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About Lucy Alden Kempf

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Lucy Alden Kempf
Executive Director

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 Development division.

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, Italy.