Sue Schwartz, Director, Department of Planning, Greensboro

Sue Schwartz, Director, Department of Planning, Greensboro

SueA nationally recognized award-winning planner and leader skilled at project management, public speaking, public engagement, facilitation, professional ethics training, policy analysis, staff development, teaching, writing, and research. Featured in “On Becoming an Urban Planner” by Wiley Press 2010

Sue Schwartz, has been a professional planner for more than 30 years. Most of her career has been working with neighborhoods to facilitate reinvestment in their communities. She has won numerous awards for her redevelopment efforts. She was the Project Manager for Southside, an infill Traditional Neighborhood Development of the edge of Greensboro’s downtown which received multiple national awards and recognitions including:

  • The Sierra Club in 2005 in its “Building Better: A Guide to America’s Best New Development Projects” report.
  • US EPA the 2004 Smart Growth Award for Built Projects
  • American Planning Association’s Outstanding Planning Award for Implementation in 2003.

She was also instrumental in focusing attention on East Market Street in Greensboro which was once the hub of the African-American business district in the city that had been the subject of urban renewal in the 1950’s and 60’s. These efforts included bring a team of volunteer planners to the corridor for 5 days of workshops and meetings with the community. As a result the East Market Street Development Corporation was created, at $12.5 million streetscape and traffic management project was implemented and $2.5 million in redevelopment funds were committee to the area to leverage private investment.

Sue has been active in the American Planning Association at both the state and national levels. The many offices she has held include President of the North Carolina Chapter of APA and two terms on the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Commission. Sue also served as President of AICP from 2005-07.

In 2011 Ms. Schwartz was named Planning Director for the City of Greensboro, NC where she oversees a staff of 30+. She has a B.S. in Geography and Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Arts from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. In 2003 Sue was inducted into the AICP College of Fellows, the youngest member at that time.