Sherri Franklin


Sherri Franklin is the founder of Urban Design Center (UDC), a planning, project management, resource development and capacity building consultancy specializing in the development and financing of affordable housing, community, recreational and open space facilities, infrastructure projects and economic development ventures.  As a staunch fiduciary for community change, Sherri’s primary life mission is to build the capacity of leaders and organizations to serve their dynamic communities on a long-term basis. She has the requisite expertise and tactical knowledge to provide insight and leadership on effective strategies to help her clients build both physical and human capital infrastructure and utilize the myriad of economic reinvestment incentives and public policy initiatives to bring their revitalization visions to reality. She has spearheaded the development of projects and contracts for non-profit organizations, the City of Los Angeles and the design firm Jenkins, Gales & Martinez.  Sherri has guided her clients through the community plan approval, entitlement and development process while helping them procure funding to complete their projects and strategically position their organizations as a leader and stakeholder in the communities they serve.  To date, Sherri has garnered over $140 million for various client projects and contracts.  She served as Vice Chair on the City of Los Angeles Board of Zoning Appeals, as President of the Transportation Commission and on the board of the Los Angeles Housing Department's Rent Stabilization Commission.  She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles in Cultural Anthropology and is a licensed real estate broker in the State of California.