President's Message

Chapter President | Yorik Stevens-Wajda, AICP
May, 2022

It's been a long and often lonely pandemic, and I'm thrilled to be writing this article from a national planning conference venue infused with energy, camaraderie, and learning. I've been uplifted by fellow chapter presidents from around the country, inspired by speakers, and educated by colleagues and experts. I've learned about community planning academies, ethics, story mapping, planning in multilingual communities, and even heard an update on the road map to Washington’s future… in California. It’s a good reminder that there are many different ways to participate in and benefit from APA. The topics and conversations at the national level are not the same as those at the state or section level, but all have a lot to offer.

The Chapter Presidents’ Council, aka “The Box”

The San Diego convention center and MTA Trolley Line

APA national is advancing four strategic initiatives this year: prioritize equity, reframe the voice of planning, upskill planners, and pursue digital relevance. Reframing the voice of planning seeks to understand the perception of planning and planners, narrow the gap through messaging and training/skill development, and help elected officials at the state and local levels see the distinctive value of planners. Washington was chosen as one of six states for a depth focus group with a cross-section of our members. The next phase in the initiative is an all-member survey, open through May 13, to learn how planners like you perceive your role in your community, the impact of your work, and your experiences working with local officials. Please take the survey and help advance our profession.

Take the Survey

Yorik Stevens-Wajda, AICP
APA WA President
[email protected]

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