Gil Kelley photo Gil Kelley is an independent urban and strategic planning consultant working out of Portland, Oregon. Kelley is the former Director of Planning for the City of Portland, Oregon (2000-2009) and the former Director of  Planning and Development for the City of Berkeley, California (1988-1998). While serving as Director of Planning for Portland, Kelley worked to preserve and redevelop Portlandís riverfront for public access, created a new in-town neighborhood (Pearl District), began the dense, sustainable, mixed use development of the South Waterfront, and installed an award-winning streetcar system linking inner-city neighborhoods.

Gil is a recognized advocate for cities leading the way on climate change. Gil has lectured on ways in which leaders, developers, designers and citizens can work together more effectively to create great urban places. Gil is a 2010 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University, a Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Portland Metropolitan Studies at Portland State University.