Distinguished Contribution to the Chapter: Trina Gilliam

Left to right: Trina Gilliam, Majora Carter, APA Florida President Elect Laura Everitt

Trina Gilliam is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Contribution to the Chapter Award, which recognizes an APA Florida member who has contributed to the goals and objectives of the APA Florida and to its development plan through an extraordinary effort over a short period of time.

This year’s winner is a little different than those who have received this award in past years.  She has been selected, not just because she contributed her time and talents to the planning of this conference, but because she is a wonderful example of how our student members can get involved in APA Florida and make a difference in the short period that they are in school.

Trina Gilliam is an enthusiastic, dedicated, hard-working, and self-motivated student, volunteer and professional-in-training. She is currently working on a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Central Florida.  She is a member of the Urban Knights student organization at UCF and actively invites a variety of interesting planning professionals to speak at their events. She is also an active student liaison with the Atlantic Coast Section of APA Florida.

While attending school, Trina also worked as a planning intern with the City of Titusville and recently started as a Planner 1 with Brevard County.  Despite all the pressures of school and work, Trina has dedicated a significant amount of her time to helping the Atlantic Coast Section become an active participant in Chapter events. Since the announcement in 2016 of the Chapter conference coming to Daytona, Trina has been instrumental in speaker and session selections and the overall conference programming.  She has taken on the thankless task of recruiting and organizing the volunteers that make a conference possible.  She was a key contributor to the development of the logo and attended multiple APA Florida executive committee meetings to discuss various items.  This was exceptional for a student member to take on this level of service to the chapter and the Executive Committee wanted to recognize that.