2018 Board Candidate Statements

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Below are the candidate statements for the Colorado Chapter Board.




As Colorado and its residents continue to change, I look forward to the opportunity to help the APA Colorado Chapter find better ways to connect with both current and potential members, encourage new learning and participation, stay informed on emerging topics and research in the field, and maintain APA's presence online and in the community.

I currently serve on the APA CO Emerging Planning Professionals board as a communications chair, participate on the APA CO Outreach and Communication Committee as an EPP representative, and also serve on the Professional Development Committee for conference session reviews. While I enjoy the opportunity to contribute to EPP and the board, I am ready to become more involved and take on a leadership role through the APA Colorado’s Vice President Communications position.

My undergraduate degrees are in environmental studies and fine art and I have a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Irvine. My interest in urban planning stems from a belief that sustainable development of the physical and social environment can break down barriers of inequality and improve the quality of life for not just individuals, but entire communities. These interests have led me to pursue a career in housing policy and community development.

After graduate school, I worked in San Francisco at a real estate and land use consulting firm before moving to Denver for a position with a local consulting firm, BBC Research & Consulting. As an associate of BBC’s housing and human services practice, my work consists mostly of housing market and fair housing studies through data collection and analysis, report writing, and community engagement.

My recent work in community engagement has encouraged me to be more involved in my local community, as well as my professional community. The opportunity to support communications for APA Colorado would not only be exciting, but allow me to connect to others in the field and put my communication, graphic design, and data management skills to good use.   




Maureen Paz de Araujo is Senior Transportation Planner for Wilson & Company. Previous professional positions include: MPO Director for the Colorado Springs MPO, Associate Vice President/Senior Planner for AECOM, and Professional Associate/Senior Transportation Planner for HDR. Maureen has over 30 years of experience in transportation planning and engineering, specializing in travel demand forecasting, micro-simulation, operations analysis, and air and noise impact modeling. Her understanding of a full spectrum of modeling tools allows her to deliver innovative model-based solutions addressing a variety of planning needs. She is also an accomplished environmental planner with emphasis in analysis and planning for transportation resource impacts and protection. Her assignments have included management and technical lead roles for federal agencies, state DOTs, MPOs and local agencies. She has authored several papers for the National Academy of Science Transportation Research Board (TRB) Journal (Transportation Research Record) TRB publication (2009, 2014, 2015) about different facets of transportation planning, and has been a regular presenter at APA, ITE, and TRB national conferences since 2005. Significant local project involvement includes the following:

  • Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, Travel Model Development and 2040/ 2050 Updates, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Pueblo Area Council of Governments Travel Model Update and 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan, Pueblo, CO
  • Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, Wildfire Evacuation Modeling and Planning, Colorado Springs, CO. This project was selected by WTS Colorado for the 2012 Small Project; an associated paper was published in the TRBB TRR; and the project won a 2015 U.S.DOT Transportation Planning Excellence (TEPEA) Merit Award.
  • Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, 2035 and 2040 Moving Forward Regional Transportation Plan Updates, Colorado Springs, CO. This project was implemented performance based planning and involved non-traditional planning partners such as the U.S. FWS. The plan was featured as a case study in 2014 FHWA performance based planning guidance and won a 2015 U.S.DOT Transportation Planning Excellence (TEPEA) Best of the Best Award.

Certifications, Education, Academic Honors

AICP CEP, 2016; AICP CTP, 2012; AICP, 2000; MS Civil Engineering. (University of Notre Dame); B. Architecture, with Honors (University of Notre Dame); BA, Modern Languages Spanish, with Honors, University of Notre Dame; Tau Sigma Delta National Honor Society, Architecture and Allied Arts; Chi Epsilon National Honor Society, Civil Engineering; Maureen was also elected to the AICP College of Fellows in 2018.

Position Statement

Reaching beyond a continuing involvement with the Transportation Research Board to provide local support to planning, I began supporting the American Society of Civil Engineers Southern Colorado Branch Board of Directors as Program Chairman in 2012. I continued in that position for four years (2012 -2015). , stepping down in the fall of 2015 to shift my energies to greater APA involvement and support. My first role in greater support of APA began with volunteer participation in the AICP CTP Standard Setting Forum in 2014. Beginning in 2015, I also served as part of the APA CO representation on the Conference Committee for the Colorado Transportation Symposium. Roles in support of the Conference Committee include design and production of signage, programs and nametags. I continued in those roles for 2017 and 2018. In 2016 I ran for and was elected to the APA CO Board as the South Central Area Representative. I am eager to continue and enhance my support to APA CO as South Central Colorado’s representative on the APA CO Board. I have continuing interest in supporting CM events and promoting research-focused activities, as well as providing outreach to secondary students to encourage future careers in planning and engineering, something I was involved with for ASCE and for District 20. It would be an honor to continue to serve and represent the South Central Colorado area as your South Central Area Representative.





My name is Mark Williams and I am running again to be the Southwest Area representative. I am a planner for the City of Durango and have worked as a planner for Durango for twelve years, and before that for the somewhat larger cities of Denver and Atlanta. I have been the Southwest Area representative for the past two+ years, and would enjoy the opportunity to continue to serve in that role.

