Planner Profiles is a series of stories from APA members on how they got where they are — sharing their career path, experience, and thought leadership. Planners explore their education, who influenced them, and APA's role in helping set them on course to their current position.
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Planning for Strong Public Schools
Shannon Jaax, AICP
Promoting Eco-Industrial Networking and Green Building
Peter Lowitt, FAICP
Coalition Building for Community Resilience
Innovating for Public Engagement
Comprehensive Neighborhood Planning
Perris Straughter, AICP
Empowering Neighbors to Plan Neighborhoods
Monique López, AICP, MA, MCRP
Living History of Planning
"My 60 Year Career As a Planner"
Richard Bolan, FAICP
Water Management in a Coastal City
"My Career in Floodplain Management"
Brad Klamer, CFM
Shaping Healthier, More Engaged Communities
"My Career Fostering Healthy, Engaged Communities"
Suzanne Nienaber, AICP
Technology for Transportation, Smart Cities, and Complex Decision Making
Urbanist, Engineer, City Planner
Economic Development and Civic Tech
Each month APA's Transportation Planning Division interviews a member at random. Here are four interviews from the division's archives.
Equitable Development Expert
Justin Garrett Moore
Director of Planning and Zoning
Director of Planning and Sustainability
Wayne Feiden, FAICP
Four federal planners discuss their very different career paths and talk about opportunities in federal planning.
Founder of a Private Firm
International Urban Planning and Development Consultant
Economic Development Specialist
Food Planning and Policy
Members of the APA Food Systems Planning Interest Group (FIG) conducted interviews with a wide variety of practicing planners engaged in some aspect of food planning or policy.
Smart Growth Advocate
Healthy Communities Planner
Miguel A. Vazquez