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Click to e-mail Brian Boudet

Brian Boudet, Planning Manager

Brian is passionate about working in the great City of Tacoma and partnering with the community and other leaders to create a vibrant, dynamic urban place that all can be proud of. Brian brings more than 18 years of local-level community planning and implementation experience and has successfully managed and supervised numerous flagship planning initiatives, including the One Tacoma Plan, Hilltop Subarea Plan & EIS, Infill Residential Design Program, and the Mixed-Use Centers policy and code development projects. As the City’s Planning Division Manager, he is involved in city-wide administration and employee development initiatives, departmental budgeting, project management, consultant administration, and leading long-range land use, environmental, housing and capital facilities planning.

 

Brian holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Geography from the University of Washington, as well as certifications in Supervision and Management from Tacoma Community College and the University of Washington Tacoma’s Milgard School of Business.  He is a founding member of Tacoma’s own urban design lecture series – Conversations Re: Tacoma – and has been a guest lecturer at the Evergreen State College, University of Washington Tacoma, and regional planning conferences.  Before coming to Tacoma, Brian worked as a Current Planner for Pierce County’s Planning and Land Services Department. Beyond work, Brian enjoys spending time outdoors in his native Pacific Northwest, hiking, camping, snowboarding, and playing on the water with his wife, two kids and friends and family.

 

 Click to e-mail Ian Munce

Ian Munce, Special Assistant to the Director

Ian is the Special Assistant to the Director for Planning and Development Services. He is a long standing AICP member and a member of the Washington State Bar. He has a graduate diploma in Town and Country Planning from Kingston Polytechnic London and a Masters in Business Administration from Western Washington University. Previous positions held include Planner with the London Boroughs of Islington and Wandsworth, Executive Director of the Skagit Council of Governments, and Planning Director and City Attorney for the City of Anacortes, Washington.

 

 Click to e-mail Reuben McKnight

Reuben McKnight, Historic Preservation Officer

Reuben McKnight has been Historic Preservation Officer at the City of Tacoma since 2003.  He has a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Washington, and an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Western Washington University.  Reuben has served on the Board of Directors for the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions and Preservation Action, as well as a term on the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board. Prior to working in Historic Preservation, Reuben worked as a field archaeologist in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

 

 Click to e-mail Lauren Hoogkamer

Lauren Hoogkamer, Assistant Historic Preservation Officer

Lauren Hoogkamer is the Assistant Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Tacoma. She holds an MS in Historic Preservation and an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University, as well as a BA/BA in Print Journalism and History and a Minor in Business from the University of Southern California. Previously, Lauren was an historic preservation consultant under her own business, Cultural Resources Research and Consulting. She also has received awards for journalism and poetry and has research published by the World Monuments Fund. Lauren grew up in rural Lewis County, WA, but now lives in a 1970s split-entry home in East Tacoma with her husband and two-year-old son and a dog and cat.  

 

 Click to e-mail Lihuang Wung

Lihuang Wung, Senior Planner

Lihuang Wung is a Senior Planner for the City of Tacoma and has been involved in many aspects of urban planning since the early 1990s and proudly witnessed the rejuvenation of the City. He developed the City’s first Transportation Plan pursuant to the State Growth Management Act. He was also the project manager for the Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park from 2009 to 2016. Lihuang has a master’s degree in transportation planning and engineering from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the National Taiwan University. Born and raised in Taiwan, Lihuang speaks Mandarin, loves tea and Dim Sum, and practices Tai Chi.

 

 Click to e-mail Stephen Atkinson

Stephen Atkinson, Senior Planner

Stephen Atkinson is a Senior Planner for the City of Tacoma, and has managed multiple long-range planning initiatives, including a makeover of the City’s Shoreline Master Program and Comprehensive Plan. Stephen has a Master of Regional Planning degree from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Washington, Tacoma. After graduation, Stephen spent considerable time wandering and studying urban and rural China, from Beijing to the small village of Xizhou in Yunnan Province. In his downtime, Stephen enjoys urban farming with his family, rainforest hikes, reading sports blogs, karaoke, and homebrew.

 

 Click to e-mail Lauren Flemister

Lauren Flemister, Senior Planner

Lauren Flemister is an urban planner and designer focused on downtown revitalization and the strategic development of a stronger spatial, visual, and cultural identity within an urban context. Her previous work with HOK, United Nations-Habitat, the City of Austin, the City of Auburn, and the Environmental Defense Fund concerned itself with how cities change and function over time through the lens of development and infrastructure. Her current career interests include how urban design has the ability to change neighborhoods and the role of cities in deterring gentrification. Lauren has her Masters of Architecture, Masters of Urban Planning, and Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Princeton University. She was raised in Columbus, OH and somehow was raised as a Michigan fan. She really loves modern art, wandering around cities, ice cream, and listening to sports radio.

 

Click to e-mail Andy Micklow

Andy Micklow, Senior Planner

Andy Micklow is a Senior Planner with the City of Tacoma’s Links to Opportunity Project. Andy has both their Masters of Urban and Regional Planning and B.A. in Political Science from Virginia Tech and is currently finishing their PhD in City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. Andy’s academic work focuses on the impact of land use and transportation policies on marginalized populations. Specifically, they use gender, as it intersects with sexuality, race, class, and age in the American suburb, to analyze the tensions that arise in communities as populations change. Prior to attending Cornell University, Andy worked for several years as a comprehensive planner in Virginia. In their downtime, Andy enjoys climbing, hiking, and exploring urban areas.

 

 Click to e-mail Elliott Barnett

Elliott Barnett, Associate Planner

Elliott Barnett has worked as an urban planner, in one capacity or another, since 2001. He was drawn to planning out of a heartfelt enthusiasm for great urban spaces and experiences, and an equally heartfelt concern about the long term sustainability of our environment. Planning has been a rewarding career which has brought Elliott from the San Francisco Bay Area to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to the City of Groningen in the Netherlands, and finally to the Puget Sound region. Elliott and his wife moved to Tacoma about 15 years ago. They put down roots and are happy to be raising two boys in this lovely city.

 

As a planner for the City of Tacoma, Elliott has worked on a range of policy initiatives including parks and open space planning, residential design and infill, active transportation and complete streets planning and design, and subarea planning. He is currently working primarily on the Tacoma Mall Neighborhood Subarea Plan and the Prairie Line Trail Historic Interpretive Project. Elliott grew up in Oakland, CA, got his Bachelors in French Language and Literature in Eugene, OR, and received his Masters of Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2000.

 

 Click to e-mail Monica Ghosh

Monica Ghosh, Project Coordinator

Monica Ghosh is the coordinator of the Links to Opportunity Project.  Prior to this role, she served as a Council Assistant to Tacoma City council members and was responsible for policy advising, special projects and planning outreach activities. Before coming to the City of Tacoma, she was the chief of staff for former Seattle City Council Member Jean Godden. She worked on array of municipal issues including budget, parks, libraries, public safety, utilities, licensing and inspection, human services, and homelessness.  Monica has a Bachelors Degree in political science and international studies and a Masters Degree in public administration from the University of Washington.  She volunteered extensively with organizations committed to building leadership capacity in communities of color in Seattle. 

 

Click to e-mail John Griffith

 

 John Griffith, Office Assistant

John Griffith is an Office Assistant for Planning and Development Services. Prior to working for City of Tacoma, he worked for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and spent six years researching the locations of shipwrecks for a deep water salvage company in Florida. He has a degree in English Literature from Western Washington University.