Rich Hillis currently serves as the Planning Director for the City and County of San Francisco, having been appointed to the position by Mayor London Breed in March 2020. Rich is responsible for overseeing long range city planning, development review, and environmental review for most physical development in San Francisco. He previously served for eight years on the San Francisco Planning Commission, including two years as President, before becoming Director of the department.
Prior to joining San Francisco Planning , Rich served as the Executive Director for the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture where he led the reinvigoration of this San Francisco cultural institution, investing over $60 million into the historic campus and providing a stable and vibrant home to dozens of arts organizations and events. Before joining the Fort Mason Center, Rich served as Deputy Director of San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, where he managed all aspects of the redevelopment of Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island into a new 8,000-unit, mixed-use neighborhood, managed priority Port development projects, and oversaw efforts to plan and develop the Octavia Boulevard project, including related housing, affordable housing and open space. Previously, he was the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s Director of Partnerships and Property, managing RPD’s assets and concessions.
Rich has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Michelle, and three children, Maggie, Liam and Elliot.