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Discussion: Public vs. Private Practice Planning
Activity Code: S866
Date: Tuesday, April 16
Planners entering the field may consider whether to pursue public agency employment and or working for a private consulting firm to establish their professional niche. What are the differences and similarities between the two? What should new professionals know as they evaluate how to direct their career path? Planners with experience in both realms will participate in this facilitated discussion co-sponsored by the Private Practice Division and the Federal Planning Division.
Deborah L. Myerson, AICP
Principal, Deborah Myerson Plng & Dev.
Phone: (812) 330-0898
Work: Deborah L. Myerson, AICP, is an urban planner with expertise in housing and urban revitalization, real estate development, land use, smart growth, community planning/design, and transportation. She is currently principal of her own independent consulting practice. Her specialities include writing and research on planning and development topics, scenic byways program consulting, community workshop facilitation, publication production and management, policy and program development. Ms. Myerson writes frequently on planning and development topics for a variety of publication types, including books, reports, feature articles, and project profiles. She has been a speaker on trends and best practices in residential development, including mixed-income and workforce housing. Previously, Ms. Myerson was a senior associate in land use policy with the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit research and education organization based in Washington, DC; and director of programs at Scenic America, a national nonprofit conservation organization headquartered in Washington, DC.
Education: Master of Regional Planning, Cornell University B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Publications: Author of numerous planning and development publications and articles, particularly on on community development, housing, and land use topics. Publications include "The Business of Affordable Housing," "Housing Workers," "Managing Gentrification," and as a contributing author in "Developing Condominiums: Successful Strategies."
Justin Meek, AICP
Work: Justin Meek, AICP, is a senior planner with over 11 years of urban and environmental planning experience. He presently works for the City of Marina and provides consulting services for the City of Pacific Grove and Town of Los Altos Hills. Previously, he managed the preparation of numerous environmental documents, pursuant to CEQA. He also teaches a community assessment course at San José State University in the Urban and Regional Planning Department. Mr. Meek has been active in the American Planning Association since 2008, and is currently the Administrative Director for the California-Northern Section. He was the recipient of the AICP Outstanding Graduating Student Award in 2010.
Education: Master of Urban and Regional Planning, San Jose State University (2010), Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences and Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz (1999)
Publications: Neighborhood Crime and Travel Behavior: An Investigation of the Influence of Neighborhood Crime Rates on Mode Choice – Phase II (Mineta Transportation Institute, 2012)
Other Publications: A Parking Utilization Survey of Transit-Oriented Development Residential Properties in Santa Clara County (A San José State University and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Collaborative Research Project, 2010)
Past Assignments: URBP-201 Community Assessment (San Jose State University, Fall 2011 and 2012 Semesters). “Putting the Census to Work” by Justin Meek, Hing Wong, Steve Ross, Shimon Israel, and Raymond Kennedy (Association of Bay Area Governments, MetroCenter Auditorium, November 7, 2011)
Scott D. Turner, AICP
Director Of Planning, Nitsch Engineering
Phone: (617) 338-0063
Work: Currently I am the Director of Planning at Nitsch Engineering. I have held this position since September 2010. My work includes a mix of design and permitting of private site development as well as infrastructure plans focusing on stormwater management. Prior to joing Nitsch Engineering I worked at BSC Group where I held the positions of civil/environmental engineer, project manager, and Director of Opwerations. I have also worked at the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Massachusetts Highway Department.
Education: I have a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tufts University and a Masters of City Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Mark N. Lundgren, AICP
President, Land Pointer, Ltd.
Phone: (610) 529-6275
Work: In 2009, Mark N. Lundgren co-founded Land Pointer, Ltd., a consultancy providing services in planning, real estate, and management. The firm focuses upon public outreach and consensus building in matters of planning and land use. Mr. Lundgren had served the U.S. Government forty years in a variety of management and leadership capacities. With the U.S. General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service (1971-86; 2001-11), Mr. Lundgren served its Regions 1, 3, and 5, as well as its National Office. Among his career highlights with GSA, he: participated in founding a new Regional Office; established and managed a facilities planning operation; successfully completed intergovernmental coordination and nation-to-nation Section 106 consultation; managed and executed disposal of federally owned real property, conducting community outreach, marketing, and ensuring compliance with all regulatory, environmental and historic preservation requirements; managed the launch of a new capital lease construction program; coordinated a national restructuring of interagency relationships with GSA’s border agency clients; and directed and led formation of a new real estate acquisition division. At the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Lundgren served as Director of the Real Estate Division at the 24-state Northern Division from 1986 to 2001, where he distinguished himself in supporting the White House Military Office, acquired and disposed of vast tracts of land, and as contracting officer for several cutting edge public/private ventures, lease construction, and housing development projects valued at well over $500 million. Professional memberships include: the National Trust for Historic Preservation; and the American Planning Association, its Economic Development and Private Practice Divisions, and its Federal Planning Division (Charter Member, Past Chair, Executive Board Emeritus). Lundgren holds the AICP designation as a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Education: Lundgren graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, double major, in Political Science and Sociology. He earned his M.S. degree “With Distinction” in Management of the Public Service from DePaul University. Lundgren also earned a Certificate in Advanced Management from the University of Chicago, graduated from NAVFAC’s Executive Management Development Program, and earned an Executive Program Certificate from the Lowry Mays College and Graduate School of Business at Texas A & M University. He trained with the International Shotokan Karate Federation, achieved Sho Dan Rank, and was awarded diploma by the Japan Karate Association.
Publications: Proceedings of the National Conference of the American Planning Association, 1997, "Economic Development Conveyances of Military Bases." Federal Register, Vol. 67, No. 129, July 5, 2002, Notice of Availability, Draft EIS No 020276, Badger Army Ammunition Plant, Property Disposal. Federal Register, Vol. 68, No. 55, March 21, 2003, Notice of Availability, Final EIS No. 030108, Badger Army Ammunition Plant, Disposal Implementation. Signatory and a lead participant, Memorandum of Agreement, HoChunk Nation and USA, Section 106 Consultation on Disposal of Badger Army Ammunition Plant, 2007. Facilitator and Editor, Economic Development Transition Team Report, 46th Ward of Chicago, 2011.
Other Publications: Editorial, Crain's Chicago Business, Economics and Human Considerations.
Past Assignments: Moderator, Speaker and Organizer, National Conference of the American Planning Association, 1997, Economic Development Conveyances of Military Bases. Organizer and Moderator, Badger Intergovernmental Group meetings, Baraboo, 2002-2007. Moderator and Lead Speaker, DEIS Public Hearing on Disposal of BAAP, Baraboo, 2002. Speaker, GSA & CBP Facilities Management Restructuring Leadership Forums, Indianapolis, Newport, Ft. Worth, and D.C., 2008. Speaker and Panelist, National Border Conference, Ft. Worth, 2008. Organizer and Panelist, APA-FPD Workshop, Las Vegas, 2008, Section 106 Nation-to-Nation Consultation. Moderator, Industry Forums, St. Paul, 2009 & 2010, Disposal of Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant. Guest Lecturer, DePaul University Graduate School of Public Service, Chicago, 2010, "Government Budgeting Processes." Panelist, APA-FPD Workshop, Los Angeles, 2011, Future and Former Leadership Forum. Organizer and Moderator, APA National Conference Mobile Workshop, Lakeshore East, 2013. Organizer and participant, AICP Community Planning Workshop, APA National Conference, 2013. Panelist, APA National Conference, Public v. Private Planning Practice, 2013.