Ana Gelabert-Sanchez, AICP, has over 25 years experience in the Planning field. In 2010 she was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She was Planning Director for the City of Miami from 1998 to 2010.
As Planning Director, Ana led the Miami 21 initiative, a form-based zoning code that takes a holistic approach to land use and urban planning; making Miami a more sustainable, pedestrian-friendly and better-planned city. Miami was the first major U.S. city to adopt a form-based zoning citywide code. Miami 21 won numerous awards, including the American Planning Association National Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice in 2011.
Ana directed all urban planning programs, including coordinating, developing, and implementing Miami’s Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan, directing a professional staff in the areas of general planning, land development, urban design, historic preservation, and community planning. She led several planning efforts, including the Museum Park master plan, the Coconut Grove master plan, the Virginia Key master plan, and the Parks and Public Spaces master plan. Ana also led the review and approval of more than 75,000 residential units, approximately 6,000 hotel rooms, over 8 million square feet of office space, and 7 million square feet of retail space, contributing to Miami’s greatest growth period in history.
Ana holds bachelor degrees in architecture and fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and a master’s in landscape architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. She was named Top Public Official of the year for 2010 by Governing magazine and received the CNU Groves Award on Leadership and Vision in 2011.
She is currently Principal of Gelabert-Sanchez & Associates, a Planning and Design consulting firm. She is a Faculty Advisor to the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership Fellowship.
Ana works closely with the development community and with Miami’s culturally diverse neighborhood groups, bridging their needs with quality projects that help further the city’s goal of creating a sustainable community with a higher quality of life.