Kennedy Lawson Smith

Kennedy Lawson Smith

Kennedy Smith, a principal with the Community Land Use + Economics Group, is one of the nation’s foremost experts on economic development planning for older and historic commercial districts. Her work focuses on crafting forward-looking, innovative economic development strategies, then turning them into practical implementation strategies.

Kennedy has won numerous accolades for her work, including being included in Planetizen.com’s list of “100 Top Urban Thinkers of All Time”, and being named one of “Fast Company” magazine’s first “Fast 50 Champions of Innovation”, recognizing “creating thinkers whose sense of style and power of persuasion change what our world looks like and how our products perform.” Her work has been featured in news media ranging from Business Week and The New York Times to “CBS Sunday Morning” and “The Donohue Show”. She was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University in 2005.

Before co-founding the CLUE Group in 2004, Kennedy served for 14 years as the director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center. In addition to her work with the CLUE Group, she teaches a graduate-level course in historic preservation economics at Goucher College and writes articles for several planning and economic development journals.