Ivis Garcia Zambrana is an Assistant Professor in City and Metropolitan Planning (CMP) and a Planning Commissioner in Salt Lake City. Her philosophy, methodology and ethos revolve around conducting research and plans in partnership with both grassroots and government stakeholders. She has spent time as a professional planner in Albuquerque, New Mexico, San Francisco, California, Springfield, Missouri, Washington, D.C., and most recently with the Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Community Improvement – a research center within the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Originally from Puerto Rico, Ivis earned her Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She holds dual master's degrees from the University of New Mexico in Community and Regional Planning and Latin American Studies and a bachelor’s in Environmental Sciences from Inter-American University in Puerto Rico.