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Karen Haluza, AICP

Karen Haluza is a nationally-recognized planning practitioner who has over 20 years of experience in local government working in the fields of city administration, redevelopment and planning.  Ms. Haluza currently serves as the Director of Community Development for the City of Fullerton. Prior to that she the she was the Interim Executive Director of the Planning and Building Agency for the City of Santa Ana. Her award-winning work in that community on transit-oriented design and form-based codes was recognized by numerous organizations including the Form Based Codes Institute, American Planning Association, the Building Industry Association and the Orange County Business Council. Prior to her tenure with Santa Ana, Ms. Haluza was employed by the City of Brea for 13 years where she was part of the staff team that oversaw the redevelopment of Brea’s Downtown to a vibrant mixed-use area and where she served as the project manager for that city’s award-winning General Plan update.  Ms. Haluza holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine, as well as a Masters of Public Administration from California State University Fullerton, where she has served as a part-time faculty member teaching urban planning.