Patty Elkis, PP, AICP, is Director of Planning at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. She oversees staff in long-range planning, freight and aviation planning, and transportation safety and congestion management; environmental and smart growth planning; economic, demographic and GIS analyses; marketing and commuter services; as well as DVRPC’s newer initiatives in energy, climate change, food system and healthy communities planning. Patty has partnered with a number of non-profits and other governments on regional projects, including the GreenSpace Alliance on the Return on Environment study, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society on regionwide tree planting projects, and Natural Lands Trust and the Philadelphia Water Department for the Schuylkill Priority Lands Strategy. Her Return on Environment study, land prioritization modeling work, greenway work and New Regionalism project have received awards of recognition from Communities in Motion, the Schuylkill Action Network, Delaware River Greenway Partnership, the Rancocas Conservancy, and APA Pennsylvania Chapter. Patty serves on the Board of the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association, the Lower Merion Township Shade Tree Commission, as co-chair of the Land Use and Policy Council of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Urban Land Institute, as well as on the Advisory Board of the Philadelphia Chapter of ULI. Before joining DVRPC, she worked at SEPTA and at Montgomery County Planning Commission, as well as working as a town planner in the Negev desert in Israel. Patty received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Master of City Planning, with a Certificate in Appropriate Technology for Developing Countries, also from Penn.