Thomas Jacobson

Thomas Jacobson

Adjunct professor and researcher

Phone: (804) 754-6161 Email:


  • Land use planning and analysis
  • Urban/suburban revitalization and redevelopment
  • Neighborhood and comprehensive planning

Current Employment

  • Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Researcher, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis - lead on Richmond MSA Development Tracker Project and other projects

Previous Employment

  • Director of Revitalization,  9 years, Chesterfield County, Virginia
  • Director of Planning, 17 years, Chesterfield County, Virginia
  • Assistant Director of Planning and Building Services, Sioux Falls, SD
  • Assistant Professor, University of North Dakota
  • City Planner, Grand Forks, ND


  • BS from University of Minnesota in Civil Engineering
  • MS from University of Minnesota in Environmental Planning
  • One year towards PhD from University of North Carolina in Urban Planning
  • Certified Professional Planner (AICP)

Board of Directors and Active Involvement in Community Affairs

  • Chesterfield Alternatives Board of Directors -Builder amd manager of handicapped affordable housing
  • Urban Land Institute (Richmond Area District)
  • Better Housing Coalition – non-profit builder of quality affordable housing
  • United Way
  • American Planning Association, Virginia Chapter and two other state planning associations
  • Cofounder and Chairman of Advisory Committee for the Alliance for Quality Growth - Richmond Region – now inactive
  • Richmond Economic Development Corporation
  • Partnership for Housing Affordability
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Local Advisory Committee
  • Jefferson Davis Association – non-profit revitalization oriented CDC
  • Chairman, Brandermill History Project Committee

Publications and Presentations

Prepared numerous articles on planning and suburban design for national publications and numerous presentations at national, state and metropolitan conferences.