Firm Philosophy

Consensus Planning was established in March of 1991 by its founders, Jim Strozier and Karen Marcotte. From day one, the management team of Consensus Planning has strived to create a culture that balances work with fun. We are committed to a culture of open communications, innovation, and collaboration in a way that values and benefits our staff, colleagues, and clients. Our core values - Purpose, Integrity, Enthusiasm, and Innovation – underscore all the work developed on behalf of our clients. This approach has enabled the firm to grow and operate in a profitable manner while doing great work and having fun. Our Management Team is led by Jim Strozier and Jackie Fishman.


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Jim Strozier co-founded Consensus Planning in 1991 and has facilitated its growth into one of the leading planning and landscape architectural firms in the Southwest. His focus is on the integration of zoning regulations, environmental sustainability principles, and urban design to achieve our client’s goals and make our communities better. This commitment results in added value to each project through timely approvals, high quality design, and exceptional market performance. Jim is a dynamic public speaker with extensive experience representing and obtaining approval for a wide variety of projects before public boards, commissions, and councils. He is registered with the American Institute of Certified Planners (#6432) and was inducted into the AICP College of Fellows in 2018.


President / Planner, Co-Founder of Firm
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Jacqueline Fishman has a deep breadth of planning and project management experience on complex, multi-disciplinary, community planning and private development entitlement projects. Jackie co-leads the firm’s planning group, facilitates the firm’s long-range, community planning efforts, and has been the primary author on dozens of approved plans and studies for cities, counties, and tribes throughout New Mexico, including Comprehensive Plans, Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Plans, Downtown Master Plans, Master Development Plans, Affordable Housing Plans, and economic development and feasibility studies. Jackie is an avid practitioner of active listening and works extensively with neighborhood groups and diverse communities to establish rapport and build trust. She regularly represents and obtains approval for projects before governing bodies and planning commissions. She is registered with the American Institute of Certified Planners (#12838).


Vice President / Planner
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Ken Romig is an accomplished Landscape Architect with expertise in envisioning and designing great outdoor spaces that are responsive to place, human wellness, and vernacular traditions. He has been involved in the overall site and landscape design process for schools, parks, institutional campuses, health care environments, streetscapes, and multi-family housing projects. Ken also has been involved in the master planning and reclamation of abandoned mines. He employs his design skills to create environments that respect the desert southwest, satisfy the human need for quiet or fun, and meet clients’ budget requirements. He is a registered Landscape Architect in New Mexico (#337), Texas (#3213), and Arizona (#75521).


Associate / Landscape Architect


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Chris Green previously led the Landscape Architecture group at Consensus Planning and now provides consulting services to the firm. He has extensive experience implementing all phases of the landscape design process, ensuring that each client’s design vision is successfully implemented. He has designed a wide variety of project types, including over fifty parks and recreational complexes, and has a successful track record managing design teams on large-scale, multi-phased recreational projects and facilitating public input. Chris has practiced sustainable site and landscape design for many years and is a LEED Accredited Professional. His goal is the thoughtful and provocative design of our outdoor spaces for people of all ages to socialize and recreate. He is a registered Landscape Architect in New Mexico (#234); Arizona (#25620), and Texas (#2595).


Emeritus Consulting Landscape Architect
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Shawna Ballay has an extensive, multi-disciplinary background that includes the direct oversight of planning, coordination and public outreach, and environmental compliance, design, and construction for transportation, infrastructure, residential, and commercial building projects for tribal communities in New Mexico and Arizona. Shawna is particularly skilled at project management of multi-disciplinary teams, and developing and facilitating complex budgets, contracts, and approvals that provide the necessary development and funding support for tribal communities. She has worked extensively for the Navajo Nation and has provided coordination of the tribe’s efforts on project funding under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) economic stimulus bill.


Senior Project Manager
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Erin Burtch has experience in landscape architecture, project management, and construction administration for a wide range of project types for communities throughout New Mexico. She has developed a deep understanding of the need to balance design with budgetary and maintenance considerations while integrating the concerns and desires of all relevant stakeholders for each project. She also has a keen understanding of quality control and assurance in the generation of construction documents and construction implementation. Erin has been involved in the design and construction administration of public and private school facilities, commercial and office development, and planned residential communities.


Landscape Architect
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Ashlie Maxwell has experience in the preparation of site plans, landscape plans, construction documents, and construction phase services for our public and private sector projects. She excels in creating computer-aided graphics, photo simulations, and hand sketches that enable our clients and the public to visualize our landscape and urban design concepts. In addition to visual/photo simulations, her design acumen and creative skills are instrumental in developing theming concepts and open space elements for master planned communities in the Albuquerque metro. Ashlie also provides conceptual design on community planning documents, including Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Plans and Master Plans.


Landscape Architect in Training
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Landscape Designer
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Jonathan Turner has extensive experience in zoning and land use entitlements for the private sector in the Albuquerque metro area and other small communities throughout New Mexico. He previously worked at the City of Albuquerque supervising zoning staff in plan review and zoning enforcement, reviewing development review applications, and providing testimony at public hearings, and later owned a consulting firm in Albuquerque. His focus at Consensus Planning is on providing entitlements for private sector clients, including site plans, zone changes, and special exceptions, and preparation of land development codes for municipalities. Jonathan is well versed in the International Building Code and the International Residential Code, and is fluent in Spanish.


Zoning Specialist
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Charlene Johnson has experience in data research and analysis, community engagement processes, and long-range planning. She is a native New Mexican and is passionate about her work with small cities and rural counties throughout New Mexico. Her focus is on providing research and analysis, technical writing, and development of community outreach strategies and surveys for the firm’s Comprehensive Plans and Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Plans. Char has worked on numerous supportive housing projects that address homelessness and vulnerable populations in Albuquerque, and assists on securing project entitlements, including zone map amendments, variances, and conditional use applications for our private development clients.


Senior Planner
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GIS Manager
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Michael has several years of technical analyses, GIS mapping, and long-range planning experience. Prior to joining Consensus Planning, Michael worked for the State Land Office where he was involved in commercial real estate leasing and another planning consulting firm in Albuquerque where he assisted in the preparation of Comprehensive Plans for New Mexico municipalities, counties, and tribal governments. His focus at Consensus Planning is on data research and analysis, technical writing, GIS mapping, and public engagement related to long-range community planning projects for communities across New Mexico, including Comprehensive Plans, Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Plans, Affordable Housing Plans, and Feasibility Studies.


GIS Planner
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Madeline Sexton has experience utilizing her graphic and illustration skills for urban planning, landscape architecture, and environmental education. She worked as a Planner for several years until transitioning fully to graphic specialization within the A/E/C industry. Her focus at Consensus Planning is on creating urban design, graphic design, master planning, and GIS layouts for our public and private sector projects. 


Graphics Specialist
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Monica Villescas is our office manager and coordinates all office administrative functions, preparing project invoices and financial reports, and other tasks to ensure that our office runs smoothly and efficiently. She is the friendly voice on the phone and the first person our clients meet when they call or visit our office.


Office Manager
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Planning Intern