Nat Bottigheimer

Nat Bottigheimer

New Jersey Director

Nat is State Programs and New Jersey Director at the Regional Plan Association.  He is responsible for engaging stakeholders and building support for RPA programs to expand economic opportunity, improve infrastructure and adapt to climate change across the region, and leads our research, planning and advocacy activities in New Jersey. An expert in transit-oriented development particularly, and coordinated land use and transportation planning more generally, Nat has extensive experience building collaborative relationships to advance policies, plans, programs, and projects that strengthen communities and meet transportation performance tests at the same time. Nat has lived in Princeton, NJ since 2012, and since then has biked the length of the Delaware from Port Jervis to Trenton; fished the shore from the Hackensack River to Corson’s Inlet; and served on the New Jersey team of President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force.

Prior to joining RPA, Nat led the opening of transportation planning firm Fehr & Peers’ first East Coast office in Washington, DC; served as an Assistant General Manager at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) in charge of planning, real estate, parking, and sustainability programs; and worked in the Secretary’s Office of the Maryland Department of Transportation. Nat has a master’s in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s in government from Harvard.