APA Board of Directors Biographies
Leo R. Asuncion, Jr., AICP
Leo Asuncion is a commissioner with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission and previously served as director and administrator of the state's Office of Planning. He is a certified planner and holds an MBA from Hawaii Pacific University, and Master of Urban and Regional Planning and bachelor's degrees from the University of Hawaii. Asuncion has served in a number of leadership roles within APA, including serving on the Board of Directors and the Chapter Presidents Council, and as APA Hawaii Chapter president. He is a member of Lambda Alpha International, a board member of McKinley High School (Honolulu) Business Academy, and past chair of the Coastal States Organization.
Angela D. Brooks, AICP
Angela Brooks is the Director of the Illinois office of the Corporation for Supportive Housing. Brooks is a native of Seattle and a graduate of Jackson State University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, and the University of New Orleans, where she received a Master of Urban and Regional Planning. An active member of APA since graduate school, Brooks has held numerous leadership positions including past chair of the Housing and Community Development Division, vice president of programs for the Planning and the Black Community Division, chair of the Diversity Task Force, Newsletter Editor for the Washington Chapter, and co-chair of the Housing Policy Guide. She has also served on the City of Seattle Planning Commission and Martin Luther King County Boundary Review Board.
Secretary, Director at Large
Lauren M. Driscoll, AICP
Lauren Driscoll is the director of Community and Development Services for the City of Salina, Kansas. She is a certified planner and holds a bachelor's degree from Grand Valley State University. Within APA, Driscoll has served as the president of the APA Alaska Chapter, chair of the Leadership Development Committee, chair of the Emerging Issues Committee for the Chapters Presidents Council, and chair of the Communications Committee.
Treasurer, Director Region IV
Wendy E. Moeller, FAICP
Wendy Moeller is principal and owner at Compass Point Planning. Previously, she was senior planner at McBride Dale Clarion. She earned a bachelor's degree in urban planning at the University of Cincinnati. In addition to numerous volunteer roles at APA, she served as president of APA's Ohio Chapter. Moeller also served Goshen Township as a zoning commissioner from 2004–2007.
Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP
Mitchell Silver became commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks in May 2014. He is a past president of the American Planning Association and an award-winning planner with 35 years of experience. Silver is internationally recognized for his leadership in the planning profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues. As Parks Commissioner, he oversees management, planning, and operations of 30,000 acres of parkland. Prior to returning to his native New York City, he served as the chief planning and development officer for Raleigh, North Carolina, where he led the comprehensive plan update process and a rewriting of the development code to create a vibrant 21st century city. As one of the nation's most celebrated urban thinkers, Silver was elected to Planetizen's list of the 100 Most Influential Urbanists in 2017.
Chief Executive Officer, APA and AICP
Joel Albizo, FASAE, CAE
Joel Albizo has more than 30 years of association management experience and is seen as an innovator within the association CEO community. In addition to original research and presentations on the competencies and development of future association CEOs, he is attuned to digital transformation and other trends impacting the nonprofit sector. Previously, he served as CEO for the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB), a regulatory body that works to protect the public's health, safety, and welfare by establishing licensure standards for the practice of landscape architecture. Albizo earned his bachelor's degree in mass communications at Towson University in Maryland. He is president of the Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards, and a former board member and treasurer for the American Society of Association Executives.
Director Region I
Scott D. Turner, AICP
Scott Turner is the Director of Planning for Environmental Partners in Quincy. Massachusetts where he leads the firms planning and stormwater practices. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a registered Professional Engineer, and a LEED Accredited Professional in Neighborhood Development. His 30 years career has focused on private development, stormwater planning and design, sustainability, and climate change. He is the past chair of APA's Sustainable Communities Division and was the local host subcommittee chair for the 2021 National Planning Conference. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and Environmental Studies and a Master of Science Degree in City Planning from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Director Region II
Ben Hitchings, FAICP
Ben Hitchings is principal at Green Heron Planning, LLC, in Durham, North Carolina, and has more than 25 years of experience working on planning issues. He is the former planning director for the Town of Chapel Hill and the Town of Morrisville in North Carolina. He received his master's degree in planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor's degree from Amherst College, and is a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. An active association member, Hitchings is the past president of the APA North Carolina Chapter. He co-chaired the Student and New Member Task Force and recently chaired the Chapter Presidents Council.
