April 16, 2013

California Planner Inducted President of the American Planning Association

CHICAGO — Former San Diego Planning Director William Anderson, FAICP, was inducted as President of the American Planning Association (APA), a 40,000-member organization committed to promoting better communities through good planning.

Lee Brown, FAICPAnderson began his two-year term as president today at APA's National Planning Conference, which continues through tomorrow in Chicago. He will be responsible for leading the 13-member Board of Directors, APA's governing body. This is a non-paid position.

During his career Anderson has focused on the integration of planning, economic development and environmental quality. He currently is a principal/vice president for AECOM, an international management and technical services firm active in design, planning, engineering, transportation, environmental and construction management. Anderson serves as AECOM's director of economics and planning practice for the U.S. West.

Before joining the firm in 2011, he was director of San Diego's City Planning and Community Investment Department since 2006, overseeing planning, economic development, urban form, and facilities financing. During that time he also chaired the San Diego Association of Government's Technical Working Group of the region's planning directors. Prior to working for San Diego, Anderson was a senior vice president with Economics Research Associates. During his career, Anderson has worked in eight countries and 20 states.

Past appointments with APA include co-chair of the Sustaining Places Initiative; chair of the Diversity Task Force; chair of the Economic Development Division; memberships in the Legislative & Policy Committee, Membership Committee and California Planning Roundtable. He was inducted into APA's and the planning profession's most honored circle, the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), in 2006. AICP is the professional institute of APA.

As a citizen volunteer, Anderson was a Planning Commissioner for the City of San Diego from 1995 to 2003, serving as chair from 2001-2003. He also was president of C-3, a citizens planning and conservation advocacy organization formed in San Diego in 1958. Anderson currently serves on the City Heights Community Development Corporation board of directors. He received his master's degree in city and regional planning from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Claremont McKenna College with coursework at the University of Copenhagen.


Roberta Rewers, APA Public Affairs; 312-786-6395; rrewers@planning.org