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Candace Jean Havens

Candace Jean Havens, American urban planner, consultant.


  • Havens, Candace Jean was born on September 13, 1952 in Rochester, Minnesota, United States. Daughter of Fred Z. and Barbara Jean (Stephenson) Havens.

  • Education

    • Student, University California, San Diego. Student, Darmouth College, 1972. Student, American University, Beirut, 1974.

      Bachelor in Sociology, University California, Riverside, 1977. Master of Public Administration, Harvard University, 1994.


    • Project coordinator social service organization Grass Roots II, San Luis Obispo, California, 1976-1977. Planner City San Luis Obispo, 1977-1986, city parking, special projects manager, 1986-1988. Special assistant to city administrator City of San Luis Obispo, 1989, planning consultant, mediator, since 1991.

      Management research specialist Bank of Boston, 1995-1996. Owner Office Suites, San Luis Obispo, California, 1997-2000, ADR Collaborative, 1997—2007. Chief planner City Newton, Massachusetts, since 2007.


    Past president National Charity League, Riverside. Member San Luis Obispo Medical Auxiliary, 1986-1993, San Luis Obispo Arts Council, since 1986. President board directors San Luis Obispo Children's Museum, 1990-1991, Chief Financial Officer, 1993.

    Mediator in Newton (Massachusetts) Courts, 1996, San Luis Obispo, 1997. President Underwood Elementary PTO, 2000-2001. Chairman traffic council, City of Newton, 2002-2007.

    Member comprehensive plan advisory committee City of Newton. Member task force Newton (Massachusetts) Center, since 2004. Member of American Association of University Women, Institute Transportation Engineers, Massachusetts Association Mediation Professionals and Practitioners, American Planning Association, American Institute Certified Planners, Association Conflict Resolution, Toastmasters (secretary 1986-1987, vice president 1987-1988, president 1989-1990, treasurer 1991-1992).



    Photography, running, arts, cooking, travel, languages.


    • Married Bruce Curtis Mercier, February 22, 1975 (divorced April 1982). 1 child, Rachel; Married James Arthur Renning, October 26, 1986. Children: Kelsey, Sarah.
    • father: Fred Z. Havens
    • mother: Barbara Jean (Stephenson) Havens
    • spouses: Bruce Curtis Mercier
    • James Arthur Renning
    • children: Rachel Havens
    • Kelsey Havens
    • Sarah Havens
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    Born September 13, 1952
    (age 65)
    • 1972
      Darmouth College
    • 1974
      American University
    • 1977
      University California
    • 1994
      Harvard University
    • 1976 - 1977
      Project coordinator, social service organization Grass Roots The second
      San Luis Obispo, California, United States
    • 1977 - 1986
      planner City San Luis Obispo
    • 1991
      special assistant, to city administrator City of San Luis Obispo
    • 1995 - 1996
      management, research specialist Bank of Boston
    • 1997
      owner Office Suites
      San Luis Obispo, California, United States
    • 1997 - 2007
      owner Office Suites
    • 2007
      chief planner City Newton
      Massachusetts, United States
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