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OC AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION

PLANNING VETERANS

ISSUE NO. 4 / AUGUST 2023

For this month’s OC APA CONVERSATIONS, we’ve gathered board members whom we consider planning veterans. These board members are seasoned experts with more than 70 years of combined experience in the planning field!  When you flip through this edition, you’ll notice that one of the contributing factors that led to their long-term career is the shared core value of being a part of an industry and team where they can make a meaningful impact. 


Leila Carver, Charles Smith, AICP, LEED AP, and Starla Barker, AICP each speak to the dynamic nature of planning, and how it’s a field that fosters purpose-driven impact regardless of which path (i.e. technical or nontechnical) you choose to take.

We hope this edition of CONVERSATIONS (link) inspires you to identify your core values for igniting meaningful impact in your career. Enjoy!

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Starla Baker, AICP

Vice Director for AICP Certification

Leila Carver

Vice Director for Finance

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