The Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) San Diego-Tijuana District Council has named Brian F. Mooney, FAICP, chairman of the 700-member binational council, which promotes responsible land use and sustainable communities in the Cali Baja mega-region.
Mooney has designated a theme for ULI’s fiscal year which started July 1: “The Inclusive Region: Facing Challenges and Opportunities in the New Normal.” ULI will explore real estate development’s impact on diversity, equity and inclusion; public space as it relates to public health; and the future of urban development.
Mooney’s two-year term will culminate with the San Diego–Tijuana Council hosting ULI’s 2022 Spring Meeting, April 19-21, which will attract thousands of ULI members from around the world and showcase the best of San Diego’s residential, commercial and civic development.
Mooney serves as the managing principal of the Community Planning and Sustainable Development Division at Rick Engineering Company. He has more than 40 years’ experience in planning, public outreach, environmental analysis, research and development of public policy. He is highly respected in public and private planning arenas and is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
In 2014, he was honored for his lifetime contributions to planning in California by the American Planning Association (APA) Planning Emeritus Network. He was a 2009 recipient of San Diego State University’s Distinguished Alumni Award, The Monty.
Among the scores of awards he has won for planning, two hold special significant to him: The Society of Environmental Professional’s (AEP) 2005 Outstanding Environmental Solution award for the CCDC (Center City Development Corporation) Downtown African American Heritage Study and the APA 2009 Media Award for “The Nolen Plan: Vision, Politics and Memory in San Diego,” a film Mooney wrote, directed and produced that presented the origins of urban planner John Nolen’s 1909 plan for San Diego and its relevance to our city today.
Mooney has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in urban history from the University of San Diego. He serves as an adjunct professor in city planning at the New School of Architecture and Design.
“We are honored and excited to have a professional with Brian’s stature lead the ULI’s San Diego-Tijuana District,” said Chris Clark, district council director. “His enthusiasm for involving elected officials, nurturing young talent, encouraging diversity, and enlivening ULI by going back to our core mission will have a lasting effect on the future of ULI.”