Leadership

moralesLinda Morales, Email me!

Linda’s never-ending energy and unsurpassed optimism sees a project through from start to finish. Her knowledge of community planning, policy review, consensus building, and citizen participation enables her to provide competent and dependable insight into her client’s projects.

Linda is The Planning Center’s CEO and Principal of the Entitlements Division. Linda has over 15 years of involvement with Southern Arizona’s jurisdictions which has allowed her to oversee the development of numerous specific plans, rezoning general plans, and plan amendments. She has extensive rezoning experience that ranges from small 1 acre developments to expansive master plans of over 6,000 acres.

Maria Masque_4x5Maria Masque, Email me!

With her talent for community consensus building and penetrating analysis, Maria applies over twenty years of planning experience to her projects. With bilingual capabilities and demonstrated success navigating volatile political climates, Maria is The Planning Center’s Principal of Community and Regional Planning.

Maria utilizes a versatile approach to planning that allows her to formulate successful outreach efforts, moderate high profile public participation programs, and serve as the quality control officer for the firm’s long-range planning projects. Maria has coordinated the preparation of more than 30 general plans, drafted regulations for more than 20 zoning codes, and prepared numerous redevelopment and revitalization plans, design guidelines, and planning studies.

Tim Johnson, PLA, LEED AP, Email me!

As the creative mind behind concept development and community visioning, Tim transforms the client’s goals into reality. As the Principal of the Landscape Architecture and Site Design Division, Tim balances creative solutions to meet the project’s needs while honoring the environment in which they are designed.

With over 18 years of experience, Tim provides oversight of sit design, landscape architecture, environmental and riparian mitigation, as well as recreational planning and visual communications. Tim is a registered landscape architect in Arizona, California, Utah, and New Mexico. Tim’s experience with the staff and processes of local jurisdictions enables him to help clients navigate the review and approval process in a direct and efficient manner. He can be found in design charrettes surrounded by markers and rolls of paper, busily capturing his client’s ideas and translating them into the urban design elements that will form the foundation of the project.

jessica pictJessica Sarkissian, AICP, LEED AP,  Email me!

As the Principal Planner, Jessica heads up our Phoenix office providing the local knowledge and bench strength to provide successful results and perspective on projects utilizing her unique background of public and private sector development as well as her municipal volunteer experience.  Jessica specializes in rezonings, general and comprehensive plan amendments, variances, use permits, design review, site plan review, public outreach, text amendments and public meetings and presentations.

Jessica has worked on a variety of projects from small scale residential and master planned communities, to multi-family, assisted living, commercial and industrial projects throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area including Pinal County.  She works successfully with engineering firms, architects and land use attorneys to provide open communication and efficiency with successful results and has been part of several successful project teams.

Currently, Jessica sits on the City of Mesa Planning and Zoning Board and the Arizona Planning Association Board.  Previously she was a City of Mesa Board of Adjustment member as well as a Town of Gilbert Planning Commissioner and Zoning Hearing Officer.

Mike GrassingerMike Grassinger, AICP

As the former CEO of The Planning Center, Mike continues in an advisory capacity. His wisdom gained in over 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors makes him a valuable asset. Mike is an original founder of the Metropolitan Pima Alliance and has served in leadership positions for many organizations including La Frontera, the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association, and the Tucson Metropolitan Housing Commission.