Tanya Washington Stern is the Deputy Director for Planning, Engagement and Design at the D.C. Office of Planning (OP). She oversees OP's planning projects and initiatives, including neighborhood and citywide plans, the District's Comprehensive Plan, facilities planning, and revitalization and design initiatives. Ms. Stern was previously OP’s Chief of Staff and oversaw human resources, coordinated the agency’s legislative activities, engaged in interagency and cross-sector efforts on climate adaptation and resiliency, business regulatory reform and access to healthy food and active living in DC. She also served as Project Manager for the Congressionally-requested Height Master Plan with the National Capital Planning Commission. As Chief of Staff, Ms. Stern managed the agency’s media relations and created OP’s social media presence and staff blog, OPinions.
Ms. Stern has served in the Government of the District of Columbia since 2004. Before joining OP she was a Program Analyst in the Office of the City Administrator and in the then-Office of Property Management (now Department of General Services); a Community Planner at the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation; and a Special Assistant for the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice. Additionally, Ms. Stern has over ten years of non-profit experience in Washington, DC and Philadelphia. Ms. Stern holds a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and Six Sigma Green Belt certification and is a Certified Public Manager.