Director Region III
Wendy D. Shabay, FAICP, Assoc AIA
Wendy Shabay is vice president/principal and manager of the Urban Planning + Design group at Freese and Nichols, Inc., an architecture/engineering/planning firm founded in 1894. She works on urban development, comprehensive planning, transit-oriented development, corridor planning, downtown redevelopment, and campus planning. Shabay received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University, Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 1993.
Director Region V
Allison G. Mouch, AICP
Allison is managing partner at Orion Planning + Design and currently based in Missoula, Montana. Bringing 15 years of professional planning experience to the team, her areas of specialization include comprehensive plans, code development, public engagement, project management, mapping, and analysis, with a focus on collaboration as a means of achieving positive outcomes. She is AICP and an active member of the American Planning Association (APA), past-president of APA's Western Central Chapter, and currently sits on the Montana Association of Planners (MAP) Board of Directors. She holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from Miami University (Ohio), and a master's degree in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Director Region VI
Kristen Asp, AICP
Kristen Asp is the principal planner for the city of Glendale, California. She is a certified planner and earned a master's degree from Woodbury University and a bachelor's degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Asp originally became a member of APA as an undergraduate student and served as a student representative for the APA California Chapter. She has also served as the Los Angeles Section director and vice president for administration for the APA California Chapter.
Director at Large
Edna Ely-Ledesma is an assistant professor in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she directs the Kaufman Lab for the Study and Design of Food Systems and Marketplaces. Her applied research seeks to bridge the gap between communities and city governments to help define the planning and design agency of Latinos, a traditionally under-represented group. She served as the Chair of the Latinos and Planning Division, and as an ex-officio member of the Divisions Council (DC) executive committee. She is currently a member of the APA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee.
Director at Large
Silvia E. Vargas, FAICP
Silvia Vargas, FAICP, is a Principal Planner at Calvin, Giordano & Associates in Miami. Having started her professional career as a Planner in Monroe County (FL), where she also served as Parks and Recreation Planner, Silvia spent 20 years at WRT Planning and Design before going on to form her own planning practice. Silvia served as AICP Commissioner for Region III (2016-2020). During her term, she led the AICP College of Fellows Committee and co-chaired the AICP Exam Committee. She now leads APA’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. Silvia has been an active member of ULI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) in South Florida. Silvia has a Master of Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies from the University of Kansas (KU). She is a member of the KU School of Public Affairs & Administration Advisory Board.
Chapter Presidents Council Chair
Tim Gladhill, AICP
Tim Gladhill is the Community Development Director for the City of Stillwater, recently joining the team in June, 2021, where is primary focus is economic development and project management, but also providing leadership to Planning, Zoning and Building Safety Inspections. Prior to that, Tim spent nearly twenty (20) years with the City of Ramsey, northwestern suburb of Minneapolis, starting as a Public Works Maintenance Worker in Parks and Utilities, ultimately also serving as Planner, Community Development Director and Deputy City Administrator. Tim has served as Vice-President and President of the American Planning Association, Minnesota Chapter as well as an Ex-Officio Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and on the Executive Committee of Chapter Presidents Council.
Divisions Council Chair
Chad M. Nabity, AICP
Chad has been the Planning Director for the Hall County Regional Planning Commission in Grand Island Nebraska, since December 1999. He is currently the Chair of APA's Divisions Council and has been involved with APA leadership since 2002. Chad has variety of experience in planning issues in Nebraska ranging from: work relative to infectious and communicable disease prevention, housing and land use and zoning. In his spare time, he and his wife run a small Community Supported Agricultural operation on the outskirts of Grand Island.
Student Representatives Council Chair
Kohl Malo, AICP
Kohl Malo is a transportation-land use planner working in Arlington, Virginia. As the SRC chair, he leads the council to improve opportunities for a diverse group of students and emerging planners. The SRC highlights student excellence and creates student creativity and long-term success platforms. Kohl looks forward to pushing the SRC forward by creating new, effective partnerships within APA. Kohl earned his graduate degree in urban and regional planning from Florida State University. He is a proud "Null," having received his undergraduate degree in political science and urban studies from New College of Florida.
Ann Forsyth is currently the professor of urban planning and director of the Master in Urban Planning degree program at Harvard GSD. Forsyth received her master's degree in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her PhD in city and regional planning from Cornell University. An APA member for more than three decades, Forsyth has been a faculty member of several universities and has also worked in the private sector as a planning consultant. Several editorial roles, including service on six journal editorial boards, have prepared Forsyth for the editorship of JAPA, the Journal of the American Planning Association.