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Register now for AICP Exam Prep Trivia Night (Virtual)

Wednesday, February 10, 2021, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm 

Get ready to ace the AICP with AICP Exam Prep Trivia Night, hosted by the Northern Section’s Young and Emerging Planners Group. 

This recurring event is targeted to beginning-career professionals studying for the AICP exam, but all planning professionals are welcome to join. The event will help you test your planning knowledge using actual questions from past AICP exams, and responses are timed to prepare you to answer questions quickly during the exam. 

Trivia Nights are scheduled monthly from February through May 2021. 

If you are interested in joining the event, please register here.  

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Last call for Award submittals

Last call for Award submittals

The deadline to apply for the APA California Northern Section Awards is approaching and we can’t wait to see your application. For a description of the awards categories, rules, and applications, please visit norcalapa.org/awards. For questions or information, please contact Brynn McKiernan at awards@norcalapa.org 

Submit your award-worthy project by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 12th to awardssubmissions@norcalapa.org.

Become a sponsor 

Sponsorship opportunities include Gala Tickets; advertising in the Northern News/ Email Blasts; and recognition during the Gala. You can see the perks here. 

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Della Acosta, AICP, has been appointed Northern Section Events Program Manager. She had been the San Francisco Peninsula Regional Activity Co­ordinator (RAC). Acosta is a senior planner at Rincon Consultants, leading the com­pre­hen­sive plan­ning services for the firm’s long-range plan­ning team. She holds a degree in city/urban, com­munity, and regional planning from Sonoma State University. 

Marielle (Mari) Hsu is the new Stu­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the North­­ern Sec­tion Board from San Jose State Uni­ver­si­ty and expects to get her master’s in urban plan­­ning in 2022. She holds a BA in physics from Bryn Mawr College (Penn­syl­vania). Coming to plan­ning from design and tech sup­port, and with a physics degree, Hsu is plan­ning to bring these skills together to focus on com­munity engage­ment for mass transit planning. 

Kate Sargent, senior associate and Oak­land Office Leader at Sam Schwartz Engineering, has been named the firm’s National Practice Leader, Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion. Over 14 years at the firm, she has led trans­porta­tion electri­fica­tion master plans and feasibility studies to help a number of tran­sit agen­cies meet their sustain­ability and GHG reduction goals. Sargent is also one of three inaugural members of the firm’s Value Inclusion, Belonging, and Equity (VIBE) Council. She holds a master in urban planning from Columbia University and a BA in international studies from Miami University (Ohio).

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Erica Baptiste is now Principal Planner and Planning Manager at Metro­politan Planning Group (M-Group). She pre­viously was a senior plan­ner at the City of Jersey and before that an urban planner with the Manhattan Borough President’s of­fice. Baptiste also had been a com­munity planner for Manhattan Community Board 4from 2013 to 2015. She holds an MS in city and regional plan­ning from Pratt Institute and a BA in archi­tecture and com­munity design from the University of San Francisco. 

 

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Diana Benitez is Urban Planning Justice Manager with Just Cities, LLC. She had been an inter­medi­ate plan­ner/ designer at Raimi + Associates and before that a Data and Research Analyst at Advancement Project Cali­fornia. Benitez holds a UCLA master’s in urban and regional planning with a focus on community and economic de­velop­ment at the inter­section of the built environment and health and a BA in urban studies and planning (minor in GIS) from CSU Northridge. She is Northern Section’s Planners4Health Coordinator and the APA California P4H Initiative Chair. 

James M. Moore is now a Sen­ior Plan­ner at the County of Maui. He pre­vious­ly was a prin­ci­pal con­sultant on land use, en­viron­mental plan­ning, urban design, and mixed-use infill development strate­gies for private clients and/or Bay Area muni­ci­pal­ities from 2017 to 2021. Moore served as director of plan­ning and build­ing services for the Town of Fairfax from 2009 to 2016. He holds an MCP and a BA in political science from UC Berkeley.

 

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Himangi Mutha, AICP, is an Associate Planner at the County of San Benito (Hollister). Previously, she was a planner at the City of Destin, Florida, creating or­di­nance amend­­ments to the general plan and land development code, and pro­cessing tentative survey maps and sub­division plan­ning proj­ects. Mutha holds master’s in city and regional plan­ning from the Uni­versity of Texas at Arlington and a B.Arch from Savitribai Phule Pune (India) Uni­versity. She also studied Machine Learning (ML) in Urban Planning at Columbia University, 2021.

