Don Spivack - River LA

Donald R. Spivack

Donald R. Spivack

Donald R. Spivack is a professional urban planner with over 40 years’ experience.

He served as Deputy Chief of Operations for the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) for six years prior to retiring in December 2010; in that capacity he oversaw the CRA/LA’s strategic planning, policy development and professional services units, which included policy planning, resource development, housing, environmental planning, engineering, cultural arts and other professional and technical units of the CRA/LA. Previously he held positions at CRA/LA as Deputy Administrator for Community Development for four years; Director of Operations for eight years; Senior Project Manager for the Central Business District for over four years; and Transportation Manager for eight months. In these capacities he was responsible for overseeing formation and implementation activities in several redevelopment projects in Los Angeles, including those in and around the Downtown Core, Hollywood, the East Side and portions of the San Fernando Valley, and for coordinating redevelopment planning with the emerging rapid transit network in Los Angeles.

Prior to coming to the CRA/LA, Mr. Spivack was Chief of Community Planning in the Montgomery County Planning Department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in Silver Spring, MD, for close to ten years, as well as Transportation Coordinator there for one year.  Before that he was Director of Physical Planning at the Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority in Detroit, MI, for two years and Assistant Professor of Architecture and Planning at Ohio University, in Athens, OH, for three years.  Mr. Spivack retired from the CRA/LA in December 2010. Since then he has served as a consultant to several not-for-profit organizations including the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust and the Los Angeles Collaborative for Environmental Health and Justice, advising on a variety of environmental justice issues. He is also an adjunct instructor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.


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