American Planning Association, Planning Magazine: “Putting Greenways First” Special issue on Sustaining Places, August/Sept. 2011
Kayak Launch: Los Angeles Conservation Corps permitted to run kayaks down LA River, From Balboa Park to Burbank Avenue, August-September, 2011
Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Salazar calls for creation of 21st Century National Advisory Committee on Service Corps
Urban Assessment Planners
Carrie Sutkin, UAP principal and owner, has over 25 years of experience helping complex public agencies and nonprofit organizations seek plan and develop public improvements. Specializing in parks and affordable housing, she has worked with a variety of stakeholders throughout the County of Los Angeles including cities, County Departments, the US Army Corps of Engineers, non-profit greening organizations and the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps.
Formerly Field Director and Planning Deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, Sutkin completed her Doctorate in Planning and Development Studies at USC. Dr. Tridib Banerjee and Supervisor Molina’s Chief of Staff Alma Martinez guided her work on her final client project at the East Los Angeles Civic Center resulting in an organic planning process that converted an underutilized civic center, into a hub of public and cultural activities and a new light rail station at the East Los Angeles Civic Centers.
Urban Assessment Planners was founded by Sutkin to provide nonprofit agencies, coalitions, and municipalities better access to public policy, funding and program design to ensure environmental justice across Los Angeles's diverse communities. Sutkin, regularly attends and monitors meetings of granting agencies, policy boards, and grassroots coalitions of activists. She meets with elected officials and their staff, to determine opportunities and priorities for new parks and new green spaces.
She offers a menu of services including: Urban planning, civic engagement, policy advocacy, planning, design and management of green projects. She can also help public agencies and nonprofit organizations develop priorities, work plans, cost estimates, and grant applications. UAP also fosters strong relations with the public, private and non-profit sectors by collaborating with elected leaders throughout Los Angeles County and designing and implementing community stakeholder and public outreach strategies.
She specializes in park and green open space development, capital and program fund development, capital and program grant writing, planning, advocacy, lobbying, program design, survey and focus group design and implementation, facilitation of working groups of diverse stakeholders, needs assessments, public information and outreach campaigns (bilingual), land use analysis and recreation program design and evaluation, acquisition and financing strategies for converting underutilized publicly owned lands, into parks, trails and other vibrant green and civic spaces.
Your organization will develop greater greening technical support, resources and infrastructure. Today more than ever, it is important to be pro-active in the complex network of Los Angeles green policy, advocacy and local government.