Robin Abad Ocubillo is a dedicated public servant with a passion for civic innovation in public space design, planning, evaluation, and policy. He is currently the Director of Shared Spaces in the city and country of San Francisco, helping communities leverage the public realm for economic recovery, civic and psychological wellbeing. Shared Spaces program builds on Places for People, the first placemaking ordinance of its kind in the country to streamline government processes and lower barriers for communities creating and stewarding public spaces in underutilized streets and lots.
Over the last decade, Robin has led several of the City’s placemaking programs during a periods of intensive growth; doubling the parklet population, expanding partnerships to cultural and community institutions, and overseeing the development of an award-winning Parklet Manual. Robin has also extensively developed research methods and metrics for human-use evaluation of public spaces, manages the City’s Public Space – Public Life Program, and is co-author of the Global Public Life Data Protocol.