APA Board of Directors
APA is governed by its Board of Directors, who are elected from among the membership of the Association.
The Board is chaired by the APA President, and sets broad policy for the Association and governs its affairs. Day-to-day operations are managed by APA staff. Board members serve four-year terms. Terms are staggered, so half of the board is elected biennially. APA's Board has 13 members, as well as three Advisors, who are the elected leaders of the councils of our component groups, and advise the Board on matters related to Chapters, Divisions and Students.
William Anderson, FAICP
President of APA
Bill Anderson, San Diego, California, integrates development economics and planning, having worked in 20 states and eight countries as a partner with Economics Research Associates (now AECOM). Anderson focuses on inner cities, community planning and regional planning. He headed up San Diego's oldest planning advocacy group and chaired San Diego's Planning Commission, helping formulate the "City of Villages" strategy. Anderson served as Director of San Diego's City Planning & Community Investment Department between 2006 and 2011, where he oversaw planning, economic development, urban form, and facilities financing. He was inducted into the AICP College of Fellows in 2006.
Mitchell J. Silver, AICP
Past President of APA
Mitchell Silver is the Chief Planning and Economic Development Officer in the City of Raleigh, North Carolina. Silver is an award-winning planner with more than 25 years of planning experience. He is nationally recognized for his leadership in the profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues. Before coming to Raleigh in 2005 as planning director, Silver worked as policy and planning director in New York City, a principal of a New York City-based planning firm, a town manager in New Jersey and deputy planning director in Washington, D.C. He has taught graduate planning courses at Hunter College, Brooklyn College, Pratt Institute, and North Carolina State University. As planning director in Raleigh, he led the comprehensive plan update process. He is now overseeing a rewrite of the city's Development Code.
Lee Brown, FAICP
Director, President of AICP
Lee Brown has more than 30 years of experience working for municipalities in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. He is president of Teska Associates, Inc., a consulting firm that provides urban planning and landscape architecture services throughout the Midwest. He is a certified planner and a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the highest honor that can bestowed upon an American planner. Active within the organization for more than 30 years, Brown currently is a member of the Community Assistance Program Committee and serves as a Planning Accreditation Board site visitor that reviews university planning programs. He previously volunteered for several Planning Assistance Teams, served as the APA Illinois Chapter president, and helped establish the Planning Officials Development Officers program.
Angela J. Vincent
Director elected from Region I
Angela Vincent has dedicated her professional career to community and environmental planning. She is currently the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Regional Director at ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI). Vincent works with the 200-plus local government members in the region to find local solutions to reducing their carbon footprint by implementing measures to reduce emissions and develop more sustainable communities. She was also a Senior Regional Planner at the Nashua Regional Planning Commission. Vincent focused her work on providing land use, environmental, and energy planning tools and resources issues for the 12-member region.
Rodger Lentz, AICP
Director elected from Region II
Rodger Lentz, AICP, is director of planning and development Services in Wilson, North Carolina. His focus includes development and implementation of the award-winning 2030 Comprehensive Plan, center city revitalization, brownfield redevelopment, and alternative transportation. The former North Carolina Chapter President, Lentz presently serves on the chapter's legislative committee and on committees of the North Carolina League of Municipalities. He also served on APA's Chapter Presidents Council executive committee. Prior to Wilson, Lentz worked for Charlotte, Cabarrus County, and Matthews, North Carolina. He is also passionate about improving achievement at low performing schools through the Hand in Hand Project.
Whit Blanton, FAICP
Director elected from Region III
Whit Blanton, FAICP, has focused on helping communities and regions develop their transportation and housing options for economic revitalization and livable communities. He is vice president/founding principal of Renaissance Planning Group, and received the 2011 AICP President's Award for Exemplary Practice. Within APA, he served as chair of the Transportation Planning Division and the Divisions Council, and as a member of the Legislative & Policy Committee. He led the recent adoption of new Transportation and Smart Growth policy guides, and the development of AICP's Advanced Specialty Certification in Transportation Planning. A native of North Carolina, he lives in Winter Park, Florida.
Cynthia Bowen, AICP
Director elected from Region IV
Cynthia Bowen is a director at RW Armstrong, a global consulting firm. Prior to her current position, Bowen worked as a Senior Planner at HNTB Corporation. An active APA member, Bowen has held a number of leadership positions including president of the APA Indiana Chapter and vice chair and secretary/treasurer of the Chapter Presidents Council. Bowen is a graduate of Ball State University with degrees in urban and regional planning and environmental science and design. Within her community, Bowen currently serves as a board member and Land Use Committee Chair for the Lafayette Square Area Coalition.
