2017 APA Colorado Board Candidate Statements








I am committed and excited to continue dedicting my time and energy to serving as the President for the Colorado Chapter of the APA. Throughout my 16+ year career, I have demonstrated a commitment to building communities and for the last two years I have had the opportunity to focus on building our Chapter. With your support, I will be able to continue building our Chapter and the initiatives that I have laid the ground work for, including increased opportunities for collaboration between members and non-members.
My professional experience, which includes community development department operations, consulting, private and public land development, and city planning for local and regional governments, ensure that I bring practical working knowledge to the position. I understand the time constraints, stakeholder requests, and other challenges planners in a diversity of disciplines face, as well as the incredible opportunities we are provided in our day-to-day work to make real change in our environment. I want our Chapter to continue its development as a resource and push it to become a leader on the issues that affect our communities.

I will continue to build on the Chapter’s foundation in order to build effective networks that provide support and guidance for the tough issues. By focusing on the needs of individual regions and sub-regions our Chapter can become the go-to for our members and non-members when they are presented a question or concern from their stakeholders. I believe I provide the leadership necessary to ensure the creation of effective networks that enable you to perform at your best.

In addition to providing the leadership to create networks that support you, I will continue with the implementation of our Chapter's Strategic Plan and Action Items ( I am especially focused on ensuring our Chapter acts as a resource to our members, building relationships with other organizations and professions, and raising the awareness and status of AICP membership.

As you consider your vote please know that I take the President role seriously. I am a purpose driven leader who cultivates relationships and gets results. If re-elected to the board I promise to continue bringing a deep commitment to contributing to the work of the Colorado APA as it moves forward to build a vibrant and effective voice for all of Colorado’s planners. I would be honored to contribute to that work.



My name is Anthony Avery, and I am asking for your trust and your vote for President Elect of the APA-CO chapter.

As a five-year Navy veteran I take pride in my ability to lead and complete any task. After serving, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Planning and a Master’s of Real Estate Development from Arizona State University. I worked in commercial real estate in Phoenix for three years before moving to Denver with my wife. Since then I have been working for the City of Aurora, first in development review and now in multi-modal planning. Over the past two years I have served as co-chair of APA-CO’s Emerging Planning Professionals group, focusing on professional development and connecting early career planners with peers and senior leaders.

As President Elect, I will work with the Executive Board to establish a statewide mentorship program to connect senior level professionals with students and entry-level members. As a board we will expand the opportunities for individual members to get involved in APA throughout the year and identify ways to make earning CM credits more accessible year-round through enhanced opportunities with partner organizations. To this end, I would like to introduce a transportation committee and a housing committee to identify best practices and develop comprehensive policy positions for APA-Colorado on two of the most pressing and talked about planning issues in the state.

I very much believe in the direction the current APA-CO executive board is taking in its 2017-18 strategic plan and work program. As President Elect I look forward to working with the current president to execute her vision. As President I will work closely with the executive board to expand that work program into 2019-20 to better achieve the chapter’s strategic goals to lead, communicate and engage, partner, advocate, inspire, and serve our state, communities, members, and partner organizations.

Above all else, I want to hear from you, the Colorado planning community. I want you to share your projects and experiences with other planners so that we can be collectively more successful. I want you to tell me and the executive board what your priorities are so that we can represent your interests across the state and to APA National effectively. And I want to know what tools and tactics you have found effective in impacting change in the cities and counties in which you work.

Thank you for your consideration of me to serve as your APA-Colorado 2019-20 President.




I am excited for the opportunity to continue to serve the APA Colorado chapter as Vice President of External Affairs for another term. I was appointed to the board in this role at the end of last year, and prior to that I have been an active member of APA since 2008. I started involvement with APA as a graduate student in the Urban and Regional Planning program at the University of Colorado where I served as the student APA public relations officer. I have since continued involvement with APA (both the Colorado Chapter and the New York Metro Chapter) and am a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

I have worked as a transportation planner since graduating from the University of Colorado Masters of Urban and Regional Planning Program in 2008. I work at AECOM where I consult with clients throughout Colorado and nationally to solve transportation challenges. In my role I focus on multimodal transportation, and I enjoy seeing projects I have been involved in actually get built.

