Transportation Policy Analyst
Charles (Chuck) Kooshian, Transportation Policy Analyst, has more than 20 years’ experience in transportation and land use planning for regional and local government. Chuck is interested in measuring how urban form affects the economic and other benefits that a city provides to households, businesses and governments. He was the lead author of Growing Wealthier: Smart Growth, Climate Change and Prosperity (CCAP 2011).
At CCAP, Chuck evaluates international and domestic transportation and land policy alternatives and their effects on greenhouse gas emissions, governmental planning processes and institutional coordination issues. He was instrumental in developing a Transit-Oriented Development NAMA for Colombia as part of the MAIN project. He has prepared urban planning guidelines for new growth in Saudi Arabia that are being considered for adoption nationwide. He led a U.S. study to examine capacity barriers hindering state and local governments from implementing climate change mitigation projects.
Before joining CCAP Chuck developed travel demand models for public and private use in California, Michigan, Florida and Texas. He also worked as a long range comprehensive land use planner in El Paso, Texas where he managed the Open Space and Green Infrastructure Planning process and facilitated the adoption of the Smart Code. As a land use planner he was particularly concerned with how the selection and planning of transportation projects has long-term effects on land use. As a member of the Joint Action Committee for the Improvement of Air Quality in the Paso del Norte Basin, he formulated recommendations for cooperative actions to reduce pollution along the U.S.–Mexico border region.
Chuck holds an MS in Urban and Environmental Systems from Florida International University and a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.