Janice Stern, AICP

Principal Planner

jstern at m-group.us

Janice joined M-Group as a Principal Planner with 30 years of experience as a community planner and planning manager with excellent project management, public outreach and interpersonal skills.  Her work as a consultant and as staff with the cities of Fremont, Walnut Creek and Pleasanton includes both, long-range planning and current planning projects, with expertise in preparingGeneral Plans, Housing Elements, Specific Plans, Growth Management Plans, and other land use policy and environmental documents. She is also experienced in reviewing multiple complex and controversial development projects.  Janice has also worked collaboratively with neighborhood groups to help mediate concerns, create opportunities for participation, and develop plans and projects reflecting the community's vision.  She is known for keeping a calm demeanor in contentious meetings.

While with the City of Pleasanton, Janice led the comprehensive update of the Housing Element prepared in conformance with a legal settlement agreement, and certified by HCD.
Throughout her career, Janice has demonstrated an ability to create, lead and foster effective teams in fast-paced, customer-oriented environments. 

Janice obtained her Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley and her BA in Urban Studies from San Francisco State University. 

When not working, Janice enjoys exploring cities, country walks, cooking and eating with friends and family.