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 specialized in housing and community development with services that include strategic planning, program development, project profiles, policy analysis, and grant management. She has presented frequently to professional audiences on trends and best practices in residential and mixed-income development.
Bimonthly contributions to NAHB’s digital magazine about the value of good design and the connection between home and community.
Features a dozen detailed case studies from across the country that showcase the many ways in which communities can increase housing affordability.
Contributed literature review and national case studies to a report on the feasibility of developing housing cooperatives in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.
South Central Indiana Housing Opportunities
Ms. Myerson served as executive director of South Central Indiana Housing Opportunities (SCIHO) (2016-2020), pursuing the nonprofit’s mission to increase access to affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families in Bloomington, Monroe County, and surrounding counties.
- Developed Switchyard Apartments, a $1.39 million affordable housing project
- Launched Housing4Hoosiers.org, a resource for renters and landlords to learn more about their rights and responsibilities in their rental home attracting over 43,000 users annually.
- Published “Renting in Indiana: A Handbook for Tenants and Landlords” for statewide distribution
- Produced a semi-annual Tenant/Landlord Education Series in Monroe County attracting 200+ registrants
Indiana University, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
As an adjunct professor at the Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs (2011-2016), Ms. Myerson taught courses on housing policy and urban planning designed to engage students in real-life issues with community-based service-learning assignments at local agencies.
Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute is the oldest and largest network of cross-disciplinary real estate and land use experts in the world. As a senior associate in land use policy (2001-2003), 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.
Education and Certifications
- Rental Housing Development Finance Professional, National Development Council
- Member, American Institute of Certified Planners
- Master of Regional Planning, Cornell University
- Bachelor of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Civic and Professional Affiliations
- Vice chair, Monroe County Affordable Housing Advisory Commission
- Advocacy co-chair, South Central Housing Network
- Southern Regional Representative, Indiana Chapter =American Planning Association
- Executive Committee/Past Chair, Private Practice Division, American Planning Association
- Communications Committee, Housing and Community Development Division, American Planning Association