About

Local Innovations. National Impact.

Established in 2007, the Initiative achieves its mission through a multifaceted program of work that includes research and education, publications, and convenings.

ULI’s Infrastructure Initiative is led by full-time staff with a deep understanding of global infrastructure challenges and opportunities. An Advisory Group composed of industry leaders guides the program.

ULI’s infrastructure programming is well established and the Initiative has a strong track record. Key activities include:

  • Global infrastructure report, produced in collaboration with Ernst & Young since 2007
  • Two decades of innovative thinking about transit-oriented development
  • Ongoing programming to promote regional infrastructure solutions
  • Regular email updates to infrastructure audiences

Infrastructure Initiative Staff

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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 Building Healthy Places, Rachel is spearheading ULI’s efforts to leverage the power of ULI’s global networks to shape projects and places in ways that improve the health of people and communities. Rachel’s Infrastructure Initiative portfolio encompasses a multi-faceted program of work promoting better and more sustainability infrastructure decision making.

Rachel is a frequent speaker and writer on infrastructure topics. Rachel has both local and international experience, and began her career as a transportation planner for the city of Washington, D.C. Rachel consulted on infrastructure and planning projects in China while working for global infrastructure provider AECOM from 2004 to 2008.

Rachel speaks Mandarin Chinese and holds master’s degrees in public affairs and urban and regional planning from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Phone: (202) 624-7162
E-mail: Rachel.MacCleery@uli.org
Articles by Rachel MacCleery in Urban Land

Rachel MacCleery’s full biography and high resolution photo

Sarah Jo Peterson

Sarah Jo Peterson is Senior Director, Policy at the Urban Land Institute. Prior to coming to ULI, Sarah Jo taught urban planning at the University of Oklahoma and worked as a planner for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, specializing in land use and urban strategies. Sarah Jo has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a PhD in American history from Yale University.

Phone: (202) 624-7062
Email: Sarah.Peterson@uli.org
Articles by Sarah Jo Peterson in Urban Land

Infrastructure Posts

The Infrastructure Posts page shares new research, trends, and innovations, focusing on issues at the intersection of infrastructure and land use and helping to inform global, national, and local conversations about infrastructure.

Infrastructure Update

The Initiative’s e-newsletter, the ULI Infrastructure Update, is a regular review of infrastructure and transportation issues and ULI activities for ULI members and partners. Email infrastructure@uli.org to be added to the Infrastructure Update mailing list.

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Support Us

Support for the ULI Infrastructure Initiative helps expand its reach to members and non-members actively engaged in infrastructure decision making. The ULI Infrastructure Initiative is uniquely positioned to leverage ULI’s networks—including local and regional District Councils, Product Councils, and more—to engage in efforts to address pressing infrastructure challenges. The Infrastructure Initiative harnesses the power of partnerships to increase the impact of its work, and program partners and supporters are involved and recognized in program materials and other ways.

To discuss specific funding or partnership opportunities, please contact Rachel MacCleery, Vice President for Infrastructure, at Rachel.MacCleery@uli.org or (202) 624-7162; or David Howard, executive vice president for development and the ULI Foundation, at DHoward@uli.org or 202-624-7055.