Lisa Nisenson

I got my start as a civic activist in Arlington, VA. My neighborhood taught itself urban planning so I am a big believer in tactical, DIY urbanism. I bring this perspective to all my work.


Lisa Nisenson has 20 years of experience in city design as a civic activist, federal policy-maker, local planner and civic technology entrepreneur. Her expertise is assembling land use, transportation and economic development practices that deliver multiple benefits. Assembling these best practices is a facilitated discussion among many different stakeholders.

Lisa has conducted research and written seminal guides on water resources, transit-orientation, innovation, civic engagement and technology. Currently, her work focuses on adaptive planning for technology, in particular smart city and transportation technology (including planning for active + autonomous vehicles).