Rocky E. Piro, PhD, FAICP
Rocky E. Piro, PhD, FAICP, Manager, Department of Community Planning & Development, City and County of Denver
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Rocky Piro was appointed manager of Denver Community Planning and Development in December 2012 by Mayor Michael B. Hancock.
Piro, a Denver native, is responsible for leading visionary city planning initiatives and ensuring safe, responsible, sustainable building throughout the city.
Before joining the City and County of Denver, Piro worked with the Seattle area's Puget Sound Regional Council from 1992 to 2012, most recently serving as program manager of the Growth Management Department.
most notable achievements was the development of VISION 2040, a regional agreement on major new and emerging planning and policy issues -including sustainability, climate change and public health.
The Puget Sound region's integrated long-range planning strategy is recognized as one of the most pioneering and innovative regional plans in the United States.
has been active with professional organizations and with educational institutions.
A member of the board of the American Planning Association's Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division since 1987, he was elected chair in 2012.
He also serves on the board of the International Urban Planning and Environment Association and has received a number of awards throughout his career, including the Professional Achievement Award by the Washington State Chapter of the American Planning Association.
In 2010, Piro
was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners
also co-edited a book entitled Parallel Patterns of Shrinking Cities and Urban Growth, released in 2012.
Piro was born and raised in north Denver, and graduated from Regis High School.
Following a Bachelor of Arts degree from Valparaiso University in Indiana, Piro earned a master's degree in planning and community development from the University of Colorado-Denver in 1986 and a doctorate of urban design and planning from the University of Washington in 1993.