Gabriel Metcalf is the executive director of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), a nonprofit membership organization that promotes good planning and good government through research, education and advocacy. Under Gabriel's leadership, SPUR has grown dramatically in influence and membership.
Gabriel has authored or co-authored such notable articles as "The Northern California Megaregion," "Civic Planning in America," "Regional Planning without Regional Government," "Democracy and Planning" and "City of Safety." He serves on numerous boards and commissions including the America 2050 National Committee and the Transbay Joint Powers Authority.
Before becoming executive director in 2005, Metcalf headed up SPUR's policy and advocacy work for five years. Prior to working at SPUR, he worked for the Bay Institute, an environmental organization focused on California water policy. He was also a co-founder of City CarShare and for many years served as its board chairman.
A frequent writer and speaker on planning and policy topics, Gabriel earned a Master's degree in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design.