Chris Steins

Chris Steins, MPl, MCP+I, Inet+, CIP, Chief Executive Officer, Urban Insight

Chris Steins is the founder and CEO of Urban Insight. Chris has 15 years of experience in technology consulting and urban planning. He has participated in all aspects of information systems life cycle development, including user requirements, project management, system design, development and deployment. He has served as a consultant to public sector, state, county and local agencies, Fortune 500 private firms, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Chris also serves as the co-editor (with CTO Abhijeet Chavan) of Planetizen, the most-visited urban planning website in the United States, which serves over 25,000 unique daily visitors. Urban Insight uses Planetizen as a real-life testbed for the Internet strategies and technologies Urban Insight deploys for its clients.

Chris is the former executive director of a nonprofit affordable housing development corporation, and the former managing editor of The Planning Report and Metro Investment Report, two prominent Los Angeles‐based monthly newsletters on urban planning, real estate and infrastructure development. Chris is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, the past Chair of the American Planning Association’s Information Technology Division. He is a frequent public speaker and author on topics related to planning and technology, and has presented at each of the last six national APA conferences. Chris received his Masters (M.Pl.) degree in Urban Planning and Development from the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. Chris holds a variety of technology certifications from UCLA, Microsoft, CompTia and Novell.

Contact Information

Telephone: 323-857-6901 x. 109
skype: urbaninsight-chris
Office: 5657 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 290, Los Angeles, CA  90036
Office hours: I’m typically available by appointment, 9am – 5pm Mon-Fri.

Guest Speakers

The course will make selective use of experts in the field at key points during the course.

Chun P. Wong, MBA  President, Asolva, Inc.

Chun Wong will deliver a guest lecture on Introduction to Databases.

Chun Wong founded Asolva, Inc., an information technology consulting firm specializing in the application of technology in healthcare, telecommunications and education. He is the former Consulting Director at Metier, Inc., an enterprise resource management and business intelligence consulting firm, a former enterprise architect for a retail dot-com venture, and developed classified database systems for TRW. Chun holds an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from UCLA.

Abhijeet Chavan, MArch, MLA Chief Technology Officer, Urban Insight

Abhijeet Chavan will deliver a guest lecture on Section 508 Accessibility.

Abhijeet Chavan has 15 years of experience in project management with a specialization in information architecture, usability testing, and Section 508 accessibility. He was formerly the Manager of the Imaging Systems Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Master of Architecture (M.Arch) and Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Abhijeet is the co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of Planetizen.

Danny Krouk, MA Urban Planning  Senior Consultant, ESRI

Danny Krouk will deliver a lecture on Web-based Geographic Information Systems.

Danny Krouk works for Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) (, the world’s leading developer of Geographic Information Systems software. He provides technical advice and consulting in enterprise GIS systems. As an independent consultant, he has worked on a variety of technology projects, including being the founding developer of UCLA’s Neighborhood Knowledge Los Angeles ( Danny holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA.