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Deborah L. Myerson, AICP
Executive Director

Deborah L. Myerson, SCIHO executive director, has twenty years of experience in housing, community development, land use and transportation policy, and urban revitalization.

Ms. Myerson brings to SCIHO her background as an urban planner as well as experience in program/policy development and grant proposal writing. She is responsible for growing the new nonprofit’s organizational capacity and producing affordable residential development. She has received training in affordable housing via the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), Prosperity Indiana, Neighborworks America, and the National Development Council. She is currently pursuing certification as a Rental Housing Development Finance Professional through NDC.

For the previous 13 years, Ms. Myerson was an independent urban planning consultant, authoring case studies and other publications on planning and real estate development topics for national clientele. She has presented regularly to professional audiences, particularly on initiatives to produce affordable and workforce housing.

As an adjunct professor at the Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Ms. Myerson has taught courses on housing policy and urban planning that engage students in real-life issues via community-based service-learning with local agencies.

Prior to establishing her own consulting firm, Ms. Myerson worked for the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit research and education organization serving real estate developers based in Washington, DC. As a member of ULI’s land use policy group, Ms. Myerson managed research, education, outreach and advisory services projects in land use policy and real estate, including housing policy, smart growth, environmental policy, and urban development.

Previously, Ms. Myerson was director of programs at Scenic America, a national nonprofit conservation organization headquartered in Washington, DC. At Scenic America, Ms. Myerson directed national programs and authored publications on scenic byways, context-sensitive highway design, and other program initiatives aimed at improving visual quality in land use and transportation.

Ms. Myerson is chair of the American Planning Association’s Private Practice Division and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. She is also a member of APA’s Housing and Community Development Division. She earned a Master of Regional Planning degree from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.