Corporation for Independent Living
Kent Schwendy is currently the President/CEO for the Corporation for Independent Living (CIL). Throughout his career he has focused on the creation of walkable, livable, sustainable communities in a balanced and holistic fashion with design that accommodates the functional requirements without impacting the aesthetic vision. His expertise includes real estate development, site design, mobility planning, and green infrastructure.
Before joining CIL in 2013 as Chief Operating Officer, Schwendy, worked for Fuss & O’Neill, Inc., where he began as a project engineer and rose to the level of senior vice president and partner, leading a team of 50 professionals across six states in the planning, design, development, and construction of various real estate projects throughout the eastern U.S. Prior to joining F&O, Schwendy served in the U.S. Air Force where he attained the rank of captain. Among his USAF assignments was a tour as Airbase Combat Engineer at Dover Air Force Base from where he was deployed in support of operations “Desert Storm,” Southern Watch,” and Vigilant Warrior.” Schwendy also served as a utility engineer for the New York State Department of Public Service.
Mr. Schwendy has presented at many venues including the American Planning Association National Convention, the national Congress for the New Urbanism, and regional stormwater and energy conferences, as well as serving as a guest lecturer at the University of Connecticut and the University of Hartford. Mr. Schwendy is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in several states. He is an Accredited Member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, a LEED Accredited Professional from the U.S. Green Building Council, and a Certified Construction Specifier from the Construction Specifications Institute.
He seeks to balance the size and complexity of projects with the need to protect environmental resources, create a sense of place, and aesthetically fit into the surrounding urban fabric, without sacrificing functionality or accessibility. He measures success based on serving those in need, successful realization of visionary plans, and constructability of designs that provide holistic, balanced solutions.