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3 Certified Planners Named Principals at SRF

Cindy Gray, AICP; Andy Mielke, AICP; Bill Troe, AICP

Cindy Gray, AICP; Andy Mielke, AICP; and Bill Troe, AICP, were recently promoted to principals at SRF, a Minneapolis-based firm that employs more than 250 planners, engineers, and designers.

Gray, a principal in community and transportation planning, joined SRF in 2005 after serving as a planner for the City of Fargo and the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments. Mielke, a transportation planning principal, works with clients on traffic and transportation planning efforts, including quiet zones and safety. Troe, based in SRF's Omaha office, is a transportation planning principal who works with urban and rural communities and assesses regional transit needs.

Seven APA Members Selected as Top Innovators

Seven APA members were selected as top innovators in UBM’s Future Cities list of Top 100 City Innovators Worldwide in the categories of built environment, energy and environment, transportation, and urban policy.

Congratulations to the following members: Susan Anderson, director of Planning and Sustainability, Portland, Oregon (Built Environment); Robert Yaro, president of the Regional Plan Association (Built Environment); F. Kaid Benfield, director of NRDC's sustainable communities and smart growth initiatives (Energy & Environment); Robert Cervero, director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD) and director of the University of California Transportation Center (UCTC) (Transportation).

Donald Shoup, FAICP, distinguished professor of urban planning at University of California Los Angeles (Transportation); Eugenie Birch, FAICP, Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education, Chair of the Graduate Group in City Planning and co-director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania (Urban Policy); Mitchell J. Silver, AICP, Chief Planning and Development Officer and Director, Department of City Planning (Urban Policy).

Marj Press
Marj Pressis among the five new members of the Seattle Planning Commission, a 16-member body that provides independent, objective advice on land use and zoning, transportation and housing issues. She was appointed by Councilmember Richard Conlin. Press is founding member and co-owner of Terra Plata in Seattle and Divisions Council adviser to the APA Board.

Tim Parham, AICP
Tim Parham, AICPis among the five new members of the Seattle Planning Commission, a 16-member body that provides independent, objective advice on land use and zoning, transportation and housing issues. He was appointed by Councilmember Richard Conlin. Parham is a senior planner on the Puget Sound Regional Council where he works on the Growing Transit Communities Project.

Paul Moyer, AICP
Paul Moyer, AICPis now Mid-Atlantic Director of Planning in the Tysons Corner office of the planning, transportation, land development firm VHB. Moyer's planning background and knowledge of the national capital region will help the firm expand its planning practice throughout the region. Moyer has had a 25-year career in planning across the Mid-Atlantic and eastern U.S.

Becky A. Bradley, AICP
Becky Bradley, AICPhas been named executive director of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) in Pennsylvania.  Previously she was the Director of Planning, Codes & Development in the City of Easton. She brings experience in grant writing, fund management, project planning and implementation of over $36 million in grant funding for various projects.

Stephen B. Friedman, AICP
Stephen Friedman, AICPhas received the 2013 James Felt Creative Counseling Award for his work as development advisor to the City of Park Ridge, Illinois, in 2002-2011 on a portion of the city's Uptown Master Plan. Friedman is president of SB Friedman Development Advisors. The award recognizes Counselors of Real Estate whose work exemplifies excellence and ingenuity in real estate counseling.

Mark W. Soden, AICP
Mark Soden, AICPhas joined SmithGroupJJR to lead its Campus, Community and Waterfront studio at its Phoenix, Arizona, office. He joins the firm from his own firm, Soden Planning + Design pllc, a landscape architecture, land planning, and urban design firm in Scottsdale. Previously, Soden was a senior planner for the Salt River-Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

Jagdev (Jag) Dhillon, AICP
Jagdev Dhillon, AICPhas been elected a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners. Dhillon, who immigrated to Canada in 1963, has been a member of CIP since 1967. Also a retired member of APA, he has been a planner in British Columbia and abroad for 45 years. He is currently chair of the City of Vancouver board of variance and serves on several community and cultural organizations.

David R. Veights, AICP
David Veights, AICPhas obtained his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute. Veights currently serves as the environmental assessment project manager at the Delcan Corporation in Toronto, responsible for the preparation and approval of environmental assessment addenda. He has more than 30 years of experience in the planning field.

Randi Lathrop
Randi Lathrophas been appointed to be the first director of business development at the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) at the City of Boston. The new Business Development division will focus attention and energy on BRA's relationships with the business community. Lathrop was former the authority's deputy director of community planning for 10 years.

Stephanie Allewalt Hacker, AICP
Stephanie Allewalt Hacker, AICPhas joined the Milwaukee office of GRAEF as senior planner. Allewalt Hacker, a certified planner and LEED-accredited professional, brings more than 10 years of experience in economic development, planning, and urban revitalization to her new role. She will provide GRAEF's clients with urban planning and design services.

David L. Callies, FAICP, received the 2012 Lambda Alpha International Member of the Year (LAI) Award. LAI is an international honorary society for the advancement of land economics. Its mission is to bring practioners and scholars together to discuss, debate and help solve dilemmas involving use of our land resources. Callies is Benjamin A. Kudo Professor of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Rocky Piro, FAICP
Rocky Piro, FAICPhas been named to lead Denver's Community Planning and Development Department. Piro most recently served as a program manager with the Puget Sound Regional Council in Washington. He is the first vice-chairperson of APA's Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division, and was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2010.