Matthew Taecker, AICP, is now a Senior Urban Designer and Planner at Wallace Roberts & Todd. Prior to joining WRT, he was manager of Station Area Planning for California’s High-Speed Rail Authority at WSP USA. Taecker led his own urban planning and design firm from 2013 to 2020. He was the principal planner for the downtown area of Berkeley from 20052011, and a principal at Cal­thorpe Associates, 19902001. Taecker holds master’s degrees in archi­tec­ture and in city planning from UC Berkeley and a BA from the University of Chicago in urban policy and eco­nom­ics. He is an emeritus member of the California Planning Roundtable and has taught urban design at USC, UC Davis, and UC Berkeley. 

Elizabeth “Libby” Tyler, Ph.D., FAICP, who pre­vious­ly was Plan­ning Man­ager at the City of San Pablo, is now the city’s Com­munity Develop­ment Director. She was com­munity develop­ment director for Urbana, Illinois, from 2000 to 2017. Tyler holds a Ph.D. in regional planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Cham­paign, an MLA in en­viron­mental plan­ning from UC Berkeley, and a BA in environmental conservation from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is Ethics Review Director for APA California – Northern and is on the steering committee for PHEAL (Planning for Health, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership). Tyler is vice-chair of APA National’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, and in 2008 was the first woman in Illinois to be inducted to FAICP.  

Michael Wooley-Ousdahl, AICP, has been named Northern Section’s SF RAC (Regional Activity Co­or­di­na­tor, San Francisco). He is a trans­­por­ta­tion plan­ning and opera­tions man­ager for Google, over­see­ing their glo­bal shuttle pro­grams and lead­ing site infrastructure im­prove­ments from concept to im­ple­menta­tion. Wooley-Ousdahl also represents Google ex­ter­nally in trans­portation plan­ning and policy initiatives, building external relationships with public, private, and nonprofit partners. He holds master’s degrees in city and regional planning and in public ad­ministra­tion from the Uni­versity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a bachelor’s in psy­chol­ogy and social behavior from UC Davis. In his spare time, Wooley-Ousdahl enjoys traveling to cities, riding public tran­sit, and time with his wife Megan and two-year-old son Levi. 

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Alicia Giudice, AICP, has been pro­moted to Com­munity Develop­ment Director, effective June 1, 2021, at the City of San Rafael, where she has held senior planning positions since 2018. Pre­viously, she was a senior plan­ner with Metropolitan Planning Group (M-Group) for six years. Giudice has worked in both the pri­vate sector and for local govern­ment for 25 years. Her experience includes leading teams and managing a broad range of complex development projects, as well as preparing policy documents on land use, housing, traffic, and utility/infrastructure uses in the public right-of-way. Giudice holds a BS in city and regional planning from Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo. 

Richard (Rick) Smeaton, AICPis now a Principal Plan­ner at Inter­west Consult­ing Group, and also has been appointed to the Northern Section Board as South Bay Regional Activity Coordinator (RAC). He had been a depart­ment manager with Michael Baker Inter­national in Oakland for seven years. Before coming to the Bay Area in 2014, Smeaton worked with municipal govern­­ments in a variety of roles, either as a member of the staff or a consultant in the Chicago area. He holds an MPA in public administra­tion from Northern Illinois University and a BA in urban and regional plan­ning from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. 

Leslie Trejo has been appointed Social Media Coordinator for APA California – Northern Section. She is an environ­mental planner at Rincon Consultants. Trejo holds a master of urban planning from San Jose State and bachelor’s degrees in com­munica­tions and environmental sustain­ability studies from the University of Northern Colorado (Greeley). In her spare time, she enjoys reading and cycling.

 

 

 

 

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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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Elizabeth Burks, AICP, is now Executive Director of the Humboldt County Association of Governments. She had been with LACO Associates, Eureka, for eight years, most recently as planning principal. Before that, Burks worked for Humboldt County Planning from 2005 to 2013. She served as Board Member and Board President of Housing Humboldt, a non-profit affordable housing provider, from 2005-2017. Burks is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Nepal, 2002-2004) and holds a BS in natural resources planning from Humboldt State University.

