Benjamin G. Hitchings, FAICP

Ben Hitchings is an award-winning planning director who has provided outstanding leadership to the American Planning Association and its North Carolina Chapter for nearly two decades. He has been an innovative and energetic advocate for great community planning and has built APA’s organizational capacity to support it. Highlights include: Developing the first full-scale APA chapter Great Places program in the country; Negotiating the largest update to North Carolina’s Planning Statutes since they were first enacted; and Leading the development of a more inclusive APA Student and New Member Program. Ben’s leadership continues as chair of the APA Chapter Presidents Council.