Lucy Alden Kempf
Lucy Alden Kempf was named Executive Director of the Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County
Planning Department in June 2018 after two years as manager of the Department’s Land
She leads a staff of 50 in guiding Nashville and Davidson County’s growth and
development, processing development applications, and contributing to the community’s
vision and direction for the future.
Ms. Kempf came to Nashville in September 2016 after ten years at the National Capital
Planning Commission in Washington, DC, where she was most recently Director of Urban
Design and Plan Review and previously served as Senior Urban Planner.
Her responsibilities there included managing the Commission’s Building Height Master Plan
and leading analysis of a number of major projects in the National Capital Region, including
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Visitor Center and proposals for the Smithsonian Air and
Space Museum renovation, both on the National Mall. She also led review of the final
designs of the Eisenhower Memorial and the Kennedy Center expansion bridge.
Ms. Kempf holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Davidson College, a master’s degree
in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, and a Certificate in Art
and Architectural History from Florida State University’s international program in Florence,