James C. Schwab, FAICP

Jim Schwab has been pivotal in innovating and leading the integration of natural hazards into planning practice. Through his leadership spanning more than two decades in APA’s research department, and since 2008 as manager of the APA Hazards Planning Center, he has played a central role in creating and shaping a new subfield of professional planning. He has researched the use of planning tools to reduce natural hazard risks and tirelessly advocated for them. He has also published several seminal reports. His work has changed the practice by making pre-disaster mitigation planning and post-disaster recovery planning integral parts of what professional planners do. Inducted 2016.