John Graves - Director of Planning and Field Operations
John oversees all the planning, entitlement, design-development, and implementation oversight of all visitor-serving and land management infrastructure facilities for the Irvine Ranch Conservancy. He is also the principal liaison with landowners and public agencies on all physical planning matters, verifying conformance with approved resource management plans and design standards as well as applicable regulations. He directs Conservancy staff, contractors and volunteers working on trail building and repair, staging area construction and maintenance, and other infrastructure elements. He has 34 years of experience in land planning, environmental management and design, including nine years as senior development manager for Walt Disney Imagineering and eight years as senior director of planning and entitlement for the Irvine Company. John is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He has both bachelors and masters degrees in Architecture from UC Berkeley.