Ralph Robinson joined Good City in 2021. As Associate Planner, he works extensively with local communities on conformance with state requirements related to their Housing Elements, Senate Bill 9 regarding residential developments, Accessory Dwelling Units, and other associated issues. Additionally, he manages public meetings, reviews development applications, and serves as a valuable resource and first point of contact for the public. He currently works in Atherton, Portola Valley, and Alameda.
While earning his master's in urban planning at San Jose State University, he worked with two professors through the Mineta Transportation Institute to advance original research on local solutions for transportation financing and issues of walkability and sustainability in the Bay Area. He also worked with CommUniverCity managing the creation of a robust assessment of a historically underserved Eastside San José community.
For his efforts as a student, he was recognized with an (American Planning Association) Outstanding Planning Student Award and his project was recognized with both a 2020 San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) Impact Award and an Award of Excellence by the APA (American Planning Association) California Chapter Northern Section.
Prior to his master’s program, Ralph was Vice President of Research, Strategy & Content with ZEITGUIDE, a coaching and consultation firm targeted to chief-level executives. He has also worked as a classroom teacher, tutor and in volunteer capacities with young students.
Ralph is a Massachusetts native whose principal focus is rethinking land use policies to make our communities livable for everyone, and capable of providing the economic, educational, mental, physical, and social benefits we all require.