Established in 2007, the Initiative achieves its mission through a multifaceted program of work that includes research and education, publications, and convenings.
ULI’s Infrastructure Initiative is led by full-time staff with a deep understanding of global infrastructure challenges and opportunities. An Advisory Group composed of industry leaders guides the program.
ULI’s infrastructure programming is well established and the Initiative has a strong track record. Key activities include:
- Global infrastructure report, produced in collaboration with Ernst & Young since 2007
- Two decades of innovative thinking about transit-oriented development
- Ongoing programming to promote regional infrastructure solutions
- Regular email updates to infrastructure audiences
Infrastructure Initiative Staff
Rachel MacCleery is Vice President for Infrastructure at the Urban Land Institute. She is responsible for guiding the organization’s approach to national and global transportation, water, and energy policy issues. At ULI, Rachel directs the production of an annual state-of-infrastructure report, manages a program to examine federal transportation policy and make recommendations for reform, and engages with ULI’s local chapters in efforts to better link transportation and land use at the regional level.
Rachel has extensive international experience, having consulted on infrastructure and planning projects in China when she was working for global infrastructure provider AECOM from 2004 to 2008. Rachel began her career as a transportation planner for the city of Washington, D.C., where she worked from 2001 to 2004. Rachel speaks Mandarin Chinese and holds master’s degrees in public affairs and urban and regional planning from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Sarah Jo Peterson
Sarah Jo Peterson, research director for the Infrastructure Initiative, is responsible for research and publications relating to transportation and land use. Prior to coming to ULI, Sarah Jo taught urban planning at the University of Oklahoma and worked as a planner for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, specializing in land use and urban strategies. Sarah Jo has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a PhD in American history from Yale University.
The ULI Infrastructure Initiative blog shares new research, trends, and innovations, focusing on issues at the intersection of infrastructure and land use and helping to inform global, national, and local conversations about infrastructure.