Conversation: William Anderson and Mitchell Silver “The Future of Planning: Perspectives from APA Presidents”

William Anderson, FAICP, MCRP ’83, the new president of the American Planning Association, is principal/vice president of AECOM, a consultancy that works to improve built, natural, and social environments by creative, analytical, and technical means. Based in 69 countries, the firm’s architects, landscape architects, planners, ecologists, economists, engineers, program managers, and technicians collaborate to address complex challenges at various scales from buildings to public spaces, infrastructure, and management of open space and natural systems. Mitchell Silver is the previous president of the APA and the chief planning & development officer/planning director for Raleigh, North Carolina. An award-winning planner for over 28 years, Silver specializes in comprehensive planning, place making, and implementation strategies and is internationally recognized for leadership in his profession. Before moving to Raleigh in 2005, Mitchell was a policy and planning director in New York, principal of a New York-based planning firm, a town manager in New Jersey, and a deputy planning director in Washington, DC. 

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