Geraldine Gardner

Geraldine Gardner is the Director of the Urban and Regional Policy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), a forty- year old non-profit organization dedicated to promoting transatlantic cooperation between the United States and Europe.

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At GMF, Gardner manages a network of U.S. and European urban leaders focused on peer to peer learning and research initiatives. Gardner and her team direct the transatlantic exchange of innovative practice while supporting participants in the practical application of new ideas to the unique context of their cities. Initiatives focus on critical themes in the transatlantic urban agenda including: cross sector partnerships and civic engagement; metropolitan regional development; sustainability and the new climate economy; and inclusive and equitable urban development. Before joining GMF in 2012, Gardner held in a several planning and economic development positions in the District of Columbia Government, including serving for five years as the Associate Director of Neighborhood Planning at the Office of Planning (DCOP). During her tenure at DCOP, she led the successful completion of over 18 neighborhood revitalization plans. Her work at the local level focused on the intersection between economic development strategy, community revitalization, and physical planning. Gardner has also worked in a variety or research and planning capacities in Los Angeles, New York, and Berlin. She holds a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree in metropolitan studies from New York University. She was also the recipient of a Bundeskanzler/ German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.