Bill is a Principal, City Economics + Planning at Arup, a global engineering, planning, design, and consultancy firm. His focus is urban planning & development economics, working in cities and regions throughout California, the United States, and internationally. Bill was Planning Director for the City of San Diego from 2006-11. There, he oversaw a group of dedicated planners work with citizens and elected officials to prepare San Diego’s City of Villages General Plan, which received APA’s prestigious Daniel Burnham Award for Excellence in Comprehensive Planning. A Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and former national President of the 38,000-member American Planning Association from 2013-15, Bill is currently President of the California Planning Roundtable. He is a Full Member of the Urban Land Institute’s Urban Revitalization Council and Lambda Alpha, a land economics honorary society. From 1995-2003, he served as a member/chair of San Diego’s Planning Commission and was President of Citizens Coordinate of Century 3 (C3) in the early 1990s. He is on the boards of the City Heights Community Development Corporation and the San Diego Parks Foundation.
Bill received his B.A. in Economics & Political Science from Claremont McKenna College, and Masters in City & Regional Planning from Harvard University. A native San Diegan, Bill’s family values the region’s parks and special landscape. His wife, Shawna, is a Principal Environmental Planner with the San Dieguito River Park – a 55-mile greenbelt from Julian to Del Mar. His son, Ryan, is a counselor at Camp CaHiTo in Balboa Park. His daughter, Mila, attends Mission Bay High School, next to Mission Bay Park.
Why I Joined SDPF
As a native San Diegan, I hope to see parks become the hearts of our neighborhoods – all of our neighborhoods. A place that brings people of all ages together for respite, sport, leisure, learning, and community.