Los Angeles City Planning Director to Speak at July 11 Real Estate Graduation Ceremony at USD

Gail Goldberg, planning director for the city of Los Angeles, will be the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony for the University of San Diego’s Master of Science in Real Estate program on July 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice.

USD’s incoming School of Business Administration Dean David Pyke will also speak at the event. Pyke is joining USD from Dartmouth University, where he was associate dean of the MBA program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and the Benjamin Ames Kimball Professor of the Science of Administration.

Goldberg was appointed director of the Los Angeles City Planning Department in February 2006. In this role, she is responsible for the development, maintenance and implementation of all elements of the city’s General Plan, as well as a range of other special zoning plans. Prior to joining the Los Angeles Planning Department, Goldberg worked for 17 years in the Planning Department of the city of San Diego, the last five years of which she was planning director.

Goldberg is a native Californian and holds a degree in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of California San Diego. She is an Urban Land Institute trustee, as well as past chair of the San Diego/Tijuana ULI District Council; immediate past president of the San Diego Chapter of the Lambda Alpha Honorary Land Economics Society; a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners; and a member of the California Planners Roundtable.  

For questions or to register for the event, contact Sean Hlavac, at or (619) 260-8803. For media requests and registrations, contact Jeryldine Tully at or (619) 260-4786.

Founded in 1993 and formally dedicated in 2004, the University of San Diego’s Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate is committed to delivering outstanding education, industry outreach and research services to advance responsible leadership in the real estate profession. The center offers a Master of Science in Real Estate degree, an undergraduate minor in real estate, a Certificate in Real Estate Finance, Investments and Development and several industry conferences a year. For more information, visit


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