2016 Impact-Maker to Watch: Nat Gale

On Tuesday, January 19, 2016 in the Tom Bradley room at Los Angeles City Hall, 25 members of the Los Angeles community were honored for their foundational work to make a positive impact in our city.

Nat Gale

.... is an innovative young urbanist who led the Mayor’s efforts to create Great Streets throughout the City of LA. These projects activate public spaces, provide economic revitalization, increase public safety, enhance local culture, and support great neighborhoods.
— Doane Liu, Port of Los Angeles

For the past eighteen months, Nat Gale has served as Great Streets Program Director in the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. During that time, project implementation has focused on temporary treatments, including creative place-making and pilot projects, as well as robust community partnerships and programming. In January 2016, Nat transitioned to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation in a lead capacity on the Vision Zero Initiative. Nat looks forward to continue working on implementing projects and programs that improve the quality of life, health, and safety for Los Angeles neighborhoods. Nat has an undergraduate degree from Columbia University in Civil Engineering with a minor in History, and a dual Master’s degree from USC in Urban Planning and Public Administration. He is an avid urbanist, dedicated transit-user, and a proud pedestrian. Nat previously worked as a transportation planner in NYC, a geotechnical engineer in Portland, OR, and an environmental engineer in LA. He has held a variety of policy positions in the Mayor’s Office before focusing on Great Streets.