Collaborative planning for vital, diverse, inclusive, livable communities through practical problem-solving with citizens, other stakeholders, and community leaders
Who We Are
Judith Green and David Woods founded GreenWoods Associates (GWA) in Seattle in 1992, focusing on citizen participation, comprehensive land use planning, main streets, environmental planning, parks, and neighborhood planning with an inclusive, culture-infused quality that reflects and enhances distinctive places. In collaboration with diverse resident-participants of the Seattle’s Crown Heights and Ballard neighborhoods, as well as a team of planning specialists we organized, we initiated the urban planning approach now known as the “Seattle Model.” This approach focuses on including the goals and voices of our clients and those who will be affected by our work throughout the planning process. Working with a team of specialists in diverse planning disciplines, we listen to and facilitate conversations among those who need to be there, do research and analysis to answer their questions, offer “best practices” examples and innovative alternative ways to meet their goals, create graphics and charts to help them make good choices, prepare reports, validate these, and make presentations to final decision makers and the community.
In 1996, we moved GWA to New York in order to pursue teaching and planning opportunities here, while expanding our regional and national opportunities to learn and to serve through working with public, private, and non-profit clients. Our offices in Manhattan and Long Island allow us to get to know our diverse clients well and draw on the experience and remarkable skills of other planning professionals. For us, each planning project is a new opportunity to work with our clients and their diverse stakeholders, with whom we aim to create vibrant, livable, equitable, and sustainable communities.
To learn more about our firm’s services and projects, see our GWA project list, our lists of planning specialties and past projects for our Principals Judith M. Green, PhD, AICP and David W. Woods, PhD, FAICP, PP. See also and our Team list of leading firms and planning specialists who are available to work with us on future projects.
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Judith M. Green, PhD, AICP
Principal / President
Judith M. Green, PhD, AICP, Principal and President of GreenWoods Associates (GWA), a professional planning consulting firm based in Manhattan and Long Island. GWA focuses on planning for livable, equitable, sustainable cities, as well as community-based organizations and planning processes that educate and empower diverse citizen voices. Her planning specialties include strategic and comprehensive planning, collaborative public participation, neighborhood and community development, event planning, professional writing, public speaking, and meeting facilitation. In addition, Dr. Green is Professor of Philosophy and Urban Studies at Fordham University in Manhattan and the Bronx.
David W. Woods, PhD, FAICP, PP
Principal / Executive Vice President
David W. Woods, PhD, FAICP, PP is Principal and Executive Vice President of GreenWoods Associates (GWA), based in Manhattan and Long Island, and serving public, private, and non-profit clients throughout the New York Metro Region. GWA focuses on best practices, sustainable development, and civic engagement. Throughout his career, David has focused on providing intelligent and responsive leadership that supports other leaders in effecting inclusive sustainable changes to promote livability, equitable community investment, and environmental sustainability for the long-term. Dr. Woods has been elected to the College of Fellows for the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP), the highest honor awarded to planners, “in recognition of exemplary leadership, high standards, outstanding achievements, and distinguished contributions of the art and science of planning.” David has taught planning courses at NYU, CUNY/Hunter College, The New School University, Rutgers University, and Fordham University.
Comprehensive Planning, Visioning, and Facilitation
Collaborative Public Participation and Education
Eco-social Resilience and Sustainability Planning
Economic and Community Development
Main Street and Neighborhood Planning
Parks and Open Space