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Arianna O’Connell serves as an Associate Planner for Good City Company. Arianna has spent the last 6+ years working for both large development companies and small non-profit businesses, both focused on providing needed housing to communities in both California and Pennsylvania. Arianna is an urban development and housing policy professional with experience in real estate entitlements, policy and legislative research, community engagement, Affordable Housing programming, and plan compliance.
Arianna previously worked for Lendlease LLC in a partnership with Google where she pushed forward the entitlements process for three large master-planned community projects in the Bay Area. Within this role, she led research on external policy and legislative issues, staying abreast of key regional policy shifts and local political issues to ensure that the development projects incorporated the desires and concerns of the local community and public officials. Additionally, Arianna managed the entitlements schedule for the Moffett Park Project, organizing a team of over 40 members of in-house staff, consultants, to prepare and submit CEQA documents and provide key comments on the Moffett Park Specific Plan and Moffett Park Draft EIR.
After graduating from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, Arianna worked for three non-profit companies in rural Western PA focused on finding stable housing for individuals with disabilities and behavioral health challenges. In her role, she revitalized the public image of each company through raising public awareness around federal and state housing policy issues, fair housing laws, and the realities of homelessness in rural communities.
Outside of work, Arianna loves hiking, pilates, gardening, reading, and discussing classic cinema.