Corinne Kisner is an urban planner dedicated to building safe, sustainable transportation systems and equitable, active cities through better street design and transportation policy. As the Deputy Director of NACTO, Corinne oversees the organization’s national programs and publications, manages an incredible team of NACTO staff, and liaises with a network of leading city transportation officials to advance people-oriented urban design.
In her time at NACTO, Corinne has worked to build a movement in progressive transportation, connecting and empowering networks of peer cities to achieve local and national change. Corinne directs the annual Designing Cities conference; supported Green Light for Great Streets, an initiative to identify and remove structural barriers to city project delivery; and created and launched Leadership NACTO, a new leadership development program for city transportation officials. At NACTO, Corinne has also worked to communicate a new vision for urban transportation; she served as the project manager and lead author for the 2017 Urban Street Stormwater Guide; contributed to the 2017 Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism and the 2016 Transit Street Design Guide; and coordinated the 2013 endorsement campaign for the Urban Street Design Guide, which paved the way for a new era in city street design guidance. Since joining the organization in 2013, Corinne has supported NACTO’s program development and strategic growth, from a network of 23 member cities in 2013 to a robust organization with more than 70 active, engaged member cities and transit agencies today.
In early 2016, Corinne was selected to be a part of the inaugural cohort of the Forefront Fellowship at the Urban Design Forum. Prior to joining NACTO, Corinne held a Mayoral Fellowship at the City of Chicago, supported the launch of Ann Arbor’s bike share system in her role at the Clean Energy Coalition, worked as the Sustainability Associate in the Center for Research & Innovation at the National League of Cities, and coordinated the 2010 Asilomar International Conference on Climate Intervention Technologies in her role at the Climate Institute in Washington, DC. She received a Taubman Scholarship to pursue a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Michigan, and won the Helene M. Overly Scholarship from the WTS Michigan Chapter during her graduate studies. Corinne also holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.