About BluePoint Planning
Our name, “BluePoint” means doing blue-sky thinking and then focusing on what is most important. We actively translate community values and technical knowledge into actionable plans. Specializing in complex, inclusive, multi-stakeholder planning processes, we provide facilitative leadership, develop strategic communications, and support our clients to reach their goals.
Climate change is the greatest threat and challenge of our lifetimes. BluePoint is dedicated to developing and advocating for innovative solutions, embedding equity in each plan, and providing holistic thinking to ensure implementation for better and more 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 is the owner of BluePoint Planning, founder of the RAPID Climate Accelerator, and Board Member 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Allisia has enjoyed using her experience in Innovation and Technology and her passion for Environmental Science in her role as a Project Associate. At BluePoint, Allisia works on a number of projects fostering community outreach and engagement while promoting climate resilience. Allisia is passionate about finding innovative solutions to climate-related problems and is grateful that BluePoint offers the space and mentorship to do so. In her free-time you can find Allisia enjoying the outdoors on a nice hike or traveling around the world embracing different cultures.
Nora is an experienced researcher with strong data analysis and community engagement experience. Before joining BluePoint, Nora served as an AmeriCorps CivicSpark Fellow with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and with the City of Richmond, CA, focusing on community outreach, climate resilience, and conservation. She graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies and is particularly passionate about protecting open spaces while ensuring equitable access to the outdoors. When not working, Nora enjoys exploring the Bay Area’s network of hiking and running trails and trying out new recipes.
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 “trod 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.”
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