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Physical Activity 3:00 pm
Physical Activity @ webinar
Mar 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Plan4Health project is a collaboration between the American Planning Association and the American Public Health Association (APHA). The project represents significant cross-sector support for policy, systems and environment changes, as well[...]
Drone Technology: Implications on Policymaking and Design of the Built Environment 12:30 pm
Drone Technology: Implications on Policymaking and Design of the Built Environment @ Webinar
Mar 13 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
The educational objective of this course is to discuss the implications of emerging drone technology on city and town planning. Featuring specialists in the fields of law, urban design, and[...]
Planning Law and Health Session 1: Comprehensive Planning 2:30 pm
Planning Law and Health Session 1: Comprehensive Planning @ Webinar
Mar 15 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
This webinar, co-sponsored by the CDC’s Public Health Law Program and the American Planning Association, and hosted by APA’s Planning & Law Division, will explore the connection between health and[...]
Legal Decision Making for Planning Commissioners 4:00 pm
Legal Decision Making for Planning Commissioners @ Webinar
Mar 15 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Legal, defensible decision making is central to commission meetings. Legal experts discuss findings of fact, making the record, and the legal context for planning. Learn when to consult a municipal[...]
Mar 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
After large-scale disasters, the mission of temporary housing is critical. Much has changed since Katrina — one of the largest temporary housing operations in modern history: the technology to construct temporary[...]
Planning and Community Health: Health Impacts in Idaho 3:00 pm
Planning and Community Health: Health Impacts in Idaho @ Webinar
Mar 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Please join the American Planning Association (APA) and the National Physical Activity Society (NPAS) for a discussion healthy planning. Chris Danley, President of NPAS and planner with Alta Planning +[...]
Planning and Community Health: Health Impacts in Idaho @ Webinar
Mar 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please join the American Planning Association (APA) and the National Physical Activity Society (NPAS) for a discussion healthy planning. Chris Danley, President of NPAS and planner with Alta Planning + Design, will discuss his experiences working at the intersection of planning and public health.

This session will include an overview of the Healthy Communities Collaborative at APA as well as an introduction to NPAS before diving into a case study from Chris’ portfolio.

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Career Reality Webinar: Careers in Transportation Planning @ Webinar
Apr 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Join a panel of young professionals who’ve recently shed their status as newbies in the transportation planning industry. They’ll highlight industry trends, lessons learned, and advice on skill building, job searching, and accepting your first job.

Akshali Gandhi and Jamie Simchik, AICP, will moderate the panel:

  • Robert Hanifin, Transportation Planner II at AECOM in Arlington, Virginia
  • Eric Hanss, Pedestrian Planner at Chicago DOT and formerly of Active Transportation Alliance in Chicago
  • Arthur Prokosch, Policy Assistant at MBTA in Boston
  • Corinne Kisner, Policy Director at NACTO in New York City

Overview of the transportation planning field and what types of jobs exist in the various sectors: public, private, nonprofit, transit, engineering, design, and more.

The panel will cover:

  • Preparation for your first and/or current job: Coursework and the skills to develop. Panelist will share how they got their jobs.
  • Advice on job searching and accepting your first job. What factors should you consider: location, proximity to family and friends, salary and benefits, sector, experience level, and type of work.
  • On the job reality: What skills have come in handy? How technical is transportation planning? Should you concentrate in transportation planning?

There will be time for questions and answers.


Available only to APA members — no cost.


Akshali Gandhi

Akshali Gandhi is a newly hired Associate at Nelson\Nygaard in Washington D.C., where she helps communities with multi-modal transportation planning. Prior to consulting, Akshali worked for City of Pittsburgh, where she conducted development review and helped write the City’s Complete Streets policy. She holds a Master’s degree in City & Regional Planning from Cornell University and a Bachelor’s degree in Community & Regional Planning from Iowa State University and currently serves on the APA Foundation Board of Directors.

Jamie Simchik, AICP

Jamie Simchik is a Principal Planner at Fort Hill Places in Boston, MA. Fort Hill Places is a Division of Fort Hill Companies LLC, a full-service architectural, engineering and urban planning firm with offices in Massachusetts and Florida. In this capacity, Jamie advises public and private sector clients on a variety of real estate-related matters, including project management, preparation of development guidelines, pro forma creation, marketing, public outreach, entitlement strategies, site planning and transportation planning. Prior to this current role, Jamie was the Principal of Simchik Planning & Development, an urban/transportation planning and real estate development consulting firm. He was also a Public Engagement Assistant with Regina Villa Associates undertaking public outreach for transportation and infrastructure capital improvement projects in Massachusetts. Additionally, Jamie was a Research Planner with Connor Holmes, an urban planning consulting firm in South Australia, collaborating on a variety of projects for government and private clients. Jamie is the Vice Chair of Outreach for the APA Transportation Planning Division and the TPD Representative to the APA Smart Cities & Sustainability Task Force. Previously, he was the TPD Vanguard (Emerging Professionals Group) Cabinet Chair as well as the Student Representative to APA Michigan Board of Directors. Jamie has participated in two ULI Technical Assistance Panels (West Dearborn, MI and Westfield, MA) as well as a ULI Advisory Services Panel (Bellevue, WA) and a Plan NH Charrette (Allenstown, NH). Jamie has a Master of Urban Planning, Master of Business Administration and Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development from the University of Michigan.

Robert Hanifin

Robert is a transportation planner in AECOM’s Arlington, Virginia office, where he contributes to transit studies and assessments across the Washington, D.C. region. He specializes in public engagement, graphic communications, and conceptual design and development. His passion for planning lies at the intersect of transportation, urban design, and economic development.

Eric Hanss

Mr. Hanss works at the intersection of systems-level health research and interventions in the built environment. He focuses on the lasting role that transportation systems play in shaping places and people, particularly in respect to equitable access to opportunity and health. In his current position, Mr. Hanss provides consultant services to the Chicago Department of Transportation where he manages the implementation of plans, policies, and data-driven infrastructure projects to build the walkable, human scale-neighborhoods that Chicagoans need to thrive. Mr. Hanss has specialties in Complete Streets and Vision Zero implementation, project development, data analysis, and translating emerging research into concrete policies and programs.

Arthur Prokosch

Arthur Prokosch is a planner and researcher with experience in public transit, regional planning, and active transportation. In previous lives, Arthur was a bike activist, nonprofit technology professional, and cognitive science researcher. He has worked in Washington DC, Rhode Island, and Michigan, but likes his hometown of Boston best.

Corinne Kisner

Corinne Kisner is the Director of Policy and Special Projects at NACTO. In this role, she facilitates networks of peer cities working to build safe, sustainable transportation systems and active cities through better street design and transportation policy. Corinne directs and manages the annual Designing Cities conference and facilitates city policy initiatives on issues such as Vision Zero, planning for self-driving vehicles, and integrating green stormwater infrastructure into multi-modal street design. Corinne also oversees NACTO’s communications, external partnerships, and leadership development program for city transportation officials.
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