Linda Young

Director of Research and Project Management

Linda oversees the project management, research process, and consulting services for CNT’s broad range of sustainability research projects. She manages a 10-member research and technical analysis team. 

Projects include development, updates, and community applications of CNT’s Housing and Transportation Affordability Index, a groundbreaking tool measuring the effect of urban form and location efficiency on household affordability. Linda also served as project manager for CNT’s subcontract to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Department of Transportation to develop the Location Affordability Index and related web-based tools. In 2007-08 she acted as project manager of the 22-member CNT team conducting research for the City of Chicago’s climate action plan, including the development of a greenhouse gas emissions baseline for the city and region, and documentation of 33 different mitigation strategies.

Linda joined CNT after 18 years working in community planning and development for the nonprofit and public sectors.

Linda holds a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation Planning from Eastern Michigan University.