Michele Rodriguez

Community Development and Planning

Michele provides professional consultation services in the areas of community development, planning policy, CEQA and project implementation. With a 30-year career in both the public and private sectors focused on municipal planning and management, Michele’s services to clients include:

  • General Plan, Specific Plan, and Municipal Code Development and Implementation
  • Building Code Development, Adoption, and Construction Services
  • Planning, Building, Code Enforcement Development and Implementation
  • Sustainability, and Resiliency Policies and Programs
  • Budget Projections and Fiscal Management
  • Operational Efficiency and Program Evaluation
  • Economic Development and Workforce Programs
  • Social Equity and Inclusionary Programs

Michele has served as the Development Services Director for the City of San Pablo and the Long-Range and Sustainability Director for the County of Marin.  She has overseen, and managed preparation and implementation of multiple General Plans and Municipal Codes focused on alignment with the regional growth strategy and integrating climate change reduction strategies. Examples of her current, and long-range work include Cupertino Vallco Mall Development Agreement; City of San Pablo new public library; the Marin Countywide Plan, Energy Upgrade California, and implementation of the San Pablo Public Health Element.  Michele has led a number of controversial projects to amicable solutions including creek setbacks, CEQA lawsuits and the PG&E – Community Choice Aggregation lawsuit.  She is adept at working collaboratively with multiple entities to achieve particular outcomes such as the Monte Sereno-Los Gatos- Cupertino – Santa Clara County Hillside Protection MOU; or the Solano-Marin-Sonoma-Napa Targeted Industries Study and Workforce Implementation Plan. She provides innovative approaches to community planning and building; assisting communities and organizations move forward to achieve their goals.

Michele has completed numerous customer service improvements in the workplace including software, organizational re-alignments, and alternative service delivery.  She has facilitated updates to Mission Statements, Core Values, Vision, Strategic Plans, and Performance Management processes.  She has authored financial, administrative, and personnel policies and procedures.

In addition to her significant professional experience, Michele earned a Master of Urban and Regional Planning, and Economics from the University of California, San Jose State.  She is nationally certified by the American Planning Association as a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and the United States Green Building Council as a Leader in Energy and Environmental Design.