Janja Kreitmayer McKenzie is an urban development expert and a policy advisor at the Ministry for the Environment and Spatial Planning in Slovenia. Since 2014 she has also worked on the transition to a green and circular economy in Slovenia. Since 2015 she works as a Deputy Head of Partnership for Green Economy in Slovenia, which is led by the Office of the Prime Minister. Her main work focus is the sustainable development of cities and green growth; she has also extensive experience in the international environment as a member of working groups and other bodies in the area of urban development and circular economy. During Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2008, she was in charge of the urban development dossier, and after continued to be responsible for urban development policy and its coordination with other sectoral and EU territorial cohesion policy. She also worked as a research coordinator and a researcher for international and national research projects on urban development issues. From 2009 to 2012 she was the Head of Sector for Strategic Spatial Development, and prior to that the Head of Department for National Spatial Planning, and Deputy Director for territorial development at the Office for National Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia.
Janja started her career as an architect, and then obtained a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University in New York.