Kelli A. Sertich, AICP
Director elected from Region V
Kelli Sertich has more than 20 years of professional planning experience in the public and private sectors in Arizona. She currently is a Regional Area Planning Manager for the Flood Control District of Maricopa County. She is a certified planner and certified floodplain manager. A dedicated member of APA, Sertich has served the association in a variety of capacities at the local and national level. She was the Arizona APA Chapter President, held various positions on the Arizona Chapter Board, served on the National Planning Awards Jury, and is a current member of Continuing Education Committee of AICP, APA's professional institute. Sertich received an associate's degree in Applied Science from Glendale Community College, bachelor's degree in Design and Urban Planning from Arizona State University, and a master's degree from Western International University.
Jeanette Dinwiddie-Moore, FAICP
Director elected from Region VI
Jeanette Dinwiddie-Moore is Principal for Dinwiddie and Associates. She has over thirty years of planning experience, has worked on a variety of planning projects and has been a consultant to utility companies for over 20 years providing assistance with land use planning, permitting/entitlements, and environmental assessments. She has been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in the planning profession, diligently working to advance diversity in California and nationally. Jeanette served on the California Chapter Board for over six years, helped plan several Chapter and national Diversity Summits/Panels and has served on several APA and AICP committees and Divisions.
Kara W. Drane, AICP
Director elected at Large
Kara Drane, AICP, is Planning Director for Forrest County, Mississippi. She has extensive experience as both a public sector planning administrator and as a planning consultant in Mississippi and South Carolina. She has served as Chapter President of APA Mississippi and in a number of other chapter leadership roles, during which time she and the chapter were the recipients of numerous awards for outstanding planning leadership. She has also served in key roles in various community organizations. Kara has a Bachelor's of Science in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Southern Mississippi and has been an AICP member since 1995.
Ann C. Bagley, FAICP
Director elected at Large
As a community planner and a consultant, Ann Bagley's work has focused on comprehensive plans, park development, and training planning commissions. As a practicing planner, her experience has included work at Wilbur Smith Associates, the Centurion Consulting Group, and as an independent consultant. She has also worked in the public sector in Sugar Land and Houston, Texas, and at the regional agency, Evangeline Economic and Planning District (EEPD). She was recently appointed to her third term on the Dallas City Plan Commission.
W. Shedrick Coleman
Director elected at Large, Focused
W. Shedrick Coleman is a partner in the Cowart Coleman Group that practices architecture, land planning and interior design. He currently serves as chairman of the Chatham County– Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) in Georgia. The planning commission is the joint city-county planning agency responsible for comprehensive planning and zoning recommendations to the member governments and for historic and natural preservation, community, transportation, and land use planning.
Angela D. Brooks, AICP
Director elected at Large, Focused
Advisors to the APA Board
Stephen D. Villavaso, FAICP
Chapter Presidents Council Advisor to the Board
Stephen D. Villavaso is a land use/zoning attorney and a city planner specializing in master plans, development codes, land use law, and zoning with over 39 years of experience. He is also an adjunct professor at the department of planning and urban studies at the University of New Orleans where he teaches land use law, development practices, and grantwriting. He holds a master's degree in urban and regional planning from UNO and a JD from the Loyola University School of Law. He has published many articles on zoning and land use issues. Villavaso's firm is currently working on several master plans and zoning codes across the state of Louisiana. He is the immediate past-president of APA's Louisiana Chapter.
Marjorie (Marj) P. Press
Divisions Council Advisor to the Board
Marj Press's 20-plus year-long professional career as a transportation planner primarily focused on analyzing the feasibility and environmental effects of transportation infrastructure projects in the Puget Sound Region and across the U.S. Press has been a member of APA for more than 20 years and has served on a variety of Divisions Council and Board committees and task forces, and is a founding member of APA's GALIP Division. She also served on the Board of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) and was the Seattle conference chair. Press was recently appointed to the Seattle Planning Commission for a three-year term. She is a founding member and co-owner of Terra Plata and an investor in the new Seattle restaurant, Aragona.
Student Representatives Council Advisor to the Board
Katherine "Katie" Poppel is a 2014 candidate for Bachelor of Urban Planning at the University of Cincinnati. Her focus thus far in her education has been sustainable, urban design in the international perspective. Originally from Ohio, Poppel has worked in Chicago and Colorado and hopes to continue exploring cities around the globe. She has attended three APA National Conferences and one APA Ohio Chapter Conference.