In my short time serving as VP of External Affairs, I have had the opportunity to work with our partners to find opportunities to strengthen each other’s organizations, and I see significant opportunities for the chapter to grow and enhance the mission of APA. In the VP of External Affairs role, I will prioritize important issues such as:
• Enhancing existing partnerships with organizations and strategically seeking out new ones as opportunities arise.
• Increasing professional growth opportunities for members by partnering with other likeminded organizations to share event, conference, and volunteer opportunities.
• Collaboration with the academic community to increase opportunities for students to become more involved in the planning profession.
• Encouraging engagement of all chapter members by making volunteer opportunities more visible and easier to find.

I value the input of all members, and I look forward to the opportunity of serving in a leadership role on the Colorado APA board and positively impacting communities around the state. Thank you for your consideration. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions at




I am currently a Senior City Planner/Project Coordinator with the City and County of Denver, and have over 14 years of professional experience in municipal government planning. I graduated from the University of Colorado - Boulder with a degree in Environmental Design (Go Buffs!), and the University of Colorado at Denver with a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning.   I received my AICP certification in 2010, and have been an active member of the Colorado American Planning Association since my original involvement as the Student Newsletter Editor of Planning Matters back in 2002.

I would appreciate the opportunity to be re-elected as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Colorado American Planning Association.  I believe that my professional planning experience combined with my previous years served as Secretary/Treasurer makes me a strong candidate for this position. I think it is important to provide local cost effective events that are pertinent to current local land use issues to our members.  During my time on the Board we have maintained a healthy budget, and recently passed a 2017 budget which will offer more funds for Chapter events including Tactical Urbanism & DRCOG events.  These events will provide additional training opportunities as well as planning awareness within our communities.   I am excited for the opportunity to express my outreach priorities while representing the Board’s financial matters.






My home is in the town of Carbondale and I have enjoyed providing planning consulting services for communities throughout the West with the firm Design Workshop for the past 11 years. Planners in the Central Mountain Area are responsible to create solutions for many heavy issues such as housing affordability, resiliency planning for natural disasters, conservation of natural resources, economic prosperity, building social ties, and creating desirable places for people to live and visit. We must continually prepare ourselves to be leaders on a diverse set of topics and innovate to find solutions in our unique contexts. 

With this diversity of challenges for planners in the Central Mountain Area to address I would like to focus on the following as a representative: 

• Sharing of best practices – encouraging planners throughout the region to participate in conferences, author articles andsubmit award nominations.

• Promoting educational opportunities – informing APA members of educational opportunities in our area or webinars of potential topical interest. 

This past year I helped to organize and host a mini-conference for mountain and western slope planners focused on the issues most important to them. More than 50 planners gathered for this day of engaging speaker presentations and small group discussions. I would like to continue to create dialog and learning opportunities for planners in this region. 

APA has provided me with many opportunities to test ideas and work with others in the profession to pioneer new approaches. Some of this I have had the opportunity to express in more than a dozen speaking engagements at APA conferences and in Planning Magazine Articles. 

Serving on the Colorado APA Awards Committee for the past nine years has taught me about the remarkable efforts going on in the state and contributions of planners. The past five years as the Chair of the committee I have been happy to see our efforts have resulted in reaching our goal of doubling of the number of submissions and number of Committee members. It has been a pleasure to inspire and encourage others through this program.

The majority of my work is based in communities throughout the Central Mountain Area of Colorado. I have been fortunate to work alongside planners, community leaders and private sector developers to serve this region by completing a wide variety of plans. I have served as the Design Workshop project manager on such efforts in the region as the Avon West District Investment Plan and East District Design Guidelines, the Aspen Area Community Plan, Buttermilk Base Ski Area Redevelopment, a retirement community master plan for Basalt, Town of Carbondale Parks and Recreation Master Plan, Town of Snowmass Upper Draw Affordable Housing Analysis and Planning, and the Vail Vision Community Plan. Many of my past projects have been honored with Awards from APA Small Town and Rural Area Division, APA County Division, American Society of Landscape Architects, Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Award, and the City-County Communications & Marketing Association.

