Becoming AICP - Advice from Recently Credentialed Members Discussion
Why do it? What do you need to know? Come prepared to ask questions and engage with professional colleagues. This is an interactive opportunity to pick the brain of individuals who recently became AICP and hear from people who just took the exam on what the experience is really like. What would they have done differently and what worked. study tips and candid advice from recent AICP members.
You'll learn about:
- What recent AICPs would have done differently to prepare for the exam
- What preparation methods worked
- What the exam experience is really like
, New York City Parks Department
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerJennifer Graeff coordinates public engagement efforts at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. She works on developing engagement strategies and outreach opportunities for the department and communities throughout New York City. Previously, Jennifer was the associate director of international partnership at the American Planning Association, where she managed many of APA’s international programs, including APA’s Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas program, which helped build planning capacity throughout Latin America, and APA’s Dutch partnership, which provided educational oppor- tunities to learn about Dutch water management. Jennifer holds a Master of Science in Urban Planning from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and a Master of International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs, both from Columbia University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Confirmed SpeakerAlex J. Wallach, AICP, is a fourth-generation New Yorker, born and raised in Suffolk County, Long Island. Alex completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he minored in Architecture and French. After graduation, Alex came home to the New York Metro area and received his Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University. During his time at Columbia, Alex held a fellowship at Brooklyn Bridge Park, and wrote his Master’s Thesis on park planning. Following Hurricane Sandy, Alex began working temporarily for FEMA as part of the recovery mission, collaborating with affected municipalities in Suffolk County to assess planning needs. Alex then took a permanent position as a Planner at the Town of Smithtown, where he served as liaison to the Planning Board and worked in a variety of areas including local land use and comprehensive planning. Alex became a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) in 2015, and currently serves as a Senior Planner in the Town of Babylon Planning Department, where he continues to work with local land use and zoning matters. As a member of the Long Island Section of the APA NY Metro Chapter, Alex was a 2014 recipient of the Arthur H. Kunz Memorial Scholarship to attend the APA Conference in Atlanta, and subsequently attended the national conferences in Seattle and Phoenix. At the Phoenix conference, Alex represented the New York Metro Chapter as the Professional Development Officer (PDO), a position he has held since early 2016 when he was selected to fill out the remainder of the term of the previous PDO.
, 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.