Mayor Hickenlooper Names New Planning Director and Business Development Director
(DENVER) Mayor John Hickenlooper held a news conference in his office Tuesday to announce his appointees for Director of Planning and Director of Business Development.
The City of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department is responsible for managing planning and building within Denver, including the design and implementation of citywide and neighborhood plans, establishing construction and design standards, coordinating revitalization efforts, managing historic preservation, and performing code enforcement and education. The Department was previously led by the late Jennifer Moulton.
“Jennifer Moulton was a great leader, visionary, and to me - a teacher. She left Denver a much better place than she found it,” Hickenlooper said. “We all miss Jennifer, but today we honor her legacy by announcing a successor who is equally committed to the vision of a built-environment that enhances our quality of life - balancing design excellence, development needs, and community desires. Denver is so fortunate to be gaining the talents and expertise of Peter Park. Together with the Planning Department’s creative, dedicated staff, they as much as any of us, will ensure that as Denver grows, our quality of life is enhanced.”
The Director of Business Development is a newly configured position within the Office of Economic Development that will focus on business retention and the growth of existing businesses.
“The majority of local jobs are created by small businesses, so our Administration is maintaining a dedicated focus on retaining existing local businesses and ensuring that they survive and thrive here in Denver,” Hickenlooper said. “Mary Buckley’s appointment, and the tremendous public and private sector experience she brings, is evidence of our commitment to this goal.”
Director of Planning: Peter Park
Internationally renowned for his innovative approach to urban design and planning, Peter Park brings two decades of experience in planning, architecture, and urban design to Denver as the City’s new Director of Planning. He will also be serving as an adjunct professor in the University of Colorado-Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning, creating a valuable partnership between the University and the City.
Since 1995, Park has served as Milwaukee’s City Planning Director. Under his direction, Milwaukee established a disciplined approach to comprehensive planning, raised awareness of the importance of urban design, created the Milwaukee Development Center to consolidate planning, zoning and permitting functions into one customer-friendly environment, streamlined development review procedures, and completed a comprehensive update of the city’s zoning code.
Concurrently, Park has also served for twelve years as an adjunct assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning where he teaches urban design lectures and studios, creating vital synergies between the University and the City and providing students with real-life opportunities to contribute to Milwaukee planning projects. Park has also lectured at various institutions including the University of Chicago, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Marquette University, University of Montreal, and the University of Tokyo.
Previously, Park spent eight years with the Milwaukee-based Planning and Design Institute, Inc., where he served as an associate and vice president; two years as an outreach specialist for Johnson Controls Institute for Environmental Quality in Architecture, and two years as a designer with Boston-based Stephen L. Faulk & Associates. Early in his career, he held internships at the Phoenix-based firms of Comoyer-Hedrick Architects and Planners and Lescher & Mahoney Architects.
Park is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association, Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Urban Land Institute. He has spoken to numerous national organizations including the American Institute of Architects, the American Planning Association, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Council for Urban Economic Development, and the Urban Land Institute.
Park received a 2003 Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Award, a Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1998, and “40 Under 40” Honors from the Milwaukee Business Journal in 1998. He co-authored “The Wisconsin State Building Program Research Project: A Comparative Analysis” and edited “Growth Management and Environmental Quality.”
Park received his bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies from Arizona State University and his Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Director of Business Development: Mary Buckley
Combine Mary Buckley’s experience as both a local small business owner and a corporate manager with her years of economic development work in government, and you have the ideal foundation for Denver’s new Director of Business Development.
In her current role as the Deputy City Manager of Centennial, Buckley established initial infrastructure and developed administrative policies and procedures for Colorado’s newest incorporated suburban city. She has previously held economic development-related appointments in three state governments: Manager of the Economic Development Division for former Texas Comptroller John Sharp; Director of Planning for former Mississippi Governor Ray Maybus; and Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment for former Colorado Governor Dick Lamm.
Buckley has considerable private sector experience as well. She owned and founded MGB Strategies, a Denver-based public affairs consulting firm; served as Regional Manager of Regulatory Affairs for the Denver-based Jato Communications Corporation, worked as a government relations consultant for Brownstein, Hyatt & Farber, PC, and served as Manager of Legislative Affairs for the MCI Telecommunications Corporation. Additionally, Buckley owns a local small business, Villa Nolasco USA, which imports handmade soaps that help to support an orphanage in Mexico.
Buckley has served as a member of the Colorado State Board of Community Colleges and Occupational Education, the Colorado Child Care Commission, and as a board member and treasurer for the Five Points Media Center.
She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Colorado State University.
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