The Capital District Regional Planning Commission is comprised of staff with direct experience in planning, economic development, sustainability, and public administration. As a result, the Commission is able to deliver high-quality programs and services to the region.
Mark is the Commission’s fifth Executive Director, having joined CDRPC in December 2016. Mark’s prior experience has exposed him to both the public sector and nonprofit organizations to advance regional planning, economic development and environmental protection. Prior to joining CDRPC, Mark served as the Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway and Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. His collaborative approach, focus on leveraging assets and finding common ground have enabled both the Greenway and the National Heritage Area to be key assets for its community of partner organizations and municipalities in the Hudson Valley.
Mark is a certified planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He is the Member-At-Large of the American Planning Association (APA) – New York State Chapter. He previously served as its Vice President. He holds a BA in U.S. History and a Master Degree in Regional Planning from the University at Albany, State University of New York. Mark is a native of New York State, originally from the Kingston area. He and his wife Elizabeth reside in the City of Albany.
Timothy M. Canty, CPA
Financial Officer (CDRPC; CDYCI)
Tim is a Cerified Public Accountant and the principal Financial Officer for both the Commission and the Capital District Youth Center, Inc. He joined CDRPC in 2014. He has prior public and private sector experience as a chief financial officer (CFO) and auditor. He works with the Board and Executive Director to prepare financial statements, budget development, and regular accounting duties. Tim is a graduate of St. Bonventure University with a degree in Business Administration.
Director of Water Quality Programs
Martin joined the staff in 2013 as the Project Director for the Albany Pool Communities Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan and represents CDRPC at various MS4 and Water Quality working groups, as well as the Capital District Transportation Commission’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Prior to working for CDRPC, Martin served as a Project Director at Parks & Trails New York where he helped communities across New York advocate for, develop, and promote multi-use trails. Martin is active in a number of neighborhood and professional organizations, serving on the board of trustees of the Board of Great Camp Sagamore and as the Program Officer for the Capital District Planner’s Association. Martin received his Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from the State University of New York and lives in the Pine Hills Neighborhood of Albany.
Tara joined CDRPC as a Sustainability Planner in 2018. She works with municipalities in the region through the Clean Energy Communities Program for the Eastern Upstate Territory. She holds Master’s in Environmental Policy from American University, and a BS in Environmental Science from University of Albany. Tara previously worked as Clean Energy Communities Coordinator in the Southern Tier, and as a program director at a Troy-based non-profit environmental organization.
Director of Sustainability
Todd has been a professional urban planner since 1993 and has worked for the Capital District Regional Planning Commission since 1996. He has developed the Commission’s Geographic Information System; has lectured extensively on regional growth; and has been involved in numerous smart growth, sustainability, and watershed protection studies and programs. Todd directs the NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities Program for the Eastern Upstate Territory. He has a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University at Albany, where he taught a course on GIS for 13 years. He now teaches urban planning at Skidmore College. Todd is also a member of the Saratoga Springs Planning Board.
Jill joined CDRPC in 2017 as a Sustainability Planner and works with communities around the region to implement the goals and objectives of the Clean Energy Communities program. Prior to joining CDPRC, she worked as a Planning Technician for a county in Colorado. She’s a graduate of Union College and the University of Colorado, Denver.
Financial Officer (Albany Pool Communities, Clean Energy Communities Program)
Magdy joined CDRPC in 2015 to provide expert, technical assistance in finance and accounting for two of the Comissions intermunicipal programs, the Albany Pool Communities/CSO and the Clean Energy Communities programs. Prior to joining CDRPC, Magdy served as the Director of Finance for a not-for-profit in the Capital Region and as the Deputy Director of Finance/Controller for a statewide association. He holds a Bachelor degree in accounting from Cairo University in Egypt and received his MBA from Aspen University in Colorado.
Sean M. Maguire, AICP AZS
Director of Economic Development
Sean is a certified planner, economic development and public administration professional with 15 years of economic development, local government management and public affairs experience. Sean directs the Commission’s Economic Development and Regional Analytics programs.
He joined CDRPC after working for the New York State Department of State as a municipal management consultant and project manager. Prior to that, he was the Senior Economic Development Planner for Albany County. He holds degrees in geography, planning, and public administration from the University at Albany, SUNY. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and is an Accredited Zones Specialist. In 2017, Sean was named to the Albany Business Review’s 40 Under 40 list. He was also recognized with the Derieth Sutton Legacy Scholarship for Economic Development from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. He’s a passionate advocate for creating innovative strategies for sustainable, successful communities and organizations. He is a dedicated volunteer with a history of public service, philanthropy, and community involvement. Sean is a member of the Albany County Planning Board and former volunteer firefighter. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at the University at Albany and an advisor to its student-operated ambulance service. He resides in Guilderland with his wife Amie and their two children.
Donna joined the staff in 2003, having managed the office of a local planning and economic development firm for nearly 10 years. Donna manages the day-to-day operations for the Commission and the Capital District Youth Center, Inc including basic accounting and communications. She holds an A.A.S. from Hudson Valley Community College in administrative studies.