CENTRAL SECTION

Elections

Jonnie Lan, AICP

Candidate Statement

I am excited for the chance to serve as the Section Director-Elect. If elected to this role, I will represent the Section at official functions, as needed, with integrity and professionalism. I will use my finance experience to help create and manage the Section budget. I will actively create and manage initiatives that make our organization relevant to our Central California communities and the planning and urban design professions. To be successful, our organization must develop strategic partnerships and collaboration with the surrounding communities, allied groups, as well as other professions, including but not limited to engineering, transit, housing, education and economic development. Sharing knowledge and resources will make our collective efforts more efficient and effective, giving communities of all different backgrounds practical support to make their communities healthy, happy and heard. At the same time, we must create partnerships with local schools and universities to mentor and nurture engaged young citizens, who value community planning, and as a result, are interested in becoming active in our organization. I appreciate your consideration and hope to be elected to serve as the Section Director-Elect.

Biography
Education:

  • Earned Master’s of Planning and Development, University of Southern California
  • Earned California Single Subject Professional Clear Credential in Social Sciences, University of California, Davis
  • B.A. History with a concentration in US and Latin American History, University of California, Davis

Professional Experience:

  • 25 years of California municipal and site planning experience
  • Senior Planner with QK formerly Quad Knopf, 2021
  • Associate Planner, City of Modesto, 2014-2021
  • Operational Planning Coordinator, Kaiser Permanente 2007-2012
  • Associate Planner, City of Fremont, 2003-2006
  • Assistant/Associate Planner, City of Hollister, 1995-2000
  • Earned AICP certification in 1999
  • Grant Writer, Bay Valley Code Academy, Bay Valley Foundation

Shawn Monk

Candidate Statement

Dear APA Board and Members,

I wish to be considered for APA CA Central Section Board of Directors, Section Director.

I have been an active member and volunteer in APA since 2008. Including APA Colorado section volunteer, APA Arizona conference and student volunteer, and APA California Central and LA chapter member. I plan to be wholly involved and focus my attention to the APA Central chapter over the coming years and would like the opportunity to lead the APA CA Central Section. I have experience coordinating events and gatherings, assisting in state and national APA conferences, and outreach as well as campaigning experience.

From a young age, I have been interested in Cities. Whether it was designing simulations in Sim City or experimenting with physical forms on large paper streetscapes full of Lego towers, I knew that I loved cities and their anatomy.

2008 marked the beginning my professional career when I was hired as a Planning Technician out of college at the North Front Range MPO in Fort Collins, Colorado – a Regional Transpiration Planning Organization in Northern Colorado. There, I would have the opportunity to work on Regional Land Use and Travil Modeling efforts along with various reginal and specific community plans including the Regional Bike Plan for Northern Colorado.

After 5 years as a Planning Technician, I decided to take the next step and enroll in Grad School for Planning. I was accepted and enrolled in the dual master program at Arizona State University in Urban and Environmental Planning and Public Administration. Where I was fortunate enough to be elected and serve as Vice President for the Student Planning Association at ASU for a year and a half as well and the ASU Students for New Urbanism where we assisted with community planning events such as impromptu Pocket Parks and mentors to young planners. I was employed at ASU as a researcher, GIS analyst, teacher’s assistant, and the assistant ASU Bicycle Program Manager where we completed campus bicycle plans for all four Arizona State University Campuses. I also received opportunity to consult on a neighborhood revitalization project in South Phoenix, Arizona that identified neighborhood strengths and challenges. This taught me how to work with communities on their needs and aspirations.

After Grad School I accepted a job with the City of California City in 2018 as the Planning and Economic Development Manager. There I learned the ins and outs of planning in California and how to manage a Planning Department. Despite a small department we were able to harness the power of community and recourses to grow a community. In April of 2021 I accepted a job with the City of Fresno as a Planner III in the Long-Range Division and am excited to continue my career in the Heart of the Central CA Chapter.

I look forward to working with the Board and Members of the Central Chapter on projects, events, and the 2023 APA CA Planning Conference in Fresno, as well as growing and fostering an active Central CA Section.

– Shawn Monk