Ted has risen through his stellar career, having been a senior planner, consultant and planning director for Washington State, tribes, and other agencies. He has enjoyed a diverse set of projects from tribal trust land projects to comprehensive plan reviews to teaching other planners how to be outstanding professionals.

While serving as the Planning Director for Samish Indian Nation, he directed the property acquisition and development program, including supervising Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements, fee-to-trust title and survey work, and resolution of title and encroachment issues.

Ted is also a former Senior Planner for the Department of Commerce, where he provided technical assistance to eight predominantly rural and agricultural counties in eastern Washington by aiding in the drafting process of comprehensive plans, as well as development regulations (including resource lands and critical areas ordinances) consistent with Washington State's Growth Management Act.

Throughout the years, Ted’s hard work has allowed him the opportunity to work with local, state, and federal agencies. He authored the training manual Introduction to Planning in Government for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, in addition to teaching multi-day seminars to federal employees throughout the western region on topics including planning techniques, project management techniques, and evaluation/assessment techniques.

Ted is incredibly well respected in our profession and is immensely likable. Ted’s claim to fame is that he once took John Denver fly-fishing. Ask Ted for more details on his life work and experiences! We are deeply honored to have Dr. Gage on staff.


 Dr. Ted Gage - Eldred & Associates

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. Urban Planning, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
  • MUP Urban Planning, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
  • B.A. Anthropology, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont

American Institute of Certified Planners Certificate, WA #015500