News Release: June 9, 2014

Senior Policy Analyst Elected to AICP Commission

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Karen Wolf, AICP, a senior policy analyst for King County, Washington's Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget, has been elected to serve as a Commissioner for the American Planning Association's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners. APA is a 40,000 member organization committed to promoting better communities through good planning.

Karen Wolf, AICPElected from the region representing the Western and Pacific Northwest states, Wolf will serve as one of eight commissioners and will be responsible for governance of the Commission and setting strategic goals. She will represent more than 15,000 members of APA's professional institute. This is a volunteer position and Wolf will begin her term on Tuesday, June 10.

Wolf has more than two decades of planning experience in King County. She oversaw one of the first research projects in the country that established a link between urban form, transportation accessibility and public health.  She also led the implementation of the Washington State Growth Management Act in King County and has served as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at the University of Washington.

An active association member, Wolf has been instrumental is advancing the planning profession. She served on the AICP Exam Refresh committee and also served on the committee for the AICP Advanced Specialty Certification for Environmental Planning.

Wolf also is active in her community. She is a member of the University of Washington Professionals Council, Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Seattle Children's Hospital, and member of the King County Employee Giving Program Committee. She is a former Chair of the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board and past board member of the Bicycle Alliance of Washington.

Wolf received her bachelor's degree in economics and master's degree in urban planning from the University of Washington. She is a certified planner.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic, and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, with almost 40,000 members worldwide in nearly 100 countries.


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