Executive Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth

A founder and the longtime Director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, Stewart is responsible for the organization’s overall strategic direction, is our primary spokesperson, and leads our advocacy at the regional level and in Virginia.

Before the Coalition for Smarter Growth, Stewart worked for the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, the Land Trust Alliance, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and as a volunteer for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He had little idea of what he was getting into with the Coalition, but 15 years later he’s still going strong!

Stewart is an attorney, but he’s also a retired Navy Captain with 24 years of active and reserve service. He holds a BA and JD from the University of Virginia (a “double-Hoo”) and an MA from Georgetown University. We’d think he’s amazing, even if he hadn’t been recognized by the Washington Business Journal as a Business Person of the Year (2002), a finalist for their Green Business Visionary Award (2009), and as a member of their D.C. Region Power 100 in 2012.