Planning Commission Appoints Youngest Chair

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Local Urban Planner Appointed as Chair of the National City Planning Commission

National City, CA, December 14, 2014– The National City Planning Commission has appointed Marcus Bush as Chair in a unanimous decision Monday evening. At 26 years old, the appointment makes Marcus the youngest to serve as Planning Commission Chair in National City, and one of the youngest Chairs in the County.

Marcus was also recently hired as a Community Planner by Mooney Planning Collaborative (MPC), a consulting firm with an established history of master planning and environmental studies throughout the San Diego region.

“Marcus is an outstanding addition to the MPC team and his ability to communicate and analyze complex urban issues in ethnically diverse communities has added a new dimension to our firm,” said Brian F. Mooney, Managing Principal of MPC.

Born to an African American father and Mexican American mother, Marcus was raised in National City and graduated from Sweetwater High School in 2006. He took part in the inaugural class of the Compact for Success, a ground-breaking partnership between San Diego State University (SDSU) and the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD). The award-winning program guarantees SDSU admission to SUHSD students who meet certain academic benchmarks.

After getting accepted to SDSU through the Compact for Success, Marcus went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in City Planning and Spanish from SDSU. He later interned at Community Housing Works, the National City Planning Department, and the San Diego Association of Governments before being appointed to the Planning Commission by the National City Council in 2013. In addition, Marcus serves on the National City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and is a member of the San Diego American Planning Association (APA) and Urban Land Institute San Diego-Tijuana.

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