Careers in Planning, Beyond Planning
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.
, San Jose
Confirmed SpeakerJaime Fearer, AICP, is Deputy Director of California Walks where she works to build partnerships to advance healthy, sustainable, and equitable transportation solutions for people of all ages and abilities. Prior to joining Cal Walks, Jaime worked for the City of Greenbelt, Maryland, as a community planner. Before attending the University of Maryland-College Park for a Master of Community Planning, Jaime worked for over a decade in the bookselling and publishing industries. She served on the National Capital Area Chapter of the APA board, both as a student representative and as an at-large director. In 2011, Jaime’s capstone studio group presented their poster, “Access to Healthy Food: An Initial Exploration in the Developed Tier of Prince George's County,” at APA’s National Planning Conference in Boston. At the 2013 National Planning Conference in Chicago, Jaime co-presented “Improv(e)-ing your Planning… Seriously” as part of a Fast, Funny and Passionate session, and she co-facilitated "Data Shakedown on Active Transportation" at the 2015 National Planning Conference in Seattle.
, American Planning Association
Confirmed SpeakerAnna Ricklin, AICP is Manager of APA's Planning and Community Health Center. In this role, she works with APA members and partners to promote planning practice that supports public health. With a background in transportation, health impact assessment, and community design, Anna is an emerging leader in applied research, strategic planning, and coalition building. She has a MHS from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and has been with APA since 2011.
, Saint Louis
Confirmed SpeakerGrace Kyung is the Special Projects Director at Trailnet. Grace is an expert in how to engage and educate community stakeholders through using lighter, quicker, cheaper projects to create pop-up traffic calming demonstrations. Grace offers technical assistant on projects on how to improve the built environment to increase accessibility for all modes of transportation. She has experience in active transportation planning, community development and outreach, facilitation, and team building. Grace holds a Masters in Public Health and Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerNupur Chaudhury is a bridge builder and translator in the fields of urban planning and public health. For more than ten years, she has developed and implemented strategies to support residents, communities, and neighborhoods challenge power structures to build just, strong and equitable cities. She has led coalition building efforts after Superstorm Sandy, redeveloped power structures in villages in India, and developed a citizen planning institute for public housing residents in Brownsville, Brooklyn. At the New York State Health Foundation, she serves as the Program Officer for the Foundation’s Building Healthy Communities priority area, focusing on a multi-year place based initiative in 6 communities across the state. She is a member of the American Planning Association, co-chair of its Healthy Communities interest group, an Urban Design Forum’s Forefront Fellow, board member of the University of Orange, and co-founder of Made in Brownsville. She holds degrees from Columbia University (MPH), New York University (MUP), and Bryn Mawr College (BA in Growth and Structure of Cities). She is also an avid gardener and ceramist.
, Raimi + Associates
Confirmed SpeakerBeth Altshuler, MCP MPH CPH is an epidemiologist/ urban planner and Senior Associate at Raimi + Associates. She works with cities, counties, foundations, and CBOs to apply a Health (and Equity) in All Policies lens to the challenges and opportunities in their communities. Beth has extensive experience in designing and implementing innovative community involvement and visioning processes, as well as conducting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data. At the forefront of the healthy communities discipline for over 13 years, Beth is committed to creating livable places, reducing health inequities, and engaging residents in the future of their communities. Beth holds masters’ degrees in both City and Regional Planning and Public Health Epidemiology & Biostatistics from UC Berkeley, a BA in Sociology from Cornell University, and is Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.