About Us

Elise and Mark
Nate, Peter, Jax and Blackberry
Princess Leia

Elise Heitur Semonian, AICP, JD, Planning Director 

Elise has worked for the Town since April 2015. Elise grew up in town on The Alameda, where her mom still lives. She attended San Anselmo schools before getting a degree in Political Science from C.S.U. Chico and a law degree from the University of San Francisco. Elise was admitted to the California Bar Association in 1996, but went inactive after discovering local government planning. Prior to San Anselmo, Elise worked as a planner for the City of Mill Valley and the Town of Ross.

Elise lives in Larkspur with her husband Mark, sons Nate and Peter, and rabbits. In her free time, she likes to camp, garden and cook with Peter, and watch reality TV. Elise loves to ride the Town’s electric bikes and aspires to become a regular bike commuter again.