Planning Leadership Institute
Launched in 2005 as the New Directors Institute, the Planning Leadership Institute (PLI) provides planning directors and others in leadership roles with a full day of intensive training and professional reflection.
PLI is designed for planning directors and others to explore the nature of leadership, address challenges, and shape your legacy in your community. You will not want to miss this once-a-year opportunity to connect with a select group of your peers for a dynamic training program developed by APA in collaboration with a number of seasoned directors from around the country.
Explore the nature of planning leadership, define a "big idea" for leading change, and learn about a wide range of skills, tools, and tactics to build your team, communicate with stakeholders, and manage change to shape a legacy of good planning in your community.
Discover the secrets to success in an interactive environment led by a professional leadership trainer and a distinguished faculty of highly accomplished planners. Participants will leave with a work plan for leading change in their communities.
Sponsored by the City Planning and Management Division.
S. Gail Goldberg
, Urban Land Institute
, Los Angeles
, City of Dallas
Confirmed SpeakerTheresa O’Donnell – Chief Resilience Officer Theresa O’Donnell serves as the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Dallas. In this role, Ms. O’Donnell leads the development and implementation of a robust Resilience Strategy for the City of Dallas within the policy framework of the 100 Resilient Cities Program and Global Network, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. Ms. O’Donnell’s long tenure and broad knowledge of land use planning, zoning, development, housing, transportation and city operations provide her the skills necessary to lead this new initiative. Ms. O’Donnell has more than 25 years of experience as a professional planner and has served the City of Dallas since 2003 in a number of roles, most recently as Chief Planning Officer overseeing the Departments of Planning and Urban Design, Transportation Planning, Neighborhood Vitality, Housing and Community Services and the Office of Fair Housing. Her prior positions with the City include Interim Assistant City Manager over Sustainable Development & Construction, Housing & Community Services, and the Department of Aviation. Ms. O’Donnell also served as the Director of Sustainable Development and Construction for more than 10 years.
, City of Vancouver, Canada
Confirmed SpeakerGil Kelley, FAICP, is the General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability for the City of Vancouver, Canada. He is the former Director of Citywide Planning for the City and County of San Francisco, CA, the former Director of Planning for the City of Portland, OR and the former Director of Planning and Development for the City of Berkeley, CA. Mr. Kelley has also been a private consultant (Gil Kelley & Associates, Urban and Strategic Planning), advising cities around the globe. Mr. Kelley has served as Practitioner-in-Residence at the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University and served as Senior Fellow at the Institute for Portland Metropolitan Studies. He was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a Lincoln-Loeb Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and has taught negotiation for planners and elected officials at the University of Amsterdam, NL.
, San Francisco Planning
, San Francisco
Confirmed SpeakerJohn Rahaim was appointed Planning Director for the City and County of San Francisco in 2008. In that role he is responsible for overseeing long range planning, development entitlements and environmental reviews for most physical development in the City. Prior to his appointment in San Francisco, Mr. Rahaim was Planning Director for the City of Seattle, a position he held since August of 2003. In 1999, Mr. Rahaim was the Founding Executive Director of CityDesign, Seattle’s office of Urban Design founded; and the Executive Director of the Seattle Design Commission, the City’s primary design advisory panel for public projects and related urban design initiatives. Prior to his tenure in Seattle, Mr. Rahaim was with the City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning, where he served as Associate Director in charge of development review and the rewrite of the City’s Zoning Ordinance. Mr. Rahaim received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Rahaim’s career path in planning and urban design has been a reaction to that circumstance.