Meet the Staff

Our staff supports three distinct boards – the Planning Commission, Metropolitan Planning Organization and River Board. The agency is composed of professional planners and technicians in the areas of land use, community and neighborhood planning, transportation, research and analysis, urban design, capital improvements, utilities, environmental planning and management. Find out more about our staff teams below.  View the staff directory for a full list of staff contact information.

Planning Commission Executive Director - The Executive Director of the Planning Commission is Melissa Zornitta, AICP. Ms. Zornitta has served in this role since January 2015, but has been employed with the Planning Commission in progressively responsible positions since 2001. The Executive Director leads the agency staff in the development, update and administration of the Comprehensive Plans for Tampa, Temple...
Transportation team (MPO Staff) - MPO Staff includes transportation planners, traffic modelers, demographers, urban designers, and other planning professionals. Under the direction of Beth Alden, MPO Executive Director, the diverse skills of the staff ensure that transportation priorities are coordinated with land use, economic development, and regional and statewide plans for all modes of surface transport. Beth Alden, AICP, Metropolitan...
Environmental, Research & Infrastructure - The Environmental, Research & Infrastructure team develops and maintains the environmental and infrastructure elements of the Comprehensive Plans of all four jurisdictions in Hillsborough County. This includes the following elements: Conservation and Aquifer Recharge, Coastal Management, Potable Water, Sanitary Sewerage, Stormwater Management, Solid Waste and Capital Improvements. In addition, relevant components of the Future Land...
Comprehensive Plan Policy Review - The Comprehensive Planning Policy and Review team consist of a group of professional planners who are responsible for the management, oversight and interpretation of the Comprehensive Plans in determining the findings of consistency for all four jurisdictions within Hillsborough County that include: Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City and Unincorporated Hillsborough County. The team’s responsibilities include...
Strategic Planning Initiatives - The Strategic Planning Initiatives team works to create and develop long-range innovative planning initiatives to enhance the quality of life for all the citizens of Hillsborough County. The team will work in areas that include public information and outreach, policy initiatives (infill, redevelopment and transitional areas, study of potential expansion of the Urban Service Area,...
Planning Support Services - The Planning Support Services team is a multi-disciplinary group focused on supporting the agency’s long-range, comprehensive planning mission. The team works closely with all the other Planning Commission groups to develop planning tools, create and analyze Geographic Information System (GIS) and other types of planning data, innovate online resources (i.e. websites, Internet mapping, interactive planning...
Agency Support - The Agency Support team is responsible for human resources, reception area, and general administrative policy oversight. Grace Sanders, Agency Support team leader, 813/273-3774 x334 sandersg@plancom.org Kathleen Venzon, Office Assistant, 813/273-3774 x321 venzonk@plancom.org Josephine Winiarz, Secretary, 813/272-5940 winarzj@plancom.org
Career Opportunities - The Planning Commission, Metropolitan Planning Organization and River Board are served by a consolidated planning agency staff.  We are dedicated to providing the highest caliber service to the public and our boards, and we strive to find qualified and motivated job candidates.  We make professional development and career advancement for planners and affiliated professions one of...
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