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 retired and last served as Economic and Community Development Director for the City of Azusa, California. He earned his bachelor's degree from California State University, Northridge and master's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Christiansen has been an active member of APA, serving as president of the APA California Chapter, as well as serving on the National APA Board of Directors as Region 6 Director and National APA President. He currently serves as the Chair of the APA Foundation. He moved to Richmond, Virginia in 2019.


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

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