APA Board of Directors
APA is governed by its Board of Directors, who are elected from among the membership of the Association.
The Board is chaired by the APA President, and sets broad policy for the Association and governs its affairs. Day-to-day operations are managed by APA staff. Board members serve four-year terms. Terms are staggered, so half of the board is elected biennially. APA's Board has 13 members, as well as three Advisors, who are the elected leaders of the councils of our component groups, and advise the Board on matters related to Chapters, Divisions and Students.
Carol Rhea, FAICP
Carol Rhea is a founding partner of the Orion Planning Group, and previously created and staffed Rhea Consulting. In addition to her work as a consultant, Rhea has worked as a city, county, regional, and state planner. Her passion is helping local governments build planning capacity, and working with small to medium-sized communities to address planning challenges. She has a history of volunteer work that includes serving as a planning commissioner, on a historic foundation board, and in many leadership roles within APA.
William Anderson, FAICP
Past President of APA
Bill Anderson is senior director of economics and planning for AECOM. Previously he headed up San Diego's oldest planning advocacy group and chaired San Diego's Planning Commission, helping formulate the "City of Villages" strategy. Anderson served as director of San Diego's City Planning & Community Investment Department between 2006 and 2011, where he oversaw planning, economic development, redevelopment, urban form, and facilities financing. During this time, he led the preparation of San Diego's General Plan, which received APA's Daniel Burnham Award for Excellence in Comprehensive Plans. He was inducted into the AICP College of Fellows in 2006.
Valerie Hubbard, FAICP
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.
Courtenay D. Mercer, AICP
Director elected from Region I
Courtenay Mercer is the New Jersey director of the Regional Plan Association, and the principal/owner of Mercer Planning Associates. Previously, she served as the director of planning and state TDR coordinator for the New Jersey Office of Smart Growth. She has held a number of leadership positions within APA, including Chapter President's Council secretary/treasurer and APA New Jersey Chapter president. Mercer has also served on the New Jersey State Agriculture Development Committee, State TDR Bank Board, and the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee. She is the treasurer for the Jersey City Parents for Progress and chair of the PS#3 PTA Playground Committee.
Rodger Lentz, AICP
Director elected from Region II
Rodger Lentz is chief planning and development officer in Wilson, North Carolina. His focus includes development and implementation of the award-winning 2030 Comprehensive Plan, center city revitalization, brownfield redevelopment, and alternative transportation. The former North Carolina Chapter president, Lentz presently serves on the chapter's legislative committee and on committees of the North Carolina League of Municipalities. He also served on APA's Chapter Presidents Council executive committee. Prior to Wilson, Lentz worked for Charlotte, Cabarrus County, and Matthews, North Carolina. He is also passionate about improving achievement at low performing schools through the Hand in Hand Project.
Whit Blanton, FAICP
Director elected from Region III
Whit Blanton has focused on helping communities and regions develop their transportation and housing options for economic revitalization and livable communities. He is the executive director of the Pinellas Planning Council and Metropolitan Planning Organization, a unified land use and transportation planning agency serving Clearwater-St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay region. Blanton received the 2011 AICP President's Award for Exemplary Practice. Within APA, he served as chair of the Transportation Planning Division and the Divisions Council, and as a member of the Legislative & Policy Committee. He led the recent adoption of new Transportation and Smart Growth policy guides, and the development of AICP's Advanced Specialty Certification in Transportation Planning. A native of North Carolina, he lives in Dunedin, Florida.
Cynthia Bowen, AICP
Director elected from Region IV
Cynthia Bowen is a director at RW Armstrong, a global consulting firm. Prior to her current position, Bowen worked as a Senior Planner at HNTB Corporation. An active APA member, Bowen has held a number of leadership positions including president of the APA Indiana Chapter and vice chair and secretary/treasurer of the Chapter Presidents Council. Bowen is a graduate of Ball State University with degrees in urban and regional planning and environmental science and design. Within her community, Bowen currently serves as a board member and Land Use Committee Chair for the Lafayette Square Area Coalition.
Brian Campbell, FAICP
Director elected from Region V
Brian Campbell has more than 30 years of experience in public and private sector planning. Recently retired, he was a senior planning advisor for the City of Portland, Oregon, and senior supervising planner for Parsons Brinkerhoff PlaceMaking after a long career as the planning manager for the Port of Portland. He has been an active member of APA, most recently serving as the APA Oregon Chapter president and its coordinator for the Northwest Livability Challenge: Game Changing Initiatives with APA's Washington Chapter. He received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University and Master of Planning from the University of Virginia.
