Gail Goldberg

Metropolitan Water District Board

S. Gail Goldberg, FAICP, served as Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute - Los Angeles from June of 2011 until February of 2018.  Ms. Goldberg brought to the table not only her many years leading the planning departments of two of the world’s most significant cities, but also many years of service to ULI.

Goldberg was Director of Los Angeles City Planning Department from February 2006 through August 2010. She was responsible for organizing and directing the policies and activities of the City’s Planning Department, including the development, maintenance and implementation of all elements of the City’s General Plan as well as a range of other special zoning plans.

Prior to joining the Los Angeles Planning Department, Goldberg worked for 17 years in the City of San Diego Planning Department, serving as Planning Director from 2000 through 2005. She oversaw a planning process to update the city’s 20-year-old General Plan. The result – which became an international model for urban revitalization – was a 20-year vision for the San Diego and a long-term strategy for achieving that vision known as the “City of Villages.”

Goldberg is a native Californian and holds a degree in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of California San Diego.   Goldberg currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District and on the Board of Advisors for the USC Center for Sustainable Cities.  She also serves on the Advisory Board for the UCLA Lewis Center and for the University of California’s District 9 Transportation Center.

Goldberg has formerly served as an Urban Land Institute Trustee, Chair of the San Diego/Tijuana ULI District Council and on the Statewide Coordinating Committee for the Urban Land Institute’s California Smart Growth Initiative.  Goldberg has served on the Board of Directors for Abode Communities and Abode Community Housing and was appointed by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins to the California Strategic Growth Council where she served for three years.  She is a past President of the San Diego Chapter of the Lambda Alpha Honorary Land Economics Society.



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