I’m Manjeet Ranu, AICP, the Awards Chair. I have the privilege of leading the creation of our annual awards event, when we recognize outstanding local work in our industry. We do great work in this region and the awards event is a great way to celebrate the successes of our industry in an inclusive way. Past events are here: http://sdapa.org/news-events/awards/. I’m currently the Acting Director of Planning and Building for the City of Encinitas. I get to serve a passionate coastal community and work in its vibrant downtown, taking in the beach vibe. I ride my bike to work most days from where I live in San Diego’s Carmel Valley community. On the weekends, I go mountain biking. I gave back to the Carmel Valley community with six years of service on the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board, leading a successful ballot measure to enable the community to realize its vision and thrive. In that service role, I contributed to the design of two parks, an elementary school, a mixed use village center, trails, new neighborhoods and more. I’ve practiced in both the private and public sectors, in both Southern California and the Denver – Boulder area. I enjoy all practice areas in planning and public administration.