Dr. Matthew Dalbey

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Faculty Member, Sustainable Urban Planning Program
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Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental Policy
  • Economic Revitalization
  • Small Town / Rural Planning
  • History of Urban Form
  • Federal Urban Policy
  • Sustainable Development
  • Smart Growth

Dr. Matthew Dalbey is the director of the US EPA’s Office of Community Revitalization. During his 14 years at EPA he has been recognized as a thought leader on more sustainable, resilient and innovative approaches to the growth and development of communities.

He has launched technical assistance programs that link economic revitalization and environmental protection and led these programs through transitions across changes in Federal leadership. The interagency assistance programs have been used to help hundreds of communities across the country. During the Obama Administration, he served as the deputy director of the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities. 

Prior to joining EPA he spent five years on the faculty of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Jackson State University. 


  • Columbia University, PhD Urban Planning
  • University of Virginia, MCP Urban Planning
  • University of Virginia, MA Architectural History
  • College of William and Mary, BA Government

Classes Taught

  • Sustainable Communities II: Tools for Assessment and Transformation.