Don Chen

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Don Chen "is the Executive Director of Smart Growth America and leads its coalition building, policy development, communications and research efforts. He is an internationally-recognized expert on land use, transportation, and environmental policy, and has published numerous articles and reports, including Measuring Sprawl and Its Impact (with Reid Ewing and Rolf Pendall), which is the nation’s most advanced analysis of how urban form affects quality of life, Greetings from Smart Growth America, which makes the case for smart growth policies, and “The Science of Smart Growth,” which appeared in the December 2000 issue of Scientific American. He has delivered numerous speeches and keynotes in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, has testified before the United States Senate on smart growth issues, and has appeared on CNN’s Inside Politics and Headline News, National Public Radio’s Marketplace, and in print media outlets such as the The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and the Christian Science Monitor.

Don serves on the Board of Directors for the Environmental Leadership Program, the Institute for Location Efficiency, West Harlem Environmental Action, and the Growth Management Leadership Alliance. Prior to SGA, he was a researcher for the Surface Transportation Policy Project, World Resources Institute, and the Rocky Mountain Institute, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Yale University and a Master’s Degree from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies." [1]

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  1. Executive Committee, National Vacant Properties Campaign, accessed November 8, 2007.