Texas Emerging Planning Leaders (TxEPL)
TxEPL will have several events at the 2016 State Conference in San Antonio. Stay tuned for more information.
In response to a recommendation from the 2014-2015 APA-Texas Chapter Action Plan, the Texas Chapter Executive Committee formed a 29-member steering committee to create an organization that would assist in building and identifying future leaders in the planning profession. The steering committee identified a number of goals that would be needed to make the organization successful and formed the Texas Emerging Planning Leaders (TxEPL) in 2014. On October 15, 2014, the Texas Chapter Executive Committee voted to approve the new standing committee of the Texas Chapter for the Emerging Planning Leaders.
The purpose of Texas Emerging Planning Leaders (TxEPL) is to enhance communication between emerging and experienced planning professionals; provide for professional advancement in the field by identifying employment opportunities and through targeted training and education; and support the advancement of the planning profession through leadership opportunities.
In pursuit of the mission, TxEPL is committed to the long term goals of:
- Developing the skills and knowledge needed to become the next generation of successful planning leaders in the State of Texas;
- Providing a clearinghouse of communications, training, and networking opportunities for emerging planning leaders;
- Bridging the professional gap between college graduates, members of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and members of the Fellows of American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP);
- Identifying individuals to move into leadership roles at the section, state, and national levels of the American Planning Association (APA);
- Building and executing a successful Mentorship Program to connect emerging planning leaders with the experienced planning professions and Texas AICP Fellows.
The APA-Texas Chapter President appoints a Chair for the Texas Emerging Planning Leaders (TxEPL). This Chair is responsible for the Emerging Planning Leaders activities of the Chapter. Membership of the TxEPL Committee are open to APA Texas Chapter members in good standing. The TxEPL Chair designates members of the committee to serve as the Mentorship Program Chair, Communications Chair, and Programs Chair. Each Section Director also appoints a Section member to serve on the TxEPL Committee.
|Mentorship Program Chair
Doug McDonald, AICP
Claire Hempel, AICP
|Central Section Representative
East Section Representative
Houston Section Representative
|Midwest Section Representative
|North Central Section Representative
Northwest Section Representative
|Southmost Section Representative
Southwest Section Representative
West Section Representative
Lattes and Leadership
This TxEPL signature event is meant to showcase experienced planning leaders via an interactive discussion with a small group of planners in sections across the state. A featured planning leader leads discussions about careers, leadership involvement, and lessons learned. These events will happen at least once a year. Thank you to our past speakers and event participants!
April/May 2016 Lattes and Leadership Speakers
Central Section: Kelly Porter, AICP, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Houston Section: Chrishelle Palay, Texas Housers
Midwest Section: Wendy Shabay, AICP, Freese and Nichols
North Central Section: Mike McAnelly, FAICP, Texas Chapter APA Executive Administrator
Southmost Section: Javier Guerrero, Texas A&M University
June 2015 Lattes and Leadership Speakers
Central Section: Rebecca Leonard, AICP, Design Workshop
Midwest Section: Dana Burghdoff, AICP, City of Fort Worth
North Central Section: Lori Schwarz, AICP, City of Plano
Southwest Section: Rudy Nino, AICP, City of San Antonio
Committee Events and Activities
- Technology for the 21st Century Planner Presentation at Focus North Texas 5
- Career Advice for Emerging Planners (Survey Conducted by APA-Arizona Chapter)
- Early Career Membership Program
- APA Young Planner Groups
- Information for New Professionals
- APA Networking and Mentoring
- Why AICP?