Who We Are
Andrea Petzel, AICP
Andrea is a community planning and public engagement specialist with over 20 years of experience. A process expert, she loves to lead projects at the nexus of sustainability, health, and the built environment and has applied her skills to a diverse array of policies and programs. Recently, Andrea has facilitated a vision for change in Seattle’s criminal justice system, conducted public restroom feasibility assessments and written best practices for public restrooms to address pressing public health concerns, and developed programs that balanced recreational access and restoration for shoreline street end parks. Andrea builds collaborative teams that work together effectively to set goals, streamline processes, and develop a shared definition of success.
Andrea honed her public speaking skills and keen eye for spotting wildlife as a naturalist and kayak guide in Southeast Alaska. She earned a master’s degree in public policy from the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and her bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College, and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
Social Equity + Community Health Manager
With more than ten years of experience in education, communication, and public health, Valerie unleashes her creative and strategic thinking and her aptitude for writing to weave compelling narratives and drive change. Focused on community-driven planning processes, she has led a variety of innovative projects and programs examining social networks, community assets, and resilience strategies. Valerie believes in the power of story to move people, and she uses bottom-up, holistic engagement strategies that help people tell their stories, and in so doing, become more invested in where they live, work, and play.
Valerie earned a BA in history from UC Irvine and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington. Valerie collaborated with the Sightline Institute and other local and national stakeholders on her publication, “Ouch Surfing: Getting Killer Chemicals Out of Your Furniture” — which helped reverse a long-standing but scientifically-discredited flammability standard in California.
Communications + Engagement Manager
Jaki Rowbottom has over 10 years experience delivering strategic communications, public relations and community engagement for government and non-profit organizations. Jaki’s organized and strategic approach, along with her sense of humor and personable nature, allows her to build strong relationships with stakeholders, and successfully navigate difficult scenarios and crisis situations.
Jaki has managed stakeholder relations, media liaison and communications for large drainage and sewer infrastructure projects, along with environmental initiatives, at Melbourne Water in Australia. Under her leadership she successfully reduced community disruption from major projects in densely urban areas, addressed community outrage and environmental issues, and maintained a positive perception of the organization’s programs.
Sara Pizzo, MURP
Community Planning Associate
Sara believes that everyone should have access to an equitable, healthy, safe, and vibrant community, and she is passionate about community building, social justice, and environmental sustainability. Her experience lies in engaging diverse groups of people in collaborative planning processes, building relationships across social and cultural boundaries, and conducting research that supports planning efforts. She has experience in the non-profit, public, and private sectors. Sara has a masters degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan.