Nick Hamilton is an urban development and policy professional bringing 15+ years of experience in leading plan development and launching programs to advance equity, sustainability, and shared prosperity in communities across the U.S. and internationally.
Recent long-range planning experience includes General Plan and Housing Element updates, and municipal code updates to further Objective Design and Development Standards. Recent current planning experience includes coordinating local jurisdiction review of the redevelopment of former school sites into housing, high density Transit Oriented Development (TOD) projects, and associated CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) environmental reviews. He has also lent his expertise in community engagement and outreach to several initiatives for the cities of Brisbane, San Mateo, and San Bruno.
Nick brings a long track record establishing collaborative community revitalization initiatives in communities across the U.S. through his previous work for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and as Director of Urban Policy at Columbia University’s The American Assembly. His architectural, urban design, and planning expertise was cultivated during his time at Davis Brody Bond, a nationally recognized architectural firm headquartered in New York. Projects there included multiple overseas diplomatic facilities for the US Department of State, Columbia University Northwest Corner Building, and the Lenox Terrace Apartments superblock infill project.
Nick is active in professional and civic organizations and has spoken at myriad conferences including the American Planning Association Advocacy and Policy Conference (2019) and has participated in the Urban Land Institute’s National Advisory Services Panel in Pittsburgh (2016). He currently serves on the boards of the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization, which fosters solutions-oriented discourse between UN Habitat and US-based architectural and development organizations and professionals, and the Berkeley Student Cooperative Alumni Association. He was included as a Next City Vanguard in 2013.