Cynthia M. Houben, FAICP

Cynthia M. Houben has been the Pitkin County, Colorado, community development director for over 20 years, as part of a 35-year professional planning career. Her creative use of planning tools and inclusive approaches to citizen engagement have led to “on the ground” preservation of natural and working landscapes in Pitkin County, one of Colorado’s most iconic places. Her innovative approaches to growth management, land-use regulation, transfer of development rights, and land acquisition have been coupled with a thoughtful and collaborative approach to citizen engagement giving citizens a stake in their own future.