Paula Reeves

Title: Senior Environmental Planner
Organization: Washington State Department of Health
Location: Olympia, WA

Paula Reeves AICP CTP has been planning and developing public policy, programs and infrastructure projects for over twenty years with a focus on health and sustainability. She came to Washington State Department of Health, Environmental Public Health Division, in 2018, from Washington State Department of Transportation where she managed the Community Design Office providing a range of policy, planning, and engineering services to cities, counties, and special districts across the state.  Several of Paula’s policy and program development accomplishments include creating Washington’s Safe Routes to Schools, Bicycle and Pedestrian and Complete Streets Programs, establishing Washington as the most bicycle friendly state in the nation, and securing a federal grant thru the Center for Disease Control to modernize Washington’s Growth Management Act.  She has also traveled around the US doing community design work for major metropolitan areas with the American Institute of Architects, Sustainable Design Assessment Team.    

Paula is a practicing mediator in Thurston County, immediate Past President of the American Planning Association (APA) Washington Chapter, and 2018 recipient of the Robert Burke Award for distinguished service from APA.   

In 2016, Paula received Alumnus of the Year from her alma mater, University of Florida, Architecture College, where she completed her master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. 

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