Nurturing the Intentional City: Gil Kelley Heads to San Francisco

Gil KelleyGil Kelley (LF ’10) is headed back to San Francisco to become director of citywide planning, where he will oversee urban design and planning policies as well as long-term plans for the city’s future. They’re feeling pretty lucky to get him. “Gil is widely recognized for his leadership in sustainable and urban development,” said John Rahaim, the city’s planning director. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the department.”

Prior to his Loeb Fellowship, Kelley spent 14 years leading Berkeley’s planning efforts before he returned to his native Portland in 1999. There he oversaw restoration of the South Waterfront, the Pearl District, and the West End and created Portland’s River Renaissance Initiative. He’s an ardent advocate for livable, equitable, inclusive, “smart” cities, and he’s found a receptive audience for his message in the Bay Area.

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