Planning & Development Meet the Team

Christopher Spencer
Commissioner
 
 
Contact: 518-465-6066
 
As commissioner, Chris coordinates the work of three (3) departments: the Department of Planning and Development, the Department of Buildings & Regulatory Compliance, and the Albany Community Development Agency (ACDA). Since 2014, has directed the Department of Planning and Development, helping to coordinate a two-and-a-half year initiative (ReZone Albany) which was the first major overhaul of the City zoning and land use ordinances in over 50 years. Chris also oversaw the design and creation of the One-Stop Shop, which has brought all three departments together under one roof in an integrated and collaborative work environment at 200 Henry Johnson Boulevard. “I see our work as improving the quality of life in the City of Albany,” Chris says. “Our goal is to create more walkable and livable neighborhoods that are economically vibrant and also interesting.” Chris previously worked as a Campus Planner at the University at Albany, where he drafted Standards and Guidelines for Preservation of the Campus. Prior to that, he served as the Town of Tiverton, Rhode Island’s first professional planner.

Brad Glass
Deputy Director
 
 
Contact: 518-465-6066
 
Brad coordinates the development review process in the City of Albany and acts as the principal staff for the City of Albany’s Planning Board. Brad was the project manager for ReZone Albany, which modernized the City’s zoning code, making it easier to invest in sustainable, appropriate development in the City of Albany. Brad earned a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Albany. In his free time, he likes to travel and take photographs of buildings and urban landscapes.
 

Mary Millus
GIS Services/Data Management
 
 
Contact: 518-465-6066
 
Mary provides geographic information system (GIS) services and data management for the City of Albany. Mary also provides technical and application development for local, regional and countywide partnering organizations. She has a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University at Albany, New York, and has previously worked for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, (former) URS Corporation, Hartgen Archeological Associates, and Continental Placer.
 

Sean McLaughlin
Confidential Assistant to the Commissioner
 
 
Contact: 518-465-6066
 
Sean provides the initial point of contact for the One-Stop Shop. He answers the phone and mail, schedules meetings, and also handles accounting and finances for the Department of Planning and Development. He previously worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Albany Community Development Agency (ACDA), in the business office of the Albany Public Library, and in the Legislative and Political Action Department of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University at Albany. Sean has a passion for volunteering in the community, and has co-produced, hosted, and engineered an award-winning news and public affairs talk radio show on WRPI since 1997. He is also an all-occasions mobile disc jockey for a variety of dances, weddings, and community events.
 

Lauren Alpert
Senior Planner
 
 
Contact: 518-465-6066
 
Lauren works as the staffer for the City of Albany’s Board of Zoning Appeals. “When you need a variance,” she says, “I’ll walk you through the process.” Lauren also works on sustainable transportation projects, and was involved in the launch of CDPHP Cycle!, the Capital Region’s first bike share program launched with CDTA. She currently oversees the bike connector project which will link the County Rail Trail and the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail, which runs through Albany Riverfront Park. From 2014 to 2016 she was a Peace Corp volunteer in Albania, involved in community and organizational development. Outside of work, she hangs with her dog Sparkles and trains for half-ironmans.
 

Erin Glennon
Senior Historic Preservation Planner
 
 
Contact: 518-465-6066
 
Erin works with homeowners and contractors who are looking to carry out alterations or new construction in Albany’s historic districts. Erin guides people through the process to obtain a certificate of appropriateness – which grants approval for alterations, modifications and construction to a landmark or a structure in a historic district. Erin also reviews permits for compliance with the city’s design standards using the new Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance. Previously, Erin worked in the Historic Preservation Division of the City of Houston Planning Department, at the Historic Albany Foundation, and as a consultant with the Preservation League of NY State. She has her undergraduate degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington and a Master of Science in Architectural Conservation from the University of Edinburgh. In her free time, Erin likes to hike, kayak, travel, visit museums and play with her dog Sadie.
 

Yasmine Robinson
Principal Planner
 
 
Contact: 518-434-5995
 
Yasmine assists with Planning Board preparations and reviews State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) applications. She also manages a number of grant projects from beginning to end, overseeing brownfield grants and Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) grants, including the Waterfront Revitalization Plan and the South End Bikeway Connector. Yasmine previously worked at the New York City Department of Planning as a senior environmental planner. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog Juma, knitting, and going to weekend brunches.