Joining Amber Knapp and Jessica Sarkissian of Upfront Planning & Entitlements (second and third from the left) for the Upfront Podcast are Amy Malloy (left) and Heather Personne (right) with Evolve Ventures.

     MESA, ARIZONA (June 20, 2023) – Upfront Planning & Entitlements, Inc., a woman-owned firm that provides consulting services to both public and private sector clients, is launching a podcast, “Upfront Planning Podcast.”

Ten episodes already have been recorded and two will be released this week.

“It’s a great lineup of guests on each episode and I’m confident the podcasts will resonate with development and public sector practitioners as well as the public,” said Upfront Planning & Entitlements owner Jessica Sarkissian, AICP, LEED AP. “With topics ranging from housing and development, to starting your firm or what it’s like to run for political office, the Upfront Planning Podcast is sure to have something relevant for everyone.”

Upfront Planning & Entitlements has secured some industry “heavy hitters,” including Heather Personne and Amy Malloy, Evolve Ventures; Tempe Mayor Corey Woods; Grady Gammage Jr., Gammage & Burnham; Heidi Kimball, Sunbelt Holdings; Jill Hegardt, DMB Associates; and former Valley Partnership President/CEO Cheryl Lombard.

The Upfront Planning Podcast can be found on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you stream podcasts. #upfrontplanning #upfrontplanningpodcast

 About Upfront Planning & Entitlements

Based in Mesa, Arizona, and founded in 2019 by Jessica Sarkissian, AICP, LEED AP, Upfront Planning & Entitlements is a woman-owned firm that provides consulting services to both public and private sector clients. Its diverse project background includes expertise in commercial, residential, and industrial sectors. It boasts a wide municipal understanding within the state, buoyed by its technical design knowledge. Sarkissian possesses more than 20 years of experience in Arizona as a land-planning specialist. For more information visit