More than land planning.

UpFront is more than just land planning consultants. We have the experience and knowledge of working on both the public and private side, but also as an appointed public official. We have written codes, enforced the codes and negotiated for changes to codes. We know what options a project has and how to overcome obstacles to create great projects. 

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Jessica Sarkissian, AICP

Principal/ Owner

With over 16 years of experience in the Valley of the Sun as a land planning specialist, Jessica has the experience, knowledge and connections to get your project done.  She coordinates with public and private sector clients and excels at bridging the gap to find solutions.

Jessica received Bachelors from the University of Arizona and her Masters from Northern Arizona University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) as well as is current President of the Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association through 2020.

She currently sits on the City of Mesa Planning & Zoning Board and was previously on the City of Mesa Board of Adjustment and Town of Gilbert Planning Commission.

She is an active member of the Mesa community and volunteers for the local AYSO soccer region as well as volleyball league.


Jessica is a pleasure to work with, she drives the planning zoning and approval process toward a positive result, calm and professional under pressure and her focus on the projects goal does not waver. she has been instrumental in helping us move forward with extremely complex expensive projects.
— Chris Sobol; Caden Energy Sr. VP of development consultant
I have been in the trenches with Jessica, so I know first hand of her skills, grace under pressure, and good humor. She is authentic in her dealings and really knows her business.
— Stan Barnes; Owner Copper State Consulting Group
Jessica has been a valuable City of Mesa Planning and Zoning Board member since July 2016. She asks thoughtful questions and provides clear statements on her positions on difficult cases. Jessica has also been part of a consultant team that worked on a planning study for the City of Mesa. She provided valuable planning insight and expertise to the project.
— John Wesley, AICP; former City of Mesa Planning Director
I highly recommend Jessica for all of your planning needs! Over the past 15 years, I have had the pleasure of interacting with Jessica as a co-worker, a client and as a sub-consultant. Jessica brings a wealth of planning experience along with great energy to every project. She is a respected leader in the Arizona planning community and has unique insights in approaching challenging political or project conditions!
— Troy Peterson, PE; Director of Construction at Arizona Cardinals Football Club
Jessica has been a tremendous sponsor and valued member of Valley Partnership. Her engagement and growth in the real estate development industry has been amazing. She is a leader on many issues ranging from planning, policy, and economics.
— Cheryl Lombard; President & CEO at Valley Partnership

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