People

Raimi + Associates has a small but dedicated staff of professionals who are committed to making communities more livable and environmentally sustainable. Our work environment is highly collaborative and encourages the free-flowing, creative exchange of ideas. 

Northern California (Berkeley)

Matt Raimi

Principal, AICP, LEED-AP
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Matt Raimi founded Raimi + Associates in 2006 and has almost 20 years of experience in planning across the country. He focuses on creating more livable and sustainable cities, and has spoken extensively on the principles of new urbanism to comprehensive plans, incorporating public health concerns into the planning process, and promoting sustainable development at the local level. He has directed the preparation of many General Plans, specific plans, and corridor plans in the Bay Area and throughout the State, with an emphasis on creating healthy and sustainable communities. Recent General Plan projects include updates for: Los Angeles (Health Element) Mountain View, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Coachella, and South Gate. Other projects include the International Boulevard Transit-Oriented Development Plan; LA METRO Orange Line Sustainable Corridor Implementation Plan; Downtown Fresno Community Plan; Fremont City Center Precise Plan and Form-based Code; and the Santa Clara County Public Health Element. Matt is also LEED-ND Faculty with the U.S. Green Building Council. 

Matt Raimi is the co-author of a seminal on smart growth and the impact of sprawl titled Once There Were Greenfields: How Urban Sprawl is Undermining America's Environment, Economy and Social Fabric. He is also the author of several other publications, including Understanding the Relationship Between Public Health and the Built Environment (USGBC, 2006) and Five Years of Progress: 110 Communities Where ISTEA is Making a Difference (STPP, 1996). Matt holds a master's degree in regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill a BA from the University of Rochester, and is a an AICP-certified planner.

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Kym Dorman

Associate Principal and Chief Operating Officer, MPH

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Kym Dorman is a leading social sector consultant who excels at conducting evaluations and needs assessments, as well as planning and evaluating complex
community efforts that emphasize organizational and community capacity. With more than 15 years of experience as an applied researcher and facilitator, Kym's professional expertise spans a range of public health issues, including early childhood health and development, family health and wellness, health care access,and HIV prevention planning. She is skilled in a wide of qualitative and quantitative research methods, and has considerable experience using research and data to help foundations, communities, and organizations make informed decisions for their future. She is also fluent in Spanish.

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Aaron Welch

Senior Associate, LEED-AP
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Aaron Welch has strong expertise in planning and design, neighborhood-scale sustainability and green building, multi-modal transportation, and promoting health through planning. He has worked on transit-oriented development projects, corridor plans, specific plans, transportation plans, comprehensive plans, green infill development projects, and healthy community plans throughout California and the United States. Aaron has extensive experience implementing multi-building, neighborhood-scale sustainability, including for several existing-neighborhood projects as well as for the first two (and to date only) post-pilot LEED-ND projects in the U.S. to receive a Platinum level of certification. Aaron has provided direct technical consulting for the U.S. Green Building Council, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Local Initiative Support Corporation, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as LEED for Neighborhood implementation for over a dozen private-sector or non-profit development projects in North America. He specializes in technical and educational writing, and brings genuine passion and enthusiasm to his work. Aaron's professional interest in planning and sustainability from around the time he traded in his first car for a hand-made Italian racing bike, which he still uses to commute to work.
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Eric Yurkovich

Senior Associate
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Eric is an urban planner focused on issues of sustainable urban development. He specializes in community planning with an emphasis on climate change mitigation strategies and adaptations, land use and transportation scenario modeling, spatial analysis and community engagement. His work has been done to create sustainable communities that offer alternatives to the automobile, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect ecosystem habitat, and manage natural hazard risk. Eric received a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of California at Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree in geography from Macalester College. Along with a background in city and regional planning, Eric also gained extensive knowledge and understanding of adaptation policy, climate change modeling, and vulnerability and impact assessments. He recently authored papers for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, and the Climate Action Reserve. Previous to that Eric was employed for six years at Calthorpe Associates where he served as a Senior Planner on regional-scale projects for clients across California and the country. Currently Eric is contributing his skills and expertise to a number of Climate Action Plans throughout California including cities like El Segundo, South Gate, Inglewood, Bellflower, Coachella, and San Luis Obispo County.
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Beth Altshuler

Senior Associate
Public Health Planning Specialist, MCP MPH CPH
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Beth Altshuler works with cities, counties, foundations, and CBOs to apply a Health (and Equity) in All Policies lens to the challenges and opportunities in their communities. Beth has extensive experience in designing and implementing innovative community involvement and visioning processes,
conducting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and writing innovative policy. At the forefront of the healthy communities discipline for
over 12 years, Beth is committed to creating livable places, reducing health inequities, and engaging residents in the future of their communities.

After college, Beth created and directed a pilot youth employment program through the San Francisco Department of Public Works called SF-CRUE (San Francisco Communities Restoring Urban Environments). Before returning to graduate school, Beth worked as a planning associate at Moore Iacofano Goltsman (MIG) were she contributed to numerous parks, transportation, neighborhood, and general planning processes.

