Nikki Zanchetta


Nikki Zanchetta is a Planner with Mintier Harnish. She specializes in housing policy and planning, community development, community engagement, public policy, regional planning, and land use planning. Prior to working for Mintier Harnish, Nikki was a Regional Planner for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) where she worked on the 2021 San Diego Regional Plan and standing up the Housing Acceleration Program developed using Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) Grant funding from the state. Her experience includes Sustainable Communities Strategies, interpreting housing policy and law, drafting housing and land use documents, community engagement, and creating regional programs to accelerate the production of affordable housing. Nikki has a strong background in writing both technical and public facing planning documents and emphasizes writing styles that allow complicated planning concepts to be easily understandable by various audiences. As a regional planner at SANDAG she was the lead drafter of the Housing Acceleration Program Strategy for the San Diego region, various sections of the 2021 Regional Plan, and public comment responses regarding the Regional Plan.

Interesting Fact

Nikki’s favorite job she ever had (outside of planning, of course) was as a brewery tour guide at Ballast Point in San Diego.