Equity and Inclusion

Inclusion Committee

APA Virginia is searching for members for the Inclusion Committee. This committee is focused on increasing diversity within the planning profession and our chapter, creating an inclusive environment for planners of all backgrounds, and promoting equity in planning. If you are interested in joining or learning more, please email our VP of Inclusion at


Meet Our Current Inclusion Committee Members:

APA Virginia VP of Inclusion:

Bryce Johnson, AICP

Senior Planner, Land Use Review, Loudoun County

Rana Abu Ghazaleh

Principal Planner with Arlington County

Karen Camplin

Principal Planner with ktcPLAN

Sherri L. Dawson, AICP

Director of Transit Development with Hampton Roads Transit

Terri Francis

Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator with the City of Newport News

Kyle Gilmer

Senior Transportation Planner with Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization

Jeryl Phillips, AICP

Principal Planner with the City of Williamsburg

Susanna Smith

Construction Coordinator with the City of Lynchburg

Stories in Equity

What is your team doing to promote equity and inclusion in planning in Virginia? APA Virginia wants to hear your stories related to integrating diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in planning. Your story can be as simple as revising your new planning documents to include alternate text for images to promote accessible documents, as complex as tackling housing affordability, or conducting outreach to promote the planning field to diverse audiences. If you want to share the DEIA efforts of your workplace, please email VP of Inclusion at


Member Spotlight

APA VA wants to hear from you! As in every community we plan, there are stories to its citizens. As a community of planners, we would like to highlight some of our amazing planners across the Commonwealth. What attracted you to the field of planning? What work do you do in the planning field? What is your favorite experience as a planner? What advice would you give a new or aspiring planner? If you or someone you know has a great planning story to tell, please reach out to VP of Inclusion, Bryce Johnson, at


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