Robin Bolster-Grant is now Assistant Director–Planning and Building Services at the County of San Benito Resources Management Agency (Hollister). She had been an attorney at Rice, Luxon and Bolster-Grant in Santa Cruz. Before that, Bolster-Grant was with Santa Cruz County for 17 years as planner, principal planner, and cannabis licensing manager. She holds a JD from Monterey College of Law, an MURP from San Jose State University, and a BA in environmental studies from CSU East Bay. Bolster-Grant also studied environmental planning and policy at UC Davis and physical science at the United States Naval Academy.
James Castañeda, AICP, will become in June the Planning and Urban Development Manager for the City of Albuquerque, a mile-high city of 560,000 in the center of New Mexico. He had been a senior land use planner with Sheppard Mullin, Los Angeles (2020-2021), and worked for San Mateo County from 2006 to 2020, most recently as a Planner III. Castañeda served on APA California Northern Section’s Board from 2011 to 2020 in several positions: Peninsula RAC, Communications Director, Administrative Director, Director-elect, and most recently, Section Director (2019-2020). He holds a BS in city and regional planning from New Mexico State University.
Sajuti R. Haque (pronounced hawk) has been promoted to Senior Management Analyst in the City of San Carlos Community Development Department. Before joining San Carlos in mid-2019, she was an economic development specialist with Suisun City (2017-2019) and an affordable housing Portfolio Associate with BRIDGE Housing, 2016-2017. Haque holds a master of urban planning from San Jose State University and a B.A. in urban studies and planning from UC San Diego. She was an associate editor with Northern News in 2020.
Erik Lundquist, AICP, started 2021 as Chief of Planning, Monterey County, where he oversees a staff of 20 FTEs, including the two who manage current and long-range planning. He had been a planning manager at Hogan Land Services, Santa Rosa (2017-2021), and before that, he was in Calistoga as senior planner and assistant to the city manager for more than 13 years. Lundquist holds a master of public administration from the University of San Francisco and a BS in city/urban, community, and regional planning, from Cal Poly SLO.
Greg Powell is now at M-Group as a Senior Planner, working on zoning and current planning for the City of Petaluma. Before joining M-Group, he was a planner for the City of Berkeley for 21 years. After business hours, Powell is at area racetracks, both behind the wheel and coaching new drivers at high-performance driving events. He holds a BA in environmental studies from UC Santa Cruz.