Lakshmi Rajagopalan, AICP, recently joined the City of Oakland as a Planner III. Previously, she was an analyst at LAFCO of Santa Clara County, 2017-2021. Before that, she worked with the mayor’s sustainability office in Newton, MA, conducted research abroad on sustainable transportation practices for the World Resources Institute, and was a senior planner/urban designer for PMC (now Michael Baker International). Rajagopalan holds a master’s in sustainable international development from Brandeis University, a master’s in urban planning from San Jose State University, and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Thiagarajar College of Engineering (Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India). 

Stephanie Steinbrecher has joined the Northern Section team as UC Berkeley Student Representative. She has worked with the national Sierra Club as the associate press secretary. Steinbrecher is a master in city planning candidate at UC Berkeley and holds a BA in English (minor in environmental analysis) from Scripps College.

Mark Wardlaw is now Director of the City of Walnut Creek’s innovative Community Development  Department. He had been the director of the County of San Diego’s Planning and Development Services. Before San Diego, Wardlaw was the community development director for the Town of Mammoth Lakes, 2005-2012, and deputy community development director and planning manager for Culver City, 1998-2005. He holds a master of environmental planning/urban design from Arizona State University and a BS in city/urban, community, and regional planning from the University of Utah. 

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News about Elizabeth Burks, Lakshmi Rajagopalan, Stephanie Steinbrecher, and Mark Wardlaw, assembled by Haeseo (Hazel) Choi. 

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Larissa Alchin is now an Assistant Planner with M-Group. Before joining the firm, she worked for the City of Sausalito as an assistant planner. Alchin also had been an intern at the City of Hercules and Sonoma State University’s Center for Sustainable Communities. She has a BA in environmental studies with a concentration in Planning from Sonoma State University.

 

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Sarah Allen, AICPhas been promoted to Assistant Planning Director at the City of Lafayette, where she has worked since 2007. She leads the General Plan and Housing Element Update for the city. Whether processing a subdivision, taking a multifamily residential project through the entitlement process, presenting a policy to City Council, or mentoring junior staff, Allen’s passion for planning comes through. She has a master of urban planning and real estate development from the University of Southern California and a BA in sociology from CSU Sacramento. In her free time, you can expect to see her globetrotting or backpacking. She recently completed the John Muir Trail in California’s Sierra Nevada.

Kelly Beggs has been promoted to Principal Planner and Planning Manager at Good City Company. She has more than 10 years experience in land use planning, environmental planning, GIS analysis, and public outreach. Beggs previously worked as an associate planner at Urban Planning Partners and as an environmental planner at Panorama Environmental. She holds a master’s in city and regional planning from Rutgers and a BA in English from Davidson College (North Carolina). 

 

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Ethan Bin­der­nagel, AICPhas ac­cepted the role of As­sis­tant City Man­ager / Com­munity De­velop­ment Director with the City of Pleasant Hill, ef­fec­tive August 16. He pre­vious­ly worked for the City of Wal­nut Creek for more than 13 years, most re­cent­ly as plan­ning manager. Binder­nagel was an aide to then-US Rep. Bernie Sanders (2000-2003) and a community planner in Greenbelt, MD, 2005-2006. He holds a master’s in community planning from the University of Maryland–College Park, a BA in public policy from the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago, and studied public policy analysis during a year at the Università di Bologna. Bindernagel lives in Lafayette with his wife and two children.  

Mike Camp­bell, AICP, is now at MIG in their San Jose Office as Di­­rec­tor of Envi­ron­mental Analy­sis. He has more than 30 years’ ex­­pe­ri­ence in local land use plan­ning, en­vi­ron­mental con­sult­ing, and storm­water manage­ment with public agencies and private industry. Camp­bell previously was a project manager at David J. Powers & Associates and a senior planner and stormwater compliance manager at HMH Engineers before that (2004-2016). He also had been the director of current planning with RBF Consulting for five years and planner and urban runoff coordinator at the City of San Jose for 11 years. He holds a BS in natural resource planning and interpretation from Humboldt State University. 

