Dr. Jeffrey Featherstone joined Temple University in September 2001 as the Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities. He also is a Professor in the Department of Community and Regional Planning (CRP).
He was appointed Chair of the CRP department in October 2002 and served in that capacity until August 2006. The Department began offering undergraduate and graduate degree courses for the first time in fall 2002.
Dr. Featherstone, who specializes in water resources management and dispute resolution, served as a member of the Long's Peak Working Group in 1992, an advisory body to President-elect Bill Clinton on national water policy and sustainability. The group's final report, entitled: "America's Waters: A New Era of Sustainability," served as the starting point for the administration's policy and regulatory agenda.
In 1995, he served as a ranking member of the U.S. Water Resources Delegation to China and since then has advised Chinese government officials on water conservation and sustainability issues. More recently, in 2015 he led an U.N. international team of city planners in exploring and recommending revitalization efforts in the West Bank of the Jordan River. In 2013 he served as General Rapporteur of the annual congress of the International Society of City and Regional Planners in Brisbane, Australia.
Dr. Featherstone has secured over $10 million in research grants and successfully completed over 30 research projects while directing the Center for Sustainable Communities. Major funders include the William Penn Foundation, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, Philadelphia Water Department, and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Dr. Featherstone is the former Deputy Executive Director of the Delaware River Basin Commission, an interstate agency responsible for management of water resources in the 13,000-square-mile area drained by the Delaware River and Delaware Bay.
Previously, he was the Director of Planning for the Upper Mississippi River Basin Commission, a hydrologist and planner with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and a research specialist at the University of Minnesota's Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.
Dr. Featherstone has served on review boards for professional associations and he has been published in conference proceedings or professional journals of the American Water Works Association, American Political Science Association, Universities Council on Water Resources, American Water Resources Association, and National Ground Water Association. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Temple University.