Lara Gates

Lara Gates is a highly effective planner with the ability to work across groups to develop and execute consensus-based plans based on 24 years of public policy experience. She is fluent in German, interested in volunteerism and recognized for superior community service, community relations, negotiation, communication, and consensus-building skills.

Lara Gates


  • Past President of the Mission Hills Town Council
  • Grant K-8 PTA President
  • Past Grant School Foundation Trustee
  • Guest Lecturer at UCSD, SDSU and New School For Architecture


  • 2016 American Planning Association Paul Davidoff Award for Advancing Diversity and Social Change Environmental Health Coalition’s
  • 2014 Healthy Communities Champion Award
  • State of California Senate 39th District 2014 Champion Award Commendation for the Barrio Logan Community Plan Update
  • California State Assembly Certificate of Recognition for service as President of the Mission Hills Town Council (January 9, 2014)
  • 2013 San Diego Architectural Foundation Orchid for the Lewis Street Pocket Park
  • City of San Diego’s Fiscal Year 2004 Outstanding Customer Service Employee Award