May 28, 2010
Raleigh Planning Director
Named APA President-Elect
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Raleigh, North Carolina, Planning Director Mitchell J. Silver, AICP, was elected to serve as President-Elect of the American Planning Association (APA), a 43,000 member organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. Silver took office on May 25.
Silver will serve one year as president-elect before assuming the presidency for a two-year term. He will be responsible for leading the 13-member APA Board of Directors in governing the association and setting strategic goals. This is a volunteer position.
A proven leader within the association, Silver is completing a four-year term as Director at Large on the APA Board as well as serving on the board's executive committee as Secretary/Treasurer. Previously he served as the co-chair of the APA National Planning Conference host committee in 2000, and president of the New York Metro Chapter that received the Chapter Presidents Council Karen B. Smith Award for Overall Chapter Achievement during his tenure.
Silver has held professional positions in both the public and private sectors, including serving as the deputy director in the Office of Planning in Washington, D.C., Northern Manhattan Planning and Policy Director for the Manhattan Borough President in New York, and as a city planner in the New York City Planning Department.
He is a certified planner and a licensed professional planner in the state of New Jersey. Silver received a Bachelor of Architecture from the Pratt Institute and a Master of Urban Planning from Hunter College.