Don Pender provides leadership for the strategic development of educational facility master plan and educational facility design projects. He is focused on leading integrated,collaborative processes, resulting in the design of high performance learning environments.

Some of Pender's most notable projects he's worked on include include the MacConnell Award finalist Ernest McBride Sr. High School in Long Beach,California, Johnson Middle School Exploration Building in Westminster,California and Fremont High School Transformation in Los Angeles, California,to name a few.

Pender holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, and has earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Facility Planning from San Diego State University. Pender has taught a graduate level course on the Educational Facility Design Process for the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University’s Distance Learning Program. Additionally, he is teaching a similar course for the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) as part of its Educational Facility Planning Certificate Program.