Washington, DC 20002
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Stewart Schwartz is the Executive Director and a founder of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, which he built into the leading smart growth organization in the Washington DC region, addressing the interconnected issues of land use, transportation, urban design, housing, and climate change. An attorney with experience in land use, transportation, and the environment, Mr. Schwartz has worked for the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, the Land Trust Alliance, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and has volunteered for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the Coalition, whose Blueprint for a Better Region makes the case for urban revitalization, transit and transit-oriented development, affordable housing, and more walkable communities. He is a leader of state transportation reform campaigns in Virginia, serves on the board of the Virginia Conservation Network, and is a founder and board member of the Richmond Area Partnership for Smarter Growth.
Stewart is an attorney, but he’s also a retired Navy Captain with 24 years of active and reserve service. He holds a BA and JD from the University of Virginia (a “double-Hoo”) and an MA from Georgetown University. He’s a member of the Virginia Bar Association, and a 2012 graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. We’d think he’s amazing, even if he hadn’t been recognized by the Washington Business Journal as Business Person of the Year (2002), a finalist for their Green Business Visionary Award (2009), and as a member of their Power 100 (2012, 2013, 2015)!
As Deputy Director, Aimee keeps our advocacy and policy work moving smoothly, is the mastermind behind our boots-on-the-ground campaigns, and works closely with our Champions Council. Before stepping into her role as Deputy Director, Aimee spent four years as our Communications Director. She continues to oversee our messaging, marketing, and branding efforts, and is also the lead on many of our Alexandria and DC advocacy campaigns.
Aimee is both a seasoned policy wonk and nonprofit administrator. Before joining us, she managed federal transit grant programs, SAFTEA-LU reauthorization lobbying, and outreach at the Transportation Learning Center. Aimee holds a Master of Public Policy from American University and a BA in Political Science from Tulane University.
Aimee is a longtime senior editor at the urbanist blog Greater Greater Washington, and spends the balance of her free time practicing wedding photography, cooking, and sitting by the fountain in Dupont Circle.
Our Policy Director, Cheryl leads our efforts in DC and Maryland. Cheryl is the voice of our equitable development campaigns — working with community activists, nonprofits, and government agencies to promote transit-oriented development, housing choice, economic development, pedestrian and bicyclist safety and access in less-affluent communities throughout the region. She routinely demonstrates that it’s possible to use the bus system for hard-to-reach meetings in the suburbs (but boy, is there room for service improvement). Prior to her work as Policy Director, Cheryl served as the Executive Director for the Washington Regional Network for Livable Communities (WRN), which merged with the Coalition for Smarter Growth in 2007.
Before WRN, Cheryl worked for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. She holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from UMD College Park and a Bachelor of Science from UC Berkeley (go Bears).
Adding to the many plaques adorning our office’s walls, Cheryl received the Distinguished Leadership for a Citizen Planner Award from the National Capital Area Chapter of APA in 2006. She is a connoisseur of craft beer and an avid bird-watcher.
As our Communications Manager, you’ll find Claire drafting and sending our email blasts, managing our social media, updating our website, and heading up logistics and planning for our Walking Tours & Forums Series throughout the year. When she’s not sending email alerts, communicating with our supporters, or coordinating with venues, Claire is also a key part of our DC outreach team.
Claire comes to us from Smart Growth America, where she served as a Policy Fellow for their Local Leaders Council. She’s a contributor at Greater Greater Washington, and holds a BA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where she studied Urban Planning and Policy.
Montgomery Advocacy Manager
As our Montgomery County Advocacy Manager, Pete is excited to help bring better transit options to Maryland. A long-term resident of our region, Pete understands how important public transportation is to our economic future, particularly in Montgomery County.
Pete comes to us from the National Association of Letter Carriers, where he was a political and grassroots organizer. Prior to working for the NALC, he was an organizer on the Obama campaign in Las Vegas. He holds a BA in Political Science from American University, which is where he developed his love for the Washington region. As a native of Long Island, Pete is always searching for the DC area’s best delis and pizzerias. Unfortunately, he is also an Islanders fan.
As Fundraising Manager, Evan is responsible for working with foundations, individuals, and corporate supporters to sustain financial support for the Coalition for Smarter Growth’s mission, and keep our policy and advocacy work in the forefront of decision makers’ minds.
Evan comes to us from the National Cherry Blossom Festival, where he managed a portfolio ranging from foundation grants management to individual and corporate support. Evan’s interest in policy and advocacy work is bolstered by his background as a development officer at health policy nonprofits.
Evan holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Georgia. When he’s not cheering on his Georgia Bulldogs, Evan spends his free time exploring DC’s restaurant scene, concerts, and local breweries.