Don Spivack

Don Spivack is an independent planning and urban development consultant, an activity he began shortly after retiring from over 40 years of professional transportation and land use planning and urban redevelopment, most recently serving as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA).

His current activities consist of consulting with the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, a locally based park advocacy and development entity, on developing new mechanisms for funding parks and open space in under-served inner city communities in Los Angeles, and with the Los Angeles Collaborative for Environmental Health and Justice, a consortium of community-based organizations funded by, among others, the Liberty Hill Foundation and the California Endowment. The Collaborative is seeking to reduce adverse effects of industrial pollution resulting from concentrated industrial uses in densely developed neighborhoods. He is also an adjunct instructor in the Sol Price School of Social Policy at the University of Southern California, where he teaches a graduate level course in planning and economic development.