Cynthia Bowen, FAICP


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FAICP Statement

As the youngest and only sixth female president to serve in the history of the American Planning Association, Cynthia Bowen exemplifies leadership in the planning profession. During her 23 year career, she has led many multi discipline projects in diverse and disadvantaged communities from the Midwestern United States to Middle Eastern countries such as United Arab Emirates, Libya, and Egypt. In addition to mentoring other planning professionals, Cynthia has served in key community and university roles for more than 10 years. Her passion for fair planning and respect of cultural values makes Cynthia a true global leader in the profession.

Professional Biography

Cynthia Bowen is the Immediate President of the American Planning Association. She is the Director of Planning for Rundell Ernstberger Associates (REA), a national planning, urban design and land architect firm founded in 1979. She is a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Cynthia has significant design and policy-oriented experience and has completed more than 100 multi-discipline, diverse projects in her 22 plus year career. She is a graduate of Ball State University with degrees in urban and regional planning and environmental science and design. Cynthia manages complex, multi-discipline planning and urban design projects both in the US and abroad. Most of Cynthia’s work focuses on land use, economic development, revitalization, aesthetics, and regulations. Cynthia works with clients, stakeholders, and community leaders to create plans that transform cities and neighborhoods physically, socially, and economically. Cynthia’s strength is building consensus, creating understandable linkages between policy, design, and regulations and other implementation mechanisms. Besides her US-based work, Cynthia has led projects in the Middle East focused on creating cities and neighborhoods that were integrated, secure, and contained a mix of jobs, residential, retail, parks, schools, mosques, and gathering areas.

Education

160207 | Ball State University
Graduation Date: May, 1996
Degree Level: Undergraduate
Planning Degree

Job History

Rundell Ernstberger Associates
Director of Planning
October,2015 - Present
Indianapolis, IN
None
United States

CHA Consulting (Formerly RW Armstrong)
Director of Planning
January,2007 - October,2015
Indianapolis, IN
None
United States

HNTB Corporation
Senior Planner/PM/Marketing
August,1998 - January,2007
Indianapolis, IN
None
United States

Camiros
Associate
May,1996 - August,1998
Chicag0, IL
None
United States