2019 Annual Report

2019 was a year of thinking differently about the future envisioned by planners and APA. With you in mind, we are leading the way to equitable, thriving communities.


In April 2019, we welcomed Joel Albizo, FASAE, CAE, as APA's new CEO. Bringing foresight to APA, he joined APA President Kurt Christiansen, FAICP, and AICP Commission President Deb Lawlor, FAICP, PP, in leading APA's future-focused efforts to create value and continuously prepare for and adapt to change.

APA leadership and staff at the 2020 winter retreat in Huntington Beach, California. APA photo.

APA leadership and staff at the annual winter retreat in Huntington Beach, California.


In fiscal year 2019, there were 46,398 total APA members — a gain of 3,492 from FY18. To break it down, there are 1,776 life and retired, 3,245 faculty and planning board group, 13,863 students, and 27,514 planner members.

In 2019, we continued to explore and promote the value of AICP — 17,131 members strong. Our AICP Candidate Pilot program grew in its second year: 1,700 young professionals were enrolled, and 402 have earned their AICP Candidate designation.


APA Total Assets and Liabilities for FY2019

APA's budget for each fiscal year (October 1–September 30) supports the goals and related action items in the Development Plan approved by the Board of Directors. Total assets for APA as of September 30, 2019, were $15.4 million. Our most significant assets are cash and investments, property, and equipment. Total liabilities for APA were $9.2 million, including deferred dues revenue, accounts payable, and deferred rent.

Total revenues for FY 2019 were $19.9 million and total expenses were $20.3 million, resulting in a deficit for the year of $400,000.


Strengthening Communities

APA strengthens communities in need through community assistance projects supported by the APA Foundation and Community Planning Assistance Teams program. Volunteer planners helped the Quinault Indian Nation in creating a permanent cultural campus for their tribe. Hurricane ravaged communities in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands were helped with CPAT-driven post-disaster resiliency planning and APA Foundation disaster recovery grants. The APA Foundation also awarded six scholarships to diverse students from underrepresented communities.

Wharton West End Harvey flooding

The west end of Wharton, Texas, flooded by Hurricane Harvey.

Advocating for Planning

APA continues to stand up for planning, making a difference on issues that significantly impact diverse communities. APA and members spoke out advancing positions on resiliency and climate change, federal investments, and funding for infrastructure. In September, a record number of planners went to Capitol Hill to meet with elected officials and advocate for solutions to the housing crisis and transportation.

Planners' Day on Capitol Hill 2019.


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The 2019 APA legislative priorities.

Continued Education

Members also gathered in San Francisco for the 2019 National Planning Conference, drawing over 6,000 planners. NPC19 was energizing and emphasized APA's commitment to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive culture. The delegates ratified the first-ever Planning for Equity Policy Guide, providing actionable guidance to support planners in advancing and influencing issues. NPC19's keynote speakers also called on us to address equity, diversity, and inclusion, and find our strength as everyday leaders.

The delegate assembly at NPC19 in San Francisco.

Delivering actionable insights on housing, resilience, and diverse communities at conferences and advocacy events, and through research publications and APA Learn — APA helped planners discover skills to stay relevant and provided planning knowledge to expand opportunity for all. In partnership with Divisions and Chapters, APA Learn added focused on-demand courses and webinars, tailoring timing and topics to member needs.

Icons for APA Learn courses.

With a new focus on foresight, APA is taking an agile approach to navigate change for the future through research, innovation, and adaptation. From ADUs to autonomous vehicles, APA is helping communities thrive through disruption. Analyzing drivers of change and focusing on impact, we are planning ahead. AI is a crucial concentration point as we further the value of planning for 2020 and beyond.

Let's continue to create great communities for all.

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