Public Schools Interest Group


The Public Schools Interest Group (PSIG) was approved by APA in September 2015 to enable planners to better collaborate and promote the role of planning in public schools and districts and with local governments. The mission of the interest group is to create stronger linkages between the planning profession and public school districts to support and strengthen public schools and, in so doing, create stronger neighborhoods and communities.

PSIG provides a forum for professional development opportunities and developing policy and planning tools. This includes holding annual meetings at the APA National Planning Conference, promoting education-related sessions at national and local planning conferences, including its own Lunch and Learn virtual series, hosting a listserv, issuing a newsletter, participating in the development of APA Policy Guides, and developing working papers that explore topics such as school choice, and collaboration between school districts and local governments. PSIG has a Book Club that meets quarterly and is also in the process of writing a PAS report for APA on our public schools.


The interest group includes nearly 400 members, including planning academics, school facility planners, city/county planners, and private consultants. We are governed by a steering committee and have active subcommittees including Communications, Membership, Programming and Reports. During the 2020-21 school year we also have a COVID-19 subcommittee. Our last Lunch & Learn featured The Bridges Collaborative, a first of its kind school integration initiative and can be viewed APA PSIG Presents - Lunch & Learn with The Century Foundation on Vimeo.

During the 2021-22 school year, we held Lunch & Learns on Community Schools and also reviewed this year's enrollments and had several sessions at NPC22 including a half-day mobile workshop. Our next Book Club is A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door by Jack Schneider and Jennifer Berkshire for a date in September. Please RSVP by emailing

Join Us

Membership is open to anyone who is interested in supporting strong public schools. To join the APA Public Schools Interest Group, contact us at When you join, we will send you our most recent newsletter, information on our next Lunch and Learn and Book Club meetings, and directions on how to join our listserv, which is hosted by the University of Colorado, Denver. You can also follow the APA Public Schools Interest Group on Linked In, Instagram and Twitter

We also ask that you please support the creation of a Public Schools Division in APA by participating in our survey.


Saralee L. Morrissey, FAICP | Chair
Saralee Morrissey Consulting, LLC
Daytona Beach, FL

Adam Lubinsky, PhD, AICP | Vice-Chair
Managing Principal, WXY Studio
New York City

Candace H. Stowell, AICP | Secretary
Reno, California

Steering Committee Members

Jamie Mac Bridges, AICP
Public School Construction Program
Baltimore, MD

Libbie Adams Glick, AICP
PSIG Membership Committee Co-Chair
Denver, CO

Rachel Hertzman, AICP
Planner II, Albuquerque Public Schools, Capital Master Plan
Albuquerque, NM

Shannon Jaax, AICP
Director Planning & Real Estate Services, Kansas City Public Schools
Kansas City, MO

Nedra Jones, AICP
PSIG Membership Committee Co-Chair
Memphis, TN

Mathew Palmer, MURP
PSIG Covid-19 Co-Chair
Durham, NC

Carrie Makarewicz, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Colorado Denver
Denver, CO

Kevin Shipman, AICP
Phoenix, AZ

John Valdez, AICP,
President, New Mexico Chapter APA

Maya Mitrasinovic
Student Representative, Columbia University