It is the mission of this Division to support, encourage, and amplify the work that each of you are doing - we also ask that you increase confidence in yourself! You are doing amazing work and it is paramount that you promote that to others. Our Division is growing in numbers that we have never seen before and there has never been a better time to highlight the work that you are doing. With that, we will be showcasing our members on our newly revamped website to share with one another our successes. Please send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us about your awesome work so that we can shout from the rooftops! I hope we get 3,000 emails - I challenge you to send us one! We look forward to sharing it with all of our members.
Corrin Wendell, AICP
Chair, Women & Planning Division
We'd like to congratulate Division member Linda Amato, AICP on her recent election to the APA Board of Directors! Linda's tireless dedication to APA and our Division is so very inspiring to all women in planning. Way to go, Linda!
Linda brings more than 30 years of experience in managing complex, transportation-focused environmental documentation and leading public outreach efforts throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. At ESA, Linda provides leadership on projects as well as strategic initiatives to continue ESA’s decades-long expertise with transportation clients. Her favorite aspect of her job is working with multiple local jurisdictions and getting to know the communities involved in each project.
We'd like to congratulate Division member Erin Perdu, AICP on her recent election to the AICP Commission! Erin's capable representation serves as a voice for all women in planning! Great job, Erin!
Erin is a planner and project manager with 20 years of professional planning experience in both the public and private sectors. She has served as the project manager and lead planner on award-winning comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances and form-based codes, multi-jurisdictional plans, and small area studies. She partners with clients and stakeholders to help residents and community leaders articulate their needs in order to achieve their goals.
Ysela Llort will be inducted in the Florida Transportation Hall of Fame for 2019 - the first woman to receive this recognition. Ysela is a Principal with Renaissance Planning - South Florida's leading integrated land use and transportation planning firm.
Ysela has a diverse background as a planner and brings over 30 years of leadership experience working with DOT’s and Transit Agencies. She oversaw Miami-Dade’s transportation transit system as the county’s Transit Director from 2011 to 2015 and is credited with establishing the metro’s Orange Line to Miami international Airport, strengthening Miami-Dade Transit's partnership with the Federal Government and restoring commitment to transit. She also served with the Florida and Virginia DOTs, establishing leadership and direction in the development of multimodal plans and programs as well as planning and operations programs.
Ysela has been recognized nationally by the National Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) as well as by Cien Latinos/Hispano’s de Miami-Dade for her transportation work in the state of Florida. She is also an active member of TRB and the National Academy of Science and Engineering.
Ysela will be honored at the annual Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) Transportation Achievement Awards event on Thursday, November 7, 2019, at the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center, Tampa Campus.