City of San José Names Rosalynn Hughey Director of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement Department

SAN JOSE, Calif. – City Manager David Sykes has appointed Rosalynn Hughey as Director of the Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement. An urban planner with 30 years of experience, Hughey joined the City of San José in December 2014 as Assistant Director of the Department. She was appointed as Acting Director in June 2017, and provides professional leadership for the broad range of planning and development services, including stewardship of the Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan.

Prior to joining the City of San José, Hughey served as Deputy Director in the Washington, D.C. Office of Planning, where she led dozens of neighborhood and Transit Oriented plans, creative placemaking efforts, retail initiatives, as well as large scale planning/redevelopment projects. “I am proud to say that Rosalynn excelled through the selection process and I am very appreciative of her commitment to San José,” said David Sykes, City Manager. “She will continue to address the efficiency and flow of our Development Services processes, as we focus on building the future San Jose.”

As Department Director, Hughey will be responsible for leading a Department of over 300 staff and ensuring integration of Citywide initiatives such as the Environmental Sustainability Plan, Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Policy, Diridon Station Area Implementation/BART Phase II, and Public Life Strategy into the City’s General Plan.

“I thank Rosalynn for her commitment to leading our Planning Department as San José experiences unprecedented growth,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “Her experience, skills, and leadership will remain instrumental to effectively implementing our General Plan, expediting our entitlement process, and achieving our fiscal, economic, and affordable housing goals.”

“I am passionate about creating vibrant environments that enhance the lives of people who live in them,” said Rosalynn Hughey. “I see the work I do as integrating planning, people and partnerships, and look forward to engaging our residents, working with the land development community and forging a variety of partnerships with the private and nonprofit sectors.”

Hughey is a member of the American Planning Association, a 2017 Fellow of the Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use, and an American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley Senior Fellow. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from the University of Maryland.

About the City of San José
San José is the nation’s tenth largest city and the largest city in Northern California with an ethnically diverse population of more than one million people. San José was founded in 1777, once served as the state capital of California, and now encompasses 180 square miles. The City’s website is Facts about San José can be found here:

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