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.
Confirmed SpeakerMr. Schwab joined the American Planning Association in November 1985. Originally the assistant editor of Planning, APA's monthly magazine, he joined APA’s research department in August 1990. He serves as the co-editor of a monthly publication, Zoning Practice. He is the Manager of APA’s Hazards Planning Center in the Chicago office. Mr. Schwab is currently managing two FEMA-funded projects for the Hazards Planning Center. One is the Planning Information Exchange, a series of peer-exchange webinars on hazard mitigation planning, which involves the Association of State Floodplain Managers as a partner organization. The second began in October 2015, Innovations in Planning and Public Engagement for Local Resilience, and involves University of California-San Diego, Placeways LLC, and National Charrette Institute as partners. He is also currently involved in two NOAA-funded projects. One is nationally focused with the Association of State Floodplain Managers as the lead partner; it aims to help communities incorporate climate data into capital improvements planning. The other is led by APA, with Jim as the project manager, and is focused on the Great Lakes, with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and the University of Illinois as partners; its purpose is to work with pilot communities in metropolitan Chicago on incorporating climate data into comprehensive plans and capital improvements programs. Both started in 2016. Mr. Schwab was the project manager for “Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation,” an ambitious effort funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to completely rewrite Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Redevelopment (1998), which APA produced under a cooperative agreement with FEMA. This effort included substantial multimedia web tools including the Recovery News blog and a series of briefing papers. Mr. Schwab was also project manager and general editor for the FEMA-funded APA Planning Advisory Report, Hazard Mitigation: Integrating Best Practices into Planning, released in May 2010. He was the general editor and project manager for Planning for Drought, a PAS Report released in January 2014 and produced under a subcontract with the University of Nebraska’s National Drought Mitigation Center. Under an APA subcontract with the Association of State Floodplain Managers, he has also been involved in a project providing training and online resources to communities affected by Great Lakes coastal hazards. In 2016, APA also published Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas, a PAS Report project he led with ASFPM as the major partner. Mr. Schwab was the sole author of two PAS Reports in the 1990s, Industrial Performance Standards for a New Century and Planning and Zoning for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. He served as the project manager for a FEMA-supported project in which APA has developed training for planners on the planning provisions of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, and for the Firewise Communities Post-Workshop Assessment. With Stuart Meck, he co-authored the 2005 PAS Report, Planning for Wildfires. He was also the principal investigator and primary author of Tribal Transportation Programs, produced for the Transportation Research Board. He was the project manager and general editor for the PAS Report, Planning the Urban Forest: Ecology, Economy, and Community Development, released in January 2009, and led the subsequent development of a training workshop based on that report, with a matching grant from the U.S. Forest Service. Finally, Mr. Schwab is APA’s lead representative for its partnership with NOAA’s Digital Coast. Mr. Schwab has worked overseas several times on hazard-related planning: in the Dominican Republic overseeing site planning training in 2001, in Sri Lanka following the Indian Ocean tsunami, speaking at a disaster recovery conference in Taiwan in 2006, as a Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Advanced Engineering in New Zealand in 2008, and speaking in May 2013 at a European Union conference on cities and climate change in Venice, Italy. Mr. Schwab is also the author of two books. The first, Raising Less Corn and More Hell: Midwestern Farmers Speak Out, was published in 1988 by the University of Illinois Press. It is an oral history of the farm crisis that affected the Midwest during the 1980s. The second, Deeper Shades of Green: The Rise of Blue-Collar and Minority Environmentalism in America, was released by Sierra Club Books in the fall of 1994. He is presently developing plans for a two-book series about the 1993 and 2008 Midwest floods.
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.