Progressing in Your Planning Career
Whether you’re in the public, private, or nonprofit sector – or looking to transition between them – this session will focus on the skills and resources you need to advance in your planning career. This roundtable discussion will provide attendees the opportunity to ask questions, get advice, and network with their peers.
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.
, Rhodeside & Harwell, Inc.
Confirmed SpeakerDeana Rhodeside is a planner and founder/director of Rhodeside & Harwell, a planning, urban design and landscape architecture firm in Alexandria, VA. She has worked with communities throughout the country to develop plans and strategies that address social, physical, and economic issues unique to each place as well as realistic incentives for making change happen.
, 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 is the Vice Chair of Outreach for the APA Transportation Planning Division and the TPD Representative to the APA Smart Cities & Sustainability Task Force. Previously, he was the TPD Vanguard (Emerging Professionals Group) Cabinet Chair as well as the Student Representative to APA Michigan Board of Directors. Jamie has participated in two ULI Technical Assistance Panels (West Dearborn, MI and Westfield, MA) as well as a ULI Advisory Services Panel (Bellevue, WA) and a Plan NH Charrette (Allenstown, NH). Jamie graduated from Colgate University and has a Master of Business Administration, Master of Urban Planning and Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development from the University of Michigan.
, American Planning Association
Confirmed SpeakerExperience managing certification and training programs focused on energy-efficiency building maintenance, social justice leadership principles and a professional certification. Currently, he works for APA in the Professional Practice department focusing on the AICP and ASC exams, Community Planning Assistance Team program, and providing member support. Along with program management expertise, he is skilled at managing volunteers, organizing public participation events, public speaking and project management of an online learning tool.