Debra Z. Sydenham, FAICP

Deb Sydenham's exceptional leadership legitimized planning in Arizona by developing a transferable planning framework. From council chambers to the statehouse, she taught Navajos the importance of planning to preserve their heritage; trained over 5,000 public officials about planning their communities; created a vision for Arizona through Growing Smarter Guiding Principles; developed the Arizona Smart Growth Scorecard, used by 80 percent of its jurisdictions; and helped save Arizona's $9.2 billion military industry by addressing land-use compatibility and community growth through a nationally recognized landmark planning endeavor. She is a proven agent of change who has created a legacy for planning in Arizona. Inducted 2012.