Kimberley Burnett

Former Expert

Kim Burnett has worked in the field of regional policy for over 15 years and is considered a national expert on policy revitalization strategies for older industrial cities and rebuilding strategies that promote “triple bottom line” outcomes (economic, environment, and equity).

She regularly presents and moderates public discussions on a range of urban issues including: revitalization strategies for older industrial cities, transit-oriented development, sustainable communities, market-based neighborhood planning, equitable revitalization strategies, and economic development. She co-authored, “Developing a New Framework for Community Development in Weak Market Cites” which has laid the ground work for a more market-savvy approach to community revitalization efforts in cities and regions, such as Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Youngstown, that have been losing population for the last several decades.

She currently provides support to public, private, and non-profit organizations interested in building communities that promote economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, and equitable outcomes for all residents. Her clients include foundations, associations in philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, and public and private organizations working with nonprofits and philanthropy on urban issues. From 2005-2010, Ms. Burnett worked for the Surdna Foundation, one of the nation’s oldest and largest family foundations, serving most recently as the Program Director for the Foundation’s Strong Local Economies program. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, she spent over ten years in the for-profit arena, including working as a Systems Analyst for Cisco Systems and as Director of Stores for a national retail chain. Ms. Burnett received a Master’s with High Honors in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University, a Bachelor’s in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Kim Burnett has worked in the field of regional policy for over 15 years and is considered a national expert on policy revitalization strategies for older industrial cities and rebuilding strategies that promote “triple bottom line” outcomes (economic, environment, and equity).

She regularly presents and moderates public discussions on a range of urban issues including: revitalization strategies for older industrial cities, transit-oriented development, sustainable communities, market-based neighborhood planning, equitable revitalization strategies, and economic development. She co-authored, “Developing a New Framework for Community Development in Weak Market Cites” which has laid the ground work for a more market-savvy approach to community revitalization efforts in cities and regions, such as Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Youngstown, that have been losing population for the last several decades.

She currently provides support to public, private, and non-profit organizations interested in building communities that promote economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, and equitable outcomes for all residents. Her clients include foundations, associations in philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, and public and private organizations working with nonprofits and philanthropy on urban issues. From 2005-2010, Ms. Burnett worked for the Surdna Foundation, one of the nation’s oldest and largest family foundations, serving most recently as the Program Director for the Foundation’s Strong Local Economies program. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, she spent over ten years in the for-profit arena, including working as a Systems Analyst for Cisco Systems and as Director of Stores for a national retail chain. Ms. Burnett received a Master’s with High Honors in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University, a Bachelor’s in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

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