Catherine Cox Blair is a Senior Advisor with NRDC’s Urban Solutions program where she works to provide communities, cities and regions technical assistance and expertise with a focus on green, sustainable and resilient neighborhoods. Blair came to NRDC from Reconnecting America where she worked with a diversity of partners in cities and regions to provide a range of tools to strengthen their role in planning and implementing sustainable communities around transit systems. Before joining Reconnecting America, Blair was a senior associate with Cherokee Investment Fund, a leading private equity firm investing capital and expertise in brownfield redevelopment. Blair launched the City of Denver’s transit-oriented development program under then Mayor Hickenlooper where she managed efforts to build the city’s capacity to leverage public investments in transit for creating sustainable communities.
Blair’s background includes experience in urban planning, public policy development, environmental consulting, and philanthropy. She has a Master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Urban Affairs and Planning from Virginia Tech. She is a commissioner of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority and a board member of Wonderbound, a contemporary dance company in Denver.