Christopher Zimmerman

Chris ZimmermanChristopher Zimmerman is Vice President for Economic Development, and Director of the Governors’ Institute on Community Design.  An economist by training, Chris leads the National Public Transportation/Transit-Oriented Development Technical Assistance program, and oversees SGA’s program for downtown revitalization.  He particularly focuses on the interrelationships between land use, transportation, and development policies, including the impact of land use patterns and other policies on the economic and fiscal health of localities and regions.

Prior to joining SGA, Chris was intimately involved in planning, development, housing, and transportation policy for an urban municipality widely recognized as one of the leading models for smart growth and transit-oriented development in the U.S., through his work as an elected official in Arlington County, Virginia.  During his 18 years as a member of the Arlington County Board, Chris served on many regional transportation bodies, including 13 years on the WMATA Board of Directors, and 15 years on the Transportation Planning Board for the National Capital Region.

Chris can be reached at czimmerman [at] smartgrowthamerica [dot] org.