Project Description

Diana Elrod, Principal, Co-Lead Housing Team

Diana Elrod


With more than 30 years of experience, Diana Elrod is a highly respected housing and community development leader with a broad range of experience, including designing residential developments for the New York Public Development Corporation, establishing “reasonable return” standards for variances at the Board of Standards and Appeals, and co‐authoring the City of San José Department of Housing certified Housing Element and award‐winning Consolidated Plan. In her consulting practice, she has provided strategic counsel and conducted research on Housing and Community Development for the Cities of Lafayette, Belmont, Palo Alto, San Jose, San Mateo, and the County of Santa Clara. In this capacity, she has managed a broad range of projects for clients, helping them comply with federal and State laws and developing policies, programs and procedures on topics such as inclusionary zoning, accessory dwelling units, density bonuses and prevailing wage. She also has completed Housing Elements and Consolidated Plans for jurisdictions throughout the State. Ms. Elrod holds a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University, a Master Arts in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College.