Cynthia Bowen Promoted to Principal

REA Promotes Cynthia Bowen to Principal

Rundell Ernstberger Associates (REA) is pleased to announce the promotion of Cynthia Bowen to Principal and Director of Planning. She joins the firm’s existing leadership in executing REA’s vision to enhance communities through transformative design and economic development strategies.

“REA has experienced exciting growth since Cynthia joined us in 2015, and now her leadership appointment reaffirms our commitment to providing comprehensive planning and urban design services throughout the country. Cynthia shares our vision for the stewardship of our clients and our practice in the communities where we work,” said Kevin Osburn, REA President & Managing Principal. “Our entire leadership team is focused on innovative design and superior technical follow through, and they are building positive momentum for the future of our firm.”

As REA embarks on its 40th year in business, providing an integrated approach to solving the local and global challenges of our clients is at the core of our interdisciplinary design practice. With Cynthia’s leadership, international experience, and partnerships throughout the urban planning industry, we can provide our clients additional value and results for success.

Cynthia Bowen, FAICP, LEED AP — Principal & Director of Planning

Cynthia’s experience on numerous complex projects, her leadership and passion for the built environment have contributed to her reputation as a highly respected planner. In 2017, Cynthia was elected by her peers as the national President of the American Planning Association, and in 2018, she was elevated to the American Institute of Certified Planners College of Fellows. As the youngest and sixth female president to serve in the history of the American Planning Association, Cynthia has exemplified outstanding leadership in the planning profession. During her 23-year career, she has led many multi-discipline projects in diverse and disadvantaged communities from the Midwestern United States to Middle Eastern countries such as United Arab Emirates, Libya, and Egypt. In addition to mentoring other planning professionals, Cynthia has served in key community and university roles for more than 10 years. Her passion for fair planning and respect of cultural values has helped make Cynthia a global leader in the profession.