January APA-NYM recap from Chapter President Max Sokol

Chapter Members and Friends,

January was a busy and productive month as the Chapter’s new Executive Committee hit the ground running.

I would like to begin by thanking our outgoing Communications and Engagement Manager, Maggie Calmes. Maggie has been a tremendous asset in working with Jocelyn Dupre (Vice President of Communications) to develop and implement our Chapter communication strategy and recently revamped website. As Maggie moves on to other endeavors, please join me in thanking her and wishing her the best of luck.
This year we are beginning a new initiative to develop and document a set of operating procedures for the Chapter to enhance our internal functions and improve how we interact with you, our members. Ryan Harris, AICP, who has long been involved with the Chapter (most recently as Treasurer), has generously volunteered to lead this effort.

I am also excited to share that our Chapter and the LGBTQ in Planning Division have received a $45,000 grant through the APA Planners4Health initiative to help build local capacity for integrating planning and public health. I want to thank Gina D’Agrosa, AICP, the Chapter’s Lower Hudson Valley East Representative, for leading the Chapter’s effort in collaboration with the LGBTQ in Planning Division. This is the second grant that our Chapter has received through the overall Plan4Health initiative, following our partnership with the American Public Health Association NYS affiliate for the Live Well Kingston initiative. In April, Heather Jacksy, AICP, the Chapter’s Lower Hudson Valley West Representative, will attend the final Partnering4Health meeting in Denver to discuss the Live Well Kingston initiative and linkages to future efforts.

In other news, the Chapter Committees and Sections are hard at work organizing educational programs, professional networking events, and other opportunities for Chapter members. There are a number of upcoming events covering a range of interesting topics. Stay tuned for announcements about additional events in the near future.

I hope everyone’s energy continues to build as we near the end of the countdown to the National Planning Conference. From May 6-9, we will have the unique opportunity to host thousands of our colleagues from across the country and showcase all that is great about our region to a national audience. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to register by March 2, when registration rates will increase. I look forward to seeing you there.


Maxwell L. Sokol, AICP


APA New York Metro Chapter