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APACA 2020 Section Activity Award Winners!

Central Section Chair, Jennifer Clark, accepted the 2020 Section Activity Award on behalf of our section at this year's APACA Virtual Conference. Our section has rapidly adapted to going virtual and we've been able to host a variety of programs and events to connect us all despite our sections vast geographical boundaries. We've also taken leadership in the arena of Diversity and Equity issues. Thank you to the APACA Leadership for recognizing our hard work and to all our members for attending these events that we've hosted so far.

Boardmember Feature
Carolina Ilic, AICP

Director of Programs &
Professional Development Officer

Carolina Ilic, AICP, grew up in Fresno, and has now returned to the Central Valley, joining the growing phenomenon of people known as “boomerangs” returning to their hometowns! Carolina serves as the Planning Manager for the City of Fresno Transportation Department, also known as Fresno Area Express, or FAX. In this capacity, she manages planning efforts for the city’s transit system and coordinates the integration of land use and transportation planning with various city departments and the Fresno Council of Governments.

Prior to her work at the City of Fresno, Carolina worked at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) for 24 years in various roles, including Acting Principal Planner and Senior Regional Planner. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from UCLA and her Master’s Degree in City Planning from San Diego State University (SDSU). Carolina was born in Santiago, Chile, and is fluent in Spanish. For many years, she served on the Board of the San Diego Section of the American Planning Association (SDAPA) as the Planning Journal Editor, and as a Mentor for the Young Planners Group. In 2018, she won the Mentor of the Year Award for the SDAPA Young Planners Group Mentorship Program. In 2018, she also was selected as the SDSU Outstanding Alumni Award for Distinguished Service in the field of City Planning and was awarded one of the top 50 alumni from the past 50 years from the SDSU School of Public Affairs.

Carolina currently serves on the Central Section APA Board of Directors as the Professional Development Officer. In this capacity, she plans programs for the section and helps provide access to educational materials for members to prepare for the AICP exam. She is a big believer in working together to promote and strengthen the planning profession, and is working hard to bring quality programs to our section. 

Upcoming Events

Virtual Half-Day Equity Workshop

Friday, October 30, 2020 from 8 a.m. - 12 noon
This event builds upon our first workshop on equity held in June. Our section is hosting this follow-up virtual, half-day, two-part workshop that is focused on race and equity. This workshop is geared toward promoting a deeper awareness and understanding of the history and impacts of racial inequities and exploring actionable steps that planners can take moving forward. See the flyer above for more details on the two-part workshop.


APACA Webinar:
Visualizing Density

Thursday, November 12, 2020
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
This is a live encore presentation of the popular “Visualizing Density” session from the 2020 APA California Virtual Conference! Earn 1.0 CM credits!

Planners have the authority to decide how much density cities can and should take on, but the metrics around density can be difficult to convey in a clear and understandable way. Learn how to talk about density through visuals and trade-offs rather than numeric metrics. Every jurisdiction is required to appropriately accommodate new housing development across all income levels and communities—but what does 85 du/ac look like? What can 3.0 FAR support?

•  Laura Williams, AIA, Associate & Urban Design Lead, David Baker Architects 

• Diego Velasco, AICP, LEED AP 
• Laura Black, AICP, Former Deputy Director, City of San Diego Planning Department 
• Noah Friedman, AICP, LEED AP, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Vibemap 

• APA Members: $15 
• Students: $10 
• 2020 Virtual Conference Registrants: Free (Use promo code: 2020REG) 



Young and Emerging Planners (YEP)

The Central Section would like to create a Young and Emerging Planners group formerly known as the Young Planner Group (YPG). We are seeking to have more YEP's get involved to create this group within our section and to build relationships and connections with the local community colleges, CSUs, UCs and private colleges within the Central Valley. Our region is in great need to facilitate a pipeline for future YEPs in our area and if you're interested in being apart of this mission please reach out to us. We have availability on the board for Student Programs Managers. Reply back to this newsletter or send this info to YEP's within your city or organization.

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

If you are interested in joining a working group to advance the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Central Section, please complete the following Doodle poll to help us schedule the first meeting in mid-November. Be sure to leave your email in the comments or email to receive the meeting confirmation.

Diversity & Equity
Survey Results

We’d like to share a heartfelt thanks to everyone who responded to the survey!  We received some great feedback that will help guide the development of meaningful resources to support Central Section members in achieving diversity and equity in our communities.

We wanted to share a highlight from the results, which is the ranking of what kind of information and training is most needed and valued at this moment.
-Central Section Diversity and Equity Co-Chairs
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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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