Phoenix Alfaro

Urban Planner

Phoenix Alfaro is an urban planner with a background in city planning and geography. His educational and professional experience emphasizes:

  • Development of public realm/space design and guidelines;
  • GIS mapping and spatial analysis;
  • Community engagement and facilitation; and,
  • Environmental health analysis and outreach 

Phoenix's passion for urban planning derives from his commitment to the development of healthy and equitable cities. His professional experiences began at an environmental justice non-profit in East Austin where he conducted environmental hazard analyses that informed city codes and policies. After relocating to the Bay Area for graduate school at UC Berkeley, he began an internship with the Port of San Francisco where he collaborated with other regulatory agencies to the Waterfront Plan, 5-Year Strategic Plan, and Embarcadero Public Realm Guidelines. His contribution to these projects included GIS analysis, graphic design, and community outreach. While interning at the Port, he was also a Graduate Student Instructor for an urban data analytics class where he introduced undergraduate students to programs such as GIS and Python.

Now at CD+A, Phoenix is the project urban planner for the AC Transit Telegraph and Grand Avenue Rapid projects, leading staff efforts in layout and operations assessment of new and improved bus stops and supporting CD+A's role in leading stakeholder outreach. He is also the urban planner working on the Senter Road Vision Zero Multimodal Plan for the City of San Jose. 

Years of Experience

  • 2

Professional Practice

  • 2019  Urban Planner, Community Design + Architecture
  • 2018-2019  Planning and Environment Intern, Port of San Francisco
  • 2018-2019  Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2016  Intern, PODER
  • 2015-2016 Student Assistant, University of Texas Office of Sustainability


  • 2019  Master of City Planning, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2017  Bachelor of Arts, Urban Studies and Geography, The University of Texas at Austin