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, email outreach, social media, and websites. Offline, Aimee manages our publications and reports, and serves as our in-house designer and photographer.
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.
Outreach & Development Associate
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If you like sports references, you’ll understand when we say that Peter is the utility player in our office – coordinating donor management, maintaining our fundraising database, and heading up logistics for our walking tours and fundraising events throughout the year. When he’s not keeping track of invoices, making sure we have post-it notes, or coordinating with venues, Peter is also a key part of our DC outreach team.
Before joining us, Peter sharpened his organizational skills on political campaigns and at the National Geographic Society. Peter holds a BS in Human Geography and Political Science from Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College, where he proved his epic leadership skills and attention to detail as the Founding Associate Editor of Penn State’s Journal of International Affairs.
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 DC and New York City communities, Erin’s cheerful attitude and can-do personality are a great addition to our team.
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.
Max is spending the winter quarter with us visiting from UC Santa Barbara, where he is a junior studying environmental studies and physics. Max is looking forward to using his time in Washington DC to study how the region’s smart growth gains are helping the environment, and where we can continue to improve our land use and transportation policies.
A graduate student in the Master in Public Administration program at American University, Katelyn is interested in relationship between various transportation options and health outcomes of residents. As a result of her passion for smart growth, Katelyn relies solely on public transportation. She has never driven a car — a fact she it quite proud of!
A recent graduate of Towson University, Lennard with working with Cheryl on the ins and outs of smart growth policy and development, especially in Prince George’s County. A lifelong resident of the Washington region, Lennard comes to us after time with the Maryland Parks and Planning Commission and American Land Title Association.