Beth holds master’s degrees in both City and Regional Planning and Public Health Epidemiology/Biostatistics from the UC Berkeley, a BA in Sociology from Cornell University, and is Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.
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Tina Yuen

Senior Planner/Designer, MPH, MCP, CPH
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Tina Yuen is a public health professional with over six years of experience managing projects and conducting qualitative and quantitative research supporting policy, systems, and environmental change for healthier, safer, and more equitable communities. She focuses on topics related to health and the built environment, healthy community design, policy development, environmental justice and health equity, place and health, and climate change. Tina is also a leader in the Health Impact Assessment field and currently serves as Secretary of the Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment’s (SOPHIA) Leadership Committee. She also has a background in building workforce and institutional capacity related to healthy community concepts. She has a strong passion for and commitment to achieving environmental justice and health equity.
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Troy Reinhalter

Intermediate Planner/Designer, MCP
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Troy Reinhalter is an accomplished urban designer and planner with multiple years of experience in the California context. Since 2008, Troy has worked on a multitude of community plans, specific/station area plans, and design guideline efforts. He brings expertise in strategic planning, form-based codes, GIS analysis, graphics/mapping, community outreach, and conducting research about current trends and implementation strategies for smarter, more successful cities. Troy has experience in both public sector planning and private sector urban design. Troy’s roles have included project management, writing general and specific plans, zoning implementation, graphics, and community workshop facilitation. He has contributed to Specific Plan and Downtown Plan projects throughout California including Colusa, Alameda, Newark, Berkeley, Oakland, Fort Bragg, and San Rafael. He has assisted cities with the zoning implementation of urban design policies, in particular with drafting comprehensive design guidelines. His recent professional work has focused on creating vibrant downtown urban revitalization plans and developing sprawl retrofit projects.

Troy holds a masters degree in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley and a BA in Political Science from Wesleyan.

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Stephanie Miller

Planner
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Stephanie’s passion for planning began with her interest in urban design, placemaking, and integrating sustainable building methods into the built environment. In particular, she enjoys developing design solutions that unite the community and improve the overall health and well-being of its members. Stephanie holds a Bachelors of Science degree in City and Regional Planning and a minor in Real Property Development from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. In her studies, Stephanie was a member of a student team working under contract with cities in California to contribute towards a Specific Plan and General Plan update. This educational experience has aspired her to pursue a career in urban planning to solve complex problems through long range plans and policy documents.  


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Paige Kruza

Researcher, MPH
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Paige Kruza, MPH, is a Research Associate at Raimi+Associates. Paige brings experience working with community-based advocacy organizations, health and human services agencies, and state and local health departments. She provides expertise in evaluation, strategic planning, and health in all policies work, and also has extensive skills in qualitative (focus groups, stakeholder interviews, etc.), quantitative (statistical modeling and GIS), and policy analysis. Paige's key areas of interest include community safety, data-informed strategies, and making policies and resource allocation equitable.Paige earned her Master of Public Health degree from UC Berkeley. 
 
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Southern California (Los Angeles and Riverside)

 


Matthew Burris

Associate Principal, AICP, LEED-AP
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Matt was drawn to the field of planning by his interest in resource efficiency and sustainable communities. Matt specializes in the preparation of Climate Action Plans, green design programs, and the implementation of community-scale sustainability principles. With over a decade of experience, he has prepared more than 20 different climate studies, including Climate Action Plans for the Cities of Irvine and Inglewood, greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, and GHG technical reports for public and private sector planning efforts. He has also directed the preparation of General Plan updates, sustainability master plans, green design guidelines, and LEED credit submittals. Matt is also a Planning Commissioner at the City of Jurupa Valley and an instructor with UC Riverside’s Community Planning Certificate program. Matt’s environmental background, coupled with his work in planning, has given him a unique perspective on the interaction of the built and natural environments, especially in regard to how green design and sustainability are implemented in real world situations. 
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Lauren Grabowski

Planner
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Lauren Grabowski brings a diverse skill set from her work in government, academia, and private consulting.  She specializes in land use planning, comprehensive planning, healthy communities, sustainability and public participation and she has contributed her experience and skills to numerous General Plan updates, Specific Plans, Corridor Studies, and Zoning Code throughout California, many of which have been recognized with local and state awards.  
Before coming to Raimi+Associates, she was the first planner to work at the UCLA/RAND Prevention Research Center where she oversaw efforts in community participatory research. At UCLA and elsewhere, Lauren has gained an array of experience in data collection and analysis including food mapping, walk audits, park assessments, and manual and electronic bicycle and pedestrian counts. Lauren is committed to community participation has developed an array of tools for engaging, educating and empowering community members during the planning process.
 
 

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Monica Guerra

Planner
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Monica Ines Guerra supports the creation of healthier and more equitable social policies in cities. She has experience with diverse planning efforts across the public and private sector, including community planning; healthy communities research; land use planning; and strategic planning. Prior to joining Raimi and Associates, she conducted extensive research on urban poverty interventions in Medellin, Colombia. She brings experience in report writing, data analysis, and qualitative research. While trained as an urban planner, she draws from her global field experience to study issues at the intersection of urban planning and health.

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Melissa Johnson

Planner
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Melissa is a Planner/Designer with an interest in community design and wellness.  She has a diverse background working for multiple local governments across California applying codes and guidelines, creating design and visioning studies, and updating policies.  Melissa is committed to providing creative and sustainable design solutions as part of the Raimi + Associates team.  She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in City and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Minor in Real Property Development.  Melissa’s undergraduate design studio was awarded the American Institute for Certified Planners (AICP) Honor Award and the California and California Northern & Central Coast Chapters of the American Planning Association (APA) Award of Merit for Academic Excellence in recognition of their work for the City of Milpitas.

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