About Elizabeth "Libby" Tyler, FAICP
Elizabeth “Libby” Tyler, Ph.D., FAICP, is a consulting planner with over 35 years of experience in community, land use, and environmental planning at the local, regional, and federal levels. She recently retired as the Community Development Services Director for the City of Urbana, Illinois, where she worked for over 17 years, overseeing programs in planning and zoning, economic development, affordable housing, and building safety. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Conservation from the University of Colorado, a master’s degree in Environmental Planning from the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD in Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her dissertation research focused on the development of an environmental values typology. Her planning research and professional interests include neighborhood planning, community development, planning for healthy communities, downtown revitalization, and public involvement. A Charter Member of the American Planning Association, Libby was the first female planner in Illinois to be recognized as a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. She is a member of the American Planning Association’s Diversity Committee and is past chair of the Women and Planning Division.
- PhD, Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001