Joyce Pan Huang: The Power of Planning in the Public Sector

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Joyce Pan Huang will share an overview of the City of Cleveland's planning initiatives and the power of having planner participation in the public sector. Following a brief presentation, there will be time for discussion and Q&A.


Joyce Pan Huang serves as the Director for the City of Cleveland's City Planning Commission under Mayor Justin M. Bibb. In this capacity, Huang facilitates the development of the city's long-range comprehensive plan, community-based neighborhood planning efforts, urban design and architectural review, and regulatory practices such as zoning. She previously served as the Vice President of Community Development at MidTown Cleveland, Inc., an economic and community development organization for the city's MidTown and AsiaTown neighborhoods. A transplant from the Rochester, New York area, Huang has lived in the Cleveland area for 15 years, including in the Shaker Square, Ohio City, and AsiaTown neighborhoods. As a second generation Asian American, she fully embraces her bicultural identity, which has also shaped how she views city planning. She loves playground hunting with her three-year-old daughter and husband, and she appreciates public art and well-designed and active public plazas and parks.

Huang holds a Master of Urban Planning, Design and Development from Cleveland State University's Levin College of Urban Affairs and a B.S. in Sociology with a Minor in the Program in the Environment from the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor.

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