Road Map to the Corner Office: So you want to be a Planning Director

APA California Chapter, Orange Section


Thursday, October 5, 2017
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. PDT

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Is Planning Director your career goal? Not sure what the best way is to get there? Move around to move up, or promote from within? This interactive session will provide attendees a unique opportunity to hear from current and former Planning Directors throughout the County about their own career path, recommendations on the path to advancement, and their thoughts on the role and responsibilities of a Planning Director in the urbanized suburbia that is Orange County.


Gayle Ackerman, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Gayle Ackerman has served as the Director of Development Services for the City of Lake Forest CA for the past 20 years. She currently oversees the Planning, Building, Code Enforcement and Housing Divisions of the City. Read More

Joel Rosen, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Joel Rosen, AICP is a city planner specializing in community development for 29 years. He began his career in the City of Fullerton as Assistant Planner and served 11 years as Chief Planner. In Fullerton, Joel helped create and manage the city’s Affordable Housing Program and helped design and ... Read More

Jay Trevino, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Jay Trevino, AICP, spent more than 31 years in California local government service, serving four cities in various management roles and developing expertise in all aspects of planning and development services, policy development and organizational leadership. He is skilled at building effective teams, strategic planning, managing for performance, community outreach ... Read More

Sheri Vander Dussen, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Sheri Vander Dussen has more than 30 years of experience as a city planner. She served as the Planning Director for the city of Anaheim, CA for 11 years. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of plans for the Platinum Triangle. She served 17 years in the city ... Read More

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