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John Given - Vice Chair

John Given is principal of City Build Advisors while also pursuing teaching opportunities and other ventures utilizing his expertise in city building and real estate. John served as a Principal, Development of CIM Group, LP from 1997 to 2012 and continues to advise the company. Prior to joining CIM, he was the City Planner for Greeley, Colorado for four years before returning to his native Los Angeles, where he served the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency for seven years and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency for five years. For over three decades, Mr. Given has worked on building partnerships between public development agencies and private real estate development companies engaged in high priority redevelopment projects and transit-oriented development. His accomplishments include catalytic redevelopment projects in downtown Los Angeles and around the Hollywood METRO stations. Mr. Given is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the International Conference of Shopping Centers, and the American Institute of Certified Planners. In addition to serving on the board of directors of LINC Housing, he is a founding board member of the Hollywood Entertainment District and was chairman of the City of Santa Monica Housing Commission. Mr. Given received a B.A. degree in Urban Planning from the University of Washington and a Masters in Regional Planning from Harvard University.