News Release: April 29, 2014

Florida Planner Elected President of National Planning Institute Commission

WASHINGTON, DC — Valerie Hubbard, FAICP, of Tallahassee, Florida, has been named President-Elect of the American Planning Association's (APA) professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). APA, an organization with approximately 40,000 members, provides leadership in the development of vital communities. AICP certifies planners and focuses on ethics, professional development, and standards of professional practice. Hubbard will take office as president-elect on June 10.

She will serve one year as president-elect before assuming the presidency for a two-year term, followed by a final year as past-president. Hubbard will be responsible for leading the eight-member American Institute of Certified Planners Commission in governing the Commission and setting strategic goals. This is a volunteer position.

Hubbard has more than 30 years of experience working in the public and private sectors including director of the Community Planning Division of the Florida Department of Community Affairs from 2003 to 2007. Currently she is Director of Planning Services with the firm Akerman LLP in Tallahassee.

Active within APA for more than 20 years, Hubbard's most recent positions include AICP Commissioner for Region III and concurrent appointments as Secretary-Treasurer of the AICP Commission and chair of the APA Ethics Committee. She also has been a long-time member, leader and past president of the Florida Chapter of APA. She is a certified planner and a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the highest honor bestowed by APA upon its members.

Hubbard received her master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida in 1981.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic, and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, with almost 40,000 members worldwide in nearly 100 countries.


Kasi MacFarland, Akerman LLP; 407-419-8436;

Roberta Rewers, APA Public Affairs; 312-786-6395;