Tanya Stern

Washington, D.C. Office of Planning

Tanya Stern is the deputy director for planning, engagement, and design at the D.C. Office of Planning. Stern oversees the Office of Planning land use planning initiatives, including neighborhood planning, the comprehensive plan, waterfront planning, and urban design. She is leading the integration of resilience into the Washington, D.C. Comprehensive Plan for the first time during the current plan amendment cycle. Stern also partners with district, regional, and federal agencies on climate adaptation, resilience, and flood management initiatives.

In addition, Stern is a key agency partner for the Washington, D.C. 100 Resilient Cities initiative. She previously served as D.C. Office of Planning chief of staff and was the project manager for the 2013 Height Master Plan, requested by Congress, in partnership with the National Capital Planning Commission to reexamine the federal height act. Stern has served in the Government of the District of Columbia since 2004 and before working at the Office of Planning has held positions in the executive office of the mayor; the office of property management (now department of general services); and the department of parks and recreation. She also has more than ten years of non-profit experience before her public sector service. Stern holds a master’s degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania and Six Sigma Green Belt certification, and she is a certified public manager.