Professionals Council

The UDP Professionals Council (PC) is a volunteer group of planners in the greater Seattle 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. The PC mentor can help students network, identify an internship, provide career advice, and much more. In addition to individual mentoring, the PC holds events for students throughout the school year, including studio tours, speaking panels featuring prominent planners, social events, and a thesis celebration at the end of the academic year. The PC helps with the transition from student to practitioner. The proof of their effectiveness is in the results: in a recent survey, ~90% of our alumni respondents reported securing a planning-related job within one year of graduation. The Professionals Council is a unique resource among planning programs, and is recognized by the Planning Accreditation Board as a model for the nation. 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.



2019-2020 UDP Professionals Council

Please view the 2019-2020 Professionals Council Roster to see expanded profiles of the UDP Professionals Council members.


Obinna Amobi

Mercy Housing Northwest
Real Estate/Housing

David Blum, AICP

President, Montgomery Gulf Corp
Transit Oriented Development, Real Estate  Development

Shelley Bolser

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

Steve Butler, FAICP

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

Michael Chen

Current Planning, Development and Entitlement

Richard Conlin

Conlin Columbia
Affordable Housing; Sustainable Development; Food Policy; Resilience/Emergency Management; Community/Neighborhood Planning; Local Government; Policy Development/Implementation

Sara Cubillos

Seattle Public Utilities – Strategic Advisor in the Drainage & Wastewater Division
Emerging Leader – Capitol Hill Housing PDA Board
Environmental Justice, Movement building, equitable engagement, creative facilitation, infrastructure investments

Marty Curry, AICP

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

Minnie Dhaliwal

City of Tukwila
Land use-current and long-range planning; urban design; community engagement

Nancy Eklund

Community Attributes
Comprehensive  planning, health and the built environment

Nicole Faghin, MCP, JD, LEED AP

Washington Sea Grant
Shoreline and Coastal Management

Ted Gage

Planning consultant – Community comprehensive planning, tourism
Development, tribal planning, interagency coordination

Brandon Gonzalez, AICP

Alta Planning + Design
Long-range urban planning (e.g., comprehensive and small area planning), placemaking, and active transportation

Lisa Grueter, AICP

BERK Consulting, Inc.
Comprehensive Planning, Environmental Planning, Capital & System Planning

Steve Hamai

Seattle Public Utilities
Comprehensive Utility Planning, Resiliency, Affordability, Community Engagement, Service Equity

Philip Harris, AICP

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) – Regional Transit Coordination Division
Pedestrian and Bicycle Access to high capacity transit, station area planning, transit oriented development, urban design

Cristina Haworth, AICP

Otak, Inc., Senior Planner/Project Manager
Land use planning

Jae Hill, AICP, CFM

City of Big Bear Lake, CA (Planning Director)
Long-Range Planning, Strategic Planning

Sandy Howard, AICP, LEED AP

City of Seattle, Construction and Inspections
Green building  sustainability, & preservation, new urbanism, equity in planning, and community resilience

Paul Inghram

Puget Sound Regional Council
Regional planning

Arun Jain

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

Mike Katterman

City of Bothell
Community development,  growth management, regional policy

Rick Krochalis, AICP

Seattle Design Commission
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

Cynthia McCoy, GISP

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) –  Hazard Mitigation and Risk Analysis
Urban Design, GIS, harazd mapping and impact assessment, community engagement

Rachel Miller

Senior Associate –  Planner/Urban Designer, MAKERS architecture and urban design LLP
Urban Design

Ellen R. Miller-Wolfe

City of Kirkland
Economic Development, Tourism, Cultural Affairs

Lizzie Moll

Seattle Department of Transportation
Transportation Planning

Ike Nwankwo

WA Department of Commerce
Growth Management Planning

Kevin O’Neil, AICP

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

John Owen

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

 Jack Peters

Director/Community Planning & Development, HUD – WA Office
Community Development, Housing and Environmental Planning 

Mandi Roberts, AICP. RLA

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

Gwen Rousseau

City of Bellevue
Demographics, Land Use, GIS Open Data

Katie Sheehy

Seattle Office of Planning & Community Development
Equitable Development, Race and Social Justice

Janet Shull

City of Seattle
Urban design, community planning, sustainability, economic development and master planning

Talia Tittelfitz, AICP

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

Lisa Verner, FAICP

Formerly King County (retired)
Working with developers and local governments

Adam Weinstein

City of Kirkland
Land use, sustainability, growth management, urban design, economic development, department administration/leadership

Julie West

Public Health – Seattle & King County
Healthy community planning; integrating health and equity into local and regional planning projects and policies

Diane Wiatr

City of Seattle –  Department of Transportation – Policy and Planning
Active transportation planning with a healthy, whole communities’ approach and equity focus

Karen Wolf

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

Boting (Bo) Zhang

City of Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development(Equitable Development Initiative)
Socially responsive development

Updated: January 2020