Linda Tatum, AICP
Linda F. Tatum, is a planner with more than 20 years of professional planning experience and has been a manager of planning programs in the public and private sector for the more than 20 years. Ms. Tatum is experienced in managing complex projects including the preparation of general plans and comprehensive general plan updates, specific plans, transit-oriented development plans, comprehensive zoning code updates and zoning code amendments, and design guidelines. With extensive experience in a wide-range of planning and development projects, she is an adept manager of people and programs, and a skilled practitioner who is proficient in state of the art planning practices.
Ms. Tatum currently serves as Acting Community Development Director in the City of Inglewood, CA. Her prior work includes positions as Group Manager, Planning + Urban Design, Atkins Global (PBS&J); Planning Manager in the City of Culver City, and Senior Planner in the City of Santa Ana, CA.
Ms. Tatum's contributions to planning include work as a Project Manager on a number of comprehensive general plan updates and specific plans in communities throughout California including Santa Ana, Simi Valley, Beverly Hills, Laguna Niguel, Inglewood, Long Beach, Santa Clarita, Pomona, and Chula Vista, Madera, and San Diego County, among others. As Planning Manager and Acting Community Development Director she has worked extensively to both plan and implement the Hollywood Park Tomorrow urban village in Inglewood, as well as the purchase and revitalization of the Forum by Madison Square Garden, LLC, as its premiere west coast performance venue.
Ms. Tatum has a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning (1983) and a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Sociology (1977), both from Florida State University. She is on the board of Directors for the California Planning Foundation (CPF) and has served on the board for 12 years, eight as President. CPF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide scholarships for California students in planning programs throughout the State of California. She also served on the APA California Chapter Board of Directors; is a member of the California Planning Roundtable (CPR) and a past member of the CPR Board of Directors; and a member of the Planning Accreditation Board's Site Visitor Pool. In 2013 she was awarded the APA California Chapter Distinguished Service Award. For the last several years, Ms. Tatum has taught classes in the University Extension Program at California State University, Fullerton, in the Urban Planning Certificate Program.