News Release: June 9, 2014

Economic and Community Development Director Elected to APA Board

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Azusa, California's Economic and Community Development Director Kurt E. Christiansen, AICP, was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the American Planning Association (APA). APA is a 40,000-member organization committed to promoting better communities through good planning.

Kurt E. Christiansen, AICPElected to represent the region covering the states of California and Nevada, Christiansen will serve as one of the 13-members on the APA Board of Directors responsible for governing the association and setting strategic goals. He will begin his four-year term on Tuesday, June 10. This is a volunteer position.

Prior to his role in Azusa, Christiansen previously served as the Community Development Director for Yorba Linda, California, and Development Services Director for Sierra Madre, California.

Christiansen has been an active member of APA, serving as president of the APA California Chapter, vice chair of the Chapter Presidents Council, a member of the APA Governance Committee and the Membership Committee. He also served as the co-chair of the local host committee for the APA National Planning Conference in Los Angles in 2012.

He is a member of the California State University, Northridge, Urban Planning and Studies Department Alumni Council. He earned his bachelor's degree from California State University, Northridge and master's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He 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.


Roberta Rewers, APA Communications, 312-786-6395;