merits of development from the perspective of Smart Growth principles. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his law degree from the University of Alabama before serving in the U.S. Army with the 1st Cavalry Division.

Email: nnorris@cnu.org
Phone: 312.551.7300


Lisa Schamess

Communications Manager

Lisa is a longtime writer and editor in the fields of community planning and placemaking. As a freelance writer and as founder and owner of The Cooler Minds, she provided writing and communication strategies to clients such as the Urban Institute, the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech, the National Vacant Properties Campaign, and Smart Growth America, among others.

Lisa began her career as a program assistant at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and later served as communications manager for the Surface Transportation Policy Project (now the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership). She holds a BFA in Theatre from Southern Methodist University and an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. She is a passionate walker and dedicated if mediocre gardener.

Email: lschamess@cnu.org
Phone: 312.551.7300


Alex McKeag

Program Manager

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.

Email: amckeag@cnu.org
Phone: 312.551.7300


​Juantiki Jones

Membership Assistant

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.

Email: jjones@cnu.org
Phone: 312.551.7300


Kristen Dunphey

Program Associate

Kristen joined CNU in 2016 as the Program Assistant. Prior to joining CNU, she worked at Share Our Strength. While there, Kristen managed GIS and mapping projects for No Kid Hungry Campaign partners. She earned her Master’s of Philosophy in Human Ecology with a focus in Food Systems Planning from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies, with a focus in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), from the George Washington University.

Email: kdunphey@cnu.org
Phone: 312.551.7300