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The City of Petersburg is pleased to announce the selection of Naomi Siodmok as the Director of Planning and Community Development. Siodmok is returning to Virginia with nearly a decade of experience in planning, which started in Roanoke County, Virginia, followed by San Diego, California, and most recently Doraville, Georgia in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area.
"The role of planning in steering Petersburg's expansion and development is crucial," said City Manager March Altman. "Given the number of development projects underway, Ms. Siodmok's addition to the City team will help ensure that Petersburg’s growth is sustainable, inclusive, and beneficial for all stakeholders."
Siodmok’s experience includes leading a team recognized by the Atlanta Regional Commission in 2022 with the Visionary Planning Award for social, environmental, and economic sustainability efforts in Doraville; applying for, receiving, and managing millions in grant funding for transportation infrastructure projects that prioritize pedestrian and bicycle mobility; and assisting with the creation of the award-winning Mission Valley Community Plan in San Diego.
Siodmok prides herself in serving communities in transformation, which is illustrated through her most recent experience as the Director of Planning and Community Development in Doraville, Georgia. She worked to serve the majority-minority community by advancing transportation alternatives to cars, celebrating culture through public art, supporting environmental improvements, and promoting code changes that support redevelopment with public benefits.
“I look forward to working with the community and Petersburg leaders to celebrate what is valued in the City and to address the community’s concerns,” said Naomi Siodmok. “Petersburg has a lot to offer, and I am excited to be a part of celebrating and enhancing it.”
Siodmok earned a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters of Science in Urban Design from Georgia Tech. She is also recognized by the American Planning Association as a certified planner.