Building a Strong Planning Student Organization
Are you a current PSO Student Representative, student leader, or a student interested in what’s happening around the nation with PSOs? Stop by to hear from a panel of PSO representatives from several regions of the country and network with other attendees!
Sponsored by the Student Representatives Council Executive Committee, this this event aims to connect student leadership in an educational, yet engaging, way that allows students to better understand what is happening in Planning Student Organizations outside of their own. Immediately following, the Committee will be heading to Fat Cat in the West Village for live music, pool, shuffleboard, scrabble and more (75 Christopher Street). Join us!
Confirmed SpeakerEllen Forthofer is currently the Communications and Outreach Coordinator at IndyGo, Indianapolis’ public transit agency. There, her work involves managing the relationship between IndyGo and the Indianapolis community it serves. She is a recent graduate of Ball State University’s Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development (‘15) and Master of Urban Design (‘16) programs, and has served as the APA Student Representatives Council Region IV representative (04/15 - 12/15) and Executive Committee Chair (01/16 - present). Ellen is most interested in how urban planning and design can affect and/or improve equity in cities. Past internships include: The Indianapolis Cultural Trail & Pacers Bikeshare, Community Food Advocates, and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Confirmed SpeakerMichael Sewall is the 2016-17 president of the Urban Planning & Policy Student Association at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He will complete the Master of Urban Planning & Policy Program in May 2017 and will work as the Special Service Area #31 program coordinator for the Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce. Michael got a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, where he managed the student newspaper, and he covered Chicago's south and west suburbs for Patch.com before pursuing his master's degree in urban planning. He is on the board of directors for the West Lakeview Neighbors Association and has completed internships with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, the Village of Brookfield, the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, and the Active Transportation Alliance.
Confirmed SpeakerIan Wan was the National APA student representative for the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona (4/16-5/17). He will graduate in May 2017 with a Master of Science in Planning and a certificate in Collaborative Governance. Ian is most interested in stakeholder engagement, community visioning, and enhancing participation and collaboration in the planning process. He is currently a Planner at Urban Engineering where he provides technical and strategic assistance on projects throughout Southern Arizona.
Confirmed SpeakerSarah Kelty is a second year MSP student at the Florida State University Department of Urban & Regional Planning. She is specializing in Environmental Planning and her research interests include food systems planning and policy; multimodal transit; and green burial as a land conservation tool. Sarah currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida and works as a Mayoral Fellow at the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality, under the Planning, Land Management & Community Enhancement (PLACE) Division. She holds a B.A. in Spanish from Murray State University, with minors in Sustainable Studies and Youth & Nonprofit Leadership. Sarah is excited to transition to the field of Urban Planning after several years of working in the nonprofit sector.