Robert McNulty

Visiting Fellow

Robert H. McNulty has 35 years of experience of working at the neighborhood, city, county and state level in government, nonprofit, community advocacy, business leadership, and philanthropy organizations advancing livable communities.

Mr. McNulty founded Partners for Livable Communities in 1977 with the leadership and support of Nancy Hanks, later a member of the Board of the Conoco Corporation and Vice Chairman of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

In these thirty years Mr McNulty has become the prime mover of livable communities in the United States and has put together and helped to form new leadership groups in approximately twenty cities around America. He has undertaken strategic planning (in particular, the noted Chattanooga Venture Strategy), honoured men and women of the private sector, government and citizen activism for building bridges across racial lines, income and classes that divide communities.

McNulty is an experienced civic strategist and has worked in over 400 communities in the United States and Canada and has travelled in over 100 countries around the world. McNulty has a business degree in real estate from the University of California, School of Business and a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley.

He has been a Fellow, twice appointed at the graduate school of Design at Harvard University; a guest Fellow at Pierson College, Yale; an adjunct associate professor for 8 years at Columbia University in the School of Architecture and acting director of the graduate program in historic preservation for 1 year within the School of Architecture at Columbia.

McNulty was appointed as a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome for the fall of 2008 exploring new handheld technology and archaeological interpretation visualization for tourists. In 2009, he began a three-year appointment with the Oxford University School of Geography and the Environment as a Senior Visiting Research Associate, lecturing in the Masters of Science degree program on Nature, Society and Environmental Policy.

McNulty has received grants and stipends in support of his work from the Smithsonian Research Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

He has had research appointments to the Hudson Institute in Indianapolis, and has worked with the Conference Board, the Business Roundtable, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Association of Realtors, Bank of America, Wachovia and numerous other business and corporate interests on how to create better markets for their products through leadership, community problem-solving and livable communities for their employees, clients and their consumers.

An accomplished public speaker, Mr McNulty has addressed numerous national, regional and local groups ranging from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities to the Aspen Institute and the Memphis Job Conference.

Over the last decades McNulty has also written articles on urban strategies for publications ranging from the Washington Post and Christian Science Monitor to the Atlanta Magazine and California Monthly Magazine.