Board of Directors & Chapter Staff

Oregon APA is governed by a 20-member Board of Directors consisting of elected and appointed representatives. Our staff facilitates our programs and supports our volunteer committees.

Elected Officers & At-Large Members

President

Aaron Ray, AICP (he/him)

Aaron is Senior Aviation Planner for the Port of Portland and has previously worked in both long-range and current planning in Hillsboro, Benton County, and Cottage Grove, Oregon. He joined the Board in 2016.

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Vice-President

John D. Tovey III "J.D." AICP

J.D. is Planning Director for the Umatilla Indian Reservation with past work in urban design and academia. He has been on the Board since 2018.

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Secretary

Nancy Ferber, AICP (she/her)

Nancy is a Coastal Planner at the Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce, where she specializes in environmental planning. She previously worked as the Planner for the City of Astoria. She has been on the Board since 2020.

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Treasurer

Serah Breakstone, AICP (she/her)

Serah is a Senior Planner and Project Manager with Otak, where she leads their public planning practice and focuses on helping her clients achieve their community visions. She joined the Board in 2020.

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Board Member At-Large and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Group Co-Chair

Puja K. Bhutani, AICP (she/her)

Puja is the Senior Strategic Site Planner with Intel, specializing in land use planning & urban design. She has previously worked in Portland, Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco & India. She joined the Board in 2021.

Board Member At-Large

Anna Slatinsky (she/her)

Anna has led the planning team in the urbanizing suburb of Beaverton, Oregon since 2016, and was previously the Deputy Director of the Department of City Planning in Brooklyn, New York.  Current professional goals include refining the art of supporting organizational and community change in these challenging times. She joined the board in 2022.

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Board Member At-Large and Membership Committee Chair

Amanda Ferguson, AICP, CFM

Amanda has 25 years of federal, small and large city, and county land use, natural resource and historic preservation planning experience in Oregon. She lives in Cottage Grove, and currently focuses on federal & state grant writing, special project management and land use planning consultation.  She rejoined the Board in 2021.

OAPA Board Member Kate Holmquist
Board Member At-Large

Kate Holmquist, AICP, RLA, LEED AP ND/BD+C

Kate, Principal of WerkSTADT Urban Planning + Development, has 17 years of sustainable, equitable planning & development experience, including affordable housing development in Portland and city planning for the City of New York. They joined the Board in 2021.

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Board Member At-Large

Dana Nichols (she/her)

Dana is the Planning Manager at the City of Bandon and has previously worked in transportation and small city planning throughout Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties. She has been on the Board since 2020.

Standing Committee Chairs

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Professional Development Officer

Li Alligood, AICP, LEED AP (she/her)

Li is a Senior Planner and Project Manager with OTAK focused on land use entitlement work for private and public clients. Her previous experience includes affordable housing development and municipal planning. She has been on the Board since 2019.

Education and Outreach Committee Chair

Deb Meihoff, FAICP (she/her)

Deb is principal and owner of Communitas, where she collaborates with communities on reinvestment plans, land use and policy strategies, and economic prosperity initiatives. She rejoined the board in 2021.

Legislative and Policy Affairs Committee Chair

Kevin Cook (he/him)

Kevin is a Senior Long Range Planner for Multnomah County having previously worked in Jackson County and the cities of Canby and Sun Valley, Idaho. Kevin’s planning focus is on the intersection of DEI, sustainability, and community resilience.  He has been on the Board since 2022.

Emerging Planners Group Chair

Allan Wilson (he/him)

Allan is a recent graduate of PSU's MURP program. He's now a Planner with the City of Estacada, working on all manner of current and long-range planning projects. He joined the Board in 2022.

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Communications Chair

Joshua Williams, AICP (he/him)

Josh is a Senior Planner with the City of Gresham, having previously worked in Southern California in the public and private sectors before moving to Oregon. He has been on the Board since 2016.

Ex-Officio Members (Non-Voting)

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County Planning Commission Representative

Brad Bennington

Brad works on education, advocacy and policy support for the building industry in Southern Oregon to create affordable housing. He also serves as a Jackson County Planning Commissioner. He joined the Board in 2016.

Faculty Liaison | Portland State University

Megan Horst, Ph.D. (she/her)

Megan is Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University, and serves as program coordinator for the Master of Urban and Regional Planning. She has been on the Board since 2022.

Student Liaison | Portland State University

Jamie Arnau (she/her)

Jamie is a first-year student of the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at Portland State University. Her focus is urban design and participatory planning. She has been on the Board since 2022.

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Faculty Liaison | University of Oregon

Rebecca Lewis, Ph.D. (she/her)

Rebecca is Associate Professor in Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon and directs the Master of Community and Regional Planning Program. She has been on the Board since 2019.