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Ken Snyder

Ken is a nationally recognized expert on a broad range of techn­ical and non-technical tools for community design and decision-making. Ken sits on the Board of the National Charrette Institute and is past Chair of the American Planning Association's Technology Division.

Prior to working for PlaceMatters, Ken worked for the Orton Family Foundation, heading up their Planning Tools Program. Ken also worked for the US Department of Energy as a Community Development Program Specialist. In 2000, he served as co-chair of a committee on information and tools for the White House's Livability Council, developing policy recommendations for the Clinton-Gore report on Building Livable Communities. In 2001, he was selected as a German Marshall Fund Environmental Fellow where he traveled to Europe to study professional peer approaches to land use and transportation planning.

From 1988-1991, he worked for the National Audubon Society where he traveled internationally representing Audubon at international negotiations on climate change. Building on this experience, he organized and taught a graduate level course on International Environmental Negotiations while at Yale. He has a double degree from Oberlin College in Biology and Environmental Studies and a Master's Degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in Conservation and Development.

Ken's articles include: "Putting Democracy Front and Center" (in Planning, July 2006), "Tools for Community Design and Decision Making" (a chapter in Planning Support Systems in Practice, Published by Springer in 2003); "Visualization Tools to Improve Community Decision Making" (an APA PAS Memo published in November 2003); and "Decision Support Tools for Community Planning" (the cover article in PM: Public Management, November 2001).