As executive director of the National Capital Planning Commission, Marcel Acosta leads a federal agency that is committed to preserving and enhancing the extraordinary qualities of Washington, D.C. and the National Capital Region. The Commission oversees the planning and design approvals of major federal buildings, parks and commemorative works in the capital city. Current projects include the Southwest Ecodistrict Initiative, a forward looking approach to urban sustainability, and the Height of Buildings Master Plan, a congressionally-requested study exploring strategic changes to the 100 year-old federal law that shapes the capital city’s iconic skyline.
Marcel also serves on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Board of Directors, which oversees the region’s public transport system.
Before joining the Commission in 2001, Marcel served as senior vice president of planning and development for the Chicago Transit Authority and also held the position of deputy commissioner for the Chicago Department of Planning and Development.
The Commission’s Monumental Core Framework Plan was recently awarded the Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design from the American Institute of Architects and a Professional Honor Award for Planning and Analysis from the American Society of Landscape Architecture.