SAN DIEGO, July 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Kearns & West, a leading collaboration and strategic communications firm, announced today that Joan Isaacson has joined the firm as a Vice President. Joan is based in San Diego and will lead the firm's Southern California operations.
Joan brings to Kearns & West more than two decades of experience in public participation, stakeholder facilitation and urban and environmental planning, and is dedicated to achieving successful and viable project outcomes. She has worked on community planning, environmental review, open space management, transportation, hazardous materials remediation, climate change, and water and power projects at the regional and national level.
Joan's participatory programs have included focus groups, advisory committees, stakeholder interviews, customized website dialogue platforms, online and telephone surveys, pop-up outreach, public workshops and open houses, webinars, educational videos, and media monitoring. Additionally, she has expertise in conducting multi-language and multi-cultural community engagement.
Much of her recent work is at the intersection of cities, sustainability and resource management,, including projects like the De Anza Revitalization Plan in San Diego's Mission Bay Park, the One Water LA Plan, San Francisco Local Coastal Plan Amendment, Mixed Use Zoning and Palm Avenue Complete Street Design in Imperial Beach, and Buena Vista Lagoon Enhancement Project. In addition to her project work, Joan lectures on community and stakeholder engagement in Southern California, and teaches urban and cultural geography at San Diego State University. Joan served on boards and advisory committees of multiple non-profit and professional organizations in San Diego.
Joan holds an M.A. in geography from San Diego State University and a B.S. in psychology from California State University Fullerton. She has certifications from the American Institute of Certified Planners and International Association of Public Participation.
In addition to Joan, Kearns & West adds Taylor York as Associate to the Southern California team. His specialties include urban planning, community engagement, energy, air quality, and transportation. Also, Taylor boosts the firm's in-house graphic design capabilities.