Staff

  • Director of the Purple Line Corridor Coalition

    Sheila Somashekhar

    Sheila Somashekhar joined the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland in 2020 as Director of the Purple Line Corridor...
  • Executive Director and Professor, National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland

    Gerrit-Jan Knaap

    Gerrit-Jan Knaap is Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, Executive Director of the National Center for Smart Growth Research at the University...
  • Research Professor, Director of the Planning and Design Center and PALS Program Senior Advisor at the NCSG

    Uri Avin

    Uri’s 40 years of experience span both the public and private sectors. Prior to his appointment at UMD, Uri was the Practice Leader for Regional...
  • Associate Director

    Nicholas Finio

    Nick Finio is the Associate Director of NCSG, and a PhD candidate in the Urban and Regional planning program. He primarily works on community...
  • PALS Program Director

    Kim Fisher

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers Kim Fisher is the Program Director of the Partnership for Active Learning in Sustainability (PALS) Project. PALS is...