Tanya Washington Stern is the Deputy Director for Planning, Engagement and Design at the DC Office of Planning (OP). Ms. Stern oversees OP's land use planning initiatives, including neighborhood planning; the Comprehensive Plan; waterfront planning; and urban design. She is leading the integration of the topic of resilience into Washington, DC’s Comprehensive Plan for the first time during the current Plan amendment cycle. Ms. Stern also partners with District, regional, and federal agencies on climate adaptation, resilience and flood management initiatives. In addition, Ms. Stern is a key agency partner for Washington, DC’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative. She previously served as OP’s Chief of Staff and was the Project Manager for the 2013 Height Master Plan, requested by Congress, in partnership with the National Capital Planning Commission to reexamine the federal Height Act. Ms. Stern has served in the Government of the District of Columbia since 2004 and, prior to working at OP, has held positions in the Executive Office of the Mayor; the Office of Property Management (now Department of General Services); and the Department of Parks and Recreation. She also has over ten years of non-profit experience prior to her public sector service. Ms. Stern holds a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and Six Sigma Green Belt certification, and she is a Certified Public Manager.