Estolano Advisors


Employment type
4 months ago
Los Angeles

Estolano Advisors (EA) is an award-winning urban planning and public policy firm that provides clients with integrated solutions to create thriving, healthy, vibrant communities. We work with public agencies, non-profits, philanthropies, and businesses to craft innovative solutions to address complex problems. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. Estolano Advisors is a Latina-owned small business headquartered in Downtown Los Angeles, CA, with staff in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, and the Inland Empire. Estolano Advisors is currently working remotely from home and conducts all meetings via phone or video conference.  Due to physical distancing measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, this position will begin remotely.

What we do 

  • Community Planning
  • Equitable Economic Development Strategy
  • Financing Strategies
  • Grantmaking Program Design
  • Implementation & Action Plans
  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Multi-Stakeholder Process Management
  • Non-Profit & Joint Powers Authority Management Services
  • Philanthropic Advisement
  • Policy Education & Training
  • Policy Research & Analysis
  • Real Estate Advisory Services
  • Strategic Planning
  • Structuring and Facilitating Community Benefits Agreement Negotiations 
  • Technical Assistance & Grant Writing
  • Workforce Development Strategies


Our Vision

Estolano Advisors envisions a world where all communities have what they need to thrive; shape the decisions that affect them; and steward our social, ecological, and economic resources for the benefit of future generations. 

Our Mission

We break down structures of exclusion and inspire action beyond the status quo to generate transformative and just solutions. We use an interdisciplinary approach to advise our clients in government, nonprofits, and philanthropy on policies, programs, and actions that benefit communities most affected by racial, economic, and environmental injustice. 

Our Values

  • Equity and justice. We work with an anti-racist frame that requires us to unlearn biases, pursue knowledge that expands our points of view, and centers the lives of historically (and currently) marginalized, underserved, and excluded communities. 
  • Excellence. We produce consistent, high quality, and thoughtful products worthy of the communities and clients we serve. 
  • Learning and curiosity. We continually expand our breadth of knowledge, evolve our understanding and language, pursue new ideas and models for change, and share learnings with our clients, communities, and collaborators. 
  • Integrity. Honesty, trust, and transparency are critical to what we do. We lead with openness; we tell the truth; and we cherish authentic engagement.
  • Care and compassion. We consciously create a community that honors our shared humanity, dignity, and wellness, and where everyone can show up as their full selves and feel supported.


Job Description
EA seeks an Associate to work on a variety of projects ranging from advising on the development of community benefits agreements, to equitable economic recovery strategies, workforce development, climate and environmental justice, and equitable transportation policy. The Associate will gain a variety of skills integral to their ongoing success in the private consulting sector and their development as a planning and public policy professional, including project management, writing for a variety of audiences, planning and facilitating stakeholder engagements, and developing pragmatic and implementable strategies and recommendations for our public, private, philanthropic, and business clients. The Associate will work independently and as part of a team to demonstrate that a thoughtful and strategic interdisciplinary approach will create equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities. The Associate will support EA’s growing practice in California and the Pacific Northwest. Specific duties for the position include:

  • Perform research and analyze data
  • Draft memos, reports, and other client-related work products
  • Complete client requests and ensure that scopes, budgets, and schedules are on track 
  • Assist in business development activities, including preparing responses to Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
  • Support, plan, and implement stakeholder engagement strategies
  • Track local, state, and national policy issues
  • Manage and update social media platforms such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Medium, and Facebook
  • Administrative tasks, as needed


This is a full-time position with a salary range of $60,000 to $75,000 per year. Compensation includes a generous benefits package, including healthcare, vision, and dental insurance, paid time off, a professional development and training budget,  etc.

Full time (40 hours/week) 

Candidates must have work experience and education in one or more of the following:

  • Urban Planning and Land Use 
  • Real Estate Development
  • Housing & Homelessness Policy
  • Economic Development
  • Environmental Policy
  • Sustainable Development
  • Public Policy
  • Transportation Planning
  • Workforce Development
  • Climate Policy 
  • Active Transportation Planning

A Master’s Degree in any of these fields and at least one year of relevant work experience is required. 

Successful candidates must possess excellent written, interpersonal, and oral communication skills. They must be highly motivated independent thinkers who are detail oriented and have a proactive approach to problem solving. They must have demonstrated experience assisting on multiple tasks independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. They must have strong proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and internet research. Experience with Adobe InDesign, GIS, project management, database analysis, social media platforms (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook), and web development software (e.g., Squarespace) are a plus. Oral and written fluency in Spanish and cultural competency with communities of color are strongly preferred. 

Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to social and racial justice and building thriving, inclusive communities. The ideal candidate will possess a desire for real world experience and knowledge in the fields of urban planning, equitable economic development, sustainability, mobility justice, housing, and/or real estate development. Ideal candidates will have knowledge of these principles, and experience in project management. For the rising public policy, urban planning, or real estate professional, this position provides an opportunity to build a resume, enhance professional credentials, and network with top professionals in these fields.

To apply

To apply, please submit the following materials as a single PDF document to [email protected] No phone calls please. 
1. Cover Letter
2. Resume
3. Writing sample (if part of a group project, indicate sections written by the applicant)
4. PowerPoint sample
5. Examples that showcase experience with web-based applications (i.e. websites, social media pages, newsletters, and/or e-publications) or graphic design software (i.e. Creative Suite)
6. Three professional or academic references

Interviews will be held on a rolling basis (via video conference), starting early September 2021.