Jill K. Lankford has worked with communities in their planning and design efforts with a particular focus on community character and development.
Lankford's work with planning and design with small towns has resulted in recognition by the American Planning Association–Oregon Chapter for citizen involvement and economic development.
She has provided tourism development training in North America, Bolivia, and Vietnam.
She has degrees in landscape architecture (BLA and MLA) from the University of Oregon.
She was the coordinator of the Sustainable Tourism and Environment Program at the University of Hawaii and the University of Northern Iowa, where she completed community development projects with students for community and regional agencies and organizations.
She continues her work in Fresno focusing on community-level park and recreation planning and water-wise design.