Chris Steins is Planetizen's co-Editor-in-Chief, and the founder and chief executive of Urban Insight
, a leading technology consulting firm that operates Planetizen. Chris has 20 years of experience in technology consulting and urban planning and has served as a consultant to public sector state, county and local agencies, Fortune 500 private firms, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations. He is currently creating a modern web-based version of the zoning code
for the City of Los Angeles, and developing the next generation of web-based video training
Chris was formerly the managing editor of The Planning Report
and Metro Investment Report
, two Los Angeles-based monthly trade publications reporting on urban planning, real estate and infrastructure development. He also previously served as the executive director of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit affordable housing development corporation involved in public-private joint venture development.
Chris is a lecturer for the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and was previously a lecturer at the Sol Price School of Policy at the University of Southern California. He previously served for five years on the executive board of Urban Land Institute, Los Angeles and as Chair of the American Planning Association's Information Technology Division.
Chris received his Masters (M.Pl.) degree in Urban Planning and Development from the University of Southern California, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Chris also holds a variety of technology certifications from UCLA, Microsoft, CompTia, and Novell.