 Emily Carroll is now As­sis­tant Plan­ner with the City of Pleas­anton. She pre­viously worked for the City of Rich­mond, most re­cent­ly as Plan­ner II, 2018-2021, and she was a plan­ning tech­nician with the City of Lafayette before that. Carroll holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Smith College. When not in the office, you can find her trail running in Redwood Regional Park. She is the North Bay Regional Activity Coordinator (RAC) for APA California – Northern Section.

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Karen Chap­ple, Pro­fessor Emerita of City and Regional Plan­ning at UC Berkeley, has been named the new Director of the School of Cities at the Uni­versity of Toronto, where she is Pro­fessor of Geography and Plan­ning. She joined the Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley in 2001 and was most recently professor and chair of the department. Chapple remains a Faculty Research Affiliate at Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation. She holds a PhD from UC Berkeley, a master of science in city and regional planning from the Pratt Institute, and a bachelor of arts in urban studies (Phi Beta Kappa) from Columbia University. Her great-grandfather Henry Chapple graduated from the University of Toronto’s Trinity College with a medical degree in the mid-1880s. 

Emilio Fla­menco, AICP Can­di­date, is an As­sis­tant Plan­ner at Good City Company, and is currently contracted to the City of San Carlos Planning Division. Prior to joining Good City, Flamenco worked for Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco).  He has interned with the City of Brisbane, San Mateo County Transit District, and San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. Flamenco has a master’s in urban planning from Columbia University-GSAPP and a BA in history from UC Berkeley. In his free time, he enjoys long-distance running, backpacking, and traveling. 

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Jonathan Fox has been promoted to As­so­ci­ate Plan­ner at the City of Lafay­ette. Before join­ing the city in 2019, he was a plan­ning tech­nician at San Benito County. Fox holds a BA in urban studies and plan­ning from CSU Northridge. 

 

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Adam Garcia is now an Assistant Project Manager at David J. Powers & As­so­ci­ates. Pre­viously, he worked for M-Group as an environ­mental plan­ner, and before that he was plan­ning and re­search manager at Greenbelt Alliance for more than nine years and helped develop the Bay Area Greenprint. Garcia holds an MA in urban planning from UCLA and a BS in environmental studies from UC Santa Barbara.

 

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Jessica Gon­zalez has been pro­mo­ted to an As­sociate Planner at the City of Walnut Creek where she has worked since 2019 as an assistant planner. Gonzalez had also worked for the City of Concord’s Planning Division for four years and was a project manager at AEI Consultants (Walnut Creek) prior to her planning career. She holds a BS in environmental policy analysis and planning from UC Davis. 

 

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Ellen Green­berg, FAICP, an il­lus­tri­ous mul­ti­dis­ci­plin­ary plan­ner, retired July 15 as Cal­trans Deputy Director for Sus­tain­ability, a post she held in Sacra­mento for nearly five years. Green­berg was ap­pointed to her Cal­trans position in November 2016 following six years at Arup, where she held leadership roles in the firm’s San Francisco and London offices. As Greenberg ends full-time work, she looks forward to using her time and mental energy very differently. She holds an MCP, an MA in civil engineering and transportation, and a BA in geography (highest honors), all from UC Berkeley. Greenberg has written for Northern News. She is the author of Brexit: A planner’s view from London, July-August 2016, http://bit.ly/2a2SI9V, and John Blayney, FAICP, 1927-2013: An appreciation, October 2013, http://bit.ly/BlayneyNN, page 4.

Nicholas Hamilton has joined Good City Company as a Senior Planner. He most recently was a con­sul­tant to es­tab­lish multiple collaborative initiatives for the revitalization of disinvested communities across the U.S. at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2018-2021. Hamilton also had directed the legacy cities partnership and urban policy work of the American Assembly at Columbia University, 2012-2018. He holds a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in architecture from UC Berkeley. He serves on the board of the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization.

Andrew Hatt, who has been University Liaison to the APA Cali­fornia-North­ern Sec­tion Board for the past year, has left to at­tend grad­u­ate school at the Uni­versity of Washing­ton. He was a sustain­ability plan­ner at Rincon Consultants, where he coordinated with project managers on climate action plan measures, development, and public outreach efforts. Hatt holds a BA in environmental studies from the University of Michigan. 

