Scot Oliver

Scot Oliver, Executive Director, started working at Idaho Smart Growth in the summer of 2013. Prior to that he served for several years as special projects manager at Capital City Development Corp., Boise’s redevelopment agency, working on sustainable development, neighborhood design, arts and cultural investments, public relations and other projects. Previously he was marketing director at Appalshop, a nonprofit media arts organization based in Kentucky, and media services director at the University of the South in Tennessee. He serves on the board of Community Transportation Association of Idaho and previously on the ULI-Idaho Advisory Committee and the boards of Radio Boise and US Green Building Council Idaho. Scot earned a bachelor’s degree at Guilford College, a master’s in architecture at the University of Idaho and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Contact Scot


Elaine Clegg, Program Coordinator, 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 2018

Deanna Smith, Program Coordinator, 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

Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor, Office Administrator, joined Idaho Smart Growth in 2018. Sarah is an active member of the Collister neighborhood in Boise and currently serves on the neighborhood association board. Her focus is on finding ways to build connection and community in the suburban environment and she counts walking her daughter to school down the tree-lined streets of her neighborhood as her favorite part of the day. She has organized PARK(ing) Day events, Walk to School Day celebrations and served as a volunteer on the pilot project of National Street Service for the Collister Neighborhood. Sarah came to Boise by way of Twin Falls, Idaho where she served on the Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency board during the excitement of the Twin Falls Main Avenue redevelopment project. She is a graduate of the College of Southern Idaho and obtained her B.B.A. from Boise State University. Contact Sarah

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