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Catherine L. Ross

Catherine Ross

Regents' Professor Emerita, City and Regional Planning and Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Auto Club Group, American Automobile Association

Catherine Ross is one of the world’s experts on megaregions and sustainability ― the analysis of the synergistic opportunities for cities and regions that become possible when policies on transportation, energy, land development, health, and water are linked to create places that can compete in a global world. She is the author of several books that are leading references, including Megaregions: Planning for Global Competitiveness (2009) and Health Impact Assessment in the United States (2014). She is a member of the National Academy of Public Administration, a former Urban Land Institute Fellow, and former president of the National Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Her expertise at the intersection of science and policy has been widely sought, including in the establishment of the first White House Office of Urban Affairs. Dr. Ross earned a master's degree and a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from Cornell University and completed postdoctorate work at the University of California, Berkeley.