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Planner Profile: Brenden Paradies

Name: Brenden Paradies
Title: Associate City Planner
Company/Employer: City and County of Denver

Tells us a little about yourself professionally.
I am an associate city planner in the Department of Public Works at City and County of Denver. I was hired to help advance the Vision Zero Program, specifically Safe Routes to School, by increasing pedestrian safety via infrastructure projects and programming efforts around Denver. I also help with bicycle planning and other transportation projects for enhancing service on Colfax Avenue. Before working with City and County of Denver, I was a case manager for development review at the City of Aurora focused on working with private developers on industrial and residential projects in Aurora. I was also the spearhead leader for launching and managing the state of Colorado’s first dockless mobility program while working in the City of Aurora.

Tell us how you got into planning.
Having received my Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Communications, I decided to go to grad school for a Master’s in Urban Planning and Policy at University of Illinois Chicago after taking a class during undergrad that focused on the impacts transportation planning had on city life in urban and suburban contexts.

Tell us a little about yourself outside of planning.
I am an outdoor enthusiast who spends alot of time skiing, mountain biking, hiking, or biking around Denver! I enjoy visiting different neighborhoods in the city and checking out all the breweries in the Denver metro region.

Who is your planning hero or role model?
My planning hero is Janette Sadik-Khan who served as New York City’s transportation commissioner from 2007 to 2013 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and really advanced public transportation projects in innovative ways around NYC. Her enthusiasm, passion, and perseverance as a transportation planner to stick it out to implement game changing infrastructure in one of the biggest cities in the U.S., really inspired and encouraged me to perform at this bar in my career too.

What makes planning special/interesting/difficult/fun in Colorado?
As a Chicago transplant who moved to Denver 2.5 years ago, one of my favorite things about being in the planning field in Colorado is the differences of perspectives on traveling to different parts of our state large in part because Denver is a hybrid of transplants. I have observed that many Colorado residents are open minded to exploring new options of transportation and embracing new technologies and forms of transportation that best suit their needs.

Brenden is a member of the Emerging Planning Professionals (EPP) gropu and currently serving on the Chapter Board as an EPP Co-Representative. If you'd like to learn more about EPP, you can contact him at EPP@APAColorado.org

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