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Howard Zelefsky has served on Jamboree’s advisory board since 2011 and currently serves on the Business Development Committee. He started his career with the City of Huntington Beach where he ultimately was promoted to Director of Planning. During his 17-year tenure as Director, he guided the redevelopment of Coastal Huntington Beach, and helped to transform the City from a sleepy beach town dominated by oil operations to a vibrant diverse community that has become an international tourist destination.
Howard possesses extensive hands-on knowledge of the inner workings of government at both the local and state level, and has personally worked on a myriad of commercial, residential and industrial developments during his more than 30 years of land use planning. Earlier in his career, he served as the Planning Director for the City of West Hollywood where he guided many of the changes along the famous Sunset Strip.
More recently, he was Vice President of Planning and Development for Makar Properties, LLC, a privately held diversified real estate company with more than $2 billion worth of assets, where he was responsible for all entitlement planning and inter-governmental relations. Presently, his consultancy practice includes Brooks Street and Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy).
Howard holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning from California State University, Fullerton and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Brooklyn College. He is past President of the Planning Directors Association of Orange County, and a member of the Urban Land Institute.