Director, Center for Community Planning and Development
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Office Location: UR352
Kathryn Wertheim Hexter serves as director of the Center for Community Planning and Development and The Levin College Forum. She joined the Levin College of Urban Affairs in 1986. A planner and public policy analyst, Ms. Hexter has over 25 years of experience managing and directing program evaluations, research and technical assistance projects in the areas of housing policy, community and neighborhood development, sustainable development, city and regional planning and civic engagement. She has worked extensively with federal, state and local governmental, philanthropic and non-profit organizations.
Her current research interests include suburban poverty, economic inclusion, the future of community development and foreclosure prevention. She also serves as a member of the management team for the White House’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Fellowship program. The SC2 initiative was developed to address the comprehensive economic needs of distressed communities.
Ms. Hexter holds a masters degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University. Prior to joining the College she worked in community and governmental relations for a public utility and as a planning consultant.
Areas of Expertise:
- Best Practices and Benchmarking Studies
- Building Strategic Alliances Among Public, Private, and Nonprofit Sectors
- Civic Education
- Community and Neighborhood Development
- Community-University Partnerships
- Environment and Sustainability
- Focus Group Moderation and Analysis
- Housing Policy
- Land Use
- Planning and Zoning
- Program Evaluations Assessments & Development
- Public Policy Development and Analysis
- Public/Private Partnerships
- Race and Gender Issues
- State and Local Governance
- Strategic Planning
- Urban and regional planning