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.
Overview of the transportation planning field and what types of jobs exist in the various sectors: public, private, nonprofit, transit, engineering, design, and more.
There will be time for questions and answers.
Available only to APA members — no cost.
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 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.
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 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 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.