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Upcoming Events

Lattes and Leadership Events:

- Houston Section: May 4th at 5:30 PM, Kirby Ice House (3333 Eastside St, Houston TX)

- Southmost Section: May 11th at 5:30 PM, Coffee Time (505 E Highway 83, Alamo TX) 

 

History

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. 

 

Purpose/Mission

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.

 

Committee Members

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.

TxEPL Chair
Kendall Wendling, AICP
kwendling@halff.com

Mentorship Chair
Chelsea Irby
Chelsea.irby@freese.com

Programs Chair
Chelsea St. Louis, AICP
chelseastlouis@dallascityhall.com

Communications Chair
Mikey Goralnik
mgoralnik@designworkshop.com 
Central Section Representative
Rachel Tepper
rachel.tepper@cedarparktexas.gov

East Section Representative
Kyle Kingma
kkingma@tylertexas.com

Houston Section Representative
Michelle Queen, AICP
Michelle.Queen@freese.com

Midwest Section Representative
Shane Pace 
space@colleyville.com

North Central Section Representative
Kathryn Rush
krush@nctcog.org

Northwest Section Representative
Vacant

 

Southmost Section Representative
Cristina Garcia
mcgarcia@mcallen.net  

Southwest Section Representative
Krystin Ramirez
krystin.ramirez@gmail.com

West Section Representative
Denisse Rodarte
RodarteLLD@elpasotexas.gov

 

 

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 will lead a discussions about careers, leadership involvement, and lessons learned. Thank you to our speakers and event participants!

Spring 2016 Lattes and Leadership Speakers

Kelly Porter, AICP (Central Section), Chrishelle Palay (Houston Section), Wendy Shabay, AICP (Midwest Section), Mike McAnelly, FAICP (North Central Section), Javier Guerrero (Southmost Section)

Spring 2015 Lattes and Leadership Speakers

Rebecca Leonard, AICP (Central Section), Dana Burghdoff, AICP (Midwest Section), Lori Schwarz, AICP (North Central Section), Rudy Nino, AICP (Southwest Section)

 

Committee Events and Activities

 

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