Hank Dittmar (1956–2018) was the founding principal of Hank Dittmar Associates, an international urban planning firm. Before that, he was chief executive of The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, leading the foundation in contributing to the design of our built environment at practical and policy levels both in the UK and internationally.
Dittmar also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism, the founding president and CEO of Reconnecting America, and executive director of the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership. He was appointed by President Clinton to the White House Advisory Committee on Transportation and Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the President’s Council on Sustainable Development’s Metropolitan Working Group and provided expert testimony to the United States Congress, the OECD, and the Australian government on numerous occasions.
His long, varied career included service as a regional planner, airport director, policy advisor, and outreach worker with street gangs in Chicago. He published extensively on planning, urban design, and architecture, including the 2003 Island Press book The New Transit Town: Best Practices in Transit-Oriented Development.