Planner Profiles is a series of stories from APA members on how they got where they are — sharing their career path, experience, and thought leadership. Planners explore their education, who influenced them, and APA's role in helping set them on course to their current position.

Planner Profiles help you see yourself in the variety of occupations that employ planners in the public and private sectors and in jobs that don't have planner in the title.

Be inspired, take direction, and make the next step.


Technology for Transportation, Smart Cities, and Complex Decision Making

"My Career in Civic Technology"

Janae Futrell


Urbanist, Engineer, City Planner

"My Career As an Urbanist"

Claire Flurin


Economic Development and Civic Tech

"My Career Helping Entrepreneurs Through Economic Development"

Lucas Lindsey


Transportation Planning

Four Transportation Career Stories

Each month APA's Transportation Planning Division interviews a member at random. Here are four interviews from the division's archives.


Equitable Development Expert

"My Career in Equitable Development and Environmental Justice"

Carlton Eley


Hazards Planner

"My Career as the Master of Disaster"

Jim Schwab


Regional Planner

"My Career as a Regional Planner"

Jenn Erickson



Director of Planning and Zoning

"Youngest Director of Planning and Zoning in New York State"

Daniel Barusch



Director of Planning and Sustainability

"The 30-Year Journey of a Sustainability Professional"

Wayne Feiden


Neighborhood Development

"My Career with the U.S. Green Building Council"

Casey Studhalter


Government Planning

Careers in Federal Planning

Four federal planners discuss their very different career paths and talk about opportunities in federal planning.


Founder of a Private Firm

"My Career as a Small Business Owner"

Courtney Kashima


International Urban Planning and Development Consultant

"My Career as a Researcher on West African Cities"

Victoria Okoye


Economic Development Specialist

"My Career as a Planner in Economic Development"

Marissa Garnett


Food Planning and Policy

Food Systems Planning

Members of the APA Food Systems Planning Interest Group (FIG) conducted interviews with a wide variety of practicing planners engaged in some aspect of food planning or policy.


Smart Growth Advocate

"My Career Journey as a Planner"

Hugh Morris


Healthy Communities Planner

"My Career Journey as a Planner"

Miguel A. Vazquez