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Lynn Ross

  • Executive Director
  • ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing
  • 1PublicationsNumber of items in Lynn's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 1Followers

Research interests

sociologyreal estatehousingurban planning


Lynn M. Ross, AICP is the Executive Director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C. Ms. Ross joined ULI in 2012 and is responsible for managing the strategic direction of the Center and the implementation of the Center’s multi-faceted program of work. The Center, established in 2007 by former ULI Chairman J. Ronald Terwilliger, chairman emeritus of Trammell Crow Residential in Dallas, works to integrate ULI’s housing efforts into a coherent program of work that furthers the development of mixed-income, mixed-use communities and a full spectrum of housing affordable to all. Most recently, Ms. Ross was the Chief Operating Officer for the National Housing Conference (NHC) and the Center for Housing Policy (the Center). As COO, Ms. Ross was responsible for overseeing all of the day-to-day to operations of the two interrelated, but separately incorporated, organizations. Ms. Ross joined NHC and the Center in 2007 as the Director of State and Local Initiatives. In that capacity she was responsible for developing and executing the education, outreach, and technical assistance strategies directed at helping to strengthen housing policies at the state and local levels. Prior to relocating to Washington, D.C., Ms. Ross was with the American Planning Association (APA) in Chicago, IL. She joined APA’s research unit in 2002. In 2006, she was promoted to be the manager of the Planning Advisory Service and in that capacity oversaw a staff of six planners and support staff providing customized planning research to over 1,200 subscribing agencies. During her tenure at APA, Ms. Ross was the assistant program director for the annual New Directors Institute and served as staff liaison for APA’s diversity initiative. Ms. Ross also served as the assistant editor for the inaugural edition of Planning and Urban Design Standards, published by John Wiley & Sons in 2006. Ms. Ross began her career as an independent contractor with the consulting and training firm of Henry Moore Building Communities, Inc. where she focused on neighborhood planning, citizen engagement, and program evaluation. Projects utilized the principles of Kretzmann and McKnight’s Asset Based Community Development Institute, where the late Mr. Moore was a faculty member. Originally from Joliet, IL, Ms. Ross holds a Masters of Regional Planning from Cornell University and a B.S. in community and regional planning from Iowa State University. She is a certified planner and member of the American Planning Association (APA), American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). She was honored with the 2009 Design Achievement Award from the Iowa State University College of Design.


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    NIMC CWRUThe Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development

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    NIMC CWRUThe Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development

Publications (1)

  • Neighborhood Stabilization for Local Leaders.

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Professional experience

Executive Director

ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing

January 2012 - Present

Chief Operating Officer

National Housing Conference/Center for Housing Policy

October 2010 - November 2011(a year)

Director of State and Local Initiatives

National Housing Conference/Center for Housing Policy

November 2007 - October 2010(3 years)

Planning Advisory Service Manager

American Planning Association

April 2002 - November 2007(6 years)


Masters of Regional Planning

Cornell University

August 1999 - August 2001(2 years)

B.S. Community and Regional Planning

Iowa State University

August 1995 - May 1999(4 years)