May 28, 2010
Brunswick, Maine, Director of Planning
Named AICP President-Elect
WASHINGTON, DC — Brunswick, Maine's director of planning and development, Anna M. Breinich, AICP, was named President-Elect of the American Planning Association's (APA) professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners. APA is a 43,000 member organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. The professional institute certifies planners and focuses on ethics, professional development, and standards of professional practice. Breinich took office on May 25.
Breinich will serve one year as president-elect before assuming the presidency for a two-year term. She will be responsible for leading the eight-member American Institute of Certified Planners Commission and guiding certification, accreditation, professional development, and ethics. This is a volunteer position.
An experienced planning practitioner, Breinich has more than 30 years of diverse planning experience in county, municipal, and private sectors. She has served as Brunswick's director of planning and development since 2007.
Prior to this position, Breinich was the director of community planning for the Pennsylvania Environment Council. She also served as an adjunct associate professor and Harrisburg Program Coordinator at Temple University Ambler for the master's degree in Community and Regional Planning Program.
Breinich has been an active member of the association, holding numerous national, state, and local leadership positions. She currently serves on the APA Northern New England Chapter's Professional Development Committee. She is concluding a four-year term on the professional institute's commission, representing more than 16,000 members. Other association leadership roles have included the AICP membership committee, the Planning Accreditation Board Criteria Review Task Force, APA Pennsylvania Chapter president, chair of the APA Chapter Presidents Council, and co-chair of the APA 2007 National Planning Conference local host committee. She became a certified planner in 1985.
Breinich received a bachelor's degree in sociology and certificate in social work from Elizabethtown College, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the Pennsylvania State University.