Greta Brownlow, PhD

Environmental Planning Director


Dr. Greta Brownlow brings more than 20 years of environmental planning experience, specializing in planning and environmental analysis, policy research and analysis, and community outreach. Greta has prepared a wide variety of documents including environmental impact reports (EIR), environmental assessments (EA), community involvement plans, mitigation plans, and general plans.

Greta has assisted agencies, developers, and local communities in implementing development projects throughout the Bay Area as a senior project manager with several different consulting firms. In addition to her background as a planner, she holds a doctorate in education, with an emphasis in public engagement in school planning. Greta serves as adjunct faculty at San Jose State University, where she teaches Environmental Planning in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. She also teaches California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance courses for University of California, Davis Continuing and Professional Education. Greta previously served for four years as adjunct faculty at California State University East Bay, where she taught Environmental Impact Assessment in the Geography and Environmental Studies Department.


Experience Prior to WRA:

Riverside Housing Element, Public Safety Element, Environmental Justice Approach, Zoning Amendments, and Environmental Impact Report, City of Riverside, Riverside, California

San Francisco Housing Element Update EIR, City and County of San Francisco, San Francisco, California

CEQA Handbook and Trainings, California State University, Long Beach, California

Zinfandel Village Housing Replacement Project Master Plan EIR Addendum, Sonoma State University, Sonoma, California

Novato Boulevard Improvements Project EIR, City of Novato, Novato, California

Norris Canyon Direct HOV Ramps Project Study Report, Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), Contra Costa County, California

Isabel Neighborhood Plan EIR, City of Livermore, Livermore, California

North Downtown Walnut Creek Specific Plan EIR, Contra Costa Transportation Authority and City of Walnut Creek/Raimi + Associates, Walnut Creek, California

Marin Baylands National Wildlife Refuge EA, Marin Audubon Society, Tiburon, California

City of San Jose Trail Projects, City of San Jose, San Jose, California


Ph.D., Education, University of California, Berkeley

M.A., Education, University of California, Berkeley

Master’s, Urban Planning, University of California at Los Angeles

B.A., Social Sciences, University of California, Berkeley