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Central Section
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APA Central Section
Holiday Party

December 9, 2020 at 5:30 PM

Last chance in 2020 to get to know your fellow Central Section planners. Join us for a fun-filled virtual Holiday Party. We'll have holiday-themed activities and prizes may be given out. This is a free event and all planning professionals are welcome.

Boardmember Feature
Rob Terry, MPA, AICP

Webmaster & Awards Chair

Rob Terry is the Community and Economic Development Director for the City of Reedley.  As an undergrad, he attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, majoring in City and Regional Planning, and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy University.  Rob is AICP accredited by the American Planning Association (APA), and has served the Central Section as Section Director (2015-2018), Section Director Elect (2013-2015), Webmaster and Award’s Chair (2013-Current), and Professional Development Officer (2011-2013). 

In his current professional position, Rob oversees the operations of the Planning, Building and Economic Development divisions of the City of Reedley.  Previously, Rob operated as Principal Regional Planner for the Fresno Council of Governments, managing the Regional, Multi-Modal and Sustainability Planning division of the organization.  Rob’s focus was on organizing local agency, stakeholder and public input into the transportation planning process; working to create higher quality of life for every community through increased involvement and knowledge of transportation and land use related decisions and their effects.

Rob grew up in northern Utah, and is an avid sports, music, and outdoors lover.  He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and two young sons; dirt biking, camping, attending concerts, and watching movies/TV together.


NEW Young and Emerging Planners (YEP) Coordinator 
Tiffany Ho

The Central Section is excited to announce a new board member, Tiffany Ho. Tiffany serves as a Planner II for Merced County where she drives current planning activities and long-range planning projects and provides planning support services for the Merced Local Agency Formation Commission (Merced LAFCO). Her recent accomplishments include the adoption of a comprehensive Zoning Code Update for Merced County, and she is currently overseeing the community plan update process for one of County's eleven unincorporated urban communities.

Tiffany grew up in Orange County and received her Bachelor's Degrees in Political Science and Urban Studies from the University of California, Irvine. As the new Young and Emerging Planner (YEP) Coordinator, Tiffany is eager to develop educational programming that will give emerging professionals and students the tools and resources to transition from academic life to career and build a foundation for success.  

Central Section
Board Nominations

There are three elected positions open for nomination:
  • Section Director
  • Director for Professional Development
  • Director for Administration and Finance
If you or someone you know would like to be nominated for one or more of these elected positions, please e-mail our Membership Chair for more information, Jenna Chilingerian at 

Diversity & Equity News 

The Color of Law
Book Club Discussion Part II

Join Part II of the Book Discussion on Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law. If you joined us for the first part, you know we had a great discussion on this fascinating and informative book. If you didn’t already sign up for the Book Discussion emails and would like to participate in Part II of this book discussion, email Mario Anaya at to receive the invitation for the Part II Book Discussion Zoom Meeting. 

Working Group Updates

Weds., January 13, 2021 from Noon - 1 p.m.

If you are interested in joining the Central Section working group to advance the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Central Valley, please be sure to email to receive more meeting information and confirmation.

Virtual Half-Day Equity Workshop Recap

On October 30, 2020 the Central Section hosted this event which built upon our first workshop on equity held in June 2020. This follow-up virtual, half-day, two-part workshop focused on race and equity and was geared toward promoting a deeper awareness of the history and impacts of racial inequities. The workshop explored actionable steps that planners could take moving forward. For presentations and recorded live sessions of the workshop visit the links below.

Youtube Live Recording 

Upcoming Events

Upholding Equity in Planning

December 3-5, 2020
Cost: $50

If you missed the Equity Workshop hosted by the Central Section, check out this upcoming event. The Illinois and Wisconsin Chapters of APA is hosting a virtual training workshop surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion. The workshop is geared toward planning practitioners in an effort to transform the way planning is done by planning professionals in their day to day work within communities.

The “Upholding Equity in Planning” workshop’s curriculum, created and lead by Castillo Consulting Partners, will acknowledge how institutional racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and white supremacy have created inequitable outcomes for society’s most vulnerable populations and layout how those inequalities directly affect our field of work. The participants will be given real world tactics of how to embed equity into their professional work. The workshop aims to take participants from passive allyship to active accomplices in dismantling oppressive structures and institutions.

Register Here
Check out our website!
Central Section Board
Jennifer Clark, AICP
Ralph Kachadourian
Eric VonBerg, MRP
Carolina Ilic, MCP, AICP
Rob Terry, MPA, AICP
Karl Schoettler
Victoria Chung, MURP
Mario Anaya, MPA, AICP
Casey Lauderdale, MURP, AICP 
Jenna Chilingerian, MCRP

Tiffany Ho
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Jobs Posting
The Central Section will post job openings on our website for free! Please
e-mail Rob Terry at if you have a planning-related job opportunity in the Central Valley. 
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