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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 Endowed Equity Fund.



Professionals Council Events

The Department of Urban Design and Planning Professional Council (PC) hosts a number of events each year. This is an opportunity for students to connect with thier PC Mentors and events can range from neighborhood tours to resume clinics to office tours.

These events are often limited to MUP students but the Professional Council also host a quarterly lecture series which are available to the larger community.

View Upcoming and Past Events

Meet Your UDP Professionals Council

Ben Bakkenta

Director of Regional Planning

David Blum, AICP

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

Scott Bonjukian

Steve Butler, FAICP

MRSC (Municipal Research & Services Center)
Comprehensive and suburb 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; Resilience/Emergency Management;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

Nancy Eklund

City of Tukwila-Community Development Department
Comprehensive  planning, health and the built environment 

Nicole Faghin, MCP, JD, LEED AP

Washington Sea Grant
Shoreline and Coastal Management

Anne Fritzel

Housing planning, education, Short Course
on Local Planning, Smart Growth 

Spatial Planning-Urban Design, Housing, Transit Oriented Development

Ted Gage

Planning consultant – Community comprehensive planning, tourism
Development, tribal planning, inter-agency coordination

Kristina Gallant

City of Bellevue
Code Implementation, Housing,
Economics, Data Analysis

Lisa Grueter, AICP

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

Katy Haima

City of Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development 
Community Planning and Urban Design

Todd Hall

Principal Planner

Erika Harris

SEPA Leader and Environmental Planning Work

Jess Harris

Green Building Program Manager

Paul Inghram, FAICP

Puget Sound Regional Council
regional planning, growth management, housing, transit oriented development, open space conservation

Arun Jain

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

Mike Katterman

City of Bellevue
Community development,  growth management, regional policy

Jenn Kester

Planning Manager

Rick Krochalis, AICP

Former Regional Administrator, Federal Transit Administration (retired)
Environmental planning; transit systems  development; capital project management; planning agency leadership

Doug Larson

Denise Lathrop

AICP, City of Des Moines

Community, Transportation and Environmental Planning, and Food Policy

Al Levine

Retired, formerly Deputy Executive Director, Seattle Housing Authority (1998-2013) and Affiliate Faculty
Affordable housing, mixed income communities, Transit Oriented Development

Rebeccah Maskin

King County
Regional Planning, Long Range Planning, Data Analysis, and GIS

Kevin McDonald


Andy Micklow

King County Council
Regional Planning, Policy Analysis, Gender 

Rachel Miller

MAKERS architecture and urban design 
Urban Design

Lizzie Moll

Seattle Department of Transportation
Transportation Planning

Christopher Ndifon

Land Use Planner

Ike Nwankwo

Formerly with Department of Commerce (retired)
Growth Management Planning

Miranda Redinger

Jesse Reynolds, AICP CFM

King County Department of Local Services

Subarea and Comprehensive Planning, Spatial Planning, Hazard Mitigation, Community Engagement

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

Katie Sheehy

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

Janet Shull

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

Rob Strauder

Jamie Stroble

Liz Underwood-Bultmann, AICP

Puget Sound Regional Council
Regional Planning and Growth Management

Karen Wolf, FAICP

Affiliate Instructor, UW UDP & CEE
Regional and Long Range Planning; Annexations 


Updated: November 2022