Chris Steins is Planetizen's co-Editor-in-Chief, and the founder and chief executive of Urban Insight, Inc., the Internet consulting firm that operates Planetizen. Chris has 15 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.
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 serves on the executive board of Urban Land Institute, Los Angeles and is a lecturer at the University of Southern California. He is the immediate past Chair of the American Planning Association's Information Technology Division, and is a frequent author on topics related to planning and technology.
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.