Jim Chappell

Strategic Planning, Government + Community Relations
Jim Chappell | MJMMG

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M.A. City Planning | University of Pennsylvania

B.A. Architecture | Syracuse University
Jim Chappell is an urban development expert, strategic thinker, and community opinion leader experienced in building consensus on complicated civic problems.

He specializes in providing strategic assistance to the development community and public agencies on private-public initiatives. From 1994 to 2009, he led the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), bringing a balanced and informed perspective to San Francisco Bay Area urban issues through research, education, and advocacy. Prior to that he began his career as a planning and development consultant, working for some of the country’s top planning firms, on a wide variety of projects for developers, public agencies, and community groups.

He is skilled in strategic planning, positioning, zoning and land use planning, project siting, entitlements, public/private partnerships, historic preservation, park and recreation planning, community relations and government relations.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board member, Union Square Business Improvement District
  • Board member, Campus Facilities Improvement Association, UCSF Mission Bay
  • Alternate Commissioner, Bay Conservation and Development Commission appointed by the governor
  • Founding board member, Yerba Buena Community Benefit District
  • Advisory Council, Dorothy Erskine Open Space Fund
  • Advisory Board, Market Street Railway
  • Advisory Board, Urban Solutions
  • Past member, City College of San Francisco Bond Oversight Committee
  • Member, American Planning Association
  • Member, Lambda Alpha International Land Economics Society
  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Associate, American Institute of Architects
  • Member, Society of Architectural Historians
  • Member, Cultural Landscape Foundation

Honors and Awards

  • Unsung Hero Award, Yerba Buena Alliance
  • Port of San Francisco, Commendation
  • SPUR Urban Leadership Award
  • Friends of City Planning Honor Award
  • Fellowship, Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and the University of California
  • Member of the Year, Lambda Alpha International Land Economics Society
  • Traveling Fellowship, French Ministry of Culture and the French American Foundation
  • Featured speaker, Foundation for Multiple and Intensive Land Uses, University of Amsterdam
  • Special Achievement Award, American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter
  • Honor Award, American Institute of Architects, California Chapter
  • Honor Awards, American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter
  • Honor Award, Chinese American Voter Education Committee
  • Excellence in Leadership Award, California Association of Nonprofits
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