Doug Foster

dougcrop2I moved to Nyack in the Spring of 2006.  Even though I am relatively new to the area, my wife (Rosemary) and I were very deliberate in picking Nyack as the community we wanted to live in.  Nyack has what is very important to us: a diverse population, a strong sense of community, a vibrant commercial core, and a traditional and pedestrian-friendly layout.

I got involved right after moving here, and want to use my background in planning and service to help improve our community.

Work Experience

  • Foster Solutions (2000-present), my company specializes in web programming, market research, and automated systems.
  • Senior Homeownership Specialist for Neighborworks America (2004-2006), a national program for low and moderate income families.
  • City of Ithaca Planning Systems Manager (1990-2000) — In charge of or staff for many projects and programs including parks management, downtown urban design, development plans, parking studies, corporate park development, etc.  Built and managed City’s Geographic Information System (GIS).


  • Nyack News and Views — Co-founder
  • Nyack Nature Conservancy — Worked with the Nyack Conservancy Board to develop the Park Plan.
  • Member of Mayor’s Task force on the Superblock redevelopment
  • Member of the Chamber of Commerce Parking Garage Task Force
  • Chair of the Administrative Board of St. Paul’s Methodist Church of Ithaca
  • Board President of Literacy Volunteers of Tompkins County
  • Habitat for Humanity worker


  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and American Planning Association member
  • Member, Chamber of Commerce of the Nyacks
  • Master of Regional Planning, Cornell University (1991)
  • BA: Political Science, Amherst College (1986)