Dr. Blakely has chaired and led teams in regional
planning and management systems consulting in
Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia as well as
Los Angeles, Oakland and several other US,
European and Asian city-regions.
He has served as policy advisor to the Mayor of
Oakland and advisor to the Los Angeles Public
School District. He was Policy Advisor to Mayor Elihu
Harris in Oakland for economic development,
education and strategic planning in Oakland, CA. Dr.
Blakely led the earthquake (1989) and fire (1991)
recoveries and helped lead the New School University
and Regional Planning Association community
planning approach in the 9-11 terrorist attack
recovery planning. He was appointed by C. Ray
Nagin to lead the recovery of New Orleans where he
developed and directed the implementation plans for
the recovery of the City from 2007-2009.
He has held several national and international
appointments including a Presidential Appointment by
Bill Clinton as Vice Chair of the Presidio Trust.
His full background is on the resume and
The Planners of Color Interest Group (POCIG ) of the
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) is very
pleased to announce the establishment of the Edward Blakely
Award. Edward Blakely was present for the announcement of
the award’s establishment on October 13, 2011, at the annual
meeting of ACSP held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
"This achievement award will be given each year to a worthy honoree who
has supported the cause of social justice, particularly in urban planning or
development, for communities of color. This award is in honor of Edward
Blakely, who has offered extraordinary service as both scholar and
practitioner, following examples from his family, including in particular his
father Edward Blakely, his mother Josephine Carter Blakely, and all of his
uncles and aunts and cousins who lived and worked for social justice in
communities of color, particularly during the years of legally-enforced
From press release of On behalf of POCIG, Jeffrey S. Lowe and Clara Irazábal,
Dr. Edward J. Blakely
Dr. Edward J. Blakely has over 40 years of international
experience in all aspects of urban and regional planning,
disaster management and sustainable development.
Dr. Blakely has held posts in the field of real estate and urban
development for more than forty years. He is a leading
practitioner the fields of planning, infrastructure, transportation
and local economic development.
Dr. Blakely is a Fellow of the American Academy of Public
Administration, A Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellow and the 2008
Eliot Richardson Award Winner for Ethics in Government from the
American Society for Public Administration.
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