Colin Parent, Executive Director and General Counsel
Colin Parent is Executive Director and General Counsel at Circulate San Diego. In addition to overall management and legal matters for the organization, he advocates for effective transit, safe walkable neighborhoods, and sustainable land use policy.
Colin served on the Jerry Brown for Governor 2010 campaign, and was appointed by Governor Brown as the Director of External Affairs for the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Prior to working for Governor Brown, Colin practiced law for three years as a commercial litigator at the San Diego office of the international law firm of DLA Piper US LLP. During 2013 and 2014, Colin served as the Director of Policy at the San Diego Housing Commission.
He co-founded the San Diego Leadership Alliance, an organization that trains young San Diegans to be equipped for civic leadership. As a board member of the League of Conservation Voters San Diego, he chaired the first ever coalition to grade the environmental records of elected officials in the City of San Diego.
Colin is an Eagle Scout and grew up in East County San Diego. He is a graduate of the NYU Law School, and U.C. San Diego. He is also an elected member of the City Council of La Mesa, California.
Danielle Berger, Director of Planning
Danielle is the Director of Planning at Circulate San Diego and leads the for-fee consulting services of the organization. She is an urban planner who is passionate about sustainable transportation and development. She is a native San Diegan and has spent time living and working in Toronto, New York, and Salt Lake City. Her work focuses on increasing livability through sustainable mobility, public space activation, recreational access planning, and programming.
Danielle is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Columbia University. She is a founding member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, Utah Chapter and active member of the American Planning Association (APA). Her work has been recognized with awards from the APA Inland Empire and San Diego Chapters and presented at the ESRI User Conference, APA National Conference, and APA Utah Spring Conference.
Outside of work Danielle can be found exploring by bike, skiing, flyfishing and advocating for environmental causes with San Diego Coastkeeper, Utah Stream Access Coalition, and Protect Our Winters.
Jesse O'Sullivan, Policy Counsel
Jesse is the policy counsel for Circulate San Diego, where he researches and advocates for land use and transit policy solutions for a more affordable and sustainable San Diego.
Prior to working at Circulate, Jesse practiced law for over a year as a litigator on a variety of matters. He also externed for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and for the Honorable Gonzalo P. Curiel for the Southern District of California. He graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor's degree in sociology, and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law. During law school, Jesse was a member of the San Diego Law Review and his comment, Increasing the Effectiveness of California's Density Bonus Law, was published in The Real Estate Law Journal.
As a San Diego native, Jesse enjoys biking, surfing, seeing local theatre, and spending time with his kids.
Davida Garcia, Administrator
Davida has worked in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (A/E/C) industry for over 16 years. Her roles ranged from front desk first impressions, to managing job-site/project administration, to leading and working with design teams developing robust technical proposals to win work. She recently returns to San Diego after a four-year stint in New York City and is enjoying her hometown in a whole new way, including taking mass transit for business and pleasure!
When she is not managing Circulate’s office operations, she is running her mobile spray tanning business, working out, or enjoying live music. She is a graduate of University of Phoenix with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. She thoroughly enjoys working with and supporting a positive team with a vision to create a dynamic change in the community.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (619) 544-9255 ext. 306
Jana Schwartz, AICP, SITES AP, Senior Planner
Jana is a Senior Planner for Circulate San Diego and a San Diego native. While at Circulate, Jana has spearheaded the Age-Friendly Communities program in the cities of La Mesa, National City, and Carlsbad, as well as developed planning and graphic materials for Circulate's projects throughout the County of San Diego. Jana is a neighborhood walking enthusiast, has a personal and professional interest in bicycling, and believes in providing equitable mobility options. She spent a week biking over 430 miles on RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) and she wrote her thesis on the Impact of Cargo Bikes on the Travel Patterns of Women to discuss whether cargo bikes can function as a gender-equitable transportation solution in the United States.
Jana brings experience in urban design and planning with a BS in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design from UC Davis and a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Jana is AICP and a Board Member of the local American Planning Association Chapter. She is also SITES AP, which is a U.S. Green Building Council program that certifies and supports sustainable land use practices.
Angelica Rocha, Associate Planner
Angelica is a Planner for Circulate San Diego, where she works on innovative community-based projects and plans in favor of increasing livability and access to active and public transportation in San Diego. She has worked in both the nonprofit and public sectors supporting projects to improve green space, mobility, and the environment. She brings experience in research, planning, project outreach, external affairs, and grant management to the position.
She is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona’s Master in Regenerative Studies program, a unique interdisciplinary environmental design program where she focused on Urban Regeneration. She is passionate about equitable planning that fosters thriving sustainable communities.
Octavio Garcia, Planner
Hi! I am Octavio and I am a graduate from UCSD who studied Urban Studies and Planning and Political Science. I have a particular interest in transportation, especially micro mobility. In my free time, I can usually be found playing basketball with my friends, playing video games or doing Doordash.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (619) 544-9255 ext. 304