UCI Planning Alumni

UCI Planning Alumni (UPA) is a volunteer organization that seeks to create a supportive community among UCI alumni working in the planning field and UCI students exploring careers in planning. Formerly the MURP Alumni Council, the organization broadened its focus in fall 2018, and is now an official chapter of the UCI Alumni Association. 

UPA enriches and complements the programs of the Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy by: 

  • Connecting students to planning practice and practitioners 
  • Recruiting alumni speakers for events and classes 
  • Enhancing the image, quality, and reputation of UPPP
  • Providing programming for students and alumni
  • Continually seeking other ways to support students and alumni in their planning careers

There are many ways to get involved, such as attending or speaking at events, mentoring a student, becoming a site for field study or internships, or helping to organize other UPA activities. 

Connect with UCI Planning Alumni

 Subscribe to UPA Email List 

Facebook Page (@UPAUCI)

 Instagram (@anteaterplanners) 

LinkedIn Group (UCI Planning Alumni)

Questions or comments? Send UPA an email.  

The UCI MURP Alumni Facebook Group is hosted by several MURP alumni, and serves as a useful online forum. Group members commonly post job openings and other items of professional interest. 

UPA Board of Directors 

Board members are chosen in open elections every two years. Alumni of the Urban Studies, MURP, and PhD in Planning, Policy and Design programs are eligible to run for board positions. Alumni of any School of Social Ecology program with planning-related experience may vote in the election. To receive a ballot and news about the election, sign up for email updates

Update May 20, 2019: The 2019 UPA election process is underway! Nominations are open until May 31, election will be held June 4 - 10. 

Missed the email announcement? Click the Election Information button below for details!

Election Information

2017-2019 Board 

  • Mina Brown, President 
  • Omar Dadabhoy, Vice President 
  • Linda Tang, Secretary 
  • Bryce Bunker, Mentorship Chair 
  • Mark Newman, Communications Chair 
  • Samantha Beier, Programs Chair 
  • Karen Martin, Fundraising Chair 
  • Christopher Tzeng, At-Large 
  • Steve Wechsler, At-Large