Suzanne Nienaber

Center for Active Design

Suzanne Nienaber is the Partnerships Director at the Center for Active Design. With expertise in urban planning and facilitation, Suzanne has orchestrated over 200 presentations and participatory workshops to encourage designers, planners, and developers to transform the built environment to support healthy, engaged communities. She also leads Assembly, CfAD’s pioneering initiative exploring how community design impacts measures of civic life—including trust, participation in public life, stewardship, and voting. The Assembly: Civic Design Guidelines (2018) integrates input from 200+ studies, 50+ cities, and dozens of expert advisors to generate a playbook for creating well-designed and well-maintained public spaces as a force for building trust and healing divisions in local communities. Previously, Suzanne worked for New York City’s inter-agency Active Design team, where she developed and implemented training programs to familiarize professionals with NYC’s award-winning Active Design Guidelines (2010).