Elaine CleggProgram Director, joined the Idaho Smart Growth staff in 1998. An Idaho native, she has been an activist in growth management issues in the Boise area since 1984, including serving as neighborhood association board member and president. She was a leader in establishing the Hull’s Gulch Nature Preserve. Elaine has served as a director on many boards and currently serves on COMPASS, Valley Regional Transit, and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Boards of Directors, and on the Idaho Safe Routes to School Advisory Committee. Elaine has researched and authored Idaho Smart Growth publications on Best Practices, Infill, and Safe Routes to School. She has most recently been working directly with communities to implement policies related to Safe Routes. Elaine was re-elected to the Boise City Council for her fourth term in 2015. She has a B.A. in painting and drawing from Boise State University, is a professional graphic designer, and has attended numerous trainings on planning, smart growth, and Safe Routes to School. Contact Elaine

Deanna Smith

Deanna SmithProgram Director, joined the Idaho Smart Growth staff in 2006 after serving on the Board of Directors since the organization’s inception in 2000. She has served on the East End Neighborhood Association Board of Directors since 1999, including five years as president. Deanna has been involved in community activities since moving to Boise in 1982, working in numerous staff positions in the nonprofit community.  Deanna served as the field director for Neighbors Protecting Idaho, managed two successful city council candidate campaigns, and served on the staff of several other electoral campaigns. United Vision for Idaho recognized Deanna as the 2008 “Administrator of the Year.”  The Idaho Business Review recognized Deanna as a “Woman of the Year” in 2012. Deanna earned her B.A. with an emphasis in education and planning from Evergreen State College in 1981. She has attended multiple trainings, workshops, and conferences including earning a Charrette Facilitator certificate from the National Charrette Institute and a certificate from Portland State University’s Institute for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation. Contact Deanna

Anna Marie YoungProgram Associate, joined the Idaho Smart Growth staff in June 2021. She is a graduate of UC Davis with a degree in Community and Regional Development, with an emphasis in Land Use and Transportation Planning and Policy. Her courses abroad included “Landscape Architecture and Public Space” in Norway and “Transportation Planning” in Germany. During her senior year she worked for WALKSacramento, a pedestrian advocacy organization, and took a large part in developing a Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Transit Access plan for the four community colleges in Sacramento. After winning a Women-in-Transportation scholarship (and singing a song at the awards ceremony), she was offered an internship with the California Transportation Commission. After graduating, she worked for the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and served as the assistant to the chair of the California Strategic Growth Council. Most recently, Anna Marie was working with the city of Emmett. Anna Marie is excited to continue her planning and advocacy work here, in her home state of Idaho! She believes “The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create it” . . . BY DESIGN. Contact Anna Marie