Deborah L. Myerson, AICP is an urban planner and consultant with over twenty years of experience in housing, community development, land use and transportation policy, and urban revitalization.
Since establishing her consulting practice in 2003, Ms. Myerson has provided research and writing services focused on planning and real estate development, particularly the production of affordable and mixed-income housing. She has authored many case studies, reports, articles, and other publications on these topics, as well as delivered frequent presentations to professional audiences. Clients have included the American Planning Association, Enterprise Community Partners, the National Association of Home Builders, National Association of Realtors, and the Urban Land Institute.
Ms. Myerson has also served as executive director of South Central Indiana Housing Opportunities (SCIHO) since 2016, where she leads the nonprofit’s mission to increase access to affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families in Bloomington, Monroe County, and surrounding counties.
As an adjunct professor at the Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs from 2011-2016, Ms. Myerson has taught courses on housing policy and urban planning that engage students in real-life issues via community-based service-learning with local agencies.
Prior to establishing her consulting firm, Ms. Myerson worked for the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit research and education organization serving real estate developers based in Washington, DC. As a senior associate in land use policy, Ms. Myerson managed research, education, outreach and advisory services projects in land use policy and real estate, including housing policy, smart growth, environmental policy, and urban development.
Previously, Ms. Myerson was director of programs at Scenic America, a national nonprofit conservation organization headquartered in Washington, DC. At Scenic America, Ms. Myerson directed national programs and authored publications on scenic byways, context-sensitive highway design, and other program initiatives aimed at improving visual quality in land use and transportation.
Ms. Myerson earned a Master of Regional Planning degree from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Civic and professional affiliations include:
- Vice chair of the Monroe County Affordable Housing Advisory Commission
- Advocacy co-chair of the South Central Housing Network
- Southern Regional Representative, Indiana Chapter =American Planning Association
- Member, American Institute of Certified Planners
- Immediate past chair, member of the Private Practice Division, American Planning Association
- Member, Housing and Community Development Division, American Planning Association