Washington, D.C. 20002
202.675.0016 ext. 121
A founder and the longtime 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. We’d think he’s amazing, even if he hadn’t been recognized by the Washington Business Journal as a Business Person of the Year (2002), a finalist for their Green Business Visionary Award (2009), and as a member of their D.C. Region Power 100 in 2012.
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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, and pedestrian and bicyclist safety and access in less affluent communities in 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 working at the Coalition for Smarter Growth, Cheryl led the Washington Regional Network for Livable Communities (WRN), which she merged with CSG in 2007.
Prior to 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 good craft beers 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 digital advocacy, social media, and website. Offline, she works on publications and reports. Aimee is also our in-house designer.
In that’s not enough to keep her busy, Aimee is also an editor and contributor at Greater Greater Washington. Actually a policy wonk by training, Aimee has 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 keeping the rest of us sane, 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 she has the shoes to prove it.
Policy & Outreach Fellow
A former higher education policy advocate, Abigail recently transitioned to the smart growth world to pursue her passion for working to create a more livable D.C. She’s also an urban history nerd living in Glover Park with her husband and cats.
Housing Policy Fellow
Chris researches and analyzes the economics of housing policies in DC, putting to use his background in multifamily underwriting and market analysis. He has ninja-like analytic skills, but when he’s not obsessing over rental rates and home prices, he’s likely riding one of his three bikes somewhere in the District or Arlington.
A recent University of Michigan graduate (go blue!), Alex became an activist for smart growth after the lowlights of a “History of Suburbia” class resonated a little too closely with her own upbringing. When she’s not dreaming about cities, she’s likely traveling, protesting, or laughing at New Yorker cartoons.