About APA California

California Planning

Over 5,000 members strong, APA California is a network of practicing planners, citizens and elected officials committed to urban, suburban, regional and rural planning in the State of California. APA California offers a wide spectrum of member benefits including information, services and support to advance planning in California.

Board of Directors

APA California’s Board of Directors represents the diversity of planning in California. Our 40-member Board consists of 11 elected members, an appointed Student Representative and 15 appointed officers, the Section Directors from each of the eight Sections, the three individuals holding National APA positions for Region VI, and the presidents of affiliated organizations.

For the current roster, click here. Members may view additional Board member contact information by logging in here.


APA California is leading, innovating, and advocating for a future in which all people, in California and beyond, have an equitable opportunity to participate in, contribute to, and share in their communities’ environmental, social, and economic well-being.


APA California serves as a resource for and voice of professional planning in California. We empower planning professionals to best serve their communities by facilitating professional growth and advocating for excellent planning.

Core Values

Inclusion: In our work with members and within communities, we seek to be representative and fully inclusive of community goals and perspectives in our membership and leadership, to engage and empower all community members to participate in democracy and civic leadership, and to ensure that we are planning with communities, not for them.

Leadership: We demonstrate leadership through action, serving as a voice for the planning profession and advocating for change that benefits all communities. By being innovative and adaptable, we seek to serve as a resource to our colleagues and pave the way for our profession.

Integrity: We hold ourselves to the highest possible standards of ethics and professionalism. We provide expertise and consistency, earning the trust of planners, communities, and decision makers in the work we do.

Community: We provide a sense of fellowship and camaraderie among planners, and strive to convene safe, open discussion on challenging topics related to planning in our communities.

Commitment to Public Service: We work to advance the public interest and ensure fair and equitable access to community benefits and amenities. Sustainability: We remain committed to the principle that environmental, social, and fiscal responsibility must be integrated into all planning policy so that communities remain healthy and viable for the long term.

Executive Director

Sande Stefan

(916) 803-6480