Principal, Lydon Associates, a strategic communications company with a special focus on land use. Mary has 20 years of experience in Smart Growth land use planning, real estate markets, community and stakeholder participation, and economic development strategies. She has worked with private-sector developers, public-sector agencies, and nonprofit organizations. She is a former Planning Commissioner for the City of San Diego and has held leadership roles within the Urban Land Institute, the Downtown San Diego Partnership and several nonprofit boards over her career. Ms. Lydon attended Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and completed the Executive Leadership Program in 2010. She also holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.