In Durango, I am heading the development of our housing program, with the aim to increase housing affordability and supply. Other hot button issues I am currently working on are preserving Durango’s historic character while encouraging infill development, the creation of standards for Durango’s unique areas, which we refer to as character districts, and managing the city’s regulation of our newest and greenest development area, called Twin Buttes.

I am running to be the Southwest Area representative because I know that the small towns and mountain towns of Colorado are what Colorado does best, and I am interested in the preservation and vitality of these places. In my first term I served on the committee to organize the 2017 APA annual conference in Telluride, and sponsored the first annual APA holiday party for planners in the region. Prior to serving on the Board I served on the APA Colorado awards committee for close to a decade and I saw firsthand the quality and innovation of which the small places in our state of capable, and how every place can have something unique to offer. The San Luis Valley tourist trail program and Cortez’s Heart and Soul planning program come to mind, but there are many other examples. The number of APA award applications has more than doubled in the last ten years, and I feel that is due to the recognition by every community that their work is worthy of the respect of their peers.

I believe the APA Division representative has the obligation to provide area members with opportunities to collaborate, increase interaction among peers, serve as a knowledge resource, and to channel our regional issues to the state level. I have been able to provide numerous opportunities over the past two years through webinars, social events, facilitating CM credits for local workshops and helping to point proospective AICP members for information on exam preparation. Over the next two years i would continue to provide information, learning opportunities and social events for the Southwest Region. I hopr you will conser voting for me, and i look forward to communicating with you in the future.





I am a planner at Norris Design in Denver, CO. I have worked in the field of planning and urban design since 2006. My experience in the field includes exposure to a variety of planning and design-based projects for both the public and private sectors. My work spans a full spectrum of scales from high-level comprehensive plans to catalytic site-focused subarea plans down to the design and building of mixed-use developments, residential neighborhoods, streetscapes, and parks. I have worked in multiple states as a private consultant for local, regional, and county agencies. My membership with APA has spanned both the Northern California and Colorado chapters, and I received my Master of Urban Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Recently, I relocated from California to Colorado where I have been working in the Denver Metro Area for the past three years. I now consider Colorado my home and want to focus much of my professional energy within the state to help Colorado be a better place for our communities.

I think by contributing to the APA CO board, I can bring the best practices I have learned from other parts of the country into the conversation. I also think the best way to understand the ever-evolving challenges we are facing here with housing, water, resiliency, transportation and the juggling of resources with unprecedented economic growth, is to be at the table to listen to what’s happening in our communities.

The two key goals I would have would be to:

  • Look inwardly to the Denver Metro Region to see how we can tackle challenges like neighborhood revitalization, housing choice, diverse mobility options, regional health, and infrastructural resiliency, and to
  • Look outwardly to communities throughout the state to see how we can improve relationships with our Eastern Rural and Western Slope communities to be more resilient, more economically diverse, and more authentic to Colorado.
  • I feel ready to contribute in a meaningful way to the APA CO board and would hope you would consider my nomination for the Denver Metro Representative seat.



As a member of APA for last several years, I have developed into a young professional with a passion for putting people and the environment first. Formally trained as a Landscape Architect and Urban Designer, my research and work has primarily focused on environmental urban design and planning for health in the built environment. I have started my own company here in Denver, Global Ecologies, and have presented research at the APA national conference in DC and the international Making Cities Livable Conference. If elected to represent my community, I would help champion innovative thinking in my district, provide opportunities for like minded professionals to connect and interact, as well as bringing community members to the forefront and encouraging challenging discourse in search of new insights. I believe it is important to communicate and collaborate across disciplines , encourage the participation of young people, and create communities where ever possible – no matter how small or how big. Lastly, I believe I can be a valuable member of the APA team, not only through my academic skillset, or my professional network, by through my personal commitment to values and people.

Thank you for your time and consideration




Colorado’s population is projected to increase by over three million by 2050. How we grow matters – it is key to our state’s long-term health and sustainability. Local governments – guided by planners – should be proactive and poised for strategic growth that creates thriving places to live, work, and play. As the Senior Planner for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), Community Development Office for the last five years, I have had the opportunity to work with planners across the state and have a unique insight into the challenges and opportunities of planners statewide. I want to apply my 20+ years of planning experience and leverage my relationships with local, state, and federal government agencies as well as non-profits and universities to expand APA Colorado initiatives and partnerships to meet the challenges facing our state. Furthermore, I’d like to build the knowledge and capacity of planning staff and commissioners to tackle the tough issues facing their communities by increasing training and resources. As a planner for the State of Colorado, I bring a holistic approach and can connect APA Colorado to statewide planning efforts and opportunities such as grants and training.

I have been very involved in APA and am ready to step up my involvement and be part of the leadership team for the APA Colorado chapter. I was a founding member and co-chair of the Sustainability Committee for several years and continue to be involved. In addition, I currently serve on the Executive Committee of the APA Sustainable Communities Division, leading the award-winning Sustainable Champions program, a leadership development initiative to promote planning best practices. I would welcome the opportunity to serve as the Denver Metro representative on the APA Board.




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