Friday, December 1, 2017
Dru Schmidt-Perkins, executive director of 1,000 Friends of Maryland for 19 years, has decided to move on. A big loss for them, but hopefully a big gain for someone else in the Smart Growth and Transportation Reform world! (Full disclosure: 1,000 Friends is a client of mine)
Dru’s many accomplishments are summarized in a good story from the Bay Journal (here). For me, Dru’s work demonstrates that smart, thorough, persistent work can make a big difference. As the article indicates, she has been a fixture at the Maryland legislature, continually educating and working for better outcomes. Obviously she couldn’t single-handedly prevent all the nuttiness that happens in a legislative setting, but she made a huge difference. Her work also reminds us that the state legislatures are more than even the front lines in the struggle for smarter growth, smarter planning, and smarter transportation. And her example should reinvigorate all of us that work at the state level.