In addition to AICP I hold certifications from the National Charrette Institute and Leadership Strategies in Public Facilitation. My education background is a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Ohio State University and a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Design from the University of Minnesota.

Thank you for your consideration for re-election as Central Mountain Area Representative.



James Shockey, AICP, is the Community Development Director with the Town of Winter Park, where he has been employed for nine years. He also serves on the Planning Commission for the Town of Grand Lake. Prior to his employment with Winter Park, James worked for the Town of Grand Lake as the Town Planner and for a private development company in Grand County. James graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Land Use Planning. He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 2009 and serves on a trail advocacy board for Grand County. James is married and has a young daughter getting ready to start school in the fall.

I feel my education and my professional experience in both the public and private sectors, coupled with my experience as a Planning Commissioner provide me with the balance and perspective necessary to serve as your Central Mountain Area representative. A planner's goal is to help towns, developers, and residents realize the potential of their communities. As your representative, I will offer my skills and knowledge to elevate the planning profession and promote member involvement. I support continuing education for planners, in order to provide them with new techniques and ideas, while helping them be prepared for new land use challenges. I feel it’s important to reach out to the planners and commissioners, who need information regarding APA and the assistance that the organization can offer. I am looking forward to serving the members of the Central Mountain Area, and I would appreciate your support in this election.






Professional Experience/Education:

  • · Senior Transportation Planner with AECOM with 18 years of planning experience
  • · Received AICP certification in 2005
  • · Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Colorado at Denver
  • · B.S. Urban Studies, Metropolitan State College of Denver

APA Colorado Experience:

  • · Serving as the APA CO Metro Representative, 2015-present (also served in this position from 2007-2009). Have helped coordinate events as well as sponsored happy hour meet and greets.
  • · Member of the Professional Development Committee, helping to select sessions for the state conference and review events for Certification Maintenance compliance for many of the events that have occurred statewide.
  • · Member of the new Youth in Planning Committee, helping to provide opportunities for school age children to become more familiar with the planning profession.

I have been honored to serve as one of the Metro Denver Representatives for the past two years, and hope to continue to serve in this position for two more! Over the past two years, we have continued to work with planners and other organizations to bring training opportunities as well as more social and networking events to metro area planners. We have worked especially close with the Emerging Planning Professionals (EPP) and Student groups in offering networking events. We recently co-sponsored a happy hour with the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of ITE, and are looking for opportunities to co-host with other organizations as well.

Over the next two years, I hope to continue to help planners by offering more APA training sessions in Metro Denver, as well as to partner with other organizations to co-sponsor other planning-related events. I also hope to continue to provide additional networking opportunities for metro area planners with both planners and professionals from other allied organizations.

It would be an honor to continue to serve and represent the Denver Metro area as your Denver Metro Representative (A).



Professional Experience

  • Principal/Owner, Planmark Design, LLC - performing community site planning and urban design, annexation applications, rezoning applications, downtown master plans, mixed use development and landscape architecture.
  • Senior Associate, Matrix Design Group - Comprehensive & Development Planning
  • Director of Planning, Design Studios West – Master Planning
  • Senior Associate, Nuszer Kopatz Urban Design - Community Master Planning
  • Director of Planning, Plan West, Inc. – Public Processing, Development Entitlements
  • Senior Planner, P&D Technologies - Community & Parks Master Planning
  • On-Call Public Planning Consultant for several front-range cities responsible for development application review and parks planning.

