Ken Gutierrez, AICP
Ken Gutierrez has been the Planning Director for the City of Riverside since January, 2003. During his almost 30 year tenure with the City of Riverside, Ken has been responsible for a number of planning projects, including the award winning Magnolia/Market Corridor Study and the innovative Downtown Specific Plan. Most recently, he lead the preparation of a comprehensive update to the Riverside General Plan 2025, a visionary document built on Smart Growth principles, and recognized in 2008 by the Southern California Association of Governments with a Compass Blueprint Distinguished Leadership Award and by the California Chapter of the American Planning Association (CCAPA) with the Award of Merit for Comprehensive Planning. Under Ken’s guidance, the Planning Department was recognized in 2009 by the CCAPA with the Award of Merit for Distinguished Leadership by a Planning firm or agency. Ken is a member of AICP, a speaker at numerous workshops and conferences, and in his spare time, teaches two Planning courses as part of a University of California, Riverside Extension Certificate Program.