Ronald L. Thomas, FAICP

For 40 years Ron Thomas has helped communities navigate change through truly inclusive planning. For him planning is the highest form of civic work, from neighborhoods to regions, even megaregions. He pioneered planners' use of interactive facilitation, television, large-scale engagement, and visualization technologies that enable citizens of all strata and races to constructively participate in planning. Throughout his career, he has found opportunity to advance planning at the national level as well as practice at all scales literally from coast to coast. As regional agency director, educator, and practitioner, Ron Thomas exemplifies purposeful leadership in the planning profession. Inducted 2012.