About us

BDS Planning & Urban Design is located in Seattle. Established in 2009, BDS offers comprehensive community development services, with emphasis on projects that require building consensus and unlikely coalitions, communicating complex information, demonstrating leading ideas, and shaping policy. Projects include strategic plans & visions, stakeholder engagement, downtown revitalization plans, facilitation, assessment districts, organizational development, neighborhood and master plans, and public decisions.

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Brian Scott founded BDS in 2009, and has more than 35 years of experience in comprehensive community development. With direct experience in private, nonprofit, and public organizations, he excels at the intersection of multiple sectors, interests, and perspectives. Brian is a widely respected facilitator, public speaker, and project leader with dozens of professional awards and volunteer assignments to his credit. He holds a Ph.D. in urban studies from Portland State University. 

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Gabriel Silberblatt has more than eight years of private, non-profit, academic, and public-sector experience, and has pursued the challenging work of drafting, evaluating, and communicating urban policy and programs. At BDS, Gabriel has helped facilitate visioning and strategic planning for several municipalities, public agencies, and non-profit organizations that serve diverse populations. He specializes in managing complicated and controversial organizational and multi-jurisdictional public sector decision-making processes that result in consensus-driven results and new community coalitions. He holds a Master of City Planning Degree from M.I.T. 

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Valerie Tran brings eight years of non-profit, academic, and governmental experience to BDS. She works at the intersection of urban planning and public health with the intent to foster environments that are healthy, safe, and livable for all. At BDS, Valerie specializes in planning and community development for urban districts. This work includes organizational development, community engagement, meeting facilitation, research and analysis, and commercial district revitalization. Valerie drives BDS to ground its work in social justice and equity. She holds masters degrees in urban planning and public health from the University of Michigan.

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Dan Lokic offers six years of private, non-profit, and public-sector experience. At BDS, Dan supports projects at the intersection of government, business, and citizen interests. His work spans economic development, housing affordability, natural hazards, marketing, and strategic planning for cities, counties, and nonprofit organizations. Dan enjoys working on complex planning processes that require multi-organizational collaborative efforts, data-driven decision making and effective communicative design. Dan holds a masters degree in Planning, Public Policy & Management from the University of Oregon. 

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Noel Frame has 18 years of communications, organizing and management experience. A former non-profit director and communications consultant, Noel now offers stakeholder engagement, strategy and facilitation for clients, as well as helps with operations and business development for BDS. Noel holds a master’s degree in Political Management from George Washington University, and is a member of the Washington State Legislature. She represents the Seattle neighborhoods of Ballard, Magnolia, Interbay, as well as Belltown (including the BDS office!).

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Jin has 20+ years of professional experience working with private companies and government agencies in project research and financial management. At BDS, she supports clients with data and GIS analysis, and BDS with financial reporting, budget modeling and contract management.

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