Community Planning Policy Director
Housing and community planning programs, including neighborhood plans and project review
Staff Department: Policy
Kristy leads SPUR's work in community planning and housing, splitting her time between San Francisco and San Jose. Her focus includes neighborhood planning, housing policy and project review in San Francisco and housing policy and urban village plans in San Jose. She co-wrote SPUR's white paper Cracking the Code, which makes recommendations for raising the bar for urban design in downtown San Jose and other areas designated for urban growth. Prior to joining SPUR, Kristy was a project manager at BRIDGE Housing Corporation, one of California's largest affordable housing developers, where she worked all around the Bay Area, including on projects in the three central cities of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland. She currently sits on the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation Board of Directors.
Kristy earned master's degrees in city planning and real estate development from MIT and a bachelor's degree in architecture and urban studies from Yale College. She was also a Public Policy Fellow at the Rappaport Institute of Greater Boston at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. A Palo Alto native, Kristy lives with her family on the border of Bernal Heights and Glen Park in San Francisco.