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Matthew Gelbman, AICP

I’m a planner, public engagement specialist, and project manager. I wear a lot of hats and I like it that way.

As a planner, I get to be creative and solve problems, guide clients through the planning process, and address the diverse challenges of California’s communities. I enjoy the comprehensive and interdisciplinary nature of planning and merging analysis with creativity. As a public engagement specialist, I work with people who care about the future of their community, help translate technical information into plain language, and strive to make a deliberate effort to create inclusive, accessible, and fun opportunities for people to participate. As a project manager, I help lead teams to complete projects successfully. 🙂

Outside of work, I’m usually making a mess in my kitchen or spending time with my family. My favorite color is green, my favorite animal is a pelican, and my favorite food is chocolate chip cookies.

Senior Urban Planner
Senior Associate
San Diego
Notable Projects

Master of Urban and Regional Planning, UC Irvine

BA, Sociology, Boston University


American Planning Association

APA YEP Mentorship Program (mentor)

Ascent Mentor Protégé Program (mentor)

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