Jim Holway, FAICP


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Jim Holway's 32 year planning career has focused on shaping growth, sustaining cities, protecting natural resources, and empowering communities. He currently directs the Western Lands and Communities program for the Sonoran Institute and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Jim has also worked for a regional council of governments, a state regulatory agency, several universities, and nonprofit organizations in Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, California and New York. In 2010 Jim was elected to represent Maricopa County, Arizona, on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District. Jim earned his PhD and master's degree in planning from the University of North Carolina.

About Me

Jim was elected to represent Maricopa County on the Board of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District in November 2010. In 2014, Jim unsuccessfully ran for the Arizona Corporation Commission. Jim directed the Western Lands and Communities program for the Tucson based Sonoran Institute and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy until resigning to campaign full time in early 2014. His work focused on managing growth, sustaining regions, protecting resources and empowering communities throughout the intermountain west. Prior to joining the Sonoran Institute in 2009, Jim taught as a Professor of Practice in Sustainability and served as the Arizona State University Coordinator for the Arizona Water Institute. Jim previously served as Assistant Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources. Jim started his career in 1980, working in Washington DC on energy conservation, financing and renewable energy generation. Jim earned his bachelors degree in Political Science from Cornell University and both a Ph.D. and Masters in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina. Jim was also recently inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Professional Biography

Jim was elected to represent Maricopa County on the Board of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District in November 2010. In 2014, Jim unsuccessfully ran for the Arizona Corporation Commission. Jim directed the Western Lands and Communities program for the Tucson based Sonoran Institute and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy until resigning to campaign full time in early 2014. His work focused on managing growth, sustaining regions, protecting resources and empowering communities throughout the intermountain west. Prior to joining the Sonoran Institute in 2009, Jim taught as a Professor of Practice in Sustainability and served as the Arizona State University Coordinator for the Arizona Water Institute. Jim previously served as Assistant Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources. Jim started his career in 1980, working in Washington DC on energy conservation, financing and renewable energy generation. Jim earned his bachelors degree in Political Science from Cornell University and both a Ph.D. and Masters in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina. Jim was also recently inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners.