Elaine K. Echols, FAICP

Elaine Echols's passion is service to her community. For over 30 years, Elaine has promoted inclusiveness, education, and good planning practice in Texas and Virginia. Her nationally acclaimed Neighborhood Model has made Albemarle County more livable through good urban design. Bikeways and walkways in Blacksburg, Virginia have been built by developers, volunteers, and the town according to plans she created. Planning commissioners and students have gained essential knowledge from her classes and presentations. Through volunteering, she has helped non-profits envision, then realize their goals. Steadfastly providing sound, planning-based guidance, Elaine is recognized as a mentor, teacher, and leader. Inducted in 2014.