News Release: June 9, 2014

New Jersey Meadowlands Official Reelected to AICP Commisson

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Chief of Sustainability and Economic Growth for the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, Deborah Alaimo Lawlor, FAICP, has been re-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.

Deborah Alaimo Lawlor, FAICPRe-elected from the region covering the New England states, Lawlor will continue to 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 she will begin her second term on Tuesday, June 10.

Lawlor has more than 30 years of state, regional, and private sector planning experience.  Prior to her role as Chief of Sustainability and Economic Growth, Lawlor held the positions of Chief Planner and Supervisor of Land Use Planning for the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission. She also held planning positions at Edwards and Kelcey, Inc., and PQA Engineering.

An active association member, Lawlor has held a number of leadership roles within the APA New Jersey Chapter, including Northeast area representative, chapter vice president, as well as vice chair of state planning for the APA Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division. She received the 2009 New Jersey Chapter Distinguished Service Award.

Lawlor also is active in her community, serving on the Fairleigh Dickinson University Institute for Sustainable Enterprise Advisory Board and the Township of Wayne's New Jersey Green Team.

Lawlor received both her bachelor's degree in environmental planning and design and master's degree in geography from Rutgers University. She also is a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, one of the profession's highest honors.

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.


Roberta Rewers, APA Public Affairs; 312-786-6395;