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Edward J. Blakely

Edward J. Blakely

Edward J. Blakely, the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development's namesake, is an internationally known educator and researcher on urban and suburban issues.

Dr. Blakely was born in San Bernardino and educated at San Bernardino High School, Valley College and the University of California, Riverside. In addition to his scholarly pursuits at UC Riverside, Dr. Blakely quarterbacked an undefeated UCR football team and was a member of the basketball and track teams. He was named co-athlete of the year in 1959 for the University of California, and later was inducted into UCR's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dr. Blakely subsequently earned a master's degree in Latin American history at UC Berkeley, an MBA in Organization Management at Pasadena Nazarene College and a doctorate in Education and Management at UCLA.

He is a leading scholar in the fields of planning, infrastructure, transportation and local economic development, and his expertise is worldwide. He has been an advisor to local and regional governments in Korea, Japan, Australia, India, New Zealand, Vietnam, Turkey and Armenia.

Dr. Blakely was the Executive Director for Recovery Management for the City of New Orleans, a post he held until June, 2009. Also in June 2009, Dr. Blakely was named Honorary Professor in Urban Policy for the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney in Australia.

Before his post in New Orleans, Dr. Blakely was Chair of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Sydney.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Blakely organized and led the City of Oakland's response to the earthquake in 1988, and the devastating fires in 1991. He also was one of the leaders who helped New York City's recovery efforts following 9/11.

Before moving to the University of Sydney, Dr. Blakely was the Dean of the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University in New York City.

From 1994 to 1999, he was Dean and the Lusk Professor of Planning and Development for the School of Urban Planning and Development at the University of Southern California.

He served as Professor and Chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley from 1986 to 1994. Dr. Blakely served as a policy advisor to the mayor of Oakland, where he was also a mayoral candidate in 1998, and as advisor to the Los Angeles Public School District.

He has been on the boards of directors of the American Planning Association, the Nature Conservancy, Environmental Science Associates and SE Corporation.

Dr. Blakely was a Senior Fulbright Fellow (1985-86), and received the 1990 San Francisco Foundation Award for improving community life in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the author of a number of books and numerous scholarly articles.

His publications include Fortress America, with Mary Gail Snyder (Brookings Press, 1997); Separate Societies: Poverty and Inequality in U.S. Cities (Temple University Press, 1992), Planning Local Economic Development: Theory and Practice (Sage, 1989), and Rural Communities in Advanced Industrial Society (Praeger, 1979).