Doug Kelly, AICP, CEW (Candidate for Vice-President for Section Affairs)

Doug Kelly, AICP

Professional Experience:

  • 12-years Public Sector Planner, 19-years Private Sector Planner
  • GAI Consultants – Community Solutions Group, Senior Planning Manager (current)
  • Atwell-Hicks Land Development Consultants, Tampa
  • MSCW, Inc. (aka VHB), Orlando
  • Canin Associates, Orlando
  • Gainesville, Seminole County and Volusia County Planning Department
  • Charles Johnson, AIA (Publix Architect), Lakeland

Educational Background:

  • M.A. Urban and Regional Planning, UF
  • B.A. Urban Studies, UF

APA Florida/APA Experience:         

  • APA-FL State Vice-President of Section Affairs – Current
  • President, Secretary and Director for the Orlando Metro Section of APA
  • OMS Section Newsletter Editor for 2 years and “Planner’s Day in School” Coordinator for 2 years
  • Served on the 2001 and 2012 State APA-FL Conference Sub-committees chaired by Rich Unger and by Andre Anderson
  • National APA Conference in Orlando “Planner’s Day in School” Sub-Committee
  • Orlando Metro Section AICP Training Program instructor 10th year
  • State President/Vice-President and Central Fla President of FPZA

Position Statement

APA Florida, the second largest chapter in the U.S. has consistently been a rock solid chapter, we’re unified, focused with passionate leadership from both the public and private sector.  We’ve benefitted from having strong leadership throughout the state.  Our local sections serve as the primary link to both the State and National APA. Our 12 sections have the voice and the ability to make a difference in our professional endeavors and with our reputation in Florida.  I will help our local sections exceed membership expectations and cultivate the future leadership of this organization by increasing section funding for outstanding professional development opportunities. I’m committed to strengthening communication between sections and to encourage mentoring of sections in need of support.  I will have at least 4 major initiatives;

  • Advocating and promoting our local sections as a recognized source of information for improving our communities; we are a unique organization with highly skilled and knowledgeable members working all sides of community issues and solutions. We need to expand APA’s recognition in our community and should be viewed as a primary resource and educational partner.
  • I will advocate for increased funding to support local section programs and educational opportunities;
  • Support efforts to increase diversity and educational opportunities for our membership among allied professions, because we’re all in this together and we can surely learn from each other;
  • In the first quarter, I will distribute a membership questionnaire to our section’s to solicit their input, to find out where our sections stand with regard to member services and membership satisfaction and pursue efforts to exceed expectations. Much has been accomplished in the past 2 years, and I’m running for office to facilitate continued support for our section and its membership.

Thank you for your consideration.