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Carolyn Fahey, AICP, recently joined the City of Mountain View as a Senior Planner. Previously, she worked for the City and County of San Francisco and the City of Boulder. Before entering the public sector, Fahey taught architectural design in the United Kingdom and practiced architecture in rapidly redeveloping Denver, Colorado. She holds a PhD in architecture from Newcastle University, a master’s in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado Denver, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Arielle Fleisher is the Liaison to the Board of Supervisors at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, a role she’s held since October 2020. Previously, she was a transportation policy director for SPUR, where she worked from 2016-2020. Before that, Fleisher was a planning analyst at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. She holds a dual master’s in urban planning and public health from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in history from UC Davis.

Brendan Hurley, AICP Candidate and urban designer and planner at Dyett & Bhatia, is the newly appointed North Bay Regional Activity Coordinator (RAC) for APA California – Northern Section. He previously served on the Northern Section Board as UC Berkeley Student Representative, 2016-2018. Before coming to the Bay Area in 2016, Hurley was a service and outreach coordinator for the Emerging Planning Professionals Committee of APA Colorado for two years. He holds a master of city planning from UC Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Hurley lives in Napa and enjoys exploring the wine country.

Darcy Kremin, AICP, a planner with 22 years’ experience, has been promoted to Director of Environmental Planning at Rincon Consultants. Before joining Rincon in 2018, she was Bay Area environmental practice leader for Michael Baker International and earlier held senior environmental positions at URS Corporation, Cardno ENTRIX, and RBF Consulting. Kremin holds an MA in urban and environmental policy from Tufts University and a BA in geography/environmental studies and political science from UCLA. She was Northern Section Director 2009-2010 and was profiled in “Meet a local planner” in the June 2015 issue of Northern News. You can read her recent op-ed, “The New World Order, from a consultant’s point of view,” in the May 2020 issue of Northern News.

Edgar Maravilla is now a Senior Planner with the City of Mountain View. He had been an associate planner with the City of Hayward. Maravilla grew up in South Central LA and was the first in his family to graduate high school. He holds a master’s in urban and regional planning (certificate in transportation planning) from San Jose State University and a BA in community studies (immigration and social justice) from UC Santa Cruz. Maravilla is Northern Section’s liaison to the California Planning Foundation.

Brynn McKiernan, AICP, an acquisitions and development associate for multifamily projects at Emerald Fund, has been appointed the Awards Program Director for APA California – Northern. She previously helped Northern Section on the publicity subcommittee for the 2015 APA California Conference in Oakland and served on the Section Awards committee in 2017. McKiernan held project management and planning positions at Raimi + Associates and Rhoades Planning Group before joining Emerald Fund. She has a master of real estate development + design from UC Berkeley and a BS in urban and regional planning from Cal Poly Pomona.

Carolyn Neer, AICP Candidate, has been promoted to a Project Manager at David J. Powers and Associates, a firm she joined in 2019. She was previously an associate environmental planner at Rincon Consultants, 2018 to 2019. Neer holds a master of urban planning from San Jose State and a bachelor’s degree in history from UC Berkeley. She is co-director of Northern Section’s Young and Emerging Planners Group. In her spare time, she enjoys backpacking, biking, and baking.

Leslie Trejo is now an Environmental Planner at Rincon Consultants. She was previously a planning intern in Rincon’s Oakland office. Trejo received her master of urban planning from San Jose State University in December 2020. She holds bachelor’s degrees in communications and environmental sustainability studies from the University of Northern Colorado (Greely). In her spare time, Trejo enjoys reading and cycling.

Ellen Yau recently joined the Community Development team at the City of Mountain View as a Senior Planner. Previously, she worked as a design and research assistant at Sub-Art (a non-profit promoting art in transit projects), an outreach intern at M.I.G., and most recently as an associate planner at the City of Cupertino. Yau holds a master of planning with an emphasis on sustainable land use from USC and a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from UC Davis. She is the Mentorship Director for the Northern Section.

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