Lynn Richards

President & CEO

Lynn Richards is President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Previously, Richards had a long and distinguished career at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), holding multiple leadership roles over 13 years including Acting Director and Policy Director in the Office of Sustainable Communities. She worked with dozens of state and local governments to implement placemaking approaches by developing policies, urban design strategies, and environmental solutions for vibrant, prosperous neighborhoods. Additionally, she produced groundbreaking research on water and land use strategies.

Before joining the EPA, Richards worked briefly in the private sector at a consulting firm. She lived and worked in the former Soviet Republics from 1988 to 1995, helping environmental groups increase their organizational and political effectiveness.

Richards was awarded a Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in the 2012-2013 school year. She has a dual Masters in Environmental Science and Public Affairs from Indiana University. 


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Abigail Sheridan

Deputy Director

Abby joined CNU in March 2008 as the new Administration and Finance Director. Prior to joining CNU, she received a degree in Biology from Bucknell University and worked as the Director of Administration and Programs for the Neighborhood Technology Resource Center, a not-for-profit located in Chicago. In her spare time, Abby enjoys running along the lakefront and traveling home to Maine.

Phone: 312.551.7300 x13

Robert Steuteville

Senior Communications Advisor

Robert Steuteville is founder and executive director of Better Cities & Towns, a 501c3 nonprofit that seeks to educate and raise awareness for more sustainable and livable communities. Steuteville has been writing, editing, and publishing in the field of New Urbanism since 1996, when he founded New Urban News, a trade publication that covered the trend until 2012, when the name was changed to Better Cities & Towns. He authored or co-authored four editions of New Urbanism: Best Practices Guide, which is used for CNU accreditation. He published the Smart Code Version 9 and Manual. He is leading a team that is writing a form-based code, using the Smart Code as a basis, for the city and town of Ithaca, New York. Steuteville is a signer of the Charter of the New Urbanism, which was unveiled in Charleston, North Carolina, when New Urban News was launched. He participated in the Mississippi Renewal Forum, when new urbanists made plans for 11 communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina. He lives in Ithaca, New York, with his family.


Alex McKeag

Program Manager

Alex McKeag joined the CNU team in November 2012, first as a communications intern, and then stepped in as CNU’s Interim Communications Director from January to March 2013. Alex now manages the annual Congress program and CNU initiatives. Before working at CNU, Alex earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and spent two years working and teaching abroad. He’s also spent two years as communications and project support for a small economic development organization in his hometown of Moline, IL.

Phone: 312.551.7300 x16

​Juantiki Jones

Membership Assistant

Juantiki joined CNU in April of 2007 as the receptionist/assistant to John Norquist in 2008. Today, as the Membership Assistant, she is the daily face of CNU for members and is solely responsible for member satisfaction. Born and raised in Chicago, Juantiki has a personal desire to see the city’s sprawl replaced with livable, walkable and sustainable communities. Please call and make sure you introduce yourself to Tiki and learn more about what CNU has to offer.

Phone: 312.551.7300 x19

Sam Warlick

Messaging & Development Manager

Sam Warlick oversees communications and development for CNU, managing press, online presence, and partner relations. In addition to maintaining CNU’s public face, he advises staff and project teams on messaging and outreach strategy. Before arriving at CNU, Sam worked on smart growth policy and communications in Nashville, TN and Washington, DC. He joined the CNU team in February 2015.

Phone: 312.551.7300 x15

Susan Kase


Susan joined CNU in the role of bookkeeper in July 2014 after moving to Chicago, one year prior, from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She holds a business degree from the University of Iowa, a paralegal certificate from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and an Illinois real estate license. Her work experience includes public accounting and non profit firms, including her most recent position as finance assistant with the Ann Arbor affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. Susan enjoys walking to work from the South Loop neighborhood and the Chicago summers most of all.

Phone: 312.551.7300 x11

Gary Scott


Gary joined the CNU team in January 2014 as a Membership Assistant after volunteering at the 2013 Transportation Summit. Recently, he graduated with his Master of Public Administration with a focus in Metropolitan Planning & Urban Affairs at DePaul University. He is a Chaddick Scholar with the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development and has co-authored research on inter-city bus travel in the United States, and has contributed to a national study on technology use onboard intercity buses, planes, and trains. He has studied abroad in Curitiba, Brazil and Tours, France as well as traveling to a variety of cities in the United States to study urban planning. Gary holds a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University in education with minors in French & history.

Phone: 312.551.7300 x21

Haley Cannon

Program Intern

Haley joined the CNU team in October 2014 as a Program Intern. She works with the Program Manager to complete tasks needed for the yearly Congress including assessing the Charter Awards and Call for Ideas in addition to various other tasks relating to CNU's efforts to promote sustainable urbanism. Haley is also a graduate student at DePaul University pursuing a Master of Arts in Sustainable Urban Development. Prior to moving to Chicago last fall, she worked for Green Iowa AmeriCorps in Des Moines, Iowa in an initiative to educate about and implement residential energy efficiency. She graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and French. 

Phone: 312.551.7300 x21