Meg Williams Jamison is an urban planner with expertise in network and coalition development and building, creative economic development and downtown revitalization, sustainable food systems planning, community outreach an stakeholder engagement. In 2010 she formed Future Trace Strategies, a consulting business that reflects her commitment to connect people with each other, with resources and with the opportunities for collaboration that allow for magnified impact. With Future Trace Strategies, she is able to help manage strategies for network development, comprehensive and strategic planning, research direction and project management.
Meg’s professional experience has always allowed her to connect dots, build networks and create community. Today, she uses this experience in her work with sustainability directors throughout the southeast. She currently works with Ullman Consulting to provide network coordination services for the Southeast Sustainability Director’s Network, a network of sustainability directors throughout the southeast working to build sustainability solutions region-wide within local governments. She also works as a project manager and urban planner for Asheville Design Center, a community based planning and design group that works on providing design solutions in Western North Carolina. She also continues to serve as Research Director at SCALE, Inc., an economic development consulting firm led by Anthony Flaccavento.
From 2012 to 2013, Meg lived in Austin, Texas where she worked with the City of Austin’s Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens program, the first of such programs in the state. From 2013-2015, she lived and worked in northern Arizona as the regional Director for Local First Arizona, the largest local business coalition in North America. She has volunteered on a number of boards with work focused on rural economic development, local food and community planning.
A champion for sustainable, creative and place-based solutions to community development and planning efforts, Meg served on the Asheville Artists Alliance board in 2009-2010 and actively volunteered with the planning and design nonprofit, Asheville Design Center, from 2007-2012. She worked on planning projects in Asheville’s River Arts District and in The Block neighborhood, where she worked with stakeholders to facilitate community-based plans. She holds a bachelors degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia and a masters degree in Geography and Planning from Appalachian State University.
Meg now lives in Asheville again with her husband, Chris Jamison, and two young sons and works on a variety of projects nationwide. In her spare time you can find her hiking, enjoying a local brew or cruising around on her bike.