Planner Emeritus Network


The Planner Emeritus Network (PEN) is an auxiliary of and resource support group for the APA California Chapter, the California Planning Foundation, and the California Planning Historical Society. PEN represents a body of long-tenured members of APA who are available to provide to the Board and to other APA California groups substantial knowledge of the profession as it has matured in California, in particular. PEN members also are available to provide their personal insights, experiences and planning history when requested by the Board or other organizations, groups and individuals.


PEN was organized in 1997 and developed formalized bylaws in 2000. The organization is led by a Board of Directors composed of the President, two Vice-Presidents (one each from the north and south), the Secretary- Treasurer. Contact information is below:

Hanson Hom

2020 Board of Directors


Membership is open to Life members of APA, FAICP members from California, retired planning professionals, members of the California Planning Historical Society and former state-wide Board members of APA California. PEN also nominates planners who have contributed significantly to the planning profession or for a significant accomplishment which enhanced the recognition of planning.


The organization holds an annual membership meeting in conjunction with the annual APA California conference. PEN also sponsors a special presentation at the APA California conference each year.

Special Awards

Each year the PEN Honors Committee nominates persons for special recognition. Persons receiving recognition are selected by the Board for an outstanding contribution to the profession or for a significant accomplishment that enhanced the recognition of planning. Awards are presented to the honorees at the Awards Event at the annual APA California conference.

PEN Honor Award Winners

The annual PEN Honor Award Winners from 1998 through 2017 are presented by name, APA California section and year the award was made. PENĀ  is devoted to recognizing the efforts of those senior members of the planning profession who have contributed to California planning by their leadership and service to the profession. Click on the title above to review the list of winners.


Last summer the Planner Emeritus Network recommended to the APA California Board that the Chapter support a program to provide volunteer (pro bono) professional planning assistance to financially constrained municipalities and community groups throughout California and Baja California. The Board unanimously endorsed the PEN recommendation and has since launched the CPAT (Community Planning Assistance Team) Program.