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
Confirmed SpeakerS. Gail Goldberg, FAICP, is executive director of ULI Los Angeles and the former planning director of Los Angeles and San Diego. In Los Angeles, she was responsible for organizing and directing the policies and activities of the City’s Planning Department, including the development, maintenance and implementation of all elements of the City’s General Plan as well as a range of other special zoning plans. In San Diego, she oversaw a planning process to update the city’s 20-year-old General Plan; this “City of Villages” vision and strategy became an international model for urban revitalization.
, City of Dallas
Confirmed SpeakerTheresa 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 with responsibility and oversight of a variety of departments including Sustainable Development and Construction, Planning and Urban Design, Transportation Planning, Housing and Community Services, the Office of Fair Housing, the Office of Economic Development, the Department of Aviation and the Convention Center.
, City of Vancouver, British Columbia
, Mount Hood Parkdale
Confirmed SpeakerGil Kelley, FAICP, is General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability for the City of Vancouver, British Columbia. Previously he has served as Director of Citywide Panning for the City and County of San Francisco and Director of Planning for the Cities of Portland, Oregon, and Berkeley, California. As a continuing strategic planning consultant, he also advises cities in the US and abroad on a variety of urban planning issues and assists clients with internal organization and partnership development, Educated at The Evergreen State College and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he was a 2009–10 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a concurrent Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Mass. Gil has served on the faculty of Portland State University's School of Urban Studies and Planning and for several years taught an annual Master Class in Planning and Negotiation for senior level practitioners and elected officials at the University of Amsterdam, NL. He lectures frequently on urban issues and emerging opportunities for cities to engage in "intentional" change and development strategies. He participates annually as faculty in APA's Planning Leadership Institute and is founding member of the Oregon 2050 Initiative.
, Dharma Consulting
Confirmed SpeakerEric Klein is a best-selling author, leadership expert, and teacher. His practical approach has helped leaders create organizations where values and purpose fuel productivity, accountability, and collaboration. He has worked with over 25,000 leaders from a wide variety of settings: Fortune 500 companies, municipal, governmental, and non-profit organizations, healthcare, as well as mid-size companies. He combines his experiences in business with 35 years of teaching and practicing meditation. Eric’s book, You Are the Leader You’ve Been Waiting For, was honored with the 2008 Nautilus Award in the area of conscious business and social change. He is the co-author of the best-selling book Awakening Corporate Soul: Four Paths to Unleash the Power of People at Work (over 250,000 copies sold) and To Do or Not To Do: How Successful Leaders Make Better Decisions based on research and experiences with more than 200 companies. His unique work has been featured on CNN and in the LA Times, HealthCare Forum, The American Medical Journal, Leadership Reflections, Quality and Productivity, and Association Management.
, San Francisco City-County
, San Francisco
Confirmed SpeakerJohn Rahaim was appointed Planning Director for the City and County of San Francisco in January 2008. In that role he is responsible for overseeing long range planning, environmental reviews, and development entitlements for most physical development in the City. Prior to his appointment in San Francisco, Mr. Rahaim was Director of Long Range Planning for the City of Seattle, and was the Founding Executive Director of CityDesign, Seattle’s office of Urban Design founded. Prior to Seattle, Mr. Rahaim was with the City of Pittsburgh, where he served as Associate Director of the Department of City Planning. 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. Mr. Rahaim has overseen the completion of ten neighborhood plans in San Francisco, covering nearly 20% of the city's land area, and directing the city's growth for decades. The ongoing work of the department includes reviews for 8000 projects per year, of which nearly 2000 require detailed review and analysis, more than any US city.