Mario Suarez, Board Secretary

Mario attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California where he completed degree requirements for a Bachelor’s of Science in Urban and Regional Planning. Mario also holds a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Over the past twenty three years, Mario has worked for several local government agencies in Arizona, Nevada and California. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and the Congress for the New Urbanism Accreditation (CNU-A).

He is a former Arizona State American Planning Association Board Member serving as Newsletter Editor. His experience stems from project management of current and advanced planning projects within local government agencies. Mario has worked in the private sector for three years as a consultant for local government agencies in the San Bernardino and Riverside County, California regions.  As Principal Planner for the City of San Bernardino, California, Mario was responsible for long-range planning activities.  One of the major projects completed includes public outreach program and Transit District Overlay ordinance adopted by the City Council in July 2012.

A four part series blog was published by the Congress for the New Urbanism, City Spotlight Blog Website about San Bernardino’s Bus Rapid Transit / TOD Ordinance in 2012 -

In 2013, as a member of the California Congress for the New Urbanism, Mario completed a Tactical Urbanism event as part of a Downtown Charrette for the City of Livingston, California.

In 2014, as a Board of Director for the California Congress for the New Urbanism he was a principle in completion of the “CNU-By-Design, Second Charrette Program” for the City of Newport Beach’s Mariners’ Mile project.  The CNU is about to embark in a Downtown Charrette for the City of Oxnard at the end of January 2016.  A pop-up art gallery will be exhibited "providing short term actions for long term change."

Mario accepted a full-time Senior Planner position for the City of Colton, California in July of 2013.  Recent projects include: 

•            Project Manager for Downtown Development Code and Design Manual

•            Lead Planner for Historical Preservation Commission

•            Completion of Compact Lots Ordinance

•            Lead Planner for 300 plus acre hillside development project currently in discussion with the City of Riverside for a joint city project on several hundred acres of land adjacent to the hillside project.

Mario is also busy as a Board Member for the Colton Area Museum and Historical Society.  This local museum is unique in exhibiting and specializing in Colton's history within 1908 Carnegie Library  located in Downtown Colton.  Mario and his wife, Yvonne, celebrating over 20 years of marriage, reside in the Canyon Crest Neighborhood in the City of Riverside. 


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