Our Planning Team

Planning Communities intentionally seeks employees who have knowledge and passion for sustainability that cover the gamut, from energy, transportation and smart cities, to coastal management and habitat suitability mapping as well as social equity and environmental justice. Each employee brings a unique set of skills and ideas to the table in cultivating creative solutions for our clients’ needs and in burgeoning new areas for internal growth. We encourage individual-expression of thought and collaborative problem-solving.

 
Founding Partner (Owner/BOD)/Chief Executive Officer

Founding Partner (Owner/BOD)/Chief Executive Officer

Teresa Townsend, AICP

As a seasoned urban and environmental professional planner, Teresa is known for her deep passion for creativity and love of data in understanding social and environmental complexities. Foundational to her core beliefs in social and environmental responsibility, her work spans and is integrated across disciplines into key focus areas of community visioning, climate action plans, urban function and design, land use planning, smart cities, EV, zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, urban greening to achieving equitable sustainable futures.

Teresa’ s passionate approach and ability to strategize creatively around complex challenges and create action-oriented plans offers extensive insight, tools and resources and training opportunities that engage communities, organizations and individuals in envisioning their futures and taking steps now to build towards those outcomes.

 
Founding Partner(Owner/BOD)/Chief Operations Officer

Founding Partner(Owner/BOD)/Chief Operations Officer

Ann Steedly, PE

Ann, a licensed civil engineer, multilingual and cross-sector communicator and national expert in social equity and environmental justice uses her multidisciplinary skills and background to help agencies, organizations and communities operationalize their visions and goals. With a penchant for economics and finance, policy, process and strategic planning, and an emphasis on actionable and implementable strategies, she leads development of plans and actions that yield tangible results and progress towards desired, more resilient futures.  

Leveraging her expertise in equity, health, economic impacts, and multimodal transportation planning, Ann helps communities create physical infrastructure that is accessible for all and that supports the social infrastructure that allows communities and individuals to thrive. Bringing a full range of voices and experiences to the table in this process, Ann cultivates trust, empowers those who are involved or affected, and creates outcomes that provide co-benefits for all parties involved.

Environmental Practice Manager/ Senior Planner

Environmental Practice Manager/
Senior Planner

Brandy Houston

Corporate Sustainability Coordinator & Outreach

Corporate Sustainability Coordinator & Outreach

Larissa Via

GIS Specialist/Environmental Planner & Scientist

GIS Specialist/Environmental Planner & Scientist

Alyssa Randall 

Social Equity Strategist/Senior Urban Planner

Social Equity Strategist/Senior Urban Planner

Mehrsa “Mehri” Mohebbi 

Chief Technology & Geospatial Savant

Chief Technology & Geospatial Savant

To be announced soon!

Urban Planner

Urban Planner

James Farrell

Economic/Policy Analyst

Economic/Policy Analyst

Steve Bert, AICP