Robert Yaro is the president of Regional Plan Association (RPA), America’s oldest independent metropolitan policy, research, and advocacy group. Based in Manhattan, RPA promotes plans, policies, and investments needed to improve the quality of life and competitiveness of the New York Metropolitan Region, America’s largest urban area. Yaro cochairs the Empire State Transportation Alliance and the Friends of Moynihan Station, and is vice president of the Forum for Urban Design. He serves on Mayor Bloomberg’s Sustainability Advisory Board, which helped prepare PlaNYC 2030, New York City’s new long-range sustainability plan.
Since 2001 Yaro has been professor of practice in city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania. He also taught at Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts.
He holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Wesleyan University