Los Angeles, CA -- Today, Councilmember Ryu announced the hiring of Senior Planning Deputy Emma Howard to fill the vacancy left by Julia Duncan, who left the office in February to work in the City of Los Angeles’ Planning Department.
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April 13, 2018
Emma Howard Joins Office of Councilmember Ryu as Senior Planning Deputy
Los Angeles -- Today, Councilmember Ryu announced the hiring of Senior Planning Deputy Emma Howard to fill the vacancy left by Julia Duncan, who left the office in February to work in the City of Los Angeles’ Planning Department.
“Council District Four needs a strong planning deputy - someone who not only understands the ins and outs of planning policy, but who has a real understanding of fostering place and building community,” Councilmember Ryu said. “Emma Howard is that person - I could not be more excited to have her on board.”
Emma joins the office from New York, where she worked in the neighborhood of East Brooklyn on New York City’s very first Cultural Plan, which combines zoning policy with cultural, artistic and historic priorities to create unique, community-oriented zones. She is not new to Los Angeles, though, having first moved to the City in 2008 and working for eight years as a Regional Planner with the County of Los Angeles. There, she worked on land use, hillside and ridgeline ordinances, as well as the Significant Ecological Areas Program, which give special designation to areas within LA County that have irreplaceable biological resources.
Emma a Master’s degree in Community Development and Planning from Clark University and is a certified Creative Placemaker from Ohio State University. Creative Placemaking is an emerging field in using the intersections of arts and the land use planning process to achieve outcomes that enhance communities physically, socially and creatively. Her official start date with Councilmember Ryu’s office was April 9, 2018.
Renee Weitzer remains on board as Senior Advisor for Land Use & Development.
Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.