Meet the PAS Authors
Stop by the APA Pavilion to meet the authors of the five most recent PAS reports. This informal session gives APA members a chance to chat with the experts on these emerging and important planning topics. Represented will be the authors of PAS Report 583, Planning for Shared Mobility; PAS Report 584, Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas; PAS Report 585, Big Data and Planning; PAS Report 586, Emerging Trends in Regional Planning; and PAS Report 587, Planning for Sustainable Material and Waste Management.
Adam Cohen (PAS Report 583, Planning for Shared Mobility)
Jim Schwab, FAICP (PAS Report 584, Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas)
Kevin Desouza (PAS Report 585, Big Data and Planning)
Rocky Piro, FAICP (PAS Report 586, Emerging Trends in Regional Planning)
Robert Leiter, FAICP (PAS Report 586, Emerging Trends in Regional Planning)
Ning Ai (PAS Report 587, Planning for Sustainable Material and Waste Management)
Nancey Green Leigh (PAS Report 587, Planning for Sustainable Material and Waste Management)
Confirmed SpeakerAdam Cohen is a shared mobility researcher at the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Since joining the group in 2004, his research has focused on shared mobility and emerging technologies. He has coauthored numerous articles and reports on shared mobility in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. His academic background is in city and regional planning and international affairs.
, Jim Schwab Consulting LLC
Confirmed SpeakerFrom 2008-2017, Jim Schwab managed APA’s Hazards Planning Center, but his direct engagement with natural hazards and disaster issues began in 1993. He managed an innovative project funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop a PAS Report, Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction. The report became a cornerstone in the planning profession in the development of an entire subfield devoted to hazard mitigation and disaster recovery. By 2014, with the publication of Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation, accompanied by the creation of substantial online resources for the planning community, Jim brought the subject forward again. Jim managed several other major APA projects dealing with hazard mitigaiton and climate change adaptation. Jim left APA in 2017. Jim is currently the chair-elect of APA's Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning Division. He is the principal of Jim Schwab Consulting LLC, a firm he created after leaving APA. He is also adjunct assistant professor at the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning, an author working on a two-book series on the 1993 and 2008 Midwest floods, and a public speaker, and maintains his own blog, "Home of the Brave," on his personal website, www.jimschwab.com.
Confirmed SpeakerDr Kevin C. Desouza is an ASU Foundation professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He served as the inaugural Associate Dean for Research for the College of Public Service & Community Solutions from 2012-2016. Kevin holds a visiting professorship at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana. He has held visiting positions at the Center for International Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, the Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier (GSCM) Business School in France, and the Accenture Institute for High Business Performance in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA). Desouza has authored, co-authored, and/or edited nine books, the most recent being Intrapreneurship: Managing Ideas within Your Organization (University of Toronto Press, 2011). He has published more than 130 articles in journals across a range of disciplines including software engineering, information science, public administration, political science, technology management, and urban affairs. His work has also been featured by a number of publications such as Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Research, Businessweek, Wall Street Journal, Government Executive, and Computerworld, among others. Most recently he curated the Ideas to Retire series for the Brookings Institution that examines practices that are stifling technological innovation in the public sector. Desouza has advised, briefed, and/or consulted for major international corporations, non-governmental organizations, and public agencies on strategic management issues ranging from management of information systems, to knowledge management, competitive intelligence, government intelligence operations, and crisis management. Desouza has received over $1.7 million in research funding from both private and government organizations. For more information, please visit: http://www.kevindesouza.net
Confirmed SpeakerRocky Piro, PhD, FAICP, is Executive Director at the Colorado Center for Sustainable Urbanism.He serves on the Board of Directors for the International Environment and Urban Planning Association and is the immediate past chair of the Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division of the American Planning Association. He served as Executive Director of the Community Planning and Development Department in the City and County of Denver, as Program Manager for the Growth Management Department at the Puget Sound Regional Council in Seattle, and as Manager of the Intergovernmental Planning Team for King County, Washington. In addition, he has taught urban planning courses as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Washington – Seattle, University of Washington – Tacoma, and Seattle University – including classes in land use planning, regional planning, survey of planning, and sustainable cities. His areas of expertise include growth management, smart growth, collaborative