CSG Garners Two Prestigious Awards

Executive Director Stewart Schwartz Selected to WBJ’s Power 100

CSG Selected for Third Time as One of the Region’s Best Small Charities

The Washington Business Journal (WBJ) just announced its first-ever Power 100 list of the most powerful business leaders in the Washington D.C. region. The list includes Coalition for Smarter Growth Executive Director Stewart Schwartz. In addition, the Coalition for Smarter Growth has been selected as one of the region’s best small charities by the Catalogue for Philanthropy – CSG’s third such annual honor since the Catalogue was established.

“I am very honored, but it’s important to note that the Power 100 selection is equally an achievement of CSG’s staff and interns, donors and foundations, volunteers and activists, and range of business and non-profit partners,” Schwartz said of his selection by WBJ. “Together we have changed the debate about the best way for the region to grow, winning wide support for a more sustainable and equitable, walkable and transit-focused future.”

In making its selections, WBJ stated, “To be influential and powerful, you have to be respected, get things done, either quietly or with plenty of fanfare, and know the right people.” According to the paper’s editors:

“In the Washington area, no one person and no one organization is more influential on smart growth issues than Stewart Schwartz and his D.C. nonprofit, Coalition for Smarter Growth. As executive director and founder, Schwartz, an enemy of suburban-defining sprawl, is regularly called upon as the voice of, and advocate for, transit- and pedestrian-oriented development. A retired Navy captain, Schwartz began leading the charge for smart growth well before it formed the basis for every regional jurisdiction’ s long-term growth plans. Still, his job hasn’t gotten any easier as he challenges well-worn proposals for outer beltways and new Potomac River bridges and the constant call by powerbrokers for more and more roads.”

The Catalogue for Philanthropy will honor the Coalition for Smarter Growth and its other 2012/2013 recognized charities at a gala event on Monday, December 3rd at the Sidney Harman Hall.  According to the Catalogue, a review board selects each of its 70 featured charities from among some 250 applications each year, evaluating them for distinction, merit, and impact, and scrutinizing the finalists for cost-effectiveness, sustainability, and financial transparency.

“Selection by the Catalogue is a big boost for our hard-working team at CSG and a stamp of approval that gives donors the security of knowing that their contributions will be used efficiently and effectively,” said Alex Posorske, Managing Director and lead development officer for the Coalition for Smarter Growth. “Contributions to CSG have made a real difference in our work to create a more sustainable region.”


About the Coalition for Smarter Growth

The Coalition for Smarter Growth is the leading organization in the Washington D.C. region dedicated to making the case for smart growth. Our mission is to promote walkable, inclusive, and transit-oriented communities, and the land use and transportation policies needed to make those communities flourish. To learn more, visit the Coalition’s website at www.smartergrowth.net.