Catherine Ross

Catherine RossCatherine L. Ross, PhD, has extensive experience in both the public and private sector. She is the first endowed faculty member in Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture where she serves as Harry West Professor and directs the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (CQGRD). Dr. Ross has held several positions at Georgia Tech including that of Vice Provost. She was also the first Executive Director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA). Dr. Ross served as Senior Policy Advisor on the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences, on the boards of the Eno Foundation and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), and has held several other national leadership positions including President of the National Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). Dr. Ross is an Urban Land Institute Fellow, a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Professor, and has recently been named a member of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). Dr. Ross has been widely recognized for the quality of her work and was the recipient of the “Find the Good and Praise It Award” presented in 1998 by Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater for her work on the National Personal Transportation Survey Team. She was selected in July 2009 to advise the Obama Administration on the first ever White House Office of Urban Affairs. An internationally known transportation and urban planner, Dr. Ross has conducted research and has project experience at the local, national, and international levels. In addition, she co-founded Euquant, Inc., an Atlanta-based economic and planning consulting firm. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Ford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Lincoln Institute of Land Policy-China, Federal Transit Administration, and many local, city, and state governments throughout the country. She has published extensively, including two books: The Inner City: Urban Poverty and Economic Development in the Next Century (January 1997) and the newly released Megaregions: Planning for Global Competitiveness (July 2009). Dr. Ross attended Kent State University for her undergraduate degree, completed the Master’s of Regional Planning Program and Doctoral Degree at Cornell University, and conducted post-doctoral work at the University of California- Berkeley.