Julia Lave Johnston
Julia Lave Johnston is the Deputy Director for Planning Policy in the State Clearinghouse and Planning Unit of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR). She focuses on land use, regional, and community planning policy. Currently she works on the state's Blueprint Planning Program, climate change activities, and updating the OPR's General Plan Guidelines. Julia is acting coordinator for the Strategic Growth Council. Previous positions include Senior Policy Analyst at the California Research Bureau (CRB) and Project Manager with the Local Government Commission (LGC). She has work experience in public outreach and education, as well as with community nonprofit organizations, local political campaigns, bookstores, and she has done a stint as a barista. In her spare time, Julia is the Section Director of the Sacramento Valley Section of the American Planning Association (APA) and serves on the state APA board, a Brownie Troop Leader, co-chair of her neighborhood association's children's committee, and works to promote a grant program that she cofounded at the University of Oregon called the Catalyst Award, which encourages students to make the world a better place. She has a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master's in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon.
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