City Planner, City of Cincinnati
Samantha McLean is a city planner with the City of Cincinnati where she facilitates long- and short-term planning efforts with neighborhoods and stakeholders, and supports the City Planning Commission. Prior to joining the department in 2019, she completed a Fulbright grant, researching the intersection of cultural and built heritage and climate change planning in Saint-Louis, Senegal. Before pursuing a career in urban planning, Samantha worked in international development with an international education nonprofit in Washington, D.C. and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon. She is passionate about working with communities to strengthen their built, social, and ecological environments. She has a Bachelor of Arts in International Development and Minor in French Language and Literature from George Washington University and a Master of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati. Samantha is a candidate in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a LEED Green Associate. She is also a proud Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient. Samantha is a member of the American Planning Association and serves on the Executive Committee for the Urban Land Institute’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. Samantha enjoys travel and exploration, whether across the ocean, into the woods, or down the block. When she isn’t out and about, you can find her signing up for a myriad of free webinars, practicing her rusty French, or immersed in a book.