Advisory Board

The department's Advisory Board provides advice, guidance, and assistance to the chair, faculty, and students of PPD on issues of particular importance to our Master of Urban and Regional Planning program. Comprised of a dozen distinguished members of the community who hold leadership positions in public agencies and private sector organizations, the board helps the department leverage support for our students through, for example, internships, career placement, and training opportunities. Members also participate in external relations and advancement efforts.

Rick Bishop, AICP

Executive Director, Western Riverside Council of Governments


Kimberly Brandt, AICP
Community Development Director, City of Newport Beach
Interests: Municipal planning, regional planning

Sarah Catz - Advisory Board Co-Chair
Research Associate, UC Irvine Institute of Transportation Studies
Interests: Transportation and sustainability

Richard M. Gollis - Advisory Board Co-Chair
Principal and Founder, The Concord Group
Chair of the Community Development Council, Urban Land Institute
John Kain, AICP
President, Urban Crossroads

Interests: Transportation planning, sustainable community design, neighborhood electric vehicles, non-motorized modes (bicycle and pedestrian), traffic impact analysis
Joan Patronite Kelly, AICP
Managing Principal, BonTerra Consulting
Interests: Environmental planning and analysis, housing policy, and  demographics


Jerry King
J. A. King and Associates
Interests: Environmental services
Interests: Land use, natural resources, and the environment, with a
major focus/interest in assisting public and private sector clients to
develop legal, institutional and collaborative strategies and
processes to successfully address unusually complex or sensitive
concerns, issues or opportunities

Jeff Mayer
Director of International Planning, Bassenian Lagoni
Past Chair, ULI Orange County/Inland Empire
International Board Member, Themed Entertainment Association
Interests: Urban design, placemaking, master planning, site planning

Senior Fellow, USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development (former Executive Director, Southern California Association of Governments)
Interests: Urban planning, regional planning, transportation, housing, development, environmental policy

Michael Ruane
Chief of Strategy and Public Affairs, CalOptima
Interests: Strategic planning, affordable housing, regional sustainability plans and community indicators, financial economic analysis for planners, public/private partnerships, community revitalization, healthy communities and long term infrastructure planning


Ken Ryan
Director of Community Planning in Urban Development, KTGY Group, Inc.
Interests: Complex regeneration planning, urban infill, large-scale master plans, transit-oriented development, resort/recreation studies, community participation programs and intergovernmental coordination

Ernesto Vasquez, FAIA, NCARB
Chairman and CEO, MVE Institutional, Inc
Interests: Transportation planning, smart growth, sidewalk communities and mixed-use developments



Sheri Vander Dussen, AICP
Planning Director, City of Anaheim
Interests: Urban planning-related interests: management of planning organizations; creating systems and processes to deliver consistent and outstanding customer service; creating neighborhoods and places that allow people to enjoy a high quality of life; mentoring young professionals

Barry R. Wallerstein, D.Env.
Executive Officer, South Coast Air Quality Management
Interests: Urban planning and environmental studies, with an emphasis in air pollution control and public policy development