APA Leadership and Your Career
Volunteering with APA is an opportunity to build your network and further develop your career. Learn how seasoned and emerging APA leaders have leveraged their volunteerism to benefit their careers and build their networks. Hear about current opportunities to serve in leadership at national, regional, and local levels, and steps you can take to get involved today.
, City of Salina
, Jackson Heights
Confirmed SpeakerNeal A. Stone is a Senior Planner for the Town of North Hempstead, Nassau County, Long Island. Mr. Stone has lived in New York City for the last two decades, having worked for two planning consultancies, as well as local and county government. A native of Kamsack, Saskatchewan whose alma mater is the University of Manitoba, Mr. Stone originally departed the Canadian Prairies for the Republic of the Philippines in 1997 to provide volunteer human rights and environmental education service overseas. His urban planning expertise has included project management in affordable housing, major transportation system management, state and city environmental impact preparation, and open space preservation/resource protection initiatives in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. He has been a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (International) and American Institute of Certified Planners since 2000.
, Orion Planning + Design
Confirmed SpeakerCarol Rhea, FAICP, is the immediate Past- President of the American Planning Association. She is a founding partner of the Orion Planning + Design, and previously created and staffed Rhea Consulting. In addition to her work as a consultant, Rhea has worked as a city, county, regional, and state planner. Her passion is helping local governments build planning capacity, and working with small to medium-sized communities to address planning challenges. She has a history of volunteer work that includes serving as a planning commissioner, on a historic foundation board, and in many leadership roles within APA.
, City of Alexandria
Confirmed SpeakerMegan J. Cummings, AICP, has considerable experience in transportation demand management, parking, transportation master planning and multi-modal transportation impact studies for both the public and private sectors. She works for the City of Alexandria, VA as a Transportation Planner managing the Transportation Management Plan program to encourage non-drive alone travel. Prior to working in the City of Alexandria, Megan worked in the private sector in Washington, DC and Santa Monica, CA evaluating and forecasting parking supply and transportation demand for facilities for university campuses, mixed-use developments, transit oriented sites, institutional campuses, and business districts. She has a Masters in Planning from the University of Southern California and has served on various APA Committees including the Legislation and Policy Committee, Membership Committee, Young Planners Group (Chair) and Amicus Curiae Committee.