Young Planners/Emerging Professionals Group Ideas Exchange
Calling all young and emerging professionals! Network with your colleagues and learn about running a successful group in your chapter or division.
Topics will include:
- Common challenges and successes of your group
- Strategies for growing your group
- How your group can assist you in your professional development
Confirmed SpeakerAngela currently serves as Project Planner with Buffalo Place, Inc., the downtown business improvement district in Buffalo, New York. Prior to her current job, she worked as consultant, working on neighborhood development, revitalization and brownfield redevelopment projects across Western New York. In 2010, she helped create the Western New York Young Planners Group and served as YPG Co-Chair from 2010 to 2012. She served as Treasurer of the Western New York Section of APA from 2011 to 2013 and as Director from 2013 to 2015. She is a 2009 graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning.
, Simchik Planning & Development
Confirmed SpeakerJamie Simchik is the Principal of Simchik Planning & Development in Portsmouth, NH. Simchik Planning & Development is an urban/transportation planning and real estate redevelopment advisory services firm that manages our clients’ projects throughout their entire lifecycle to shape the highest and best use of the built form. Simchik Planning & Development works with real estate development firms to assist with urban planning, transportation planning, market feasibility and public engagement. Prior to this current role, Jamie was a Principal Planner at Fort Hill Companies, an architectural, engineering and urban planning firm with offices in Massachusetts and Florida. He was also a Public Engagement Assistant with Regina Villa Associates undertaking public outreach for sewer separation and road reconstruction capital improvement projects in Massachusetts. Additionally, Jamie was a Research Planner with Connor Holmes, an urban planning consulting firm in South Australia, collaborating on a variety of projects for government and private clients. Jamie graduated from Colgate University and has a Master of Urban Planning, Master of Business Administration and Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development from the University of Michigan.
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Confirmed SpeakerMaxwell Sokol, AICP is a Lead Planner at WSP (formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff), a globally-recognized professional services firm employing approximately 36,000 people. At WSP, Max has experience as a Project Manager and Deputy Project Manager on a range of projects, including multi-modal transportation planning and transit-oriented development planning in the Northeast. In addition to his role at WSP, Max is also the President of the American Planning Association (APA) New York Metro Chapter, which represents more than 1,000 planners in the 14-county region that includes New York City, Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley. Max graduated from Brown University with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Anthropology (with Honors), Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Science in Urban Planning degree.
Confirmed SpeakerMonica is responsible for the direction and management of APA’s programming focused on students and young professionals. She brings over 10 years of experience in creating and managing engagement programs for a diverse set of audiences including students, young professionals, certified planners, academics, and more. Most recently she created the APA Ambassador Program which empowers APA member volunteers to engage with local youth and community leaders about the value of planning and the planning profession. She has also developed numerous career development programs that have been modeled throughout APA’s local chapters and divisions, such as APA’s Mentor Match, Career Reality Webinar Series, Emerging Professionals Institute, the Career Zone, and others. She is member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and is seeking Certified Association Executive (CAE) certification. Prior to joining APA she was a legislative correspondent with U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman in Washington, DC.