Kurt Christiansen, AICP
Director elected from Region VI
Kurt Christiansen is the economic and community development director for the City of Azusa, California. Previously, he served as community development director for Yorba Linda and development services director for Sierra Madre. Christiansen has served as president of APA's California Chapter, vice chair of the Chapter Presidents Council, and a member of the APA Governance Committee and the Membership Committee. He also served as the co-chair of the local host committee for the 2012 APA National Planning Conference in Los Angeles. He is a member of the California State University, Northridge, Urban Planning and Studies Department Alumni Council. He earned his bachelor's degree from California State University, Northridge, and master's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Kara W. Drane, AICP
Director elected at Large
Kara Drane is senior planner with Catawba Regional Council of Governments in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Her two decades of experience include former positions as planning director for Forrest County, planning administrator for Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and planning consultant in Mississippi and South Carolina. Following Hurricane Katrina, Drane worked with other agencies to coordinate recovery efforts for Forrest County. She has served as president of APA's Mississippi Chapter and other chapter leadership roles, and has been recognized nationally for her chapter leadership. Currently Drane serves on APA's Legislative and Policy Committee and Membership Committee, and APA South Carolina Chapter Awards Committee. An AICP member since 1995, Drane received her Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Ann C. Bagley, FAICP
Director elected at Large
As a community planner and as a consultant, Ann Bagley's work has focused on comprehensive plans, ordinances, park development, and training planning commissions. She has worked in both the public and private sectors and now serves on the Dallas City Plan Commission. Bagley is in her second term as a Board Member Elected at Large on the Board of Directors of the American Planning Association. She also serves as the Planning Officials Development Officer for APA Texas.
W. Shedrick Coleman
Director elected at Large, Focused
W. Shedrick Coleman is principal of Sheddarchitecture and practices architecture, land planning, and interior design. He currently serves as chairman of the Chatham County–Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) in Georgia. The planning commission is the joint city-county planning agency responsible for comprehensive planning and zoning recommendations to the member governments and for historic and natural preservation, community, transportation, and land use planning.
Angela D. Brooks, AICP
Director elected at Large, Focused
Angela Brooks is the real estate development manager for the Chicago Housing Authority. Previously she served as associate director of real estate development for Heartland Housing and was program administrator for the City of Seattle Office of Housing. She has been an active member of APA since 1996 and has served on numerous committees, task forces, and as a CPAT team member. She serves on the State of Illinois Geographic Information Council and has served on the City of Seattle Planning Commission, Martin Luther King County Boundary Annexation Board, and the State of Washington African American Affairs Commission. Brooks earned a BA from Jackson State University in Urban Studies and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of New Orleans.
Denise M. Harris, AICP
Chapter Presidents Council Advisor to the Board
Denise M. Harris works for the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority focusing on regional transportation solutions to improve the quality of life for residents while benefiting the economic activities in the region. With 20 years of land use and transportation experience, she has served as APA's Virginia Chapter president and on the CPC Executive Committee as AICP liaison and secretary / treasurer. She has a master's degree from the University of Virginia in Urban and Environmental Planning.
David Gattis, FAICP
Divisions Council Advisor to the Board
David Gattis has worked for the City of Benbrook, a suburban community of 22,000 on the southwest side of Fort Worth, Texas, for the last 25 years. He is currently deputy city manager and is responsible for planning, engineering, building inspection, capital improvements, public works, information technology, and economic development activities in the city. Previously, he was an environmental scientist and planner for an engineering consultant. He is a Certified Floodplain Manager and is recognized as a Credentialed Manager by the International City/County Management Association.
Student Representatives Council Advisor to the Board
Lisandro Orozco is an undergraduate student at Cal Poly Pomona and a planner for the City of Anaheim, the largest city in Orange County. He is also a board member of the Madison Park Neighborhood Association, a local nonprofit in Santa Ana that focuses on community engagement, open space, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and providing resources to help improve the health of its residents. Orozco also serves on the Santa Ana Arts and Culture Commission, which was recently created due to the resurgence of the city's downtown. He has previously served APA as Region VI Student Representative.