The City is excited to announce the hiring of a Deputy Director of Community Development. Alison Becker joins the City of South Pasadena after more than 20 years of service for the City of Los Angeles. Alison served as a trusted advisor to three elected officials, directed a federal collective impact initiative from the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, and served as a staff planner with the Community Redevelopment Agency.
Over the course of her career, Alison has developed expertise in the areas of land development, housing, community economic development, and historic preservation. Other projects that Alison has worked on during the course of her career include urban design plans and community engagement projects, staffing a design review committee, and being chair of a community advisory board overseeing planning for the redevelopment of a public housing site. Her most recent work includes the creation and implementation of a plan to address homelessness, which incorporated a navigation center, four emergency shelters, two safe parking sites, and two permanent supportive housing projects.
Alison is a certified City Planner and holds a bachelor’s degree from Clark University and a master’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. A few fun facts about Alison include that she has an active lifestyle, sings in a community choir, and loves to travel.
Alison’s first day with the City of South Pasadena was November 7, 2022. Alison will be focusing on assisting with the leadership of the department and its Planning, Building and Safety, Code Enforcement and Housing Divisions, the many priority projects under the department’s purview, as well as the facilitation of the Design Review Board and Public Arts and Planning Commissions.