Hank Dittmar has been Chief Executive of The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment since January 2005. The Prince’s Foundation is an educational charity which seeks to improve the quality of people’s lives by teaching and practicing timeless and ecological ways of planning, designing and building. On behalf of its President, HRH The Prince of Wales, Dittmar leads the Foundation in contributing to the design of our built environment at practical and policy levels both in the UK and internationally. He leads a team of urban designers and architects; a research resource that focuses on the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the built environment, and a growing education and skills training programme.
Dittmar is current Chair of the Board of Directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism based in Chicago, an international membership organization that promotes the creation and restoration of compact, walkable, mixed-use cities, towns, and neighborhoods.
Prior to January 2005, Dittmar was President & CEO of Reconnecting America, a U.S. charity, formerly known as the Great American Station Foundation. From 1993 to 1998, he was the Executive Director of the Surface Transportation Policy Project, the American national coalition for transportation reform. He has also served as Manager of Legislation and Finance at the metropolitan planning organization in the San Francisco Bay Area, as Director of the Santa Monica Airport and as Manager of Planning for the Santa Monica Municipal Bus Lines.
Dittmar 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, which he served as Chair. He has provided expert testimony to the United States Congress, the OECD and the Australian government on numerous occasions.
His book, The New Transit Town: Best Practices in Transit-Oriented Development, edited with Gloria Ohland, was published in December 2003 by Island Press. He was also a contributing author to Sustainable Planet: Strategies for the 21st Century, published by Beacon Press in 2003. Dittmar was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin in 2003-2004.
Dittmar holds a Masters degree in Community and Regional Planning from the School of Architecture of the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He resides in London, England.