BHC Since:2021Education:MUP, Master of Urban Planning at University of Washington MPA, Master of Public Administration at University of Washington BA, Environmental Studies at Knox College Bio: Eli grew up in Tacoma, Washington. He has lived in a variety of places, from urban Seattle, small town Galesburg, Illinois, for college, Thailand for study abroad, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a small coastal town in the Philippines. Before pursuing planning, he worked for over three years in natural resource conservation in fisheries and coastal resources. As a planner he values advancing social and racial equity and striving to address climate change. When not working, Eli enjoys reading and listening to podcasts on walks, board games with his fiancé, and spending time with their cat, Carl.
BHC Since:2007 Registration/Certification:Professional Planner, American Institute of Certified Planners Education:MUP, Master of Urban Planning at University of WashingtonBA, French at Western Washington UniversityBS, Geophysics at Western Washington UniversityBio:Talia hails from the Okanogan Highlands of North Central Washington, growing up amidst stunning wilderness. Coming from a rural area, she values the impact individuals can have on the direction a community takes. As a land use planner, she especially loves helping small towns and making sure everyone’s voice gets heard, particularly if they haven’t had a seat at the table before. She is constantly seeking the common ground that can bring people together. She has called Bellingham, France, and Indiana home at various points in her life. In Seattle, she loves spending time with family, making sure her children get to know her Grandmother, who will turn 100 this year. If you catch her with her headphones in her ears, she’s probably racing through her latest science fiction audiobook.
BHC Since:2018Registration/Certification:Professional Planner, American Institute of Certified PlannersEducation:MUP, Master of Urban Planning at University of WashingtonFulbright Scholar, Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus GermanyBA, Environmental Studies and German Area Studies at Seattle UniversityBio:The Pacific Northwest has been a constant in Katie’s life – evergreens, rain clouds, and the eternal hope for a winning Mariners season. As a kid she loved rolling down the grassy hills at the Ballard Locks and watching boats deftly pass through the gates. As a student, Katie had the opportunity to live and study in Germany, where she broadened her understanding of how cities and their environs function and learned the value of discussing important topics over coffee and cake. Today at BHC, Katie is a land use planner who deftly navigates the topics important to her clients, whether it is helping an urban city manage its growing pains or crafting culturally appropriate zoning regulations for a tribal government. As a professional, Katie’s constants are open lines of communication, a helpful attitude, and most importantly, taking the time to listen. And yes, sometimes listening comes with coffee and cake. When not at work, Katie’s best times are spent watching and coaching soccer with her young sons Malcolm and Eli or exploring a changing Seattle on date nights with her husband Marc.