 

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Izanie LoveNed, a Com­mu­ni­ty En­gage­ment In­tern with the San Francisco Plan­ning Depart­ment and a former North­ern Sec­tion Student Rep­resenta­tive from San Jose State University, has returned to the North­ern Section Board as Uni­versity Liaison. In 2019, she was a Research Fellow with APA’s Planning in the Black Com­munity Division, which ad­dresses plan­ning issues of significance to the Black com­munity. LoveNed holds a master’s in urban and regional planning from San Jose State University, a BS in community and regional development from UC Davis, and an AS in mathematics and science from City College of San Francisco. She lives in Antioch, where she enjoys crafting using her Cricut machine in her free time. 

Linda Meckel, who had been a senior planner with the San Francisco County Trans­porta­tion Authority, is now Senior Trans­porta­tion Plan­ner with WSP. She also worked at Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Tran­sit, 2011-2017, most re­cently as a senior plan­ner. Meckel holds a master’s in city plan­ning from the University of Pennsyl­vania and a BA in anthro­pology and biology from the University of Washington. Her many hob­bies include Squaw Valley Ski Patrol, Oakland Women’s Water Polo, and jewelry and other crafts. During the pandemic, she sewed many masks, including a transportation themed mask that was featured by a San Francisco Chronicle reporter on Twitter. 

Jane Riley, AICP, has been pro­moted from Princi­pal Plan­ner at 4LEAF, Inc., to Di­rector of Hous­ing Policy. Before join­ing 4LEAF, she worked for Sonoma County for 18 years, most recently as compre­hensive plan­ning manager. Riley holds a master’s in interdisciplinary studies (housing and community development) and a BA in environmental studies and planning, both from Sonoma State University. 

 

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Ralph Robinson is now an As­sis­tant Plan­ner with Good City Com­pany, work­ing prin­cipally in Atherton and Portola Valley. He pre­viously worked as a re­search as­so­ci­ate at the Mineta Trans­porta­tion Institute and as a project co­ordinator at Comm­UniverCity. He has a master’s in urban plan­ning, with a focus in trans­porta­tion and land use plan­ning, from San Jose State University and a bachelor’s in geography from the University of Richmond (Virginia). 

 

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Anne Wong, AICP, is now As­so­ci­ate Plan­ner with the City of San Le­andro. She previously worked for the City of Wal­nut Creek and the City of Dublin. Wong has master’s and bachelor’s in urban and regional plan­ning from UCLA. 

 

 

 

 

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Assembled by Hazel Choi, associate editor.

Governor Gavin New­som has ap­pointed Samuel Assefa as Director of the Gover­nor’s Of­fice of Plan­ning and Re­search. Assefa has been Director of the Seattle Office of Planning and Com­munity Development since 2016. He was senior urban designer for the Depart­ment of Community Planning and Sustainability for the City of Boulder (2010-2016), director of land use and planning policy for the Depart­ment of Planning and Development and deputy chief of staff for economic and physical development for the Chicago Mayor’s Office (2004-2010), senior urban designer for SmithGroup JJR (2002-2004), director of special projects for the San Francisco Department of Planning and Development (1999-2002), and senior urban designer for SMWM Architecture and Planning (1993-1999). He holds a master of city planning from MIT and a bachelor of architecture from the University of Illinois, Chicago. 

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Zachary Dahl, AICP, joined the City of San Mateo as their Deputy Director of Com­munity De­velop­ment this past June. His role in­cludes taking over as the lead on the City’s 2040 General Plan Update and overseeing planning operations. Before joining the city, Dahl was planning and building director for the Town of Los Altos Hills. His prior experience also includes planning manager, City of Los Altos, and land use and environmental consultant in the Monterey Bay Area. Dahl holds a bachelor’s degree in city and regional planning from Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo. He lives in Redwood City with his wife and two sons.

 

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Richard Davis, AICP Candi­date, is now an Assistant Trans­porta­tion Con­sultant for Steer Group in their Los Angeles office. He was pre­viously a sur­vey re­searcher for UC Berkeley’s Trans­porta­tion Sus­tain­ability Re­search Center and a graduate research assistant at Mineta Transportation Institute. Davis has a master’s degree in urban planning from San Jose State University and a BA in screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University. Since January 2020, he has served Northern Section as an associate editor of APA California Northern News.

