Katherine Aguilar Perez is the Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute, Los Angeles District Council. With her diverse background in private real estate development, governmental policy and urban planning, she has emerged as one of the most articulate and credible advocates promoting the responsible use of land. She was accompanied by a highly acclaimed list of industry professionals chosen for their commitment to workforce housing, green building, and the principles of New Urbanism. Southern California based Business Life magazine also recognized her as an "Outstanding Leader."
Previously, Ms. Perez was the Vice President of Development for Forest City Development where she focused on transit oriented development and mixed use projects in emerging markets.
Prior to joining Forest City, Ms. Perez was the co-founder and Executive Director of the Transportation and Land Use Collaborative (TLUC) of Southern California, a nationally recognized non-profit that promotes greater civic involvement in planning and development. Previously, she worked for Pasadena Mayor William Bogaard as the Deputy to the Mayor where she worked on transportation, planning and Latino constituents' issues.
She serves on the Board of Directors for AltaMed Health Services, which provides healthcare and human services to the underserved, multi-ethnic communities of Los Angeles County. She is a member of the UCLA Alumni Council of the Graduate School of Public Affairs and is a member of the Workforce Investment Board for the City of Los Angeles appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
In Fall 2008, Ms. Perez was an Adjunct Professor at the USC School of Planning and Development, teaching the graduate course "Participatory Methods in Planning and Development," a new course designed to focus on the technical skills of public participation. In Spring 2009, Ms. Perez serves as an Adjunct Professor at the UCLA School of Policy teaching an urban design studio called "Transit Oriented Development and Design."
Ms. Perez is honored to be recognized as a 2009-2010 Senior Fellow of the UCLA School of Public Affairs. Senior Fellows are distinguished civic leaders to volunteer their time to leadership development in the School.
Ms. Perez was a lecturer for the 2009 Ford Fellowship for Regional Sustainable Development where she addressed issues of regional planning, development and infrastructure. The Ford Fellowship for Regional Sustainable Development is focused on the nexus of land use, growth management and transportation infrastructure.
Ms. Perez is a frequent speaker at national, state and local conferences on issues pertaining to land use, development, transportation, community planning, and civic engagement. She received her Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Transportation from UCLA and her Bachelors Degree in Political Science from CalState Northridge.
In 2007, Multi-Housing News selected Ms. Perez as an industry leader and one of the eight notable "People to Watch in Multi-Housing."
Ms. Perez is most proud of her three children, Diego, Lucia and Antonia, which give her the drive and passion to contribute toward the building and creation of healthy, livable communities for future generations.