NEWS RELEASE — Rutland Regional Planning Commission
Nov. 29, 2012
Susan Schreibman, Acting Executive Director (802-775-0871 x. 204)
Rutland, VT — The Rutland Regional Planning Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Kristen Mark Hughes as Executive Director. His formal duties will begin January 2, 2013.
Hughes is an executive planner with more than three decades of public service and leadership experience. He is expert across a wide range of planning issues, including land use, zoning, and environmental planning, as well as community development, housing, and energy.
Hughes formerly served as Planning and Research Department Director for Ontario County, New York, where he oversaw short and long range land use planning, capital project management, transportation planning, municipal technical assistance, historic preservation, land preservation, landfill oversight, and water resource issues. Previously, Hughes led planning departments in Frederick County, Wicomico County, the City of Salisbury, Carroll County, and Kent County in Maryland. His experience ranges from rural agricultural communities to rapidly growing suburban and exurban areas, as well as state-level policy development and implementation.
Hughes’ career includes extensive policy experience advocating for regional and local governments at the state and federal levels for the Maryland Association of Counties and as Executive Assistant and Legislative Liaison for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. He played critical roles in developing smart growth legislation, forest conservation law, and brownfields law, as well as housing finance, historic preservation, and energy conservation regulations in Maryland. With an undergraduate background in hydrogeology and resource management and a graduate degree with concentrations in water resources and agriculture, Hughes brings a foundation of scientific knowledge and his professional experience to current issues facing the Rutland Region.
Hughes currently serves as president of the New York State Association of County Planning Directors and has been active in the American Planning Association throughout his career as a State Chapter President and a regional Executive Board Member. He has lectured on various land use, environmental, and housing topics at Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Maryland, and other colleges. Hughes holds a B.S. in Environmental Planning and Public Resource Management from Allegheny College and a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia.