Marcela is an extraordinarily talented person, a straight shooter and a person I would hire in a heartbeat. You can't go wrong working with Marcela.
John Kern ( Former Mayor's Chief of Staff, City of San Diego)
Not many people are adept at navigating the public sector, the private sector and the intersections of the two. Marcela is one of those people and she is remarkably adept. Highly insightful, dedicated to the task at hand, yet always aware of the bigger picture, she brings a great deal to the table.
Peter MacCracken (Principal, Strategic Communications)
Marcela is a problem solving planning professional who works hard on behalf of her clients and the overall planning profession. She is responsive, strategic and thoughtful. I highly recommend her services.
Sandi Sawa (President, SHS Planning)
Kathi has the genius of being able to support her team and get the very best work from them/us. She has a remarkable grasp of details and a natural understanding of process making her an effective leader and manager. Kathi's path to progress is to support and motivate her team, and she always makes progress.
Mark Steele, FAIA (Founder, MW Steele Group Inc.)
Over the last 20 years, I've worked with Marcela in many different capacities. She is a strategic thinker extraordinaire. Marcela truly understands the system of project design and entitlements; she is exceptionally capable of developing a strategy to see a development project from inception to fruition.
Kathy Garcia (Former Principal, Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC)
Marcela is a talented facilitator who is looking out for a balanced approach to problem solving. She brings high energy and enthusiasm to all she does. She contributes at a personal level, and works well as a member of a team. It's been a privilege knowing Marcela over the years.
Afshin Oskoui (City Engineer/Chief of Design, City of San Diego)
Marcela is a great advocate for her clients. She is very knowledgeable, detail oriented and her recommendations are always in her client's best interest. I have observed her work at the City of San Diego and as a private consultant. She is professional and always maintains a standard of excellence.
Barry Schultz (CEO, San Diego Capital Collaborative)
Kathi Riser is a smart, talented professional who knows how to navigate land use issues and entitlements. She is the first person I called when we had questions about historic review, and she responded with critical information that saved us time and money. She is well regarded and well connected.
Megan Graulich (Former Director of Comm., McMillin)
In all my career, I have not worked with a better team than Marcela and Kathi at the Atlantis group. Kathi is a master at coordinating team effort to produce quality project documentation, coordination and planning that are keys to a project's success. I can, without question, recommend her work to anyone.
Verne Freeman (President, Freeman Associates)
I met Marcela as chair of a planning group; she represented a challenging project. Her ability to balance the applicant’s needs with the community’s concerns resulted in positive outcome. She is an eloquent speaker, has an encyclopedic command of the regulations and knows how to navigate government processes.
Joe LaCava (Owner, Avetterra)
Almost 30 years of land use planning experience, including as Director of Development Services for the City of San Diego.
35 years experience in project management including Carmel Mountain Ranch.
More than 30 years of serving clients as their entitlement and land planning expert.