Megan McDonald

Megan McDonald

Megan McDonald is the Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability for Tompkins County. Since joining the Department in 2013, her work has focused on addressing housing challenges within the community and advancing sustainable practices within County operations. Megan received a Master of Regional Planning in 2005 from Cornell University, and returned to Ithaca in 2009 to become Program Manager for the NSF-funded Institute for Computational Sustainability at Cornell. Her previous experience also includes advancing the protection of environmental and cultural resources through work with the National Park Service and private consulting firms, providing historic preservation and neighborhood planning services as a Planner for the City of Raleigh, and teaching preservation planning courses at the University of Mary Washington. She joined the Board of Finger Lakes ReUse, Inc. in 2015.

 

“Reuse has been part of my family’s values and basic thinking from my earliest years, motivating much of my interest in sustainability, historic preservation, and planning. The combination of vision, creativity, pragmatism, and stewardship that reuse involves is inspiring, and particularly meaningful when combined with the creation of living wage jobs. Reuse empowers each of us to help our communities strike a healthy balance between environmental, economic, and social needs while learning to be mindful of the impacts our ‘stuff’ has on the world around us.”