Sherri Franklin

Resume and Biography, 2015

Profile:        Sherri Franklin is  the founder of Urban Design Center  (UDC), a  planning, project management, resource development and capacity building consultancy specializing in the development and financing of affordable housing, community, recreational and open space facilities, infrastructure projects and economic development ventures. 


As a staunch fiduciary for community change, Sherri’s primary life mission is to build the capacity of leaders and organizations to serve and engage their dynamic constituencies and drive sustainable economic revitalization and enterprise. She has the requisite expertise and tactical knowledge to provide thought leadership and effective strategies to help her clients build both physical and human capital to drive the destiny of their communities. 



Experience:    Sherri has enjoyed long-term client relationships with several non-profit organizations as a fund development consultant and project manager including: Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles for the development of 4 low income housing tax credit projects in the early 90s, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor for the development of 4 club site and recreational facilities from 2001 to present, Inner-City Arts for the development of their transformative children’s arts center completed in 2008 and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles for the development of their South Los Angeles based office building completed in 2008.  Sherri worked for the Center for Community Change based in Washington, DC from 1994-1996 providing technical assistance to non-profit community development organizations across the western United States.


She guided each of these organizations and several others through the community plan approval, entitlement and development process, while helping to procure funding to complete their projects and strategically position each agency as a leader and stakeholder in the communities they serve.  To date, Sherri and her Urban Design Center team have garnered over $140 million for various client projects and contracts. 



Experience:  Sherri served as a consultant to the City of Los Angeles in 1992 on its winning proposal to create an Empowerment Zone after the civil unrest and the former Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) Mid City and South Los Angeles Project Areas from 2002 to 2012 on the development of transit and infrastructure resources for Crenshaw Corridor, garnering $16 million in State of CA Prop 1C and County of LA MTA Call funds and a $2.4 million CA Cultural Historic Endowment Grant for the renovation of the Vision Theatre Performing Arts Center in Leimert Park.


The Agency also contracted with Sherri in 2002 to spearhead the transformation of the politically charged “Model Cities” Franklin Square project from rental housing into homeownership opportunities for 39 Watts residents. In 1998, Sherri joined the design and project management firm, Jenkins, Gales & Martinez, Inc. and lead their winning bid to project manage $800 million in new construction facilities for the Los Angeles Unified School District.


Contracts:     Currently, UDC team is continuing work with the Boys & Girls Club to build a sport center at the City of Los Angeles owned Daniels Field Park in San Pedro, serving as a consultant to the City of Los Angeles to facilitate the formation of the Central Avenue Historic Business Improvement District in South Los Angeles and as a pro-bono thought leader for the implementation of the Leimert Park Village 20|20 Vision Initiative which was launched to drive the development of cultural retail and arts facilities in this South LA community ahead of the new rail line installation.  


UDC is also a sub-consultant to CH2M Hill, Inc. on the 6th Street Viaduct Replacement Project facilitating strategy and focus groups to garner input and comments on the design and construction of this historic $400 million “Bridge” and on the SR-710 FWY Gap Closure project researching and analyzing Transit Oriented Development opportunities for the alternative concepts being studied by the County of LA Measure R funded Environmental and Conceptualization Study by METRO and Cal Trans. 


For the past 3 years, UDC has provided asset management consulting to the Long Beach Affordable Housing Coalition to train their staff to self-manage their 22 affordable housing developments and facilitate new affordable housing development.  In 2015, Sherri and her team secured contracts with AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles to develop funding for their planned Innovation Campus designed to promote the advancement of the blue economy industry and with the City of Los Angeles Housing & Community Investment Department to spearhead the implementation of the City’s Proposition 1C Infill Infrastructure project along the Crenshaw Boulevard and Mid City corridors. 



& Boards:     In 1992, Sherri was tapped by Mayor Tom Bradley to serve as Vice Chair on the Board of Zoning Appeals. Subsequently, she was appointed by Mayor Richard Riordan to serve as President of the Transportation Commission in 1993 and, thereafter, a board member on the Los Angeles Housing Department's Rent Stabilization Commission in 1995.


She has been a member of the Pacific Coast Regional, Small Business Development Corporation loan committee for 15 years and is one of the founding board members of the Friends of the Vision Theatre non-profit organization.  She is Co-Chair of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Parking Reform Working Group and a Technical Advisory Committee Member of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro Green Places Initiative established in 2015.


Education:   In 1990, Sherri received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles in Cultural Anthropology where she studied economic structures and sustainability patterns of various cultures.  In 1987, Sherri accepted a position at Karsten Realty Advisors working to analyze and prepare financial proposals for Japanese trust and pension funds and then returned to UCLA to complete her degree in 1990.


She is a licensed real estate broker in the State of California.