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Assistant Professor
Graduate Coordinator

Dina Abdul Karim, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Her research interests include broad areas in urban design and environmental psychology such as walkable environments, livable public spaces, and restorative urban places. 

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Associate Professor
Chair

Dr. Kim's research and practice focus on sustainable transportation planning including active transportation, land use/transportation scenario planning, and GIS applications.

Faculty

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Professor
Co-Director, California Center for Land and Water Stewardship

Dr. Delgado is a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and is a co-director of the California Center for Land and Water Stewardship (CCLAWS).

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Lecturer

Elizabeth Gallardo is an urban planner at the City of Los Angeles and has been a Lecturer at Cal Poly Pomona since 2013. Elizabeth's planning practice has a special focus in community planning, outreach, land use, active transportation, transportation demand management, behavior change, community development, urban design, and the integration of streets and culture. 

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Lecturer

John Hildebrand is the Administrative Services Manager (Current Planning – Planning Manager) for Riverside County. John manages the day-today operations of the Current Planning staff.

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Alvaro Huerta holds a joint faculty appointment in Urban & Region Planning (URP) and Ethnic & Women’s Studies (EWS) at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. As an interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Huerta teaches and conducts research on the intersecting domains of community & economic development, Chicana/o & Latina/o studies, immigration & Mexican diaspora, social movements, social networks and the informal economy. Among other scholarly publications, he is the author of the book Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate: Towards a Humanistic Paradigm (San Diego State University Press, 2013) and forthcoming book Defending Latina/o Immigrant Communities: The Xenophobic Era of Trump and Beyond (Hamilton Books | Rowman & Littlefield, June 2019). He is also the lead editor of People of Color in the United States: Contemporary Issues in Education, Work, Communities, Health, and Immigration (Volume 4). Born in the U.S., he was raised in a Mexican colonia (Colonia Libertad in Tijuana, Baja California) and an American barrio (Ramona Gardens housing project or Big Hazard projects in East Los Angeles). He holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley—one of the first Chicanas/os to do so. He also holds an M.A. in Urban Planning and a B.A. in History from UCLA.

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Lecturer

Since receiving his doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Dr. Edward Jepson has taught courses at several institutions, including currently at the universities of Oregon, Wisconsin and Idaho, the Catholic University and Cal Poly Pomona. He has published numerous articles with an emphasis on sustainable development and co-authored a textbook on planning methods. In addition to his academic career, Dr. Jepson has also been a community development consultant and a local economic development director.

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Lecturer

Annette Koh's research and practice focus on placemaking and the politics of public participation.

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Lecturer

Nicole is an architect with experience in urban design, public housing, and private institutions, with a particular focus on environmental design. Nicole received an M.Arch. from Yale University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Urban Planning from UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs.

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Professor

Dr. Mitchell teaches planning law, environmental planning, and seminars. His research concerns property rights and ecological integrity.

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Lecturer

Tony Perez is the director of Form-Based Coding, Opticos Design, Inc. With 30 years of experience—12 as a public sector planner and the past 18 as a consulting professional writing Form-Based Codes—Tony works with communities to establish and translate policy direction into clear and implementable development standards that deliver the expected vision.

Lecturer

Marta Perlas obtained architectural degrees from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc) and the Escola Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona, Spain. She began teaching at Woodbury University in 1994, and since 1999, she has been an instructor at Cal Poly Pomona, teaching all levels of design studio.

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Lecturer

A proud product of Cal Poly Pomona, Steve Preston’s focus includes policy administration, historic preservation and communications.  He received the APA President’s Award in 2016 for Leadership in the Planning Movement.

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Lecturer

Brettany Shannon, Ph.D., is an urban planning and development scholar who studies how people use digital communications for urban and social placemaking.

Lecturer
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Professor

Dr. Gwen Urey is a Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Her research interests include broad areas relating to planning for non-transportation infrastructure: she has published book chapters on telecommunications and ports.

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Professor

Richard Willson's recent publications include A Guide for the Idealist: Launching and Navigating Your Planning Career (Routledge 2017), Parking Management for Smart Growth (Island Press 2015), and Parking Reform Made Easy (Island Press 2013). Dr. Willson's research addresses parking policy, climate change planning, transit-oriented development, planning theory, and professional development. He writes a bi-weekly blog for the American Planning Association concerning idealism in the environmental design professions. Dr. Willson teaches regional transportation planning, climate change planning, planning theory, policy analysis, and professional practice. Click on my name (above) for more details.

Lecturer

Richard Zimmer AICP is a full-time adjunct faculty member in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

Staff

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Administrative Coordinator

Laura Fujimoto oversees all aspects of the department office and provides administrative and technical support to the Chair and faculty. Laura's main role is assisting faculty and students navigate "the system".