Mitzi Barker, FAICP

A tenacious leader whose passion is to accomplish great things by coaching and unleashing the talent and contributions of a team, Mitzi Barker, FAICP has devoted her 45-year career in a mix of public, private, and non-profit employment dedicated to expanding housing choices and conditions, particularly in low-income communities. A resident of Alaska since 1986, Mitzi is well-known in housing and community development circles around the state.

She is recently retired as Director of Planning and Construction for the Rural Community Action Program, known as “RurAL CAP.” She continues to maintain a consulting practice, specializing in serving non-profit organizations with strategic planning, and technical assistance in housing development and rehab.   

Career highlights:

  • Member, Municipality of Anchorage Planning & Zoning Commission
  • Contributing lecturer on community development and planning, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
  • Senior planner, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
  • Community development director, Municipality of Anchorage
  • Housing director, Denver Regional Council of Governments
  • Executive director, Denver Emergency Housing Coalition. 

Mitzi is past Chair of APA’s Housing & Community Development Division and was instrumental in developing APA's policy guides on Housing and Homelessness.  She has served as President of the Alaska Chapter of the American Planning Association, and on APA’s national board of directors where she chaired the Legislative and Policy Committee. In 2004, she was inducted into the AICP College of Fellows, the first Alaskan to be so honored and was named 2012 Planner of the Year by the Alaska Chapter of APA. She is also a charter member of AICP. 

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Mitzi completed her undergraduate studies at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She earned her Master’s degree in geography and area development from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Martin H. Shukert, FAICP

Martin H. Shukert, FAICP is principal with RDG Planning & Design, based in Omaha, Nebraska.  Creative approaches to problem-solving have shaped Marty's 45-year career as a city planner and urban designer.  As principal with RDG Planning & Design since 1989, he has led projects in a variety of areas ranging from transportation to redevelopment to housing.  Marty also served as Omaha’s Planning and Community Development Director in the 1980s.

He earned a Bachelor degree in City Planning from Yale University, and a Master of Architecture from University of California-Berkeley.  Marty has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1984, and was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2004. He has been a member of the APA Housing and Community Development Division since its founding.

Adam Nowaczyk

Adam Nowaczyk had a 15-year career as manager and real estate industry professional and certification as a LEED Green Associate when he decided direct his career toward urban planning. A resident of Vienna, Virginia, Adam is currently a student in the Masters in Urban and Regional Planning program at Virginia Tech. He also manages the Facebook page for Virginia Tech's Capital Area Student Planning Association.  

Dan Lauber, AICP

Daniel Lauber, AICP is a lawyer, planner, and owner of the Chicagoland firm Planning/Communications in River Forest, Illinois. He was elected President of the American Planning Association in 1985 and served as President of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 1992-1994 and 2002-2005.

Lauber has been interviewed for numerous newspapers, magazines, radio and TV programs including 60 Minutes. He has been recognized with multiple awards for his work in planning, including the Paul Davidoff Award in 1988 for demonstrating a sustained social commitment to advocacy planning in support of the needs of society’s less fortunate members.