Rachel MacCleery Biography

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Rachel MacCleery is senior vice president at the Urban Land Institute, where she leads the organization’s Building Healthy Places Initiative, as well as its Infrastructure Initiative.

Under the Building Healthy Places Initiative, MacCleery is spearheading ULI’s efforts to leverage the power of its global networks to shape projects and places in ways that improve the health of people and communities. The initiative seeks to advance understanding of and action on connections between the built environment and health.

MacCleery’s infrastructure portfolio includes the production of a variety of reports examining cutting-edge infrastructure trends and issues; engagement in federal, state, and local discussions about infrastructure policy, funding, and financing; outreach to ULI’s council networks; and positioning the organization as an infrastructure thought leader.

MacCleery is a frequent speaker and writer on infrastructure topics. She has both local and international experience, and serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Infrastructure.

MacCleery began her career as a transportation planner for the city of Washington, D.C., where she worked from 2001 to 2004. She consulted on infrastructure and planning projects in China while working for global infrastructure provider AECOM from 2004 to 2008.

MacCleery speaks Mandarin Chinese and has lived off and on in China since 1994. She held a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Taiwan from 1996 to 1997. She holds an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and holds master’s degrees in public affairs and urban and regional planning from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

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