Session Block 3 - Generation NeXt: Inspiring the Next Generation of Planners

APA California Chapter, Orange Section


Thursday, November 1, 2018
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. PDT

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Motivating and inspiring young planners in our profession is more important than ever. This session will focus on challenges and best practices for transitioning the next generation planner from college theory and design to the real world of politics, budget constraints, community resistance and the realities of implementing planning in the real world, while keeping them on task and motivated


Belinda Deines

Confirmed Speaker

Belinda Deines takes pride in her public service career. She believes in the value of building relationships to create meaningful policy that supports community empowerment. Following a traditional city planner’s path with a decade of experience, Belinda serves as Senior Planner for the City of Dana Point, before that ... Read More

Jennifer Lilley, AICP

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Heidi Jacinto

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Amy Stonich, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Amy Stonich, AICP, is a Principal with Sagecrest Planning + Environmental, LLC. She is responsible for preparation and oversight of multiple contracts throughout California. Ms. Stonich manages a team of planners who are assigned to work in cities. Ms. Stonich has over 20 years of professional experience in the public sector ... Read More

Nicholas Chen, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Nicholas Chen, AICP is an urban designer and community planner with Kimley-Horn specializing in creating functional, pedestrian-oriented spaces and enlivening downtown corridors. He is also experienced in different forms of community outreach and has completed the International Association of Public Participation’s (IAP2) foundations training. Nicholas works on a wide ... Read More

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