LDC is pleased to announce the addition of two new senior staff members, Mary Lydon and Jamie Taylor. Ms. Lydon will bring her 25 years of experience in the land use arena to LDC to focus on communications and innovation. Ms. Taylor, a national expert on the structural determinants of homelessness and its intersection with health and criminal justice systems, will be joining our Homelessness Policy and Systems team.

Mary Lydon joined our firm as a Principal and will lead marketing, communications and business development. She has a depth of experience in Smart Growth land use planning, real estate markets, community and stakeholder participation, and economic development strategies. Ms. Lydon has worked with private-sector developers, public-sector agencies, and nonprofit organizations.  She is a former Planning Commissioner and Stadium Advisory Group member for the City of San Diego and has held key leadership roles within the Housing You Matters Coalition, Urban Land Institute, the Downtown San Diego Partnership and several nonprofit boards over her career.  Ms. Lydon attended Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and completed the Executive Leadership Program in 2010.  She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Ms. Lydon can be reached at Mary@lesardevelopment.com

Jamie Taylor is joining our firm as a Senior Principal. She has been conducting program evaluations and providing technical assistance on evaluation design and data utilization to improve policy and program planning for over 25 years. Working for federal, state and local agencies, Dr. Taylor provides subject matter expertise on the structural determinants of homelessness, and its intersection with health and criminal justice systems. Dr. Taylor is currently leading a multi-site data integration project, combining data analytics, rapid-cycle evaluation, and a sustainable integrated data infrastructure to connect health, and housing data, supporting cross-sector goals for health and housing stability. As a leading expert on applied analytics, Dr. Taylor is also the site coordinator for a national evaluation to assess the impacts of housing and shared medical appointment treatment for people who experience long term homelessness, and substance use disorders. She also led a Shared Housing White Paper project for SAMHSA, and currently leads the development of a Data to Action Training curriculum and a national Community of Practice to build capacities for data-driven decision making among state and local data leaders. Previously, Dr. Taylor was the project lead providing evaluation training and technical assistance to 20 states funded under SAMHSA’s Now Is the Time Project AWARE, and lead developer of an 8-module online Data Essentials Training Curriculum to advance data literacy and data-driven planning capacities. She can be reached at Jamie@lesardevelopment.com.