APA Policy and Advocacy Conference


September 27-29, 2015 • Washington, D.C.

Unless otherwise stated, all events take place at:

The Westin Washington, DC City Center
1400 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005


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Sunday, September 27

Policy Forum and Discussion of APA Policy Priorities

1:00–1:45 p.m.

Keynote: The Science of Persuasion and the Planning Story

2:00–3:15 p.m.

Speaker: Christopher Graves

Leadership Development and Training Sessions (Concurrent Sessions)

3:30–4:45 p.m.

Concurrent topics include:

Contentious Meetings and Effective Engagement

Speaker: Mittie Rooney

Speaker: Roberta Rewers

Building Coalitions with Social Media

Speaker: Michele Late

Speaker: Jason Ray, AICP

Speaker: Jacob Peters

Speaker: Emily Pasi

Effective Messaging

Speaker: Louisa Hart

State Legislative Issues and Advocacy

Speaker: Louis Jacobson

Speaker: Abigail Zenner

Planners' Day on Capitol Hill Advance Briefing

Pursuing Inclusive Growth: Placed-based Strategies for Economic Growth, Social Mobility and Housing Affordability

Opening Plenary: The Daniel Burnham Forum at the National Building Museum
5:15–6:30 p.m.

Moderator: Emily Badger

Speaker: Renée Lewis Glover

Speaker: Paul Jargowsky

Speaker: Shelley Poticha



Monday, September 28

Planners' Day on Capitol Hill Help Desk

7:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
(Open All Day)

Breakfast Event: Federal Agency Resource Marketplace

7:30–8:30 a.m.

Fred Bowers, Community Planner, Office of Planning, Federal Highway Administration
Sherry Riklin, AICP, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Planning and Environment, Federal Transit Administration
Anna Corniel, Pathways Community Planner at U.S. DOT, FTA Office of Planning and Environment

Plenary: The Next 50 Years in Housing and Urban Development Policy

8:45–9:45 a.m.

Speaker: Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.)

Speaker: Harriet Tregoning

What's Next in Transportation Reauthorization and Policy

10:00–11:00 a.m.
Concurrent Session: Priority Issue

Speaker: Jennie Wright

Speaker: Margo Pedroso

Speaker: Erich Zimmermann

Planning and Local Partnerships

10:00–11:00 a.m.
Concurrent Session: Advocacy Leadership

Speaker: Jana Lynott, AICP

Speaker: Alice Patty

Speaker: Victoria Benham

Park Policy and Reauthorizing the Land and Water Conversation Fund

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session: Priority Issue

Speaker: Spencer Kimball

Speaker: Dave Tyahla

Leading and Planning in the Sharing Economy

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session: Advocacy Leadership

Speaker: Nicole DuPuis

Speaker: Stephen Miller

Luncheon: Innovation and Disruption in Today's City

12:30–2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Gabe Klein

New Policy Directions for Fair and Affordable Housing

2:15–3:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session: Priority Issue

Speaker: George Williams Sr.

Speaker: Andrea Ponsor

Local Ideas for Effective Advocacy

2:15–3:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session: Advocacy Leadership

Speaker: Roxanne Blackwell

Speaker: Carley Ruff

Speaker: Patrick Wojahn

Speaker: Stephanie Vance

Plenary: The Planning, Policy and Politics of Water

3:40–5:00 p.m.

Speaker: Former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.)

Free Event: Planning in the Nation’s Capital: A Conversation with D.C. Planning Director Eric Shaw

6:30 p.m., Busboys and Poets, 1025 Fifth St. NW, Washington

Join the crowd at the APA Policy and Advocacy Conference for a Monday evening conversation with Washington, D.C., Director of Planning Eric Shaw. He'll discuss local planning issues and nationwide trends, and you'll have a chance to network with PAC attendees and area planners. No cost, no registration, free appetizers.

Speaker: Eric Shaw

Tuesday, September 29 (Planners' Day on Capitol Hill)

Mentor Meet Up

7:00–7:30 a.m.

Breakfast Meet-Up Briefing and Orientation

7:30–8:45 a.m.

First-Timer Training

9:00–10:00 a.m.

Advanced Advocacy Training

9:00–10:00 a.m.

Meetings on Capitol Hill

10:30 a.m.–Noon

Congressional Luncheon

Noon–1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio)

Meetings on Capitol Hill

1:00–4:00 p.m.

Advocate Celebration and De-Briefing

4:30-5:00 p.m.