Project Lead (Seattle)
Phone: (425) 263-2792
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Joe Tovar is Co-Lead of the Road Map to Washington’s Future project for the William D. Ruckelshaus Center. He holds appointments as Adjunct Faculty at Washington State University Extension’s Community and Economic Development Program, and as Affiliate Faculty at the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments.
Joe has been a planning practitioner in Washington for over 40 years. He served a total of 18 years as the planning director for the cities of Kirkland, Covington, and Shoreline and was appointed by two governors to serve 12 years on the Washington State Growth Management Hearings Board.
In 2012 he founded Tovar Planning, providing advice to private sector clients, state and local governments in Washington. He helped draft Washington state’s Growth Management Act of 1990, interpreted the law as a member of the Growth Hearings Board, and implemented it as a planning director and consultant to state agencies, counties, and cities.
Joe lives in downtown Edmonds. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, reading U.S. and international history, film, and listening to music.
Updated on February 6, 2018