Jeff Fugate

Jeff Fugate

Acting Associate Dean for Administration + Urban & Environmental Design program

Jeff Fugate is a seasoned city planner, with experience in both rural and urban communities. Fugate began his career leading teams of Habitat for Humanity construction volunteers as an Americorps Member in Washington D.C. He later worked for the Rural School and Community Trust before returning to school in 2003. In 2008, Fugate joined Coalition for a Better Acre, a community development corporation in Lowell, Mass., as a real estate project manager where he initiated the organization’s first LEED-certifiable project and oversaw the renovation of a historic school building into apartments.

Upon returning to Kentucky in 2010, Fugate ran a $2M energy efficiency fund for MACED in Berea. Fugate lead the Lexington Downtown Development Authority between 2012 and 2017, where he initiated key economic development projects including the Old Fayette Courthouse renovation, 21c Museum Hotel, and the Town Branch Commons park system.