Christopher B. Leinberger is a land use strategist, teacher, developer, researcher and author, balancing business realities with social and environmental concerns.

Mr. Leinberger is:

  • President of Locus; Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors
  • Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution in Washington DC
  • The Charles Bendit Distinguished Scholar and Research Professor, George Washington University School of Business
  • Founding Partner of Arcadia Land Company

His most recent book is The Option of Urbanism, Investing in a New American Dream. He is the author of Strategic Planning for Real Estate Companies and has contributed chapters to 12 other books.  He is an Op-Ed Contributor to the The New York Times, writes regularly for The Atlantic Monthly and numerous other magazines.  CNN, National Public Radio, Atlantic Cities Channel, Washington Post, among others, have profiled him.

Leinberger was voted one of the “Top 100 Urban Thinkers” in a 2009 poll conducted by Planetizen, the international urban planning website.  He was the 2010 William H. Whyte Urbanism Award winner by Partners for Livable Communities.

For 20 years, Mr. Leinberger was co-owner and Managing Director of Robert Charles Lesser & Co., the country’s largest independent real estate advisory firm. His consulting work focused on corporate strategic planning for real estate companies, metropolitan development trends and strategic planning for downtowns. He has been on numerous publicly traded and privately owned corporate boards of directors, including AvalonBay Communities, traded on the NYSE and one of the most highly valued rental apartment REITs in the country.

Leinberger is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the Harvard Business School and lives in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.

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