Dan Marks has over 30 years of experience as a city planner in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors, including eight years as Director of the Department of Planning and Development for the City of Berkeley and six years as Planning Director for the City of Fremont. Mr. Marks received his Masters of City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.
After receiving his degree, he was a staff member for People for Open Space, the organization that later became the Greenbelt Alliance. Mr. Marks was the project manager for People for Open Space’s landmark study of how the region could accommodate growth while preserving the Greenbelt, Room Enough, Housing and Open Space in the Bay Area.
He later worked at BART, coordinating station area development; went on to Fremont where he managed preparation of its 1990 General Plan; and then to the City of Napa where he managed the long range and current planning divisions. He worked as Zoning Officer for the City of Berkeley and then returned to the City of Fremont as Planning Director. In 2003, he returned to Berkeley as Director of the Planning and Development Department and retired in 2011.
He is currently a local government management consultant with Management Partners. He has served on several regional advisory committees for the Association of Bay Area Governments and Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Mr. Marks’s areas of professional practice have included permitting procedures, community engagement and facilitation, zoning, historic preservation, land-use policy development, sustainable development practices, and the California Environmental Quality Act. Dan has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1984.