APA Experience & Community Involvement

  • AICP Certification & Member since 1993.
  • State planning conferences in Colorado and Arizona.
  • APA National Conference 2003
  • Participation in Local Continuing Education Classes-UCD
  • Congress For The New Urbanism National Conference - 1998, 2010
  • ASLA National Conference 2014
  • Attendance at Local APA, ASLA, and CNU Social Events
  • Mentor, Guest Lecturer, Jury Member- University of Colorado Graduate School
  • Selected Planner: CU LEEDS School of Business & NAIOP Real Estate Competition-1999, 2003, 2005, 2012

Education & Credentials

  • University of Colorado- Bachelor of Environmental Design- Emphasis: Planning
  • AICP since 1993 and completion of all Continuing Education requirements
  • Professional Landscape Architect (Licensed in Colorado) since 2008
  • ASLA Colorado- Merit Award for Design 2011
  • LEED Accredited Professional since 2009

Position Statement
It is with great enthusiasm that I offer my dedication to the role of representative should I be chosen. As a member of APA for over 24 years, I have enjoyed the remarkable resources and educational opportunities this organization and the Colorado Chapter provides. I look forward to the opportunity to give back in a meaningful way to our community of professionals that have had such a profound impact on planning issues both statewide and nationally. I am particularly passionate regarding the following issues facing APA and would make it my goal to pursue support in these areas:

  • Stronger Allied Professions Connection: As a private sector planner who prepares master plans, comprehensive plans and zoning documents, I am continually immersed in multi-disciplinary teams including public planning staff. I have observed a continual need to increase the connections between all these diverse professionals and improve the sharing of knowledge and ideas between us. I hope to do this through continuing education opportunities, expanded newsletter circulation and social events.
  • Innovation in Urban Design Principles: The coming years will challenge planners to adapt and solve issues presented by new technologies such as more automation in work and mobility, new employment models, the sharing economy, changing demographics, changing climate and overall resiliency. I am excited about the opportunities for planners to be at the forefront of providing and implementing compelling new design ideas for our communities that improve the quality of our lives. We will all need to promote the sharing of ideas and research.
  • Proactive Solutions to National Policy Changes: With potential policy changes that would affect current environmental planning, infrastructure planning, and housing programs, I feel that planners are on the front line of implementation and in so doing will become more responsible in the preservation of community values through careful interpretation and appropriate modifications to local planning policy.

Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to the opportunity and the honor to serve all of my colleagues in the Denver Metropolitan area.



On my first day of graduate coursework in a planning master’s program years ago I heard the quote “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood” by Daniel Burnham. If we’ve had the pleasure to meet, you know within a few minutes that I’m the type of person that lives and works by this quote, with the exception that I would have said “person’s blood” because we need to include everyone. For those of us that haven’t yet met, my name is Mike Tylka, I’m a resident of Westminster (the Adams County side), and I am an Associate City Planner (Planner II) for the City of Brighton. Prior to this I’ve worked in planning as a planner in Wyoming, a brownfields project coordinator in Iowa, and as a project assistant to the campus planner for the University of Iowa. Before my turn to planning I worked for five years in middle office corporate finance, two years doing multiple tasks for a political participation non-profit, and I even had a brief stint in commercial real estate. I’ve served in numerous leadership and organizing capacities in the past years ranging from political campaigns, a town fair board, issue and club groups, as chair of an employee engagement committee and pension board, and too many more to bother you with at this time. My turn to planning actually occurred once I was appointed to the planning commission of my hometown in suburban Pittsburgh. Ever since that appointment I’ve seen the value that can come from solid planning. I was so fortunate to start my planning efforts in my hometown interacting with those I grew up with and where there was the ability to chart the path forward for a place where I knew and valued the residents and their future. The minute I paid my time back to my corporate employer for their paying for most of my MBA, I ran off to get a planning masters and ever since then I can truly say that I’m excited every day for work in the planning profession. I carry my passion for shaping communities and caring about all residents to this day.

