Director of Urban Development, National League of Cities (NLC)

Executive Director, Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership

Jess Zimbabwe


Jess Zimbabwe serves as Director of Urban Development at the National League of Cities (NLC) and founding Executive Director of the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership—a partnership of NLC and the Urban Land Institute. Previously, Jess was the Director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and served as the Community Design Director at Urban Ecology, providing pro bono community planning and design assistance to low-income neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a licensed architect, certified city planner, a LEED-Accredited professional, and a member of the urban planning faculty at Georgetown University.