jlj 2018

Position Title
APACA Northern California University Liaison

American Planning Association - California Chapter


Julia Lave Johnston is a Sustainability Program Manager at the Institute for Local Government leading the Land Use and Healthy Neighborhoods components of the Institute’s Sustainable Communities Program. Previously she was Director of the Land Use and Natural Resources program at UC Davis Extension. She also served as Deputy Director for Planning Policy in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) under Governor Schwarzenegger, where she coordinated the Strategic Growth Council during its first two years. Prior to her time at OPR, Julia was a Senior Policy Analyst at the California Research Bureau (CRB); Project Manager with the Local Government Commission (LGC); and Public Information Staff at the Population Council, an international non-profit organization in New York City.  She received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon.  Julia lives in a 100 year old bungalow with her architect husband, two daughters, and a feral rescue cat named Ming-Ming.