Yan Huang is the Deputy Director of the Beijing Municipal Planning Commission. A trained architect, she coordinates all planning related agencies of the city of Beijing and oversees the development of both short-range and long-range plans. She also supervises research efforts within her office. She served as the Director of the Planning & Construction Department for the successful Beijing 2008 Olympic Bid Committee. At present, she is Deputy Director of the Olympic Venue Development Coordination Commission, which coordinates Olympic venue planning and design for Game and post-Game use. Beijing is experiencing a peak in urban development, and is facing many problems with which other cities have dealt. As a Fellow, Yan spent her time examining western methods of urban growth control, historic preservation, transportation planning, environmental protection and city management.