News Release: June 9, 2014

Jersey City Planner Elected to APA Board

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Courtenay Mercer, AICP, was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the American Planning Association (APA), a 40,000-member organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities.

Courtenay Mercer, AICPElected from the North Eastern and New England states, Mercer will serve as one of the 13-members on the APA Board of Directors responsible for governing the association and setting strategic goals. Mercer will serve for four years in this volunteer position. Her term will begin on Tuesday, June 10.

Mercer is the Principal/Owner of Mercer Planning Associates. Prior to starting her own planning consulting firm, she was the Director of Planning and State TDR Coordinator for the New Jersey Office of Smart Growth.

An active APA member, Mercer has held a number of leadership positions within the organization. Most recently, she served as the Chapter President's Council Secretary–Treasurer and as a member of the Budget and Finance Ad Hoc Committee. She also served as the APA New Jersey Chapter President and was a contributing editor to The Complete Guide to Planning in New Jersey.

Within her community, Mercer has served on the State Agriculture Development Committee, State TDR Bank Board and the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee. She also is the treasurer for the Jersey City Parents for Progress and chair of the PS#3 PTA Playground Committee.

Mercer is a graduate of Rutgers University with degrees in political science and city and regional planning. She is a certified planner and a licensed planner in the state of New Jersey.

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.


Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395;