August 17, 2009
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Executive Changes at Reconnecting America
Shelley Poticha, president and chief executive officer of Reconnecting America since 2004, has joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as senior advisor for sustainable housing and communities. John Robert Smith, the four-term mayor of Meridian, MS, will succeed Poticha at Reconnecting America.
HUD’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities will advance housing and communities that promote affordable, livable, and sustainable living environments. It will provide technical and policy support for energy, green building, and integrated housing and transportation programs at HUD, and will manage the department’s key relationships with other federal agencies.
While at Reconnecting America, Poticha had helped forge an interagency partnership between HUD and the Federal Transit Administration to link transit and land use policy and funding, and study the interplay between housing and transportation costs.
Poticha also has co-chaired the Transportation for America campaign, a broad coalition of 350 organizations ranging from AARP to the National Association of Realtors that is working with Congress on a six-year transportation authorization bill.
Smith has served as mayor of Meridian since 1993 and decided not to seek re-election to a fifth term. He has been a member of Reconnecting America’s board for five years and was a founding partner and board member of the organization’s predecessor, the Great American Station Foundation, voting to expand its mission and change its name in 2004.
Reconnecting America noted Smith’s early support of transit-oriented development through the renovation of Meridian’s historic train station, which helped contribute to the revitalization of the city’s downtown area.