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About Paul McNeil
Paul has over 20 years of experience in the fields of municipal planning, redevelopment project management and community relations. While working as a Project Manager at Centre City Development Corporation, he successfully implemented the Corporation’s affordable housing program and was responsible for 3 loft conversions. In this capacity, he convened working groups to prepare policy documents that are still in use today. As an Associate Planner for the City of San Diego, he was intimately involved with the regulated side of the planning and land use entitlement process for projects that included mixed-use residential, commercial, industrial and sand and gravel extraction facilities.
Paul’s experience lends itself well to the energy business by drawing upon the entire planning process; from project conception through permitting. He successfully directed development and entitlements for the historic Maryland Hotel, now known as The Ivy/Andaz. Paul also served as Director of Development for the Olson Company, where he was responsible for design and development of over 600 multi-family, infill condominiums.
More recently, Paul served as Policy Director for District 2 Councilman, Kevin Faulconer. He was responsible for all land use, transportation, housing and redevelopment issues affecting the district. His primary focus was on downtown. He maintains good relations with City Hall. Past positions there include Committee Consultant for the Land Use and Housing Committee and Assistant to the Mayor for Land Use and Transportation under Mayor Golding.
Paul has been an active member and has held leadership positions in numerous civic and charitable organizations. He served as Vice Chair of the Centre City Advisory Committee as a delegate of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, Past President of People for Trees, a not-for-profit, all-volunteer tree planting group, Board member of the local ULI Chapter, Board member of the Point Loma Association and past president of UCSD Alumni Association, San Diego Chapter. He currently sits on the Solana Beach Clean and Green Citizens Committee, is a Board Member of C3 and is a founding member of the SDSU Community Sustainability Lab where he coordinates a planning consultancy with graduate students.
Paul holds 2 Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Urban Studies and Planning from the University of California at San Diego and a Masters Degree in City Planning from San Diego State University.