M. Margo Wheeler, FAICP



FAICP Statement

Margo Wheeler’s 30-year career has been one of transformative, inspirational leadership. As Planning Director in several California cities, Margo has worked tirelessly to create communities of lasting value. Her legacy in Las Vegas include a revitalized downtown and the world-famous Neon Museum. Her remarkable accomplishments have been recognized with numerous awards. Margo’s leadership for APA include hosting the 2008 National Conference in Las Vegas and chairing the City Planning & Management Division. She has mentored other planners with particular focus on citizen planners and women, helping them to be strong, effective leaders able to overcome obstacles and achieve tremendous results. Inducted 2014.

Professional Biography

Margo Wheeler is currently on the faculty of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, teaching planning law, design, historical preservation, and ethics. For over 25 years she served as planning director in 6 CA cities and for the city of Las Vegas, NV, until 2011. She is the former Chair and remains a board member of the City Planning and Management division of APA and serves on the APA-AZ chapter board as NAU's representative. She is currently the chair of the city of Flagstaff Planning & Zoning Commission.She holds a Masters degree from the University of Southern California in Urban and Regional Studies and a Bachelors degree in Economic from Cal State University, Los Angeles. She was admitted to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners in the class of 2012.