About BluePoint Planning

Our name, "BluePoint" means doing blue-sky thinking and then focusing on what is most important. We specialize in complex, inclusive, multi-stakeholder planning processes, providing facilitative leadership, developing strategic communications, and supporting our clients to reach their goals.

 

Climate change is the greatest threat and challenge of our lifetimes. BluePoint Planning is dedicated to working with local, regional, and state governments, and organizations to advocate for innovative solutions, embed equity, provide holistic thinking, and partner to better achieve effective climate action.

 
BluePoint Planning was founded by Mindy Craig in 2011. We are based in Berkeley, California, and are a certified California small, women-owned business and a certified Alameda County Small, Local Business. 

 
Mindy Craig
Mindy Craig

Principal/Owner

Mindy is the owner of BluePoint Planning, founder of the RAPID Climate Action Network, and Board President of ReScape California. Mindy is a dedicated and passionate professional interested and experienced in finding strategic solutions to the most pressing and challenging issues we face as society. Over the last 25 years, she has built a wide portfolio of expertise in policy and strategic planning, facilitation, outreach and communications services to government organizations throughout California and the United States focused on climate, resilience and community livability. She is a frequent speaker and presenter at conferences nationally. Mindy provides technical planning capabilities with extensive community and stakeholder engagement and communication skills.

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Lauren De La Parra
Lauren De La Parra

Project Manager

Lauren is a project manager and planning consultant with over five years of experience facilitating equity-driven processes in partnership with communities and government agencies to catalyze climate action, adaptation, and resilience-building. Her approach emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration and whole systems thinking for regenerative development and design. She is inspired by climate feminism, the wisdom of nature, and collective action through arts and culture, and is always excited to connect these threads through her work.

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Emma Cooper
Emma Cooper

Project Associate

Emma joins BluePoint as a recent graduate from the University of California, Berkeley. She brings experience in economics, environmental justice and community engagement at several scales from federal research to grassroots organizing. She is passionate about work that addresses economic and environmental inequities through community building and/or sustainable urban design.

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Lauren Schmitt
Lauren Schmitt

Senior Associate

Lauren is a landscape architect and planner, and a visionary and strategic capacity builder and impact driver who has worked across the United States involving communities in planning and design for parks, recreation, trails and public lands for more than 20 years. She is an intuitive process designer who creates participatory experiences that engage stakeholders and community members with an inclusive approach to planning and design.

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Bianca Hutner
Bianca Hutner

Project Associate

Bianca works on a range of initiatives at BluePoint including regional and state energy planning and equitable community outreach and engagement for planning efforts. Bianca co-authored the Multifamily Zero Carbon Action Plan for the CPUC to guide the development of new multifamily construction in the State, and is also working to develop an Infrastructure Strategy and Action Plan for new sustainable development in Moffett Park in Sunnyvale. She also supports outreach engagement for the City of Santa Cruz Climate Action Plan. Bianca enjoys thinking about how large-scale energy systems and policy work can promote equity, climate resilience, and emissions reductions, and is grateful to be able to work towards those changes at BluePoint.

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Jenny McGlinchey
Jenny McGlinchey

Office Manager

Jenny is the Office Manager for BluePoint Planning, supporting the firm with logistics, administration, scheduling and overall support as well as helping with general project, meeting and workshop logistics. Jenny brings over 20 years of experience in Arts Management and Education to BluePoint. A stage performer as well, Jenny has spent years “trodding the boards” across the US in a variety of performance venues. In her free time, Jenny can be found enjoying the outdoors or just sharing a good cup of coffee with friends while comparing notes on last night’s “Final Jeopardy.”

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Gail Donaldson
Gail Donaldson

Senior Associate

Gail has over 20 years of park planning experience at various scales, from individual park master plans and use studies, to park system plans and parks and recreation standards and guidelines. Her role as a Planning Commissioner and Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee member in her home town of Emeryville gives her particular insights into the concerns of municipalities. She has demonstrated skills in project concept development, design development and planning. Her public sector projects include parks and recreation master plans, streetscape beautification plans, downtown revitalization projects, design guidelines, and campus master plans.

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Hayley Padden
Hayley Padden

Project Associate

Hayley has enjoyed using her experience working with local government in her role as Project Associate. At BluePoint, Hayley assists in outreach and communications, plan development, and more. Previously, Hayley has worked in the Michigan Legislature, as an AmeriCorps CivicSpark fellow at the Alameda County Water District, and for a political consulting firm that worked on public funding measures. She is passionate about using the power of local and regional governments to advance climate resilience and equity. In her free time, she enjoys exploring California's many parks, training for various endurance races, and making jewelry.

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Frisco, Office Dog

Frisco is the office pup and chief morale booster. He spends his time checking in with the team and visitors. Open for walking meetings

Open Positions

We do not have any current positions available.

 

We value continuously building our relationships and connections
with like-minded people. 

 

Share your resume and a letter about your interests with us at: 
info@bluepointplanning.com