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Christopher-Coes

Christopher Coes

Nonresident Senior Fellow - Metropolitan Policy Program

Christopher Coes is the Vice President for Land Use and Development at Smart Growth America (SGA), and is a nationally recognized leader in leveraging public policy, the private sector and community assets to build equitable, sustainable communities.

For the last ten years, he has led SGA’s built environment programs - LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors, the National Brownfields Coalition and TOD Finance and Advisors, Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of Smart Growth America – which has resulted in major federal policy victories including securing over $20 billion in new transit-oriented development and local infrastructure financing and the reauthorization of the EPA’s brownfields program.

Under Christopher’s leadership, SGA has grown to become a national leader known to be unafraid to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing the smart growth real estate industry today. Christopher co-authored The National Opportunity Zones Ranking Report, first of its kind, which examined and identified Opportunity Zones ideal for smart growth investments and issued a national call-to-action for the private and public sectors to immediately adopt “do no harm policies” that protect vulnerable residents and businesses.

Christopher is also known for his nationally recognized work on community revitalization and public-private partnerships, such as the National Opportunity Zones Academy, Attainable Housing and Social Equity Initiative and USDOT’s LadderSTEP Pilot Cities, which has helped over three dozen communities pursue sustainable and equitable economic development and facilitated over $1 billion in new smart growth real estate deals.

Prior to joining Smart Growth America, Christopher served as a Consultant for Government Affairs and Campaigns at M+R Strategic Services. As a consultant, Christopher worked with various clients including Save Darfur, SEIU, Habitat for Humanity and Transportation for America, where he served as Senior Campaign Advisor and Deputy Director. In addition to his work on transportation, community development and real estate issues, Christopher brings over fifteen years of experience in domestic policy, political and advocacy campaigns, strategic planning and organizational management.

A frequent speaker and author, Christopher also serves as a professor at George Washington University School of Business’ Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis where he teaches Walkable Urban Development & Place Management. Christopher currently serves as an active member of Urban Land Institute, Real Estate Executive Council (REEC) and also serves as Vice President of Finance and on the Board of Directors Director of African American Real Estate Professionals (AAREP) of DC.

Christopher received a BA/MA in Government and Politics from St. John’s University and was honored to receive the 2015 Emerging Leader Award from AAREP of DC.

Christopher Coes is the Vice President for Land Use and Development at Smart Growth America (SGA), and is a nationally recognized leader in leveraging public policy, the private sector and community assets to build equitable, sustainable communities.

For the last ten years, he has led SGA’s built environment programs – LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors, the National Brownfields Coalition and TOD Finance and Advisors, Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of Smart Growth America – which has resulted in major federal policy victories including securing over $20 billion in new transit-oriented development and local infrastructure financing and the reauthorization of the EPA’s brownfields program.

Under Christopher’s leadership, SGA has grown to become a national leader known to be unafraid to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing the smart growth real estate industry today. Christopher co-authored The National Opportunity Zones Ranking Report, first of its kind, which examined and identified Opportunity Zones ideal for smart growth investments and issued a national call-to-action for the private and public sectors to immediately adopt “do no harm policies” that protect vulnerable residents and businesses.

Christopher is also known for his nationally recognized work on community revitalization and public-private partnerships, such as the National Opportunity Zones Academy, Attainable Housing and Social Equity Initiative and USDOT’s LadderSTEP Pilot Cities, which has helped over three dozen communities pursue sustainable and equitable economic development and facilitated over $1 billion in new smart growth real estate deals.

Prior to joining Smart Growth America, Christopher served as a Consultant for Government Affairs and Campaigns at M+R Strategic Services. As a consultant, Christopher worked with various clients including Save Darfur, SEIU, Habitat for Humanity and Transportation for America, where he served as Senior Campaign Advisor and Deputy Director. In addition to his work on transportation, community development and real estate issues, Christopher brings over fifteen years of experience in domestic policy, political and advocacy campaigns, strategic planning and organizational management.

A frequent speaker and author, Christopher also serves as a professor at George Washington University School of Business’ Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis where he teaches Walkable Urban Development & Place Management. Christopher currently serves as an active member of Urban Land Institute, Real Estate Executive Council (REEC) and also serves as Vice President of Finance and on the Board of Directors Director of African American Real Estate Professionals (AAREP) of DC.

Christopher received a BA/MA in Government and Politics from St. John’s University and was honored to receive the 2015 Emerging Leader Award from AAREP of DC.

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