planning, integrated planning, and urban sustainability. He has published articles on local and regional planning collaboration, the evolution of regional planning in the U.S., and environmental restoration. He is co-editor of Parallel Patterns of Shrinking Cities and Urban Growth, published by Ashgate in 2013. Currently he is co-editing a Planning Advisory Service publication through the American Planning Association titled Emerging Trends in Regional Planning. He is the recipient of the Myer Wolfe Award for Excellence in Planning and was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2010. He has presented at numerous U.S. conferences and symposiums, as well as at venues overseas, including in the Netherlands, South Africa, Great Britain, Germany, and Australia. He received his PhD in Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington and his Master’s from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Confirmed SpeakerBob Leiter has had a distinguished career in city and regional planning in California for over 40 years. His work in city planning started in 1975, and included service as planning director for the cities of Ventura, Escondido, San Rafael and Chula Vista. In 2003, he was appointed as Director of Land Use and Transportation Planning for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). While serving in that position from 2003 to 2009, Bob was responsible for overseeing regional planning activities in the areas of transportation, land use, public facilities, environmental management, and interregional and bi-national collaboration. After retiring from SANDAG in 2009, Bob worked as a consultant in urban and environmental planning. He provided consulting assistance to regional and state planning agencies and organizations, focused largely on the implementation of SB 375, California’s pioneering climate change legislation. Bob has also served as an advisor on regional water resources planning issues, working with the San Diego Unified Port District, Western Riverside Council of Governments, and the City of Chula Vista. In 2016, he assisted the UC San Diego Planning Department with the update of its Long-Range Development Plan for the La Jolla campus. For several years Bob served as an adjunct lecturer in UC San Diego’s Urban Studies and Planning Program. Bob holds a BA in political science and MA in economics from UC Santa Barbara. He was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2008, and was a long-time board member of APA’s Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division, as well as its Division Council. He has also served on the boards of several organizations in the San Diego region, including the Center for Sustainable Energy, the San Diego Habitat Conservancy, and "Stay Cool for Grandkids," an organization devoted to climate action advocacy and education.
, Georgia Institute of Technology
Confirmed SpeakerNancey Green Leigh is Associate Dean for Research in the College of Architecture, Professor of City and Regional Planning, adjunct professor in the School of Public Policy, and affiliate of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and past Co-Editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research. She specializes in economic development planning and policy. Her recent research focuses on sustainable urban redevelopment and land use (including brownfields and waste diversion), manufacturing, and the role that robotics will play in industrial transformation and labor force composition Leigh has published over 50 articles and four books. She is the lead author of Planning Local Economic Development (6th edition, 2017), a college textbook as well as resource for practitioners working in planning and policy development. In her funded research work, she is currently leading a National Science Foundation project entitled “Workers, Firms and Industries in Robotic Regions,” funded by the National Robotics Initiative. She is also part of a large-scale NSF research project modeling resilient infrastructure processes and systems. At the local level, she recently completed a study for DeKalb County focused on its industrial land and economy. Leigh holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning and Masters in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and Masters in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
, University of Illinois at Chicago
Confirmed SpeakerDr. Ning Ai is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), with a joint appointment at the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy. Ning’s research and teaching interests focus on urban environmental planning, material and waste management, and system analysis of urban sustainability. Largely quantitative, her research involves multidisciplinary methods in support of material- and community-specific waste management, with a focus on electronic waste, post-consumer carpet, municipal solid waste, food waste, and electric vehicle batteries. She is the lead author of the American Planning Association’s publication on “Planning for Sustainable Material and Waste Management” (2017). Currently, she serves as the Division Vice Chair of Sustainability and Resource Conservation Technical Council and Chair of the Resource Conservation (SRC) Technical Coordinating Committee of the Air & Waste Management Association. She has worked for the World Bank, the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co., and the Georgia State Department of Natural Resources. She obtained her dual-bachelor degrees in Environmental Economics and Environmental Engineering from Renmin University and Tsinghua University, respectively, in China, Master’s degree in City Planning from MIT, and doctoral degree in City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech.