Chapter Leadership

2023-2024 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall administration and operation of the Chapter. To this end, the Board has the authority to conduct any activity consistent with the intent of the Chapter Bylaws and the Bylaws of APA. The APA Virginia Chapter Board meets on a quarterly basis.

Executive Committee Members:

President
Andrew W. Hopewell, AICP, CZA
Director of Planning & Community Development, Town of Culpeper
president@apavirginia.com

Past-President
Earl Anderson, AICP
Chief of Development Services, York County
past.president@apavirginia.com

VP Chapter Affairs
Josh Gillespie, AICP
Director of Community Development, Louisa County
chapter.affairs@apavirginia.com

VP External Affairs
Julie Chop, CZA
Principal Planner, City of Portsmouth
external.affairs@apavirginia.com

VP Inclusion
Bryce Johnson
Senior Planner, Loudoun County
inclusion@apavirginia.com

VP Legislative and Policy Affairs
Courtney Powell, AICP
Urban and Community Planning Manager, WGI
legislation@apavirginia.com

VP Membership
Donald Whipple, AICP
Chief Planner, City of Hampton
membership@apavirginia.com

VP Sections
David Samba
Project Manager, Kimley-Horn
sections@apavirginia.com

Professional Development Officer
John Harbin, AICP
Executive Director, Chesapeake Land Bank Authority
pdo@apavirginia.com

Secretary
Brian Wegener, AICP, CZA
Program Manager, Loudoun County
secretary@apavirginia.com

Treasurer
Jason Espie, AICP
Principal, Revive Strategies LLC
treasurer@apavirginia.com

Standing Committee Chairs & Board Appointees:

FAICP Committee Chair
Lorna Parkins, FAICP
faicpchair@apavirginia.com

Planning Directors Chair
Tevya Griffin, AICP
Director of Planning and Codes Compliance, City of Williamsburg
info@apavirginia.com

Development Chair
Brad Shelton, AICP
Director of Planning, Michael Baker International
sponsorship@apavirginia.com

Emerging Planning Professionals (EPP) Chair
Ian Newman, AICP
Regional Transportation Planner, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority
ypg@apavirginia.com

CPAP Chair
Will Cockrell, AICP
Planner, EPR PC
cpap@apavirginia.com

Faculty Representative
Jim Smither
Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
info@apavirginia.com

Student Representative
Anna Meyer
University of Virginia
info@apavirginia.com

Planning Officials Development Officer
Michael Chandler
Interim Director, Land Use Education Program, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at Virginia Commonwealth University
podo@apavirginia.com

Non-Voting Members:

Communications Director
Nick Rogers, AICP, CZA
Zoning Amendment Coordinator & Principal Planner, Arlington County
communications@apavirginia.com

Planners Advocacy Network Director
Shubha Punase
Project Manager, Prince George's County
pan@apavirginia.com

Faculty Representatives
Suzanne Moomaw, PhD, Chair & Associate Professor, Urban and Environmental Planning, University of Virginia
info@apavirginia.com

Virginia Tech Position Pending New Appointment
info@apavirginia.com

Newsbrief Editor
LaToya Gray-Sparks, Assistant Historian, Virginia Department of Historic Resources
newsbrief@apavirginia.com

Social Media Coordinator
Jackie Wilkens, Economic Development Assistant, Powhatan County
socialmedia@apavirginia.com

Staff:

Eldon James
APA Virginia Staff
admin@apavirginia.com

Martina James Nalley
APA Virginia Staff
martina@apavirginia.com

Gillian Saul
APA Virginia Staff
gillian@bellatrixcg.com

Leadership Position Descriptions

Use the link below to learn more about the specific roles and responsibilities of our board members.

Position Descriptions Page