For Commissioner, Region 6 (2-year term)

Brian Foote, AICP

Brian Foote, AICP

Brian Foote, AICP

Professional Experience

  • City Planner/Planning Manager, City of Redlands, CA
  • Certified Member, American Institute of Certified Planners
  • Certified Member, American Association of Airport Executives

APA Experience

  • Chair-Elect, Urban Design & Preservation Division (2019-2020)
  • Mentoring Program Coordinator, Urban Design & Preservation Division (2019-2020)
  • Mentor, Urban Design & Preservation Division (2018-Present)
  • Membership Coordinator, Urban Design & Preservation Division (2015-2018)
  • Mobile Workshops Subcommittee and presenter, APA California State Conference (2016)
  • Awards Committee, APA California — Central Coast Section (2015)

Education

MURP, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
B.S. w/ honors, Social Science, Upper Iowa University

Community Involvement

  • 2018 Rose Parade, Tournament Volunteer Award, Shriners Hospitals for Children float
  • Los Angeles Shriners, member and Stagecraft unit past president (2005-Present)
  • San Bernardino Lodge No. 178, various appointed/elected positions and past president (2002-2008)
  • City of Colton Council Appointee, Economic Development Policy Strategy Advisory Committee (2005)

Position Statement

It has been an honor and privilege to serve in the Urban Design & Preservation Division these past four years, and now I hope you’ll give me the opportunity to serve as AICP Commissioner for Region 6. I agree with the Strategic Plan that has been implemented by the AICP Commission recently, and with your support I will continue our momentum.

Maintain Our Progress! We need to maintain the progress we have made thus far, including the public recognition and integrity of the AICP credential. I fully support the implementation of the AICP Candidate Pilot Program, and will strive to ensure it becomes firmly established. We must also maintain AICP standards while encouraging more candidates from a variety of different backgrounds.

Diversity is Our Strength! Certified planners need to be people with varied demographics, backgrounds, experiences, and interests. The communities and people we serve, and the problems we encounter and need to solve, are similarly complex and varied. Diverse perspectives can offer unique insights and solutions to resolve difficult issues. I also would like to explore the concept of an AICP exam fee assistance program to help applicants from under-represented backgrounds if the fee presents an obstacle (which most employers do not pay or reimburse the exam fee and other costs prior to certification). We want more diversity in APA and AICP, so let’s reduce one more barrier to help make that happen.

Change Is Certain! One thing is certain — change is inevitable in our communities. Whether that change takes the form of sea level rise in our coastal communities, wildfires in our mountain and hillside communities, or unrestrained growth of sprawl and the undue influence of automobiles in our urban areas, APA and AICP are positioned to address contemporary and future problems. AICP planners are equipped to formulate and lead the policy proposals to address those and other planning issues.

Cultivate Volunteerism! Volunteering for what you believe in will eventually effect positive change. We volunteered to become AICP, and we strive to achieve something more. Whether you are involved with an APA division/chapter/section, a mentoring program, or other APA-sponsored program — receive people with open arms. Some will inevitably become new volunteers, and one is certain to take over for you someday.

Recognize and cultivate the spirit of volunteerism! Acknowledge and inspire their willingness to serve and achieve more.

Advancing the Profession! I have been a planner for almost two decades, and thanks to my active involvement with APA and AICP, I can say I have grown professionally as well as personally. I hope you’ll give me the opportunity to help others experience similar benefits and to continue advancing the planning profession.