Staff

  • Crosstown_Concourse_2018_Charter_LooneyRicksKiss
    Crosstown_Concourse_2018_Charter_LooneyRicksKiss
    From former warehouse to "vertical village"
    <strong>Crosstown Concourse</strong>&nbsp; <em>Memphis, Tennessee</em>

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  • Historic arcade houses young professionals
    <strong>Microlofts at The Arcade Providence</strong>&nbsp;<em>Providence, Rhode Island</em>

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

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  • Southside
    Ten acres that transformed a city #thisiscnu

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  • Jazz Market New Orleans Audience Seating
    Jazz Market New Orleans Audience Seating
    Trumpeting a cultural revival
    <strong>Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market</strong>&nbsp; <em>New Orleans, Louisiana</em>

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  • A mixed-use center for town and gown
    <strong>Storrs Center</strong> <em>Mansfield, CT</em>

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  • A unique building becomes a hub for historic neighborhoods
    <strong>Ponce City Market</strong> <em>Atlanta, GA</em>

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  • From parking lot to urban tour-de-force
    <strong>UCLA Weyburn</strong>&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles, California</em>

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  • Expanding options for a car-oriented suburban area
    <strong>Village of Providence</strong> <em>Huntsville, AL</em>

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Lynn Richards

President & CEO

Lynn Richards is President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism. As head of CNU, Richards has launched the organization’s Project for Code Reform, which helps meet local governments where they are on their code reform process. Additionally, under her leadership, the organization has released two editions of Freeways without Futures, 25 Great Ideas of New Urbanism and Building Local Strength: Emerging Strategies for Inclusive Development. An internationally recognized speaker and leader on New Urbanism, Richards has presented on a range of topics, including economic development, highway removal and transformation, suburban retrofit, green infrastructure, and New Urbanism trends.

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

Selected Publications


Abigail Sheridan

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 ext. 703


Robert Steuteville

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, South 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


Lisa Schamess

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 ext. 702


Margaret O'Neal

Margaret O’Neal

Manager of Strategic Partnerships

Margaret O'Neal is the Manager of Strategic Partnerships at the Congress for the New Urbanism where she amplifies the work of the organization and its members through stronger partnerships in the community development and design fields. Prior to joining CNU, Margaret spent over a decade advocating for the preservation and reuse of older buildings in various positions at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, most recently managing on-the-ground projects, strategic partnerships, and communications for the National Trust's Research & Policy Lab. Margaret holds a BA in political science from Clemson University and a Masters in Community Planning from the University of Maryland. When not working to build places people love, Margaret enjoys hiking and biking her way around the Metro DC region with her friends and family and enjoying local beer.

Email: moneal@cnu.org
Phone:312.551.7300 ext. 708 or 202.870.8096


   
Mallory Baches

Mallory Baches

Program Manager

Mallory Baches is an urban designer with twenty years experience working at the intersection of urbanism and community development. Mallory began her career with Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company and was a founder of the firm’s first affiliate, DPZpacific. She is skilled in master-planning, building schematics, code development, urban revitalization, sustainable visioning, and project management. She holds a B-Arch professional degree from the University of Notre Dame and is completing an MSc in Sustainable Urban Development from the University of Oxford, U.K. She is accredited with the American Planning Association (AICP), the U.S. Green Building Council (LEED-AP), and the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU-A). She was named a member of the 2013 Next Urban Vanguard class by Next City, is a member of the Placemaking Leadership Council of the Project for Public Spaces, and is an active member of both the Carolinas and Savannah Chapters of the CNU. She lives in the New Urbanist community of Habersham in Beaufort, SC.

Email: mbaches@cnu.org

Phone: 312.551.7300 ext. 701

Ben Crowther

Ben Crowther

Program Coordinator

Ben Crowther manages CNU’s Highways to Boulevards and Freeways Without Futures initiatives. He first encountered New Urbanism while conducting research for his doctoral dissertation on architecture, community, and street design in the Roman empire. Ben holds an MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago and BA in Classics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He completed his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin.

Email: bcrowther@cnu.org
Phone: 312.551.7300


Scott Shields

Membership Engagement Manager

Email:sshields@cnu.org

Phone: 312.551.7300 x700


Claire Strickland

Special Assistant to the President

Email:cstrickland@cnu.org

Phone: 312.551.7300 x709


Avery Kelly

Avery Kelly

Program Fellow

Avery joined CNU in January of 2019 as an intern and is thrilled to step into the role of Program Fellow during the summer of 2019. Avery’s interest in urban design and sustainability led her to CNU and she is eager to become more involved with CNU projects, specifically the Project for Code Reform. Avery holds a BA in Communication with minors in English and Spanish from Wake Forest University. Outside of CNU, Avery enjoys exploring all that D.C. has to offer and visiting family and friends back in Massachusetts (except in the winter!).

Email:akelly@cnu.org

Phone: 312.551.7300


Neville Palmer

Neville Palmer

Program Intern

Neville joined CNU in June 2019 as a program intern. Neville comes to CNU with interests in urban design, sustainability, resilience, and equity and inclusion. Neville holds a BA in Government from Georgetown University and will attend University College London’s Bartlett School of Planning in 2020 where he will pursue an MSc in Urban Design and City Planning.

Email: intern@cnu.org

Phone: 312.551.7300