Alan A. Wolken

Planning and Development Services

Alan has 30 years of municipal planning, redevelopment and engineering experience in local governments in both Northern and Southern California. During his career, Alan has worked on a variety of projects ranging from small commercial efforts to 500,000 square-foot adaptive re-use projects. He recently served as Director of the Richmond Community Redevelopment Agency.

Projects that Alan has been directly involved with include the development of over 500 housing units, projects involving the development of over two million square-feet of retail space, high density Transit Oriented Development mixed use projects, a $104 million historic civic center revitalization, and a variety of streetscape improvement programs.

Alan has successfully secured over $70 million in State and Federal grants for transportation, housing and commercial rehabilitation, environmental remediation and streetscape improvements. He also has extensive experience with detailed real estate transaction negotiations and in preparing land development agreements, purchase and sale agreements and disposition and development agreements.

He is fully conversant with both the State and Federal regulatory processes and has worked closely on development issues with the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the State Regional Water Quality Control Board, the Department of Toxic Substances Control, the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, the California Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

Alan has worked with graduate students from the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University planning schools regarding economic development strategies ranging from urban infill, to transit/waterfront development, to military base re-use. He has also made presentations to the League of California Cities and the California Redevelopment Association conferences.

Alan has also served on the Board of Directors for several of non-profit organizations in both Northern and Southern California, including the Centinela Valley YMCA, Federal Child Care Consortium, Richmond Art Center, NIAD, and Arts Benicia.

Alan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies, and a Master of Arts degree in Environmental Planning.