News Release: December 15, 2016

APA Names Kimberley Jacques Education Director

CHICAGO — The American Planning Association (APA), a membership and education organization with nearly 37,000 domestic and international members, welcomes Kimberley Jacques as its new Director of Education. Jacques comes to APA with more than 15 years of experience in design, development, and delivery of continuing education.

As Director of Education, Jacques is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of the wide range of activities that support APA's live and distance education. She also will manage development of APA's National Planning Conference educational program.

Previously Jacques served as the director of the Education Center for the Radiological Society of North America. Jacques fills a vacancy left by the retirement of Education Director Carolyn Torma.

"We are excited to have Kimberley join APA and look forward to her leadership in education design and delivery, including a robust learning management system," said James M. Drinan, APA's CEO. "Her expertise in educational development and delivery will enhance APA's efforts to provide relevant and timely opportunities for our members."

Jacques has a bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore. She is active in the Professional Conference Management Association, the American Society of Association Executives, and the Association for Talent Development.

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. Members of APA help create communities of lasting value and encourage civic leaders, business interests and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people's lives. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. For more information, visit

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