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 (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...
Strategic Planning, Environmental and Research- The Strategic Planning Environmental and Research Division is responsible for a number of policy, data, strategic planning, and place-based initiatives in Hillsborough County. The division 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,...
Comprehensive Plan Policy Review- The Comprehensive Plan Policy and Review Division consists of a skilled group of professional planners responsible for the management, oversight and interpretation of the Comprehensive Plans for the four jurisdictions within Hillsborough County: Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City and Unincorporated Hillsborough County. The Division’s responsibilities include: the review and analysis by staff in making a...
Planning Support Services- Planning Support Services assists the Agency and its mission by learning, mastering, and providing innovative technologies so that our staff and the public receive effective services and solutions.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ The division works to create and analyze planning data, develop planning tools and innovate online resources (i.e. websites, mapping, interactive applications) for both staff and public participation...
Agency Support- The Agency Support team is responsible for grants management, budget preparation, accounting,  auditing, human resources, procurement, and general administrative policy oversight. Meghan Betourney: Project Manager for Accountability and Employment Engagement, 813-273-3774 x386 betourneym@plancom.org Felicia Pulliam: Financial Manager, 813/273-3774 x346 pulliamf@plancom.org Sandy Mortellaro: Office Manager, 813/273-3774 x314 sandy@plancom.org Sharon Snyder: Administrative Specialist II, 813/273-3774 x316 snyders@plancom.org Kathleen Venzon:...
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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