Smart Growth America hires Roger Millar, planner and implementer of great places

Smart Growth America today announced that Roger M. Millar, Jr., AICP, PE, FASCE, is joining SGA as Director of Land Use and Transportation Policy.

Roger Millar is a planner and an engineer with an international reputation for innovative approaches to planning and design. His career has been dedicated to improving communities as diverse as New York City and McCall, Idaho. Projects in which Roger played a leadership role are seen as national models for livability. Likewise, Roger has been instrumental in the successful evolution of sustainable practices within rural and gateway communities throughout the American West.

“American communities of all sizes and in all states are growing. Roger has an unmatched record of helping communities of all kinds grow in a way that makes them even better. Whether supporting WMATA, Arlington and Fairfax Counties as they explore transit alternatives connecting urban centers along Columbia Pike, or helping Missoula’s 100,000 citizens plan growth in a 2,600-square mile rural county, Roger helps communities match their visions with the right land use and transportation solutions,” said Geoff Anderson, President of Smart Growth America. “We are delighted that Roger’s skills will be available to our coalition members, as they take their visions from policy idea to built project.”

Roger is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (FASCE), a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), a Professional Engineer, and a Certified Floodplain Manager. He is currently a member of the ASCE National Transportation Policy Committee. Roger is past chair of the ASCE National Infrastructure and Research Policy Committee and past vice chair of the American Consulting Engineers Council Transportation Committee. He participated in the development of the 2001, 2005, and 2009 editions of the ASCE Report Card for America’s Infrastructure.

Roger has been Director of the Missoula, Montana, City-County Office of Planning and Grants since 2007. Previous positions include:

  • Community Development Director for McCall, ID;
  • Vice President for DMJM+HARRIS Planning (AECOM), Fairfax, VA;
  • Principal and Director of Transportation and Environmental Services, Otak, Inc., Portland, OR and Carbondale, CO;
  • Division Manager and Project Manager, Portland Office of Transportation, Portland, OR.

“Smart Growth America is helping communities across the country choose and implement policies that work” said Millar. “I’m excited to work with them to help them and their members take those policies to more places.”

Roger has served as Chair of the Pacific Northwest Council of ASCE and as President of the Oregon Section of ASCE. He currently serves as President of the Montana Association of Planners.