Kathleen Ferrier, AICP








I am honored to be a candidate for Section Director-Elect for San Diego APA.  It’s an exciting yet challenging time to be an urban planner in San Diego. Our region is in the midst of a sea change of land development patterns and transportation improvements that directly impact the health and well-being of San Diegans and our communities’ ability to thrive and prosper. The incredible amount of knowledge, experience and organizational fortitude of San Diego APA membership can positively impact and guide this change. We must recognize the opportunity we have to lead the way.

I am interested in the Section Director-Elect position to continue the professional development of our members and to explore new events, programs and/ or initiatives that will help to elevate the discussion of planning throughout our communities. Some ideas include:

  • Collaborating with COMMUNITIES to host forums or programs that explore and discuss urban planning solutions for neighborhood challenges. These can range from broad based policy solutions to more grassroots Do It Yourself solutions a la Tactical Urbanism.
  • Being an ADVOCATE for the value and importance of planning. This means engaging other professions and talking about what makes communities great places through a collaborative approach.
  • Exploring effective EDUCATION AND OUTREACH strategies to reach our communities’ ever-evolving and diverse demographic groups. With the challenges surrounding the 3-workshop model, the launch of creative outreach methods, and the expansive reach of social media, many opportunities are available.


Kathleen has been an urban planner in San Diego for 15 years and an active San Diego APA member for 10 years. Her professional work experience includes:

  • Circulate San Diego, Director of Advocacy – (current, 6 years) – Responsible for advocating for affordable transit, safe walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, and compatible land use policies among community members and government officials; authored or co-authored numerous reports and policy letters ; spearheaded community based and professional workshops, forums and lectures on related topics; provided leadership development training to community members and organizations across the region on local decision making processes; and created new outreach and engagement programs for Circulate San Diego.
  • DeLorenzo, Inc, Principal Planner – Managed multi-disciplinary teams in concert with numerous planning and design projects for U.S. Navy and other partners.
  • Carter Reese & Associates, Project Manager – Responsible for managing development process and community outreach for complex residential and commercial infill development projects along transit corridors in North Park, Uptown, College Area, and Southeastern San Diego. Routinely met with community planning group members regarding community goals and the intersection with development proposals.

Kathleen has participated with San Diego APA via its Complete Streets Task Force during the last 4 years, co-authoring From Policy to Pavement – Complete Streets in the San Diego Region. She has also helped organize collaborative workshops on Complete Streets and most recently, Creating Great Cities, An Evening with Gil Peñalosa.  

Relative to the financial capabilities this position requires, Kathleen has managed multi-year projects up to $300,000 in value with numerous sub-contractors and feels comfortable with these responsibilities.

Kathleen has a Masters of City Planning from San Diego State University, where she represented the City Planning Graduate Program in the 3-week North America URBANA Cities Study, and was the recipient of the Outstanding Graduating Student Award.

I would be honored to have the opportunity to work with the SDAPA Board and members to continue the strong traditions of the organization and advance great planning in our communities.