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.



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. Click to view upcoming and past Lecture Series 

View Upcoming and Past Events

Meet Your UDP Professionals Council

Please view the 2021-2022 Professionals-Council-Roster to see expanded profiles of the UDP Professionals Council members


Katie Bell Sata, AICP

Seattle Department of Transportation
Equitable Green Communities

David Blum, AICP

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

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

Brandon Cummings

City of Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections
Urban Design and Current Planning

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

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

Lauren Flemister

City of Seattle 
Spatial Planning-Urban Design, Housing, Transit Oriented Development

Ted Gage

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

Amy Gore

Seattle City Council, Legislative Analyst
Land Use, Housing, Transportation

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

Steve Hamai

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

Cristina Haworth, AICP

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

Kelley Hilde

City of Sammamish
Long Range Planning, Urban Design, and Community Engagement

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, 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 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
Multi-modal and Non-Motorized Transportation, Connectivity

Rebeccah Maskin

City of Seattle
Regional Planning, Long Range Planning, Data Analysis, and GIS

Cynthia McCoy, GISP

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) –  Hazard Mitigation and Risk Analysis
Urban Design, GIS, hazard 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

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

Elise Rasmussen

Washington State Board of Health
Racial, Social, and Environmental Climate Justice; Working in the Intersection between Planning and Public Health; Working with Youth to plan for a better future

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

Jessa Timmer

Alliance for Pioneer Square, Deputy Director
Community and Economic Development, Business Districts, Policy

Crystal Torres

City of Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections
Urban Design and Current Planning

Valerie Tran

Friends of Little Saigon
Community and Economic Development

Liz Underwood-Bultmann, AICP

Puget Sound Regional Council
Regional Planning and Growth Management

Stephanie Velasco

City of Seattle Office of Housing 
Affordable Housing, Equitable Development, Engaging BIPOC Communities and Youth in Planning 

Karen Wolf, FAICP

King County, Senior Policy Analyst 
Regional and Long Range Planning; Annexations 




Updated: SEPTEMBER 2021