John Mann MUP ’01

John Mann is a land use planning policy advisor for the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations, the senior civilian and military leaders of the U.S. Department of the Navy. He is engaged in long-range planning, development and real estate strategies for naval installations world-wide to support U.S. foreign policy objectives.

He started his employment with the Navy in 2007 where he led the Navy’s planning division for the Washington, DC region. Key efforts his planners managed included the relocation of the National Museum of the United States Navy; master plans for the region’s installations; and coordination with local and federal planning and review agencies.

From 2002 to 2007 John served on the staff of the National Capital Planning Commission, the federal government’s planning agency for the National Capital Region. His work at the Commission addressed the shifting landscape of 21st century development; the urgent actions necessary to combat the threats from climate change; and the opportunities created by advances in technology, challenging traditional ideas of mobility and workplace. From 1987 to 2002 he worked as a land use planner for the Department of Defense and as a consultant in the private sector, giving him a broad perspective on differing approaches to administration and governance.

John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a site visitor for the Planning Accreditation Board, the organization which accredits graduate and undergraduate planning programs in North America.