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Register for the APA CA Virtural Conference 

APA 2020 Virtual Conference

This year's statewide virtual conference will be taking place September 14-16, 2020. APA California will be sharing details in the weekly eNews and on the conference website as they evolve.

Date(s) - Sep 14, 2020 - Sep 16, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Questions? Please contact Hanson Hom at

Volunteer at the APA 2020 Virtual Conference 

APA CA needs approximately 65 planning student and Young Planner volunteers. Students and recent graduates (from May/June 2020) will receive complimentary registration to the conference after they’ve signed up and completed the necessary training. The conference is September 14-16. For details on volunteering duties, click on the link below.


APA Central Section Board Feature,
Jennifer Clark

The 2020-2021 Central Section Director is Jennifer Clark, AICP.  Jennifer is the Planning & Development Director for the City of Fresno where she has served for seven years.  Prior to Fresno, she served four public agencies for over 20 years in the states of Texas, Georgia, and Missouri with emphasis areas in economic and community development, affordable housing, as well as city planning and building.

The Central Section of APA California covers a vast 11 county region encompassing Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne Counties. 

With its vast geographical range, the Section is challenged with meaningful engagement with members.  The current pandemic has provided more opportunities for the Section to embrace virtual technology to bridge this physical separation.  Providing new content to members including AICP readiness seminars and application assistance, continuing education credits, and upcoming social events and a book club, the virtual tools at our disposal will greatly shrink the distances.  Now planners from across the section can get to know each other through these forums and build connections previously unrealizable.  The Section hopes to become a virtual hub for planners to engage, connect, and learn across the miles without leaving their homes or desks.  

This is a great time to become involved in the Central Section.  In 2023, the California Chapter will celebrate its 75th anniversary at the state conference in Fresno. We will need all hands on deck for this event! So please start by engaging with us through virtual and in-person events, or reaching out to any of our Board members. Connect through our social media.  Volunteer to hold Section positions. Get involved!  


Virtual Happy Hour

Want to mingle and network with Central members? Learn more about the California APA’s first-ever virtual conference? Meet some of the Central board members? Share interesting things about yourself with fellow planners? Join the Central chapter for an entertaining VIRTUAL Happy Hour on September 3rd. See event link for details. We hope you can make it!


Half-Day Equity Workshop

Save the Date!
Friday, October 30, 2020 from 8 a.m. - 12 noon

Building upon our first workshop on equity held in June, the Central Section is planning a more in-depth half-day workshop focused specifically on equity, diversity, and inclusion in the planning profession. Make sure to mark your calendars for Friday, October 30, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. If you have specific ideas on topics, please respond to our survey. More details to come over the next few months. 


Diversity and Equity

We are honored for the opportunity to serve the Central Section as Diversity & Equity Co-Chairs and are looking forward to collaborating with fellow members to help our communities grow with equity at the forefront. 

We first ask for your input in completing this short survey, which will help us know what tools and resources we can provide to help you increase diversity, establish inclusive processes, and achieve equitable outcomes for your community.

Diversity and Equity Survey
(Complete by October 1): 

If you would like to help us develop and implement a diversity and equity work plan, we invite you to join a Working Group that will meet regularly every two-three months. The first meeting will be held on October 7th at noon. To sign up, please fill out the survey and answer yes to the working group question, or send an email to casey.lauderdale[at]

Finally, be sure to check out some upcoming events (listed below) that will be centered on equity, including a book discussion on The Color of Law in September and a half-day equity workshop in October.

-Mario A. Anaya and Casey Lauderdale
Diversity and Equity Co-Chairs

New Membership Chair

The APA Central Section is excited to announce a new member to our Board, Jenna Chilingerian, MCRP. 

Jenna serves as an associate planner at Precision Civil Engineering in downtown Fresno, CA, bringing more than seven years of experience in planning, community and economic development, and program management in the nonprofit and public sectors. She received her Masters of Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon in June 2020 and is excited to return to her home region of the San Joaquin Valley to contribute to creating more efficient, accessible, and equitable land use policies and planning processes in many of our communities. Jenna served on the APA CA Central Section board from 2016 to 2018.

The APA Central Section would like to thank City of Clovis Planner, Ricky Caperton on all his efforts on the Board as the previous Membership Chair.

Free APA Student Membership

It’s easier and more affordable than ever for students and new planners to get started in APA. In fact, membership is now free for any student actively enrolled or matriculated in any university or college degree program. It remains free for the duration of an individual’s studies. “Free” includes APA, APA chapter, and AICP membership as well as membership in up to five APA divisions. Student members will be eligible for two years of reduced dues after ending their studies.

Our chapter would like to encourage current members to reach out to Central Valley community colleges, public and private universities in your area that have planning-related majors to help us increase our student involvement in the planning profession. Anyone on alumni boards or community college districts are welcome to contact Nicole Hoke our Student Programs Manager at to help plan student-centric programming in the Central Valley. 

2023 APA CA Annual Conference

It's official, due to the shake up in the conference schedules, the APA Central Section will be hosting the APA CA Annual Conference in 2023, which also happens to be APA CA's 75th Anniversary! This gives our chapter a great opportunity to increase membership, events and build up our capacity to host this special event in the Central Valley. We are always accepting boardmembers, volunteers and ideas. If you'd like to join our board and help coordinate this special event, please reach out to us.

More info on the State Conference can be found at:
Check out our website!
Central Section Board
Jennifer Clark, AICP
Ralph Kachadourian
Eric VonBerg, MRP
Carolina Ilic, AICP
Rob Terry, AICP
Karl Schoettler
Nicole Hoke
Victoria Chung, MURP
Mario Anaya
Casey Lauderdale, MURP 
Jenna Chilingerian, MCRP
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