Careers in Planning, Beyond Planning

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

As the field of planning evolves, more and more people trained as planners are choosing jobs and careers outside traditional planning departments and firms. But where and how do they belong? How are they using their skills and what can we learn from them about the changing nature of the field? And finally - do they see themselves as planners?

In this roundtable session, hear from your peers about their work in "non-traditional" sectors, including public health, advocacy, and foundations. Each speaker will describe how they use their planning skills in their job, illustrate their role, how they bring a planning voice to their work, and how they influence the work of their organization while keeping planning in mind. Three rounds of table discussions with participants will allow for interaction and structured networking.

This session is for emerging professionals and anyone who is interested in learning more about non-traditional career paths in planning.


Jaime Fearer , AICP , San Jose , CA (see bio)
Anna Ricklin , AICP , American Planning Association , Washington , DC
Grace Kyung , Saint Louis , MO (see bio)
Nupur Chaudhury , New York State Health Foundation , New York , NY (see bio)
Beth Altshuler , Raimi + Associates , Berkeley , CA (see bio)