For APA Board Director, Region 3

Wendy D. Shabay, AICP

Wendy D. Shabay, AICP

Wendy D. Shabay, AICP

Biographical Background

Wendy D. Shabay, AICP, is Vice President and manager of the Urban Planning + Design group at Freese and Nichols. She is an award-winning planner for comprehensive planning, corridor planning, downtown redevelopment, and campus planning. Her exceptional ability to build consensus and influence public policy has guided community groups and multi-party stakeholders to achieve results through collaborative problem-solving and interactive participation.

Professional Experience

Freese and Nichols, Inc. (2004-present)
Gideon Toal (1996-2004); Project Manager of Urban Design
Facility Development Services International; now RTKL (1994-1996); Planner

APA Experience

Member of APA since 2001. Member of AICP since 2003.  Leadership positions in APA include:


  • Director, Region III (2016-present)
  • National Awards Jury, Chair (2018-present)
  • Awards Task Force, Chair (2018-present)

Texas Chapter

  • Past President (2015-2017)
  • President (2013-2015)
  • President-Elect (2011-2013)
  • Conference Co-Chair for Chapter Conference (2012)
  • Secretary (2009-2011)

Midwest Section, Texas Chapter

  • Past-Director (2008)
  • Director (2007)
  • Director-Elect (2006)
  • Local Host Committee Program Co-Chair, Chapter Conference (2005)

Awarded the “Directors Award” in 2015 by the Director of the Midwest Section for long-term commitment to APA, especially to the programs and mentorship for our Young Planners.

Community Involvement

Past-Chairman of the Northeast Leadership Forum (NLF), a member group of business leaders, Mayors, and city officials in Northeast Tarrant County.  NLF positions include:

  • Chairman, Chairman-Elect, Secretary, and Founder of the Emerging Leaders Group

Board of Southeast Fort Worth, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to economic development in the underserved areas of Fort Worth for ten years. Honored with the Partnering Award for a decade of dedicated service.


Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University, Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 1993

Position Statement

It has been my great honor to represent Region III on the APA Board the past 4 years. I’m thrilled at the progress we have made to adopt an Educational Blueprint, Legislative Priorities, a Diversity, Inclusion and Equity policy, and the advances of many other initiatives. As a board member, my job is to help APA fulfill its strategic goals to LEAD, COMMUNICATE and ENGAGE, PARTNER, ADVOCATE, INSPIRE and SERVE.  I support the following enhancements for future development of the organization:

  • Inspire and build momentum for involvement of the Emerging Young Planning Leaders. My passion is mentoring future leaders. I’ve been blessed in my career to learn under the guidance of great leaders and hope the same for all those that come behind me. During my term as Chapter President, we started the Emerging Planning Leaders group and “Mentoring Communities”.
  • Fully implement the newly adopted Educational Blueprint.  Serving on the Education Committee, we have made great strides in launching APA LEARN. I desire to seek progression of its use and make our educational resources easily assessible to ALL.
  • Advocate the value of planning to our communities and strengthen the stance not only at the legislative level, but with the elected and appointed officials. 
  • Better engage Chapters and Sections, for they are the best way to connect with members and increase the membership of Commissioners.
  • Build on the strides set forth at NPC ’19 regarding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  It is my hope this becomes second nature to how and why we plan, rather than a policy we follow.
  • Stay focused on sound planning policies, not politics.
  • Raise awareness of planning by TELLING OUR STORY! Planners often fly under the radar, yet we make a tremendous difference in our communities. Through Great Places in America, legislative initiatives, and good story telling, I wholeheartedly endorse the elevation of our profession through leadership training and avenues to share the great work we do.
I would sincerely appreciate your vote for APA Director for Region III.