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, FAICP, is a Principal and Director of Planning for Rundell Ernstberger Associates (REA), with 24 years of experience. Cynthia manages complex, multi-discipline planning and urban design projects both in the US and abroad. Cynthia’s work focuses on land use, economic development, redevelopment and revitalization, transportation, and regulation development. She works with clients, stakeholders, and community leaders to create plans that transform neighborhoods and communities physically, socially, and economically. Cynthia’s strength is building consensus, creating understandable linkages between policy, design, and regulations and other implementation mechanisms. Cynthia has led projects in the Middle East in the countries of Libya, UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Qatar. Many of these projects were master plans focused on creating new cities and neighborhoods that were integrated, secure, and contained a mix of jobs, residential, retail, parks, schools, mosques, and gathering areas. Being a woman working in the middle east, she had to be mindful of her approach to working with foreign leaders and clients, especially in Saudi Arabia and Libya. She also had to be respectful of their cultural rules and plan for their society's values and not American's values. Cynthia is the Immediate Past President of the American Planning Association.

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