Iowa State University Alumni Association

Lynn M. Ross 2016

Community and Regional Planning ’99
Miami Beach, Fla.

Lynn M. Ross, AICP was recently named vice president for communities and national initiatives at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation – a national organization dedicated to fostering informed and engaged communities – after serving as the deputy assistant secretary for policy development in the Office of Policy Development and Research for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C.

Ross has committed her career to advancing land-use and housing policies that expand access to opportunity, including positions as executive director of the Urban Land Institute’s Terwilliger Center for Housing, chief operating officer of the National Housing Conference & Center for Housing Policy, and manager of planning advisory service for the American Planning Association. She earned her master of regional planning degree from Cornell University in 2001, receiving the American Planning Association’s upstate New York chapter’s student project award for “Women, Welfare and Work.”

A recipient of the National Association of Real Estate Editors’ 2013 Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Award and the ISU College of Design’s 2009 Design Achievement Award, Ross is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, American Planning Association, and the Urban Land Institute.

She has presented nationally on housing issues at Harvard University, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the Urban Institute, the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, the Governor’s Institute for Community Design, and New Partners for Smart Growth. She has authored or co-authored a number of policy and research publications on such topics as development costs, demographic impacts on land use, urban planning, intergenerational communities, and housing affordability.

A former George Washington Carver scholar and ISU Department of Community and Regional Planning alumni advisory council member, Ross is a life member of the ISU Alumni Association.

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