Principal Marcia Wagoner

Contact Marcia
Office: 206 708 8294

  • design, planning and environmental process leadership
  • diplomacy
  • guidance for collaborative decision-making
  • community involvement strategies
  • visioning meetings and design charrettes
  • people
  • rainy day visits to art museums
  • quality and character of Northwest light


Marcia leads outreach to help diverse and often divided groups find common ground, achieve agreement and shape decisions together for design, planning and environmental processes. She has 40+ years of experience helping people collaborate on complex and highly visible public and private planning projects. Marcia was drawn to urban design in college, when a term in France and a study of urban historical archives captured her interest in the form of cities. She returned to Seattle and earned a B.A. in Urban Design from the University of Washington. Since then she has engaged communities, including culturally and linguistically diverse constituencies in design and planning through internal development and visioning meetings, stakeholder groups, innovative community involvement strategies and charrettes.

Marcia’s portfolio includes public sector leadership as the Executive Director of the Seattle Design Commission (1985-98) and consulting with public agencies such as King County, Sound Transit, City of Seattle, Washington State and municipalities throughout the region. Between balancing acts, Marcia enjoys a sunny day for long bike rides or P-Patch gardening, or a rainy day visit to an art museum.

Marcia is currently leading outreach for the Freeway Park Improvements Project and recently wrapped up SDOT’s Pedestrian Wayfinding Project.

I am motivated by the people–colleagues,
clients and the public.