Washington, D.C. 20002
202.675.0016 ext. 121
A founder and the longtime Executive Director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, Stewart is responsible for the organization’s overall strategic direction, is our primary spokesperson, and leads our advocacy at the regional level and in Virginia.
Before the Coalition for Smarter Growth, Stewart worked for the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, the Land Trust Alliance, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and as a volunteer for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He had little idea of what he was getting into with the Coalition, but 15 years later he’s still going strong!
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 AND 2013)!
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Our Policy Director, Cheryl leads our efforts in D.C. and Maryland. Cheryl is the voice of our equitable development campaigns, working with community activists, non-profits, 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 CSG 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 adoring 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.
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In his role as Managing Director, Alex does a little bit of everything – from working with our Champions Council, to managing fundraising, to masterminding our boots-on-the-ground advocacy. He also keeps the trains running on time and things running smoothly at the office.
Alex can handle all of these things and a few dozen more because he has an extensive background in campaign management, communications outreach, and organization building. He’s managed a whole mess of issue-oriented and political campaigns including grassroots operations, and spent time as a direct mail consultant. Did we mention he’s also covered local and regional government as a reporter? (Sheesh. Way to make the rest of us look like underachievers.) Alex holds a BA in Journalism from Webster University in St. Louis. We asked Alex for a fun fact about himself, and he replied, “I don’t like fun.”
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If you’ve received an email or read a report from the Coalition for Smarter Growth, you’ve seen a bit of what Aimee does. Online, this means managing our digital advocacy, social media, and websites. Offline, she works on publications and reports. Aimee is also our in-house designer and photographer.
We do let her away from her computer screen from time to time – mainly to manage our media relations, and oversee our signature Walking Tours & Forums Series, volunteer program, and internship program.
If that’s not enough to keep her busy, Aimee also serves on the Editorial Board of Greater Greater Washington. Actually a policy wonk by training, Aimee holds a Master of Public Policy from American University and a BA in Political Science from Tulane University. Aimee’s favorite color is #F10DAA. (nerd.)
Next Generation of Transit Campaign Manager
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As the maestra of our Next Generation of Transit campaign, Kelly’s often out around town (especially in Montgomery County!) sitting in on community meetings, organizing forums, and getting the word out about our need to invest in the region’s transit infrastructure.
We’re lucky to have a rockstar like Kelly: before joining our team, she helped start the climate change advocacy campaign 350.org where she worked for five years. She took advantage of working at an international organization and chose to live abroad, spending time in both Quito and Mexico City, where she relished zipping through the growing cities’ traffic on their Bus Rapid Transit systems. She’s now eager to empower communities in the DC region to shape a sustainable and equitable transportation future. If you know anything about 350.org, you won’t be surprised that Kelly holds a BA from Middlebury College.
Fundraising & Administrative Coordinator
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Reba maintains our fundraising database and assists with donor management and event planning. She also keeps us all sane, making sure we have office supplies and our mail. Before she joined us, Reba worked her magic in several administrative positions on Capitol Hill for trade associations and nonprofits.
She attended Howard University and lives in Prince George’s County. Reba is the best-dressed of anyone in our office, and has the shoes to prove it.
Ted Van Houten
Education & Outreach Fellow
Have you attended one of our walking tours? Then you’ve met Ted! Ted is managing our 2013 Walking Tours & Forums Series, and is also hard at work supporting Cheryl, Kelly, and Aimee in on-the-ground advocacy in D.C. and Montgomery County. A newly-minted UMD Master of Community Planning, for several months, he was the only one in the office with a planning degree, and he never lets us forget it.
Erin is spearheading our work on the connections between smart land use and transportation policies, and the growing need for policies to support aging in place in the greater Washington region. An urban planner with a long-time interest in public health issues and experience in both D.C. and New York City communities, Erin’s cheerful attitude and can-do personality are a great addition to our team.
Montgomery County residents: if someone has contacted about rapid transit this fall, it may very well have been Tyler! Tyler is putting his time as an intern at the Maryland Department of Planning and as a campus activist to good use working with Kelly on our Next Generation of Transit campaign in Montgomery County. His passion for smart growth started when he learned about the Purple Line and how it would affect the future of College Park, where he spent that last four years earning his bachelor’s degree in Government in Politics at the University of Maryland. Originally from the Baltimore area, Tyler loves this region and only wants to see it continue to grow!
Policy & Outreach Intern
Paul’s background and interest in transportation and economics are a great asset as he works with Stewart to track the many transit planning processes going on right now in Northern Virginia. Paul is excited to be learning about the process of city planning, how to gather and interpret information used for planning decisions, how to quantify the various costs of sprawl and imposing a suburban lifestyle on people, and the general policy process.