2010 Awards Jury
The jury is tasked with reviewing all of the award entries and identifying the ones worthy of receiving a national honor and recognition.
Marie York, FAICP
Marie L. York serves on APA's Board of Directors. She is the President of York Solutions, LLC and the Associate Director for the Center for Building Better Communities at the University of Florida. She has more than 25 years of planning experience and has authored more than 50 articles and research reports on comprehensive planning, sustainability, urban design, transportation, housing, and economic development. She is the co-creator and director of the Florida Public Officials Design Institute at Abacoa, which provides elected officials with urban design training. She is a Fellow of the Knight Program in Community Building at the University of Miami.
Terry J. Blakeman, AICP
T.J. Blakeman is a certified planner for the City of Champaign, Illinois, focusing on long range comprehensive planning and commercial redevelopment. He currently serves on the APA Illinois Chapter Board. Within APA, Blakeman has served on the Illinois State Section board, chaired the 2008 Illinois State Conference and was part of the APA Young Planners Group. He graduated from the University of Illinois Department of Urban and Regional Planning in 2003.
U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (IL-7th)
Danny K. Davis was chosen by the people of the 7th Congressional District of Illinois as their Representative in Congress in November 1996. He has been re-elected by large majorities to succeeding Congresses, most recently in November 2008. In the 111th Congress, Davis serves on the Committee on Ways and Means and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Davis, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, is co-chairman of the Community Health Centers Caucus, co-chairman of the Congressional Sugar Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, the India Caucus, the Steel Caucus, the Art Caucus, and the Hellenic Caucus to name a few.
Rep. Davis was unable to attend the final award deliberations due to a vote on the pending health care bill in the House of Representatives.
S. Gail Goldberg, AICP
S. Gail Goldberg, AICP, was appointed Director of the Los Angeles City Planning Department in February 2006. As the director, she is responsible for organizing and directing the policies and planning activities of the city's planning department. Prior to joining the Los Angeles Planning Department, Goldberg worked for 17 years in the Planning Department of the City of San Diego, the last five years as planning director. Goldberg is a native Californian and holds a degree in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of California San Diego. She is an Urban Land Institute Trustee, as well as Chair of the San Diego/Tijuana ULI District Council. She is the past president of the San Diego Chapter of the Lambda Alpha Honorary Land Economics Society and has served on APA's Board of Directors. She was the co-chair of the APA California 2002 conference. She is a certified planner and a member of the California Planners.
Sarah Herda is the executive director of the Graham Foundation in Chicago.
Leslie S. Pollock, FAICP
Les Pollock is a principal consultant and co-founder of Camiros Ltd., an urban planning and zoning consulting firm in Chicago. He has a wide ranging practice, and has been nationally recognized for his work in neighborhood planning, TOD and zoning. Currently, he serves as a member of the Mayor's Landscape Task Force in Chicago, and is the President of Lambda Alpha International — an international land economics honorary society. He is the author of numerous articles and papers on various aspects of planning and zoning, and holds degrees in architecture and urban planning from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Joel P. Schnieder, AICP
Joel Schneider, AICP, is an environmental and land use planner specializing in environmental compliance projects including energy, transportation, institutional, and private development. He has served as an assistant project manager and project staff on comprehensive plans, environmental impact reports and statements, environmental assessments, and mitigated negative declaration. In addition, he has experience within the municipal and nonprofit planning sectors. He recently joined Environmental Planning Group in Salt Lake City after previously working for URS Corporation in Chicago and Los Angeles. He holds his master's degrees in urban planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Robert E. Sullivan, AICP
Bob is the long-time planning director of the Village of Orland Park — a Chicago suburb of 60,000 residents. He received his M.S. in City and Regional Planning from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and his MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Major initiatives directed by Bob in Orland Park include an innovative open land acquisition program, environment-based planning, creation of a civic corridor with iconic architecture, a collaborative plan review process that garnered the DePaul University Chaddick Award, a transit-oriented village center and new train station, and form-based codes.
Sullivan is a founding participant of APA's first pro bono program and received the Distinguished Service Award from the APA Illinois Chapter. He also has served on the Open Lands of Orland Park and Stellwagen Family Farm Foundation Boards for many years.
Ronald Thomas, AICP
Ron Thomas, AICP,is an executive manager with more than three decades of leadership and innovation in the broad planning areas for sustainability from the neighborhood to regional levels. The foundation of his work is vision-driven planning, organizing, facilitating and managing inclusive engagement of all sectors of society supported by leading edge technology and communication media. He is the former executive director of the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission in the Chicago region where he guided their 2040 regional plan, winning the APA National Planning Award in 2006. He is currently consulting to regions in Northwestern Indiana, Central Kansas, Charleston, South Carolina, Long Island, New York, and Shreveport, Louisiana. He has published, lectured, and participated actively in planning affairs at the national level, recently representing American regional sustainability planning at the United Nations. His work has contributed to the best practices standards for democratic, integrated planning. He is editor of APA's Regional and Intergovernmental Division newsletter.