Our Culture

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SB Friedman team members are motivated to help solve community and economic development issues. We work on projects that directly address matters of social equity for under-resourced communities and populations as well as planning and development work that benefits communities broadly. We seek to influence the public agenda, create awareness of important issues, and advance best practices for the field.


We intentionally create a collaborative, learning environment, where all team members are encouraged to share ideas and pose questions. We are driven by our mission and passionate about the work we do, but also relax and have fun with our colleagues through regular happy hours, annual service days, potlucks,and our firm’s annual summer gathering and holiday party. We also celebrate personal and professional milestones.

Professional Growth and Development

Our firm values the growth of our team members and supports them in meeting professional goals in terms of advancement, broader professional development and building relationships. Staff are involved in client meetings and presentations and are provided opportunities to interface directly with clients. We pride ourselves on growing staff from the entry level and promoting within the firm; most managers started at the firm in entry-level positions.

Additionally, we encourage and pay for each staff person to be involved in at least one major professional organization and support staff in obtaining and maintaining AICP certification. We provide staff time during business hours to attend professional development and certification maintenance activities, such as conferences, seminars, webinars and trainings, including public speaking skills training. We have developed an internal “brownbag” program where staff present projects and methodologies to the firm, providing opportunities to enhance their presentation skills.

Hybrid Work Environment

SB Friedman has a hybrid work environment to provide employees the ability to balance personal and professional needs. We believe this arrangement gives staff members personal flexibility while also facilitating the rich in-person collaboration on which our work depends.

If you are interested in joining our team, please view all open positions here.