Urban Studies & Planning

Alumni Council

The Alumni Council provides a valuable service to the Department by providing advice on current issues in the field, information on internships and job leads, and mentoring to students. The Council  also plays a vital role in assisting with the required program reviews, accreditation by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB), and evaluating compliance with the Department's Strategic Plan.


Professional Affiliations of the Alumni Council


Michael Besem
Senior Regional Planner/ Zoning Enforcement Officer Department of Regional Planning - Los Angeles County

Matthew Booth
Customer Service Representative, Department of Administrative Services (City of Simi Valley)

Jan Bryant
Consultant (Los Angeles)

Freddy Carrillo
Assistant Planner I (City of Moorpark)

Kurt Christiansen AICP
Planning Director (City of Azusa) and President of California Chapter of American Planning Association (2009-2010)

Tim Dagodag
Department Chair and Professor Emeritus, Urban Studies and Planning at California State University, Northridge

Jaime de la Vega
Deputy Mayor for Transportation (City of Los Angeles)

Euri DeOliveira
Lecturer in urban Studies and Planning and International Special Programs, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at California State University, Northridge

Karen Fleming
Transportation Planning Manager, Gateway Cities/Southeast Area Team, METRO (Los Angeles)

Nick Hendricks
Assistant Planner (City of Los Angeles)

Joe Heredia
Associate Project Planner, Lilley Planning Group (Los Angeles)

Jonathan Hershey
Planning Assistant, City Planning Department (City of Los Angeles)

Carol Hunt-Hernandez
Senior Planner Planning Department (City of Pasadena)

Jose Jimenez
(City of Pasadena)

Rob Kent
Department Chair and the James H. Ring Professor, Urban Studies and Planning at California State University, Northridge

Marianne King
Assistant Planner (City of Los Angeles)

Krystin Rice  
Planning Assistant (City of Calabasas)

Donna Rosser
Planning Technician, Department of Environmental Services (City of Simi Valley)

Mike Sedell
City Manager (City of Simi Valley)

Cathy Shuman
Environmental Planner, United States Army Corps of Engineers (Washington, D.C.)

Nancy Tahvili
Assistant Planner, Community Development Department Planning Division (Culver City)

Zeynep Toker
Associate Professor, Urban Studies and Planning at California State University, Northridge

Joe Vacca
Principal Planner (City of Moorpark)

Anna Vidal
City Planning Associate, Department of City Planning (City of Los Angeles)

David Weintraub
Senior Planner (City of Los Angeles)

Emily Yllescas
Planning Assistant (City of Los Angeles)