Sugimura, Diane

Diane Sugimura

Now retired from public service, Diane had more than 38 years with the City of Seattle – including 13 in the variously named planning offices and projects, then 11 years in a primarily regulatory agency.  She came full circle, leading the agency that combined the two, Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development from 2002 through 2015.  The department was responsible for the full-range of development activities from long-range and comprehensive planning to policy and code development, plan and project review, permit issuance, inspections and enforcement. For the first five months of 2016, she was the Interim Director of the newly formed Office of Planning and Community Development.

Diane was named an Honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle in 2005; a member of the Green Building Advisory Group for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America, 2006-07; named a finalist for the 2007 Betterbricks “Advocate” Award; 2007 Public Employee of the Year awarded jointly by the local chapters of Master Builders Association and the American Planning Association; named a Living Building Hero by the International Living Future Institute and a Cascadia Fellow by the Cascadia Green Building Council, both in 2013; and was named Public Employee of the Year by the Municipal League Foundation in 2016.  [NOTE:  YOU MIGHT WANT TO DELETE THE OLDER ONES?]

Diane has degrees from the University of Washington and Oregon State University.  She is on the Board of Trustees for the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and its Executive Committee; serves as chair of the Yesler Terrace Citizens Review Committee; volunteers at Mary’s Place and serves on their Site Selection Team; is on the Lid I-5 Advisory Council; and volunteers with the City’s Office of Emergency Management.