Kavitha Kumar is an accomplished and versatile community planner and project manager, with more than two decades of local government experience in all aspects of current and long-range planning and community development. Most notably, her skills at problem solving and consensus building have led to streamlined project management incorporating process and workflow innovations.
Her planning portfolio includes community planning and project management of highly visible, multi-faceted academic, religions, commercial, mixed-use, multi-family, single-family residential development applications, and environmentally sensitive projects; due diligence site analysis; and diverse advanced planning studies.
Ms. Kumar’s experience includes project management of all planning and development on Stanford University campus resulted in efficient processing of entitlements and permit applications for over 1.3 million net new academic square feet and 3,135 net new student and faculty housing units (2.4 million square feet) under the 2000 General Use Permit (GUP). She has also managed and led a newly created Project Management Division, overseeing and supervising planners responsible for and managing major, highly visible, and complex public and private projects like Sustainable Agriculture Policy, Riparian Protection Ordinance, SMARA (Surface Mines) and CEQA.
Her experience also includes being the first ever professional planner hired at the Town of Nederland, Colorado, and at the Town of Carver, Massachusetts, built a robust foundation for short and long-term planning programs. Both these communities have continued to use these foundation planning principles she initiated.