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Awesome choice - Shelley Poticha to take sustainability post at HUD

Kaid Benfield

Posted July 24, 2009

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Wow.  Only a week after I wrote a post celebrating how well the Obama administration seems to be getting its act together on smart growth and sustainability, they have done it again.  My friend Shelley Poticha has accepted a senior position at HUD, Shelley Poticha (courtesy of Reconnecting America)where she will be a sustainability advisor and, likely soon, director of the agency's Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities.  (I write "likely" because there is legislation in the works to create the office.)

Shelley and I co-founded LEED-ND together, were among the founders of Smart Growth America together, and even wrote a book together.  And I am excited to see that this association has not hurt her career in the least!  Shelley is wise, pragmatic, insightful, committed, and articulate, and the administration has really, really done well to get her.

From HUD's press release:


"WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced that Shelley Poticha has been appointed Senior Advisor for Sustainable Housing and Communities.

"'Shelley will help lead HUD's effort to change the way we think about our communities,' said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. 'Her wealth of experience will help move us forward in creating sustainable, greener and smarter communities.'

"HUD is working with Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) on legislation that seeks to create the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities at HUD. Poticha will direct the office if the bill becomes law.

"Poticha currently serves as the President and CEO of Reconnecting America, where she has become a national leader for the reform of land use and transportation planning and policy with the goal of creating more sustainable and equitable development. Her efforts have stimulated a national conversation about the role of transit in shaping communities and the importance of building diverse and inclusive neighborhoods . . ."

Go here for the full release.  For Reconnecting America's announcement and release, go here.

Kaid Benfield writes (almost) daily about community, development, and the environment.  For more posts, see his blog's home page.

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Mariia ZimmermanJul 28 2009 09:21 AM

Awesome indeed, though we at Reconnecting America will miss our fearless leader, something fierce. She's a great pick, and these are exciting times for those who've been working in the sustainable communities trenches for years.

Kaid @ NRDCJul 28 2009 04:14 PM

Mariia - thanks for stopping by!

Kai HagenJul 29 2009 09:12 AM

Good news!

There is no sustainability without more sustainable buildings.

Kaid @ NRDCJul 29 2009 10:33 AM

True, but the buildings are not remotely sustainable, no matter how efficiently designed, unless properly located. Shelley will help HUD merge those two concepts.

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