Today I’m asking for your vote to be one of your Denver Metro Area Representatives. As members of APA Colorado in the Denver Metro Area, we have the unique ability to help chart a course forward for all those that we live with and interact with daily. We are the community builders of our great city. What I see my mission being, if elected to this position, is that of building bridges and enthusiasm. I am tired of going to conferences where presentations are geared towards marketing a consultant’s company or being used by someone to add a resume line. I want to learn something and not have someone preaching to the planning choir, and my goal will be to seek out those that are doing the truly unique things to come talk to us. The organization right now does have several opportunities to network and learn throughout the year, but I know that I have difficulty with short notice. I will push for an earlier agenda so more members can take advantage of opportunities to network and learn from monthly speakers and tours. Another area where I think that we can grow is in our outreach to local and statewide elected officials. I am saddened by the lack of respect for the planning profession by many in the political arena and I think that we can start to change minds with a concentrated, professional outreach campaign. Now is the time to stress the importance of sound planning because there is so much at stake.

I believe that I am uniquely suited for this position as I have the drive, energy, consensus building ability, and passion for improving the organization and the profession in the Denver Metro Area. My past experiences have led me across the country with work in many different planning capacities, allowed me to interact with many diverse communities, and formed a vision in my mind of what the planning profession can be with strong advocates. If elected I plan to fulfill the trust that you put into anyone for whom you vote for by carrying out the duties of the position with dedication, the utmost dignity, and with the confidence that planning professionals in the Denver Metro Area can make our region the envy of others in our chosen profession





Professional Experience

  • Transportation Planner, City of Boulder (Planning, Public Engagement and Communications)
  • Associate, Augenblich, Palaich and Associates (Research, analysis, writing and facilitation support)
  • Research Assistant, University of Colorado, Denver (DRCOG Sustainable Communities Initiative Assessment)

APA Experience

  • Public Education and Planners Interest Group (Co-Chair)
  • Education & Planning Presenting, APA-CO State Conference
  • Emerging Planning Professionals (Professional Development Committee member, 2014)

Community Involvement

  • Northern Colorado Regional Food System Assessment (Boulder, Larimer and Weld counties)
  • WTS Boulder Committee member


  • Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Colorado, Denver (2014)
  • B.A. in Economics, Keene State College, NH (1998)
  • Taking the AICP Exam in November, 2017

During my graduate education at the University of Colorado, Denver, I was an active member of the APAS. This participation continued in my participation in the Emerging Planning Professionals division of the APA as the professional development committee member. In prior years, I have also presented at the APA-CO state conference on the topic of Planning and Public Education.

As a planning professional that has lived, volunteered and worked in Boulder, Larimer and Weld counties, I believe that I am uniquely suited to represent these regions through the North Central Representative. Prior to entering the planning profession, I also lived in more rural communities of the state. Though these were not in the remaining counties comprising the North Central division (Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma counties), I believe my lived experience would greatly inform the needs of planners serving these communities.

I believe the Division Council has an important role to play for members of the APA-Colorado chapter by providing a conduit both to and from the organization and practicing planners. Through this conduit, best practices can be disseminated, implemented and celebrated. Further, the benefits of APA can be more greatly realized by those practicing beyond the Denver metropolitan area.

This last is what I would hope to achieve by assuming the role as the North Central APA Area Representative. By utilizing the great resources of the state chapter and the engagement communication skills and tactics I have developed through professional and community experience to connect more planners across the North Central region to the organization.



As a recent transplant from Chicago to Fort Collins this summer, I am excited about the opportunity to continue participating with APA through the APA CO State Chapter. I believe my programming experience, leadership, and dedicated service to the APA-IL State Chapter will prove valuable in serving as a co-representatives for the APA CO North Central Area. As an active APA member in the Chicago region since 2001, I have maintained a strong interest in the planning issues, ideas, and approaches that impact the communities that we serve. In particular, I have served the APA-IL State Chapter, as well as APA National, in various leadership capacities:

