Richard Lawrence currently serves as a Principal Planner for the City of Alexandria, Department of Planning & Zoning – Neighborhood Planning and Community Development Division. Lawrence has over 14 years of proven success in planning, policy development and research in the public and non-profit sectors. In his previous roles Richard managed a variety of projects and initiatives, implementation of long-range and short-range redevelopment projects, provided development and technical reviews, and facilitated community engagement processes. Richard successfully completed the City of Alexandria Management Fellowship, where he served as the Special Assistant to the City Manager (2018-2019), managing a portfolio of citywide projects and initiatives on behalf of the City Manager. He earned a master’s degree in Community Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park and holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design and Social Sciences Interdisciplinary - Urban Public Policy from SUNY University at Buffalo.
Position: Principal Planner for the City of Alexandria