Long Range Planning Manager, City of Kent

Hayley Bonsteel

 Long Range Planning Manager, City of Kent

Passion, Expertise and Contribution

Collaborate with the Kent Team of Sustainability Ambassadors on the skills, concepts, and purposes of urban planning. 


Help build systemic connections between the city of Kent Comprehensive Plan and the management needs of the Green Duwamish Watershed which is a focus of SA Grant Funding and includes a formal partnership agreement with the City of Kent. Support youth-led, curriculum-driven connections across departments at the City of Kent: Planning, Public Works, Environmental Services, Equity, others.


Develop a year-round mentoring circle with young women (Ambassadors) interested in learning about careers in architecture and planning. Encourage students of color to get involved and reach out to BIPOC planning professionals to serve as additional role models.


Engage creatives in the community and in the classroom on ways to approach urban planning in Kent through written, visual, and performing arts. 


Coach students on using the Neighborhood Inventory Protocol to develop well-informed recommendations for city planners on walkable neighborhoods, transportation improvements, food systems, community solar, micro grids, micro wastewater treatment, Ecodistrict principles, green stormwater infrastructure.


Participate in one or more PBL Curriculum Design Labs to support both teachers and students in applied problem solving.


Support Green Job profiles and diversity workforce development strategies.


Design ways to integrate SA Impact Storytelling into personal and professional communications channels and platforms.


Support Ambassadors in building positive scenarios for the year 2050 through the Summer Series of 2050 WORKOUTS.


Attend the annual 2050 Update (August) and help promote it as widely as possible.

About Hayley

Hayley (aka HB) is an urban planner working in South King County, as well as a dancer, poet, avid reader, performance artist, and herbal medicine enthusiast. She’s an advocate for good governance, intersectionality inspired ideas, and tangible land use reform, and has lived in the PNW since 2011. She has focused her professional life on walkability/active transportation (and untying the elaborate car-centric knots that suburban governments have tied throughout many design and engineering decisions), housing/density (advocating for urban, humane design in architecture and site planning), and solutions-oriented collaborations (to combat the political divisions that prevent progress and inhibit inspired ideas from coming to fruition).