In 2012, Lucas Frerichs was appointed to the planning commission for the Davis City Council. Lacking a professional background in the field, he turned to CPE's Land Use and Environmental Planning Certificate Program to gain foundational knowledge to master the work he was doing.
Because GIS technologies are used in industries and organizations around the world, GIS specialists can find jobs in nearly every field, from urban planning and public utilities to real estate and gaming. Learn more about this career path and how you can get started in the field.
Jonathan Bobadilla is an energy commission specialist with the California Energy Commission in Sacramento. He recently received a promotion after completing the Land Use and Environmental Planning Certificate Program at UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education (CPE). Learn more about his experience in the program.
Terry Rivasplata is a technical director at ICF International with over 40 years of experience in CEQA and environmental planning. He is also the recipient of the Association of Environmental Professionals’ 2021 Al Reynolds Lifetime Achievement Award.
As a principal planner with the San Joaquin County Community Development Department, John Funderburg enjoys the challenge of managing large-scale development projects. Having taken a number of environmental resources classes at UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education, he recently decided to further expand his skill set and pursue the Land Use and Environmental Planning Certificate Program.
COVID-19 has changed business as usual, including how we deliver education. Our Land Use and Natural Resources classes have long been a go-to resource for the professional development of the region’s land use planners, environmental scientists, consultants, lawyers and more. But faced with sudden shutdowns, we, like everyone else, had to quickly adapt—moving our face-to-face instruction to remote learning.
Greta Brownlow is a senior manager at ICF. She has 20 years of experience as a planner and project manager preparing CEQA and NEPA documents, for local government agencies, private developers, school districts, universities, transit agencies and utility providers.
When Ben Campbell’s job brought him to Sacramento, he decided he liked it enough to make it his permanent home. However, he was working in the tech industry, and he wanted a position in the environmental sciences.