Charles Brown, MPA is a senior researcher with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) and adjunct professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, both at Rutgers University. He has 15 years of public and private sector experience in transportation planning, policy, and research. He also has extensive experience in community development having worked with municipal, county, and state government agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations in three states: Mississippi, Florida and New Jersey. He is considered a regional thought leader and a leading voice in encouraging equity and complete streets policy adoption and implementation in New Jersey. Since 2011, he has assisted more than 60 municipalities and three counties with adopting complete streets policies. He served as an instructor for twelve deliveries of the New Jersey Department of Transportation Complete Streets Course, and trained chronic disease coordinators throughout NJ on behalf of the New Jersey Department of Health. More recently, he co-instructed a pilot course on advanced environmental justice for the National Transit Institute and Federal Transit Administration. His work has been featured by or quoted in the New York Times, NPR, Streetsblog Los Angeles and Chicago, CityLab, and various other national and local media outlets.
Combining modern advances with time-tested urban principles, Graham founded the traditional walking neighborhood of Newpoint in Beaufort, SC in 1991. Since that time he has participated in building eight other neighborhoods: the Village of Port Royal, Broad Street, I’On, Morris Square, Hammonds Ferry, Mixson, and Earl’s Court in South Carolina; and East Beach in Virginia. In addition to garnering numerous design and environmental stewardship awards, these neighborhoods have also been the subject of articles and stories in The Wall Street Journal, Builder, Landscape Architecture, and National Geographic magazines, Home and Garden Television, CNN, the BBC and more. Graham is a passionate advocate for advancing human-scaled urbanism, and has spoken at architectural and planning symposiums in Australia, Europe, and throughout the United States.