 

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Congrat­u­la­tions to Miroo Desai, AICP, who has been e­lected AICP Com­mis­sioner for Re­gion 6 (Cali­fornia and Nevada) for 2022 and 2023. Ac­cording to APA, “The AICP Commission determines all matters of qualification, experience, and certification for professional planners and for membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners. A key attribute of Commissioners is an understanding of the value of the AICP credential and the work of the Institute.” Desai has been a member of the APA California and Northern Section Boards for more than 10 years, beginning in 2010 (and until 2018) as Northern Section’s Diversity Director. She is APA California’s Vice President for Diversity and Equity (2019- present) and was APA California’s Membership Inclusion Director from 2013-2018. Desai is senior planner for the City of Emeryville, California. You can read her APA election biographical and position statements here. 

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Adam Foster (shown with his daugh­ter) is now For­ward Plan­ner with D. R. Horton. Previous­ly, he was with the City of Orinda, most re­cent­ly as a senior plan­ner, 2019-2021. Before that, Foster was an associate planner with Michael Baker International. He also worked for the City of Lafayette as a code en­force­ment/as­sis­tant plan­ner, 2014-2017. Foster holds a BS in environmental policy analysis and planning from UC Davis. 

 

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Eric Luchini was re­cent­ly pro­moted from as­soci­ate plan­ner to Senior Plan­ner at the City of Pleas­anton where he has worked since 2013. He was hous­ing ser­vices project coordinator with the City of Vacaville, 2005-2013. Before that, Luchini worked for the City of Concord as an associate planner for three years. He has a bachelor’s degree in city and regional planning from Cal Poly–Pomona. 

 

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Julia Kopp­man Norton was re­cent­ly pro­­moted to Dis­trict Super­visor with the North Cen­tral Coast District Of­fice at the Cali­fornia Coastal Com­mission where she has worked as Coastal Program Analyst since 2019. Before joining the Commission, Koppman Norton worked for the City of Lafayette, most recently as an assistant planner, 2015-2017. She has a master’s degree in environmental science and policy from Columbia University and a BA in urban studies/affairs from UC Berkeley. 

 

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Robby Miller has joined Good City Com­pany as an As­sistant Plan­ner for Penin­sula clients. Be­fore join­ing the firm, he was a plan­ner for the City of Stock­ton. Before that, Miller interned with the City of Gilroy’s Planning Division. He holds a master of urban planning and a certificate in environmental planning from San Jose State University. Miller is a Peninsula native but has also lived in Virginia, Oregon, and Colorado. In his spare time, he enjoys basketball, dancing, disc golf, and mountain biking.

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Diego Mora is now an Assistant Planner with the City of Pleas­anton. Pre­viously, he worked for the Town of Los Gatos as an as­sis­tant plan­ner, 2019-2021, and for the City of San Jose, most re­cent­ly as Plan­ner I, 2018-2019. He has a master’s degree in urban planning from San Jose State University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies/public health from Santa Clara University.

 

 

 

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Andrea Ouse, AICP, re­cent­ly elected Pres­ident-elect of APA Cali­fornia for 2022-2023, is now Com­munity Develop­ment Di­rector for the City of West Sacra­mento. Ouse had been director of com­munity and economic develop­ment for the City of Concord (2017-2021) and community and economic development director for the City of Vallejo (2012-2017). She holds a masters degree in public administration from California State University–East Bay and a bachelor’s in city and regional planning from Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo. Ouse was APA California–Northern Section Director in 2015 and 2016 and is an emeritus member of the California Planning Roundtable. You can read more about her in Northern News, January/February 2017, page 7, “Meet a local planner, and her August 2020 article in Northern News, Inflection point: What we do when significant change occurs.

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Benjamin (Ben) Ulrey is now an intern with the City of Concord. He pre­vious­ly re­searched eq­ui­ta­ble cli­mate change policies for the San Francisco Bay Con­serva­tion and Develop­ment Com­mission (Bay Adapt) and separately researched the Slow Streets program for Oakland’s Department of Transportation. Ulrey worked for the Alameda County Complete Count Committee as a communications Coordinator on Census 2020 outreach and community engagement. He recently received his master’s in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley and holds bachelor’s degrees in international security and conflict resolution and French from San Diego State University. 

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