AICP Commission

The AICP Commission is the eight-member governing body of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Members include a President, a President-Elect or an Immediate Past President, and six Commissioners. They serve four-year terms. Terms are staggered, so three commissioners are elected biennially. Day-to-day operations are managed by APA staff. The APA Executive Director and CEO also serves as AICP Executive Director.

Valerie Hubbard, AICP

Valerie Hubbard, FAICP

AICP President

Valerie Hubbard is the director of planning services for Akerman LLP, a national law firm. She provides consulting services to private and public sector clients on a wide variety of planning matters, including comprehensive planning, zoning, permitting, DRIs and land development regulations. Val has held key planning positions in several Florida jurisdictions and was director of community planning for the state land planning agency (2003-2007). Hubbard served as AICP Commissioner from Region III from 2008 until 2014, when she became President-Elect of the AICP Commission. She is current chair of the AICP Ethics Committee and a past president of the Florida Chapter of APA. Hubbard is a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club in Tallahassee. She has a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida.

Lee Brown, FAICP

Lee Brown, FAICP

Past President of AICP

Lee Brown has more than 30 years of experience working for municipalities in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. He is president of Teska Associates, Inc., a consulting firm that provides urban planning and landscape architecture services throughout the Midwest. He is a certified planner and a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Active within the organization for more than 30 years, Brown currently is a member of the Community Assistance Program Committee and serves as a Planning Accreditation Board site visitor that reviews university planning programs. He previously volunteered for several Planning Assistance Teams, served as the APA Illinois Chapter president, and helped establish the Planning Officials Development Officers program.

Deborah Lawlor, FAICP

Deborah Lawlor, FAICP

Commissioner elected from Region I

Debbie Lawlor has more than 29 years of planning experience. She has been the chief of sustainability and economic growth, chief planner, and supervisor of land use planning at the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission. She also worked in the private sector at Edwards and Kelcey, Inc., and PQA Engineering. She has been active in APA's New Jersey Chapter and the APA Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division. She received the chapter's Distinguished Service Award in 2009. Lawlor has participated in the New Jersey Governor's Smart Growth Task Force and Rutgers University Center for Green Building Advisory board. She has has a BS in environmental planning and design and an MA in geography, both from Rutgers.

Glenn E. Larson, AICP

Glenn E. Larson, AICP

Commissioner elected from Region II

Glenn Larson has more than 34 years of comprehensive planning and management experience in a variety of communities in Virginia and South Carolina. He has been the chief/assistant director of planning in Chesterfield County, Virginia, since 1991. He is a charter member of AICP, and has 23 years service on the APA Virginia Chapter Board of Directors, including as president, vice president, treasurer, and awards committee chair. He earned a Master of City and Regional Planning, The Ohio State University and a BA at Miami University.

Robert Barber, FAICP

Robert Barber, FAICP

Commissioner elected from Region III

Robert Barber is a founding Orion partner, having retired after 25 years of public service, most recently as director of planning for Hernando, Mississippi, from 1996 to 2012. He the immediate past president of the Mississippi Chapter and former chairman of the Chapter Presidents Council. A member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1990, he was elected to the College of Fellows in 2010 and served as chair of the College for three years. Barber has served as adjunct professor of planning in the Graduate School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Memphis and is a lecturer in community planning for the Mississippi Municipal League's CMO program. Barber was the recipient of the AICP President's award for Outstanding Practice in 2013.

Cynthia  L. Hoyle, FAICP

Cynthia L. Hoyle, FAICP

Commissioner elected from Region IV

Cynthia Hoyle is a planning consultant and has more than 30 years of planning experience in private and public sector, working in small and large communities, urban and rural. She has served on a number of national APA committees and task forces, chaired the Private Practice Division, and is a past president of APA Oklahoma Chapter. She is active in her community and recently has served on the University of Illinois Sustainability Operations Task Force and on the Illinois Safe Routes to School State Network, Steering Committee. Hoyle earned a Master of Regional and City Planning degree at the University of Oklahoma.

Karen Wolf, AICP

Karen Wolf, AICP

Commissioner elected from Region V

Karen Wolf has more than two decades of planning experience in King County, Washington. She oversaw one of the first research projects in the country that established a link between urban form, transportation accessibility, and public health. She has been an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at the University of Washington. She served on the AICP Exam Committee and on the committee for the AICP Certified Environmental Planner exam. Wolf also is a member of the University of Washington Professionals Council, chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Seattle Children's Hospital, and member of the King County Employee Giving Program Committee.

Marissa Aho, AICP

Marissa Aho, AICP

Commissioner elected from Region VI

Marissa Aho is the senior associate at PlaceWorks. Previously, she worked as a senior planning associate from Rosenheim & Associates. She is an active association member, serving on the executive committee of APA's California Chapter and as a co-chair of the 2012 APA National Planning Conference in Los Angeles. She is currently the section director for the Los Angeles Section of the APA California Chapter. She also serves as a board member on the USC Price School of Policy Alumni Association. She received her bachelor's degree from American University and her Master of Planning from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.