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2022 Keynote Speakers 

Wednesday, October 12 | Angela Brooks, FAICP, Corporation for Supportive Housing

Take Action By Leading

Communities around the country are facing a number of challenges – the housing crisis to climate change to inequity. APA President-Elect Angela Brooks, FAICP, will discuss how these challenging times actually present an opportunity for planners to lead and move their communities forward. Hear about APA’s strategic focus and efforts underway to best assist members as they lead.

About the Speaker:

Bio coming soon

Thursday, October 13 | Petra Hurtado, PHD, American Planning Association

Emerging Trends on APA’s Watchlist & the Future of Planning

As planners, we shape the future of our communities, but to be able to shape the future, we first need to be able to imagine it. The world around us is changing at an accelerated pace, and the future is more unknowable than ever before. Tech innovations, societal shifts, climate change, economic restructuring, political shifts, and unknown implications from the COVID-19 pandemic make it even more difficult to effectively plan for a future where the only true certainty is more change.

In her presentation, Petra will talk about APA’s foresight practice and how it is used to make sense of future uncertainties. She will highlight some of the emerging trends and signals APA has been watching on the horizon and how they might impact our communities, and she will discuss related opportunities for the planning profession. Let’s use the future to create great communities for all!

About the Speaker:

Petra (Stieninger) Hurtado is the Research Director at the American Planning Association, heading APA’s research programs and foresight practice. In this role, she is responsible for expanding a future-focused research agenda, advancing planning practices that assist communities in navigating change, and developing APA's foresight practice to inform APA's strategic governance. Her areas of expertise and research include urban futures and foresight, urban sustainability, smart cities, emerging technologies, nature-based solutions, and environmental psychology. In addition, Petra teaches a course on "community visioning with foresight" at the University of Maryland.

Prior to joining APA, she worked as an advisor, planner, researcher, and educator in the global urban sustainability arena. She has a Ph.D. in urban planning from the Vienna University of Technology, where she teaches urban sustainability and environmental psychology.

Additionally, she has been a guest lecturer at Harvard GSD, Loyola University Chicago, and the Universidad Tecnologica de Bolivar. Petra has authored and co-authored multiple books, research papers, publicly funded reports, and articles and has presented as a subject matter expert at numerous conferences around the globe.