For APA Board Director, Region 3

Charles Graves III

Charles Graves

Charles Graves III

Biographical Background

Professional Experience

  • July 2018 to Present — Adjunct Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Florida Atlantic University
  • 2007 - 2018 — Director, Department of City Planning and Buildings, City of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 2005 - 2007 — Deputy director, Long Range Planning, Office of Planning, Government of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.
  • 2004 – 2007 — President and CEO, CC Graves and Associates, LLC
  • 2002 – 2004 — Commissioner of Planning and Community Development, City of Atlanta, GA
  • 1993 – 2002 — Director of Planning, City of Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1991 – 1993 — Director of Planning and Development, City of Appleton, Wisconsin
  • 1989 – 1991 — Senior Planning Specialist, Montgomery County, Maryland


  • Certificate of Advanced Study, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government
  • Master of Science, Community Economic Development — New Hampshire College
  • Bachelor of Art, Political Science/Urban Planning — Hampton University

Position Statement

My name is Charles Graves and I am running for the position of APA Board Member elected from Region 3. I have been an American Planning Association (APA) Member for more than 30 years. As a member, I have become involved in various leadership position. Previously I served as the vice-chair for policy in the Planning ad Black Community Division of APA. While serving in that position,  I was able to secure $5,000.00 for two years from the Fannie May Foundation for minorities to attend the annual APA conference. Later, I served as the Vice-Chair and then Chair of the City Planning and Management Division. I became chair of the Division and served as the Division grew in membership I was then elected as chair of the Division Council for two terms. As the chair of the Division Council, I promoted diversity in division membership as well as on the APA board. I continued to promote diversity recruitment and retention of minority members. While on the APA Board, I helped craft APA’s previous development plan.

Recently I was Chair (again) for the Planning and Management Division, whose focus is on large cities and challenges that planning directors face. 

After having served as the planning director in Baltimore, Atlanta, Washington DC and Cincinnati, I am now serving as a professor in urban planning at Florida Atlantic University. There I serve on the university’s Diversity Committee to promote the recruitment, mentoring and retention of minority students.

I also serve as president and CEO of  PLANS IT LLC, which is a planning and real estate development consulting firm. 

As Planning Director in Cincinnati for ten years, I oversaw a staff of 80 staff persons in the Divisions of Community Planning and Buildings & Inspections.

In Atlanta, I supervised and managed of over 350 staff and six bureaus for Planning, Code Compliance, Buildings, Urban Design, Housing and Economic Development. He reported directly to the Mayor and City Council, and created Atlanta's first inclusionary Zoning District to create affordable housing.

In Baltimore, I directed and coordinated all aspects of the City’s planning function. Responsibilities included assisting in the promotion, attraction and retention of commercial and industrial businesses into the city.

If elected, I will continue the effort to implement this important plan. I will promote and help explain the report to all divisions, chapters and members. I will continue to be a part of APA as it continues to grow and become more diverse in its membership and leadership.