APA Senior Staff

The senior staff at APA oversee its functional areas and lead the day-to-day activities of departments to carry out the vision of APA's dedicated volunteer leaders.

 

James Drinan

James Drinan

Executive Director, APA and AICP

The Executive Director is an officer of the corporation, and has primary responsibility for the long-term strategic direction of the association, in concert with elected leadership. He represents the leadership of the association, its members and the interests of planning with partners and the public.  

Ann Simms

Ann Simms

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, APA and AICP

The COO/CFO is responsible for Membership, Accounting, Information Technology, Human Resources, and Administration. Ann also serves as Assistant Secretary-Treasurer of the APA Board of Directors, representing the board primarily on financial matters.

Harriet Bogdanowicz

Harriet Bogdanowicz

Chief Communications Officer

The CCO leads the development and implementation of integrated communication and marketing strategies for the association. Harriet oversees Marketing, Communications, Publishing, Policy, Social Media, and Library and Taxonomy initiatives. 

Mark Ferguson

Mark Ferguson

Chief Information Officer

The CIO guides APA's organization-wide information technology program. Mark leads the planning and implementation of enterprise information systems that support operations and achieve efficiencies, and oversees the IT department.

Mike Welch

Mike Welch

Director of Leadership and Component Services

The Director of Leadership and Component Services supports the work of the organization's elected leaders, including the APA Board of Directors, AICP Commission, Chapter Presidents Council, Divisions Council, Student Representatives Council, and many committees and task forces. Mike also oversees program development and administrative services to chapters, divisions, and student organizations.

Felicia Braunstein

Felicia Braunstein

Director of Professional Practice

The Director of Professional Practice is responsible for the programs of APA's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners. Felicia oversees the AICP certification exam, Certification Maintenance program, AICP Symposium, Fellows of AICP, Planners Training Service workshops, and the Community Assistance Program.

Monica Groh

Monica Groh

Director of Emerging Professionals

The Director of Emerging Professionals is responsible for the expansion of APA's efforts to attract, retain, and inspire the next generation of planners. Monica leads recruitment, retention and professional development efforts for students and new planners, including collaboration with APA's chapter, division, and student leaders.

Jason Jordan

Jason Jordan

Director of Policy 

The Policy Director is responsible for government affairs, advocacy, and policy efforts of the association. This includes development of APA policy guides, representation of APA with Congressional offices, Federal agencies and partner organizations, and management of advocacy networks and campaigns. Jason also provides strategic guidance to volunteer leaders on policy matters at the national, state and local level.

 

Elizabeth KnutsonElizabeth Knutson

Director of Marketing

The Director of Marketing is responsible for leading strategic promotional efforts for APA and its professional institute, AICP. Liz oversees the dissemination of all APA broadcast email, and the effective implementation of marketing plans that highlight APA products, services, and events, and the value of certification.

 

David Rouse, AICPDavid Rouse, FAICP

Managing Director, Research and Advisory Services

The Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services is responsible for the overall design, direction, and management of APA's research program, including sponsored research, the National Centers for Planning, the Planning Advisory Service, and other research initiatives.

Karl F. Schmidt

Karl F. Schmidt

Director of Membership

The Director of Membership is responsible for customer service, billing, and payment processing for services provided by APA and APA's Professional Institute, AICP. Karl also oversees registration services for many of APA's live and virtual events, and many chapter conferences.

 

Jeff Soule, FAICP

Jeff Soule, FAICP

Director of Outreach and International Programs

The Director of Outreach and International Programs is responsible for the international program, which serves APA members in over 80 countries and governments through funded, capacity-building efforts from China to Latin America.

Carolyn Torma

Carolyn Torma

Director of Education and Citizen Engagement

The Director of Education develops and manages the organization's education programs for practicing planners, planning commissioners, students and youth, as well as developing the program for the National Planning Conference and other initiatives.

Deene Alongi

Deene Alongi

Director of Meetings and Conferences

The Director of Meetings and Conferences has responsibility for the APA National Planning Conference and Fall Leadership conference, as well as numerous other APA meetings held throughout the year. Deene also supervises the sale of advertising in APA publications and on the APA website.