SHELLEY POTICHA RECONNECTING AMERICA AND THE CENTER FOR TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT Lead TOD Planning Consultant
Shelley Poticha is the President and CEO of Reconnecting America, a national non- profit organization working to integrate transportation systems and the communities they serve, with the goals of generating lasting public and private returns, improv- ing economic and environmental efficiency, and giving consumers greater choice. Reconnecting America has two major projects: The Center for Transit-Oriented De- velopment (CTOD) which assists developers, transit agencies, communities and in- vestors to use transit investments to spur a new wave of development that improves housing affordability and choice, revitalizes downtowns and urban and suburban neighborhoods, and creates lasting value and high quality urbanism; and Recon- necting America’s Transportation Networks (RATN) which is working to redefine na-
tional policies for intercity travel in order to integrate our separately functioning aviation, passenger rail and intercity bus systems into a more convenient, secure, financially viable and sustainable network.
CTOD has recently completed the national first market assessment of the demand for housing near transit and is working with the Federal Transit Administration and several regions to create incentives to help communities remove barriers to realizing this demand.
Prior to this position, she was the Executive Director of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) from 1997-June 2003. CNU is a nonprofit membership organiza- tion made up of professionals, elected officials, and community activists who share a belief that compact, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use neighborhoods are the best building blocks for vibrant communities. During her tenure, Ms. Poticha guided CNU’s growth into a nationwide coalition with a prominent voice in national debates on urban revitalization, growth policy, and sprawl. She also forged alliances with major land development interests, environmental and community organizations, and fed- eral agencies.
EDUCATION Master of City Planning, University of California, Berkeley Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz
REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS Tools for Developing TODs CTOD has launched a series of activities to address issues of affordability and TOD. CTOD’s affordability index is a new mapping tool that will combine household expenditures for housing and transportation into one measure to help illuminate the inherent value of urban markets and the fact that dense, walkable, transit-rich neighborhoods are more affordable. The index, funded by the Brookings Institution, is the next iteration of the Location Efficient Mortgage (LEM) and is intended to help
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