Jared Alves, MCD is a lifelong urbanist, walker, and public transit enthusiast. In November 2020, he joined the City of Alexandria’s Department of Planning and Zoning as an Urban Planner III. In Alexandria, Jared helps developers and attorneys with large-scale projects in the West End navigate the Site Plan Review process from their initial concepts through to decisions by the Planning Commission and City Council. He shapes projects to meet the goals of the City’s Master Plan, Small Area Plans, Green Buildings Policy, and more. The posts Jared writes for this blog represent his opinion alone and not that of the City of Alexandria or any previous employer.
In November 2017, he started his professional planning career with City of Lowell’s Department of Planning and Development as an Assistant Planner and later rose to Associate and ultimately Senior Planner in February 2020. In Lowell, Jared interpreted and applied the City’s Zoning Ordinance and Massachusetts’ Wetland Protection Act to project proposals, coordinates reviews with other City departments and applicants, and prepared analyses for the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Conservation Commission.
As a former Senior Manager at Avalere Health, a healthcare consulting firm in Washington, DC, Jared has four years of experience managing client relationships and translating complex regulations, public policy and ideas into concise, multimedia formats. Although Jared appreciated the opportunities afforded by Avalere to grow professionally, he decided to risk leaving the firm in August 2016 to pursue his passion in helping to achieve accessible, vibrant, and sustainable communities.
From September 2016 to September 2017, Jared pursued a Master of Civic Design in Town and Regional Planning at the University of Liverpool, England, the first school in the world to have a dedicated planning program. Living in England afforded Jared numerous opportunities to experience and learn from European cities and towns. In classes, Jared expanded his knowledge of the history, theories, techniques, and software of planning (from GIS to SPSS and SketchUp).
Jared achieved First Class Honors at the University of Liverpool and graduated Summa Cum Laude from American University with a BS and BA in Economics and Interdisciplinary Studies: Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government. He is active on Twitter (@JAlves6), Facebook, LinkedIn, and is an occasional contributor to the Smart Growth blog Greater Greater Washington. If you would like to know more, email him at Jared.Alves6(at)gmail.com.