For Commissioner, Region 4

Erin N. Perdu, AICP

Erin N. Perdu, AICP

Erin N. Perdu, AICP

Professional Experience

  • AICP certified planner and GIS professional (GISP)
  • 21 years of professional experience in both the public and private sectors
  • Areas of interest: inclusive public engagement, long-range planning, and innovative zoning techniques.
  • Community Planning and Economic Development Director with WSB.
    • Serving as City Planner for multiple cities,
    • Leading comprehensive plans
    • Conducting Small Area Plans and Master Plans.
    • Developing extensive, inclusive public engagement strategies for corridor plans, park master plans, and transportation projects
  • Founded consulting firm ENP & Associates in 2002
    • For 12 years at the helm of ENP & Associates, worked with a wide variety of public sector clients providing continuing planning & zoning administration, small area studies, comprehensive plans, zoning ordinance rewrites and more
  • Adjunct professor at the University of Michigan (2011-2014) teaching GIS for Urban Planners to graduate level planning students

APA Experience

I have served as a Metro District Director for the Minnesota Chapter of the APA since 2015 and have enjoyed working with our Professional Development Officers and other Metro District Directors to develop educational and networking opportunities for planners in the region. I have also provided training for Citizen Planners and planning professionals through my APA Chapter (both in Minnesota and Michigan).

In 2016 I served on the committee working on revisions to the AICP examination.

Before moving to Minneapolis in 2014, I was heavily involved with the Michigan Chapter of the American Planning Association. My contributions included: serving on the Information Resources Committee; developing a curriculum on public engagement for professional and citizen planners; and instructing basic training courses offered by the Chapter to planning officials across the state.

Community Involvement

Since moving to my downtown Minneapolis neighborhood 5 years ago, I’ve become involved in my neighborhood association. I currently serve on the Building, Land Use and Housing Committee and the Livability Task Force of the Elliot Park Neighborhood Association.


  • Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Michigan
  • Master of Natural Resources degree also from the University of Michigan
  • Bachelor of Science in Earth Systems from Stanford University

Position Statement

I am a passionate believer in planners working as partners with their communities. Giving planners the tools to engage creatively is one way the APA can help create better places. To that end, I am looking forward to serving on the AICP Commission to ensure that we are providing relevant, innovative professional development opportunities so that planners can best serve their communities.

The AICP credential is an important differentiator for professional planners, and I believe that we have a responsibility to set high standards for that credential. There are two stages to acheiving this: establishing education and experience qualificiations for obtaining membership in the AICP and creating quality educational requirements for certification maintenance. This means the AICP must serve planners at all stages of their careers, which includes evolving our core competencies included in the AICP Exam and Certification Maintenance programs.

In particular, we have a responsibility to provide ethics standards and training that evolves to stay relevent with the changes in society. Advancing the AICP advances the planning profession as a whole by promoting our ethical standards to all planners, employers and communities. I am in favor of changes being that will broaden AICP requirements for ethics, law and current issues while maintaining a reasonable expectation for the amount of CM credits required.

I look forward to the opportunity to advance the AICP's ethical standards as well as promote inclusive, equitable planning practices.