Palo Alto, CA – City Manager James Keene today announced the resignation of Palo Alto Planning Director Hillary Gitelman, who has accepted a new job with Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental planning, science, and design firm based in San Francisco.
Gitelman joined the City in late 2013 to lead a department of staff engaged in all aspects of planning work, including application processing, long range planning, transportation planning, code enforcement, and planning-related customer service at the City’s Development Center. Gitelman’s accomplishments include shepherding the City’s updated Comprehensive Plan through the final phases of the planning process, supporting City Council adoption of ordinances establishing an Annual Office Limit, new rules for Accessory Dwelling Units, new Housing Impact Fees and much more.
“In Palo Alto, the Planning Department is at the center of many complex and demanding initiatives, and Hillary and her team of dedicated employees have shown great resilience and adaptation to meet the community’s high expectations,” said Keene. “We wish Hillary well, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing her again as she continues her contribution to planning projects and issues in the Bay Area.”
Gitelman’s last day in the office will be May 11 and Assistant Director Jonathan Lait will serve as Interim Planning Director.