Jessica Cogan Millman is an expert and leader in urban planning, environmentally sustainable development, and the principles of smart growth. As a founding member of the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Core Committee, Jessica drafted many of the credits. Jessica works on sustainable neighborhood issues across the country. Jessica is experimenting with applying the LEED-ND rating system in non-traditional ways, including using the rating system as an audit tool to measure how well a community to achieving sustainability goals.
Jessica has extensive experience working at all levels of government and also in the non-profit arena. Jessica now directs the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Green Neighborhoods Program. The Green Neighborhoods program works with communities around the country to design, plan, and catalyze the building of model, neighborhood-scale development projects that combine smart growth, environmental justice, green stormwater infrastructure, efficient transportation options, green building, and public health practices.
Prior to working at NRDC, Jessica served as the Planning Director for the Coalition for Smarter Growth. At the Coalition, Jessica advocated for the adoption of good planning policies around the Washington region. Jessica has held many other positions including: the Deputy Director of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute and Smart Growth America; Chief of Staff for the Governor’s Office of Smart Growth in Maryland and as the Director of Program and Policy Coordination at the Maryland Department of Planning; and a variety of positions in the Urban and Economic Development Division and the Office of Water at the United States Environmental Protection Agency.