Kevin Shepherd, PE, ENV-SP | VERDUNITY

"I've been blessed to live in numerous states and overseas, so my exposure to so many diverse places has definitely impacted my work. My 'a-ha!' moment came back in 2010 when I was working with urban planners, economist and sustainability specialists to help cities across the country recover from the 2008 recession. It was then when I realized the importance of building walkable places for people to the long-term financial, environmental and social health of our communities and country, and how engineers must play a leading role in affecting change. As a father of two, I'm deeply concerned about the world we're leaving to future generations. My personal purpose is to use my experience and abilities to lead and accelerate this change."

Day job:

VERDUNITY Planning + Design (Founder + CEO)


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Registrations & affiliations:

  • Texas P.E. #88642
  • Strong Towns - Founders Circle
  • Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) - North Texas Board Member
  • American Planning Association (APA)


Maximizer, Achiever, Relator, Strategic, Individualization


Kevin is an entrepreneurial 'plangineer' with over 23 years of experience in civil engineering, planning, site development and municipal finance. He spent 17 years at global A/E firm HDR as a leader of the Dallas office's municipal services program and later as National Director of the Community Planning + Urban Design market sector. In 2011, he founded VERDUNITY to provide people and resource-focused planning and engineering solutions to progressive cities and developers. The CULTIVATE! Collaborative provides another platform for Kevin to educate, engage and inspire people and communities to embrace the challenges ahead and move forward.

Known for his innovative ideas and willingness to challenge the status quo, Kevin enjoys educating others on fiscal and environmental impacts of various development patterns, and thrives in environments where multiple perspectives must be brought together. Kevin is a Verifier for ISI’s Envision rating system and a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the STAR Communities program. He is a vocal advocate for the non-profit group Strong Towns, serves on board of the north Texas chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and writes and speaks regularly on the topics of fiscally-based planning, small scale development, economic gardening and neighborhood revitalization.

Career highlights

  • North Texas CNU Board of Directors, 2016-present
  • Comprehensive Plan of the Year Award, Royse City 2030, Texas APA, October 2017
  • Frequent Lecturer at Southern Methodist University (SMU), 'Sustainable Planning and Engineering Practices', 2014-2017
  • Program Facilitator, NCTCOG New & Emerging City Managers and Finance Directors Course, 2015-2017
  • Speaker, Author & Podcast Guest, Strong Towns, 2013-present
  • Speaker & Author, Texas American Planning Association, 2013-2017
  • Speaker, Focus North Texas Symposium, 2014-2017
  • Speaker, Texas Government Finance Officers' Association, 2016
  • Keynote Speaker: New Mexico State APA/ASCE Joint Conference, 2015
  • Keynote Speaker: Multiple Chambers of Commerce, 2012-2017
  • Keynote Speaker: North Texas ASCE, 2012
  • HDR Pathfinder Award, National Winner, External Client Service category, 2003