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Greta K. Brownlow, PhD

In my career in environmental planning, I’ve mostly been a CEQA practitioner—working on projects large and small, from high-speed rail to adding portables to an elementary school campus. I’ve also always been a teacher: an assistant teacher at a preschool, a summer camp counselor/youth mentor, a substitute teacher, a graduate school instructor, an adjunct professor, and an instructor of continuing and professional education courses. Because of this experience and my passion for making communities better places for people to live and work, I view planning as an exercise in educating project stakeholders about how places are shaped and changed.

I travel as much as possible and love a vibrant, bustling city. But I also love to get out in nature. I’ve hiked a lot of trails, been certified to scuba dive, tried my hand(s) at rock climbing, cross-country skied, ocean kayaked, and ventured into the wilderness with a backpack. I also love live music, cooking (and eating!), hanging with my husband and cat, and sitting around with friends enjoying a nice glass of wine.

Northern California
Environmental Practice Leader
Notable Projects

CDCR San Quentin Educational and Vocational Center Project

CSU Maritime Academy, Cal Maritime Waterfront Master Plan Project EIR

UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education CEQA Professional Instruction


PhD, Education, UC Berkeley

MA, Education, UC Berkeley

MURP, Urban and Regional Planning, UCLA

BA, Social Sciences, UC Berkeley


San Jose State University lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning

AEP Legislative Committee

ULI UrbanPlan (volunteer)

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