Kirk Girard is the owner of TPoint Consulting, advising organizations on climate mitigation initiatives. He served for a combined 20 years as a County Planning Director, first in Humboldt and then in Santa Clara County, where he developed expertise in grant supported affordable housing projects. He is a licensed Civil Engineer and has an Environmental Resources Engineering degree from Humboldt State University.
Kirk and his wife Catherine, live in Bayside where they raised their two children, Ian and CeeJay. He started his Planning career on the Arcata Planning Commission, serving nine-years, the last three as Chair. While in Santa Clara County, he was Vice-President of the California County Planning Directors Association and an affordable housing advisor to the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Prior to public service, he worked as an environmental compliance manager for Norcal Waste Systems and Louisiana-Pacific Corporations, and was a consulting engineer with SHN Engineering. Off-work he backpacks, motorcycles, and travels abroad on culture and adventure trips. His greatest love, after his family and friends, is Humboldt County.
“When I was a Planning Director, I would never miss the ribbon-cutting ceremonies for our affordable and senior housing projects. Celebrating the typically hard-won success with the project team was great, but the most rewarding part was seeing the appreciation in the faces of the new residents. For many, the project was their only path to living in safe, affordable housing with a sense of community. Life Plan Humboldt holds that promise for us on the North Coast.”
“A recurring theme over the years in local planning and visioning sessions is the need for more senior living developments. We are an ageing population and need housing and medical care matched to our needs. Ageing-in-place, in a stimulating environment, surrounded by friends can be the Shangri-La we’ve been waiting for and deserve. I’m proud to be a member of the Board and project team, and sincerely look forward to the ribbon-cutting ceremony.”