Elizabeth Seward: Mixing Affordable Housing and Retail Development

City and Regional Planning Practice Colloquium

Beth Seward (M.R.P. '07) is deputy director of land use policy for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development where she works on large-scale planning projects throughout the city. Seward designs research initiatives that support the agency’s commitments to affordable housing creation and examines city investment in neighborhood retail as a cornerstone to revitalizing distressed neighborhoods. Seward is the founder and copresident of the Planning Forum, an organization that connects women starting their career in policy and urban planning with mid-level planning professionals. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor of arts in economics. She received her master of regional planning from Cornell University.