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The UDP Professionals Council (PC) is a volunteer group of planners in the Puget Sound region who mentor UDP students, primarily in the Master of Urban Planning (MUP) program. Each first-year MUP student is paired with a PC member, based on common interests. In addition to individual mentoring, the PC holds events for students throughout the school year, from office tours to resume clinics to pizza parties, to help students build their professional networks and gain an understanding of the planning field. The PC also serves as a bridge between the planning field and the Department, providing input on curriculum and ensuring an active relationship between teaching and practice. The UDP Professionals Council is a unique resource to our program, and not found at other planning programs. Please read below to learn more about our Professionals Council members.

The Professionals Council has created a fund to recruit MUP students with diverse backgrounds called the Urban Design and Planning Professional Council’s Equity Fund. To donate, click here.


2017-2018 UDP Professionals Council

Click here to view expanded profiles of the 2017-2018 UDP Professionals Council members.

David Blum

President, Montgomery Gulf Corp
Affordable housing development and economic development

 Shelley Bolser

City of Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI)
Urban design and current planning


 Steve Butler

MRSC (Municipal Research & Services Center)
 Comprehensive and subarea planning, implementation techniques (both regulatory and non-regulatory), urban design, and public engagement

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 Andrea Clinkscales

Cascade Bicycle Club
 Active Transportation

Cory Crocker

U District Advocates
Placemaking and public open space

Marty Curry

UW affiliate faculty, and Curry Consulting
Community  Planning, Civic engagement; Infrastructure planning for sustainability and resiliency



Jonathan Dong, AICP

Seattle Department of Transportation
Planning Focus: Transit Service and Facilities


Nancy Eklund

The Boeing Company (Land Use Planner for central Puget Sound)
liaison to local governments on land use issues; integrating land use into site projects; real estate related items


Nicole Faghin

Washington Sea Grant
Shoreline and Coastal Management


Sandy Fischer

Owner, Fischer Bouma Partnership, LLC
Advisor, Land Morphology

Intersection of design and planning


Robert Foxworthy

King County Dept of Natural Resources and  Parks
Regional Trails System planning and development, active transportation planning


Ted Gage

Eldred & Associates
Land Use Planning, Site Location Services, Permitting, Interagency Coordination

Amy Gore

Seattle City Council
Public policy,land use, economic development

Ben Han


 Sandy Howard

City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development
Development Review, Land use, Green Building and Sustainable Communities, Emergency Preparedness, New Urbanism


Paul Inghram

City of Bellevue, Comp Planning Manager
Community planning


Lyn Keenan

Land Use, Infrastructure, Environmental (SEPA/NEPA), Energy, Climate Change

Arun Jain

Decision support tools, methods and means to cope with complexity, uncertainty and urgency

Aditi Kambuj

Seattle Department of Transportation
Urban design, tactical urbanism, complete streets, development standards, age-friendly, race and social justice

Mike Katterman

City of Bellevue
Long range planning and implementation, growth management, regional policy


 Rick Krochalis

Federal Transit Administration (FTA), US DOT
Environmental Planning; Transit Systems Development; Capital Project Management; Planning Agency Leadership


Al Levine

Affiliate Faculty, Department of Urban Design and Planning,

Formerly, Deputy Executive Director, Seattle Housing Authority (1998-2013),
Affordable housing, mixed income communities, Transit Oriented Development


Patrick Lynch

Transpo Group
Multimodal and Non-Motorized Transportation, Connectivity


Ikuno Masterson

Environmental Science Associates
Environmental, Land Use, Sustainability Planning & Policy

 Melanie Mayock

BERK Consulting
Land use and transportation, community engagement, communications, public policy analysis


Rachel Miller

MAKERS architecture and urban design
Urban Design

 Ellen R. Miller-Wolfe

City of Kirkland
Economic Development, Tourism, Cultural Affairs


 Michelle Morlan

National Development Council
Community and Economic Development; Affordable Housing



 Kevin O’Neill,AICP

Seattle Department of Transportation
Transportation planning and policy, growth management, planning management

David Osaki

City of Monroe
: Currently, economic development, downtown revitalization, housing, land use, human services, SEPA etc

 John Owen

MAKERS architecture and urban design
Urban design, community and regional planning, shoreline management


 Stephen Padua

City of Kirkland
Active and Equitable Transportation, Transportation Demand Management, and Trails Planning

 Jack Peters

US  Department of  HUD
Comprehensive Community Planning and Community Development


 Mandi Roberts

Principal with Otak, Inc.
Urban Planning and Design—smart growth solutions, station area and subarea plans, corridor and streetscape planning, design guidelines and standards, public space planning/urban design

 Nicole Sanders

City of Snoqualmie
Climate Change Mitigation,Long Range Planning,Intergovernmental Relations


 Jill Sterrett

UW Affiliate Lecturer, and Sterrett Consulting, LLC
Climate change and sustainability for local communities

 Talia Tittelfitz

BHC Consultants, LLC
Comprehensive Plans, Sub Area Plans, Current Planning, Population Forecast

Ron Turner

 (past): Community, Development and Institutional. (current): Community, Civic and professional volunteer work


 Mike Usen

Hardy Development Companies
Managing sustainable urban infill Development in walkable neighborhoods


 Roger Wagoner

Part Time at BHC Consultants, LLC
Comprehensive Plans, Economic Development, Implementation

Steve Whitney (1) (1)

Steve Whitney

Bullitt Foundation
Urban planner serving as Senior Program Officer, Regional Ecosystem Health,


 Karen Wolf

King County, Sr. Policy Analyst
Regional and long-range planning; annexations