Kurt Christiansen, FAICP

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FAICP Statement

Kurt Christiansen has made a life commitment to community service and leadership during his planning career. His notable accomplishments include educating the residents of Sierra Madre on the importance of creating a vital downtown and leading the city of Azusa through a controversial modification to a surface mining project that delivered a better project, remediating the previous environmental damage. Having served as APA California Chapter president during the last recession, he advocated for expanding services during the fiscal crisis to support the membership. His vision and dedication has helped improve the quality of the communities and organizations he has served. Inducted in 2016.

Professional Biography

Kurt Christiansen, FAICP, is the former Economic and Community Development Director for the City of Azusa, California. Previously he served as the Community Development Director for Yorba Linda, California, and Development Services Director for Sierra Madre, California. Christiansen has been an active member of APA, serving as president of the APA California Chapter, vice chair of the Chapter Presidents Council, a member of the APA Governance Committee and the Membership Committee. He also served as the co-chair of the local host committee for the APA National Planning Conference in Los Angles in 2012. He is a member of the California State University, Northridge, Urban Planning and Studies Department Alumni Council. He earned his bachelor's degree from California State University, Northridge and master's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He currently serves on the National Board of the American Planning Association, as the Past President.


California State University, Northridge
Graduation Date: June, 1985
Degree Level: Undergraduate
Planning Degree

160276 | University of California, Los Angeles
Graduation Date: June, 1991
Degree Level: Graduate
Planning Degree

Job History

City of Azusa
Community Development Director
June,2008 - Present
Azusa, CA
United States

City of Yorba Linda
Community Development Director
October,2005 - May,2008
Yorba Linda, CA
United States

City of Sierra Madre
Development Services Director
February,2002 - September,2005
Sierra Madre, CA
United States

City of Calabasas
Senior Planner
January,1999 - January,2002
Calabasas, CA
United States

City of Simi Valley
Associate Planner
September,1989 - January,1999
Simi Valley, CA
United States

Southern California Rapid Transit District (METRO)
April,1988 - September,1989
Los Angeles, CA
United States