John Rahaim was appointed Planning Director for the City and County of San Francisco at the beginning of 2008. In that role, he is responsible for overseeing long range planning, development entitlements, and environmental reviews for all physical development in San Francisco.
Prior to his appointment in San Francisco, Mr. Rahaim was Planning Director for the City of Seattle, a position he held since August of 2003. In 1999, Mr. Rahaim was the Founding Executive Director of CityDesign, Seattle's office of Urban Design; and the Executive Director of the Seattle Design Commission, the City's primary design advisory panel for public projects and related urban design initiatives.
Prior to his tenure in Seattle, Mr. Rahaim was with the City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning, where he served as Associate Director in charge of development review and the rewrite of the City's Zoning Ordinance.
Mr. Rahaim received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Rahaim's career path in planning and urban design has been a reaction to that circumstance.
In addition to ongoing development review and environmental reviews for physical development, Mr. Rahaim is overseeing a number of planning initiatives well underway with the City of San Francisco. These include a series of comprehensive neighborhood plans, a city-wide historic resource survey and updates to the City's General Plan.