  • 2008-2016: Assistant Director, APA Chicago Metro Section (APA-CMS)
  • 2015-2016: Chair, APA-IL Diversity Committee
  • 2015-2016: Member, AICP Jobs Analysis & Test Specifications Task Forces
  • 2015-present: Region IV Representative, AICP National Membership Standards Committee
  • 2017-present : Director, APA Chicago Metro Section (APA-CMS)

Understanding that our profession and our communities evolve constantly, my role as the outgoing Director (and past Assistant Director) of APA-CMS has enabled me to organize programming to educate and reach out to fellow planners in the Chicago region. I led APA-CMS in expanding its programming from nine programs per year to 12-15 programs per year, including skills-based Planners Toolbox workshops. I also helped strengthen the section’s partnerships with allied organizations like AIA, ASLA, CNU, and engineering organizations. Interestingly, the expansion and reputation of APA-CMS programming compelled APA National to cancel its Tuesdays at APA series in Chicago (the monthly lecture series is still active in Washington DC, though).

If elected to serve as a co-representative for the APA CO North Central Area, I would utilize my APA local section experience to identify new outreach methods and learning opportunities for fellow planners in the North Central Area. I would also explore ways to expand partnerships with allied organizations, which could lead to co-sponsorships for APA-CO and cross pollination of educational opportunities.

In addition to my experience serving APA at the local, state, and national levels, I believe my attention to detail, creativity, penchant for coalition building, dedication to the profession, and ability to think beyond our normal ways of thinking will be assets to the North Central Area, APA CO, and our fellow planners and allied partners.





Hello Northwest Region APA Members,
It would be an honor to serve as a Northwest Region Representative for CO APA. As a business owner and resident of Montrose County, I understand the challenges of connecting with fellow planners and getting access to professional growth opportunities. Acting as a liaison between the members in Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Mesa, Moffat, Montrose, Ouray, and Rio Blanco counties I will do my best communicate your interest and challenges to the APA Executive Committee. I will also do my best to activate the region with educational, professional and social activities.

I am the owner of Dynamic Planning + Science, a planning firm based in the City of Montrose, CO. At Dynamic Planning + Science, I lead a group of 5 service professionals with varying backgrounds on a wide variety of planning projects. With over 17 years of experience working for local, state, and federal clients, my tenure as the Northwest Regional Representative will aid members to communicate issues and planning successes within government, non-profit and private sector industries. Prior to starting Dynamic Planning + Science, I served as planning manager at a global engineering firm for 10 years. I have managed projects specializing in spatial data visualization (big data), urban design, hazard mitigation planning, construction management, geographic information technology (GIT), and capital improvements planning. Being in the data visualization field, I am versatile in a multitude of software packages and instrumentation, including ESRI, Autodesk, Adobe, SharePoint, Microsoft Office, Sketch-Up and other software used in planning projects.

I would love to see my industry grow and make the Northwest Region an outlet for professional growth within CO APA!!




I have never lived in an area with an APA chapter before August 2015 so I am just beginning my involvement in APA leadership. Thus, I have no past or current involvement and no significant outcomes or accomplishments to share on the topic of APA chapter leadership. I can offer nearly 30 years of professional experience in a variety of planning tasks, including NEPA, cultural resources management, Section 4(f) compliance, wetlands identification and permitting, and noise impacts and assessment. I am a past board member of the American Cultural Resources Association and have been active for years in the National Association of Environmental Professionals and the Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals.  I have been a professional instructor on the integration of cultural resources into the NEPA process since 2001 and on the Section 4(f) process since 2003. I have also taught professional development courses at NAEP conferences and for private clients. 

It is hard to say if I’m uniquely suited to being successful for this position; however, I am willing to do my best for the Colorado chapter. I am a good communicator in general and I offer a diversity of both talents and interests, so one can hope that I will be successful; only time will tell.

I have no strong opinion at present on the role of the Divisions Council – that will evolve over time, assuming I am elected.

As a Cultural Geographer with a diverse set of social and cultural evaluation talents, I see the value in a diversity of people and skills in any leadership organization. I hope to bring my diverse talents to the group and benefit from the talents and skills of others. 




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