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Shannon Guzman, MA, MCP

Policy Research Senior Analyst

Areas of Expertise

Livable communities, smart growth policy, community planning, and land use, housing, and transportation policy


Shannon Guzman is a policy research senior analyst with the AARP Public Policy Institute, where she works primarily on livable communities issues. She conducts research and analysis to inform community members and assist local decision makers in their efforts to support residents who want to age in place. She has coauthored publications on community livability, housing, and transportation; analyzed national crash statistics; and assisted in the development of community assessments. Prior to joining AARP, she was a senior planner for the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, in the Prince George’s County Planning Department, where she worked on long-range, comprehensive planning projects focused on the implementation of smart growth, neighborhood revitalization, and transit-oriented development policies and strategies for several communities.

For 2 years, Ms. Guzman served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador, where she worked on community development projects with an emphasis on citizen participation, girls’ education, and municipal workforce development and training. She also has worked in the television and film production and 401(k) industries. She is certified as a LEED Green Associate through the U.S. Green Building Council. She received a Master of Community Planning from the University of Maryland; an MA in communications, culture, and technology from Georgetown University; and a BA in Spanish from the University of Virginia.

In Her Words

“In addition to the direct impact of housing costs and assets on well-being, housing choices play an important indirect role in middle-class security. Housing location can provide—or deny—access to services that enhance economic opportunity. Segregation of housing by income has increased in recent decades, a trend that can affect families’ ability to achieve middle-class security.” “Loss of Housing Affordability Threatens Financial Stability for Older Middle-Class Adults” by Rodney Harrell and Shannon Guzman

Selected Publications

  • Harrell, R. and Guzman. S., “Loss of Housing Affordability Threatens Financial Stability for Older Middle-Class Adults,” (Washington, DC, AARP Public Policy Institute, January 2013).
  • Lynott, J., Fox-Grage, W., and Guzman, S., “Weaving It Together: A Tapestry of Transportation Funding for Older Adults,” (Washington, DC, AARP Public Policy Institute, April 2013)





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