Chris Rhie (Lead LA 2) is an urban planner and Associate Principal at Buro Happold in Los Angeles. With a background in public policy, urban design, and environmental management, Chris works with local governments, universities, and non-profit organizations across the United States to develop sustainable infrastructure, land use, and climate policy frameworks. He was the energy project manager for New York City’s Roadmap to 80×50 and recently led the consultant team for the award-winning Los Angeles Countywide Sustainability Plan – widely recognized as the nation’s boldest, most inclusive regional sustainability strategy. Well-versed in equitable planning, Chris also serves on Buro Happold’s internally focused equity committee.
Chris comes from a public sector background, having worked as an energy manager at the Cities of Oakland and New York. He was recently a Coro Lead LA Fellow and Senior Fellow at the USC Marshall Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab, and currently serves as a board member for the Westside Urban Forum, as well as Energy and Emissions Chair in the US Green Building Council’s LEED for Cities and Communities Working Group. Originally from Hartford, CT, Chris holds masters degrees in city planning and real estate development from MIT.