Mr. Mr. Roos, a fifth generation Californian, has been a practicing planner since 1971. He joined MSA Consulting, Inc. in 1992 after 20 years with the City of Palm Springs. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, he joined the City of Palm Springs in January 1971 being selected on the basis of his architecture and urban design background. He started as an Assistant Planner and worked through the ranks serving as Planning Director from 1979 to 1991. He spent a year directing the City’s General Plan Update. After joining MSA Consulting, Inc., Mr. Roos directed planning and entitlement processes for the firm, developing the Planning Department into the Coachella Valley’s premier planning group. He is primarily responsible for coordination between planners, architect, landscape architect and civil engineering including tracking of agency requirements and environmental mitigation measures for over one thousand public and private development projects mostly located in the Coachella Valley. In addition to providing senior project management for MSA, Mr. Roos currently oversees the creative aspects of all of the firm’s planning assignments, focusing on project design and business development. Additionally, Mr. Roos plays an active role in the CEQA process including traffic analysis, public participation, and cultural analysis. He is currently responsible for coordination between project planners, agency staff, GIS specialists, survey and civil engineering for preliminary plans for a 50-mile pathway connecting all cities in the Coachella Valley for use by bicyclists, electric vehicles and pedestrians. Mr. Roos’ education includes Post Graduate coursework from the University of California, Riverside and the University of Southern California including Urban Design, CEQA, Design Review, Urban Economics, Urban Transportation, and Policy Analysis. Mr. Roos is an active member of the American Planning Association and California Planning Roundtable. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Desert Valley Builders Association, he chairs its monthly Legislative Affairs Forum.
After 25 wonderful years at MSA, Marvin Roos has retired from full time work week and converted to a significantly reduced role of Senior Advisor to the firm.