APA and AICP Appoint Leaders
to Planning Accreditation Board

Former Washington, D.C., Mayor Anthony A. Williams and Fort Worth, Texas, Assistant City Manager Fernando Costa, FAICP, have been appointed to the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) for three-year terms. The PAB is responsible for reviewing and accrediting graduate and undergraduate planning programs in North America. PAB currently oversees accreditation for 84 programs at 72 universities. The board comprises eight volunteer members.

This is Williams's first appointment to the PAB and Costa's second consecutive appointment. Costa previously served as the board's chair.

Anthony Williams was appointed by APA President Robert Hunter, FAICP, to represent the public interest and to provide an alternative viewpoint from planning practitioners. He is CEO of Primum Public Realty Trust that provides financial solutions for government and nonprofit organizations. Williams served two terms as mayor of Washington, D.C., from 1999 to 2007 and revitalized a languishing planning department. He was vice chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, appointed by President Clinton as the first chief financial officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and helped oversee Boston's planning efforts.

Mayor Anthony A. Williams

Fernando Costa was reappointed by AICP President Graham Billingsley, FAICP. Costa will hold one of three positions on the board dedicated for planning practitioners. Costa has more than 30 years of planning experience in the local government sector. He was Fort Worth's planning director for nine years and formerly the planning director for Atlanta. Costa is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an American planner and an active APA member. He previously served as chair of APA's City Planning and Management Division.

Fernando Costa, FAICP

As members of PAB, Williams and Costa are part of the decision-making body for accreditation that regularly reviews planning programs for initial candidacy and reaccreditation. The volunteer PAB is responsible for ensuring a high quality education for future planning professionals.

PAB, an autonomous nonprofit organization, is sponsored by the American Planning Association (APA); APA's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners; and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). APA appoints the public member and AICP appoints three planning practitioners, one of whom is a young planner. ACSP appoints three planning educators and one university administrator familiar with the accreditation process. PAB is formally recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).