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American Planning Association Elects New Board and Leaders

The Newly-Elected Lead the 45,000-Member Organization

American Planning Association Elects New Board and Leaders

The volunteer leaders will help govern the association and its professional institute.


The American Planning Association has announced the election of new members to serve on its board of directors and its American Institute of Certified Planners Commission.

APAaEUR(TM)s 17-member board of directors sets the strategic goals and governs the association. The new members are as follows:

Leo Asuncion Jr., AICP aEUR" President-Elect, Hawaii
Asuncion is a commissioner on the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. He previously served first as director and then as administrator of the Office of Planning for the State of Hawaii. He is a certified planner and holds an MBA from Hawaii Pacific University and masteraEUR(TM)s and bacheloraEUR(TM)s degrees from the University of Hawaii.

Linda Amato, AICP aEUR" Director - Elected at Large, Washington State
Amato is the transportation director at Environmental Science Associates. She is a certified planner and holds a masteraEUR(TM)s degree in community planning and design from George Washington University and a bacheloraEUR(TM)s degree from SUNY at Stony Brook. Amato has held several leadership roles including advisor to the Board of Directors.

Angela Brooks, AICP aEUR" Director, Elected at Large (Focused Seat, Minority Member) Illinois
Brooks serves as the real estate development manager for the Chicago Housing Authority. She is a certified planner and holds a masteraEUR(TM)s in urban planning from the UniversityA of New Orleans and a bacheloraEUR(TM)s degree in urban studies from Jackson State University. Brooks previously served on the board of directors as chair of the Housing and Community Development Division.

Ben Hitchings, FAICP aEUR" Director, North Carolina
Hitchings is the planning director for the Town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, which is the highest professional honor bestowed on a planner. Hitchings has a masteraEUR(TM)s degree in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bacheloraEUR(TM)s degree from Amherst College.

Wendy Shabay, AICP aEUR" Director, Texas
Shabay is the vice president and manager of the Urban Planning and Design group at Freese and Nichols. She is a certified planner and holds a bacheloraEUR(TM)s degree in environmental design from Texas A&M University. Shabay has held several leadership positions within APA, including chapter president of APA Texas.

Wendy E. Moeller, FAICP aEUR" Director, Ohio
Moeller is the principal and owner of Compass Point Planning. She is a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. She holds a bacheloraEUR(TM)s degree in urban planning from the University of Cincinnati and also served as chapter president of APA Ohio.

David Fields, AICP aEUR" Advisor to the Board of California
Fields is a principal planner at Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates. He is a certified planner and holds a masteraEUR(TM)s degree in urban planning from New York University and a bacheloraEUR(TM)s degree from State University of New York Binghampton. Fields has held several leadership roles, including chair of APAaEUR(TM)s Transportation Division.

Sara Copeland, AICP aEUR" Advisor to the Board of Missouri
Copeland is the community development director for North Kansas City, Missouri. She is a certified planner and has held several leadership positions with APA, including president of the APA Kansas Chapter and treasurer of the APA Missouri Chapter.

Veronica Escalera-Ibarra aEUR" Advisor to the Board, Texas
Escalera-Ibarra is enrolled in the urban and regional planning masteraEUR(TM)s program at the University of Texas at San Antonio and holds a bacheloraEUR(TM)s degree from Our Lady of the Lake University. She served on the Student RepresentativeaEUR(TM)s Council and as the student representative for the APA Latinos in Planning Division.

The American Institute of Certified Planners is the professional institute of the APA. The commission is led by eight members and is responsible for setting AICPaEUR(TM)s strategic goals.

The AICPaEUR(TM)s newly elected commission leaders are as follows:

Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP aEUR" President-Elect, New York
Silver is commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and holds a masteraEUR(TM)s in urban planning from Hunter College and a bacheloraEUR(TM)s degree from Pratt Institute. Silver has held several leadership roles, including president of APA.

Arlova J. Vonhm, AICP aEUR" Commissioner, Virginia
Vonhm is the zoning administrator for Arlington County, Virginia. She is a certified planner and holds a masteraEUR(TM)s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan and a bacheloraEUR(TM)s degree from the University of Virginia. Vonhm has served as an APA mentor and an external AICP application reviewer.

Kimberly Mickelson, AICP aEUR" Commissioner, Texas
Mickelson is a senior attorney for the Planning and Development Department for the city of Houston. She is a certified planner and holds her Juris Doctorate, masteraEUR(TM)s and bacheloraEUR(TM)s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. She previously served as chapter president of APA Texas.

Erin Perdu, AICP, GISP aEUR" Commissioner, Minnesota
Perdu is the director of Community Planning and Economic Development for WSB. She is a certified planner and holds masteraEUR(TM)s degrees in urban planning and natural resources from the University of Michigan and a bacheloraEUR(TM)s degree from Stanford University. She previously served as the Metro District director of the APA Minnesota chapter.

Francisco Javier Contreras, AICP aEUR" Commissioner, California
Contreras is the Innovation and Strategic Initiative manager for the city of West Hollywood. He is a certified planner and holds masteraEUR(TM)s degrees in urban planning and architecture from UCLA and a bacheloraEUR(TM)s degree from Stanford University. Contreras serves on the AICP Membership Standards Committee and is chair of the AICP Knowledge-Based Governance Task Force.

The newly-elected members begin their terms on January 1, 2020.



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