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Abigail Thorne-Lyman Named Director Of Center For Transit-Oriented Development

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The Center for Transit-Oriented Development today announced the appointment of Abigail Thorne-Lyman to be the director of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, replacing Sam Zimbabwe.

“Given her long track record of leadership in CTOD over the last seven years, Abby is the obvious choice to be the next CTOD Director,” said Reconnecting America Chief of Staff Allison Brooks. “Abby is an innovator and a wonderful collaborator, and will continue to help CTOD break new ground in supporting TOD implementation across the country.”

Zimbabwe is leaving to take a position as Associate Director for the Planning, Policy and Sustainability Administration with the District of Columbia Department of Transportation.

“While we will all miss Sam terribly, both his incredible expertise and warm and witty personality, we are so proud of him and his new opportunity with DDOT,” said Reconnecting America President and CEO John Robert Smith. “Sam will still be engaged in the type of work he led so well at Reconnecting America and I am sure we will cross his path often.”

Prior to Thorne-Lyman’s appointment, she was Project Director in Reconnecting America’s Oakland office, where she led a range of technical assistance and research projects in regions around the country, including Los Angeles, Portland, and Pittsburgh. As part of her work in regions around the country, she has helped public, private and nonprofit stakeholders develop new tools and methods for understanding and implementing TOD and for communicating the benefits and opportunities of TOD to a wide audience.

CTOD is a partnership among Reconnecting America, the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), and Strategic Economics. As director, Thorne-Lyman will manage CTOD’s efforts to provide technical resources and best practices to transit agencies, cities, and local communities working to implement transit-oriented development plans at scales that range from the neighborhood to the region.