June 01, 2011

ITDP Appoints Marta Goldsmith as Organization’s First COO

Goldsmith Brings Over 20 Years of Experience from the Urban Land Institute

Marta Goldsmith has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), beginning July 11th. Ms. Goldsmith joins ITDP from the Urban Land Institute Foundation where she is Senior Vice President. She will manage ITDP’s day-to-day activities, focusing on operational systems and structures, as well as strategic planning for the organization. This is a new role, created as a result of ITDP’s growth over the past three years. ITDP now has over 80 staff members and offices in the U.S., China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.

With over 25 years of experience in urban planning and development, Ms. Goldsmith brings extraordinary skills and know-how in both management and best practices.  “We are delighted to welcome Marta aboard and we are confident that she will help us advance institutionally.  We also look forward to working with her to make the critical connections between sustainable transport and good urban planning and development practices,” said Walter Hook, Executive Director of ITDP.

“ITDP is a dynamic organization with an impressive track record for promoting and implementing sustainable transport in cities around the globe.  As cities move to the forefront of global efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change, transportation and land-use planning play an essential role in the success of these efforts. I look forward to helping ITDP scale up their activities to meet these challenges,” said Ms. Goldsmith.

She will be leaving her current post as Senior Vice President of the Urban Land Institute Foundation, which supports the activities of the Urban Land Institute. Prior to joining the Foundation staff, Ms. Goldsmith served as ULI senior vice president for community and provost.  In this role, she was responsible for Community Outreach, Advisory Services, Awards and Professional Development. Ms. Goldsmith has also served as ULI’s vice president for land use policy and vice president for international services.

ULI is a not-for-profit organization, the preeminent, multidisciplinary real estate forum, facilitating an open exchange of ideas among local, national, and international industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places, in 95 countries worldwide.

Ms. Goldsmith has an undergraduate degree in sociology from Indiana University and a master’s degree in City Planning from Harvard University.  She was awarded a W.K. Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship and has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Virginia and Harvard University.  Ms. Goldsmith has written articles and spoken on smart growth, sustainable development, urban revitalization, public/private partnerships, economic development, and regional cooperation.

Contact: Dani Simons 646-380-2348 (o) / 203-980-8820 (m) / dsimons@itdp.org

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