APA Leadership and Your Career

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Volunteering with APA is an opportunity to build your network and further develop your career. Learn how seasoned and emerging APA leaders have leveraged their volunteerism to benefit their careers and build their networks. Hear about current opportunities to serve in leadership at national, regional, and local levels, and steps you can take to get involved today.

About the Speakers

Lauren Driscoll
Lauren is a public administration professional and AICP Planner with over a decade of success in the areas of local government, planning, community and economic development, and policy implementation. Highly skilled in complex regulatory, infrastructure, and social initiatives involving diverse stakeholders, complex funding, and a wide array of political circumstances. Lauren has spent her entire career dedicated to helping communities grow and strengthening the profession of planning, in particular Lauren has a passion for small towns and rural communities.

Neal Stone
Neal A. Stone is a Senior Planner for the Town of North Hempstead, Nassau County, Long Island. Mr. Stone has lived in New York City for the last two decades, having worked for two planning consultancies, as well as local and county government. A native of Kamsack, Saskatchewan whose alma mater is the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg), Mr. Stone originally departed the Canadian Prairies for the Republic of the Philippines in 1997 to provide volunteer human rights and environmental education service overseas. His urban planning expertise has included project management in affordable housing, major transportation system management, state and city environmental impact preparation, and open space preservation/resource protection initiatives in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. He is currently contributing to a cultural planning initiative for the Caguayo Foundation in Santiago de Cuba. He serves on Boards of Directors for "Seeking Asylum Finding Empowerment (SAFE)"; "Damayan Migrant Workers Association"; "Queens Pride Lions Club"; and is Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of APA's Divisions Council. He has been a member in good standing of the Canadian Institute of Planners (International) and American Institute of Certified Planners since 2000.

Carol Rhea
Carol Rhea has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of public and private sector planning positions. She is a founding partner of Orion Planning + Design, a firm that serves clients across the U.S. Prior to OPD, she created and staffed Rhea Consulting, and served as the Assistant Director of Planning and Development Services for York County, SC, the Director of Planning and Development for Monroe, NC, a community development planner for the NC Division of Community Assistance, and as a regional planner for the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council. Carol is immediate past president of the American Planning Association (APA), and past president of the NC chapter of APA.

Megan Cummings
Megan J. Cummings, AICP, has considerable experience in transportation demand management, parking, transportation master planning and multi-modal transportation impact studies for both the public and private sectors. She works for the City of Alexandria, VA as a Transportation Planner managing the Transportation Management Plan program to encourage non-drive alone travel. Prior to working in the City of Alexandria, Megan worked in the private sector in Washington, DC and Santa Monica, CA evaluating and forecasting parking supply and transportation demand for facilities for university campuses, mixed-use developments, transit oriented sites, institutional campuses, and business districts. She has a Masters in Planning from the University of Southern California and has served on various APA Committees including the Legislation and Policy Committee, Membership Committee, Young Planners Group (Chair) and Amicus Curiae Committee.