Published: March 4, 2024
assefa commencement speaker

We are thrilled to welcome Samuel Assefa as our speaker at this year's ENVS graduation in May! As the Director of CA's Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, Assefa champions for improving climate resilience and Environmental Justice.

Prior to being appointed OPR Director, Assefa was Director of the City of Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development since 2016. He was Senior Urban Designer for the Department of Community Planning and Sustainability for City of Boulder from 2010 to 2016, Director of Land Use and Planning Policy for the Department of Planning and Development and Deputy Chief of Staff for Economic and Physical Development for the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office from 2004 to 2010 and Senior Urban Designer for the SmithGroup JJR from 2002 to 2004. Assefa was Director of Special Projects for the City and County of San Francisco Department of Planning and Development from 1999 to 2002 and Senior Urban Designer for SMWM Architecture and Planning from 1993 to 1999. Assefa earned a Master of City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Graduation will be held on Fridaym, May 10th in Macky Auditorim at 6:00pm; doors open at 5:00pm.