Planning Management Institute
Launched in 2009 as the Managers Institute, the Planning Management Institute (PMI) provides planning directors, senior-level managers, or those aspiring to management positions with a full day of intensive training and professional reflection.
This practical, hands-on workshop is specifically designed for all planners who manage others as part of their responsibilities in a public or private planning office. 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 several seasoned senior-level managers from around the country.
Learn about a variety of topics including: taking your management skills to the next level, dealing with staff and resolving conflict, creating and maintaining a productive collaborative environment, and dealing with organizational politics and other issues beyond your control.
Discover the secrets to success in an interactive environment led by a professional management trainer and a distinguished faculty of accomplished senior-level managers.
Sponsored by the City Planning and Management Division.
Confirmed SpeakerMs. Mendes is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Mount Holyoke College, and a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. During her career, she has held a series of increasingly responsible management and leadership positions in several private consulting firms with a focus on serving public sector clients engaged in community planning, growth management, and sustainable transportation infrastructure. She is currently a Senior Vice President at HNTB where she serves as the firm’s Transit/Rail Market Sector Leader responsible for developing and directing HNTB’s services to transit agencies nationwide. For the last 30 years, she has focused her work on implementing environmentally responsible transportation solutions that enhance economic development and community livability. She has been responsible for the successful planning and implementation of over $25 billion dollars of transportation infrastructure investment, and specializes in expediting project delivery through the environmental review process. Her work has been recognized by local, state and federal awards from the Environmental Protection Agency and the American Public Transportation Association. She received the Women’s Transportation Seminar Washington Chapter Woman of the Year Award in 2005. She is active in training other professionals in technical skills and management. She as taught a day long Manager’s Institute at the APA Annual Conference for the past 8 years. Ms. Mendes has also taught Planners Technical Services offerings for the American Planning Association entitled Innovative Transportation Planning and Advanced Transportation Planning. For the National Transit Institute (NTI) at Rutgers University which is funded by the Federal Transit Administration, she has delivered 40 offerings nationwide of a course entitled Managing the Environmental Review Process for Transit Projects. She also taught Project Management for Transit Projects for NTI. In 2017, Diana was recognized by NTI with the Achievements in Transit Training- Training Professional of the Year Award.
, City of San Gabriel
, San Gabriel
Confirmed SpeakerSteven A. Preston, FAICP is the city manager of San Gabriel, California, home to the historic Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (1771). San Gabriel has received several awards for its planning and redevelopment programs under his leadership. Prior to joining San Gabriel he served in the communities of La Verne and Glendale, California, and worked for a Newport Beach architecture firm. An urban planner by training, Steve served on the American Planning Association’s national board of directors, chairing its national Legislative and Policy Committee. In 2016, Preston was awarded the APA President's Award for Distinguished Contribution to Leadership in the Planning Profession. Winner of CCAPA’s 2000 Distinguished Service Award, Preston is also a former president of APA’s California Chapter; past President of the California Planning Roundtable; a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners; former Chair of AICP’s Multi-Media Task Force; served on the Planning Accreditation Board; and has served as adjunct faculty in the graduate planning programs at both USC and Cal Poly Pomona. He has bachelor and master degrees in planning from Cal Poly Pomona with an emphasis in policy administration and communications. Co-author of the 1999 report Planning at the Edge of the Millennium, Preston has taught negotiation and community engagement processes, and has significant experience in group facilitation. He has been a member of the International City Management Association for nearly 15 years, contributing the chapter on management to ICMA’s most recent volume on community planning. His most recent publication is a chapter in the anthology, Planning Los Angeles, issued by APA Press in 2012.
Invited SpeakerJanet Ruggiero, FAICP, has worked for Yolo County, the City of Woodland, and the City of Mountain View in California, and recently retired from the City of Citrus Heights, having served as the Community Development Director for ten years. She was inducted in April 2000 as a Fellow in the American Institute of Certified Planners. She has served as District VI Board Member to the National American Planning Association, as President and Vice-President Legislation for APA California, and as the Vice-President for Public Information for the APACA Board. Both National APA and APACA have awarded her a Distinguished Service Award. She has received the Planning LEGACY Award from the Sacramento Valley Section of APA. Janet is a member of California Planning Roundtable, and has also served on the League of California Cities Board of Directors. She has done extensive work on state legislation, especially in the area of housing. She currently serves as a member of the Mercy California Housing Board and also serves on a small nonprofit housing board, Friends of the Mission in Woodland. She is employed by the De La Salle Insitute doing governance training for the Boards of Trustees of their educational works.
Confirmed SpeakerGary Winters is the principal for garywinters.com based in Reno, Nevada, specializing in leadership and organization development. He has worked for over thirty years in a wide range of environments, including: • Local government: (San Diego, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Brentwood, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside, National City, El Cajon and others) • State government: (California Department of Justice, Office of Attorney General, California Conservation Corps, CALSTERS, and other stage agencies) • Federal government (IRS, Dept. of Agriculture, and others) • Several water districts and agencies • The Canadian federal government, etc. • Hospitals and healthcare organizations (UCSD, Palomar Pomerado and others) • The Salk Institute • Private sectors organizations: (Apple, Brooktree, IBM, IXC, General Dynamics, Nortel, PrimeCo, Verizon and others) He is a former president of the Organization Development Network of San Diego and former director of the Management Development Center of San Diego State University. Gary holds bachelor’s and master's degrees in psychology. Gary is the co-author of five books on management practice, including "What Your Boss Never Told You: a Quick Start Guide for New Managers," "Managing Friends and Former Peers," and others. He writes a popular blog on leadership known as the Leadership Almanac, which you can check out for a wide variety of short articles on best practices in leadership. www.garywinters.com