Robert D. Yaro
Robert D. YaroPresident
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Robert D. Yaro is President of Regional Plan Association, the nation's oldest independent metropolitan policy, research, and advocacy group. RPA promotes the livability, vitality and sustainability of the New York metropolitan region.
Yaro led development of and co-authored RPA's Third Regional Plan, A Region at Risk, and has authored and co-authored numerous papers on articles on planning and infrastructure for the five boroughs and the metropolitan region. He founded and co-chairs America 2050, RPA's initiative to create a national development and infrastructure plan. He has worked for years to protect important landscapes and develop parks and public spaces in New York and New England.
Yaro is a member of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Sustainability Advisory Board, which helped prepare PlaNYC 2030, and of New York City's Waterfront Advisory Committee. Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed him to the New York Works Task Force, which is developing a long-range infrastructure investment strategy for New York State. He is co-chair of the Empire State Transportation Alliance, on the board of the Forum for Urban Design, and an honorary member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Yaro holds a Master's in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University and a Bachelor's in Urban Studies from Wesleyan University. In addition to leading RPA, Yaro is Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania and has consulted on city and regional planning issues across the U.S. and in Europe, China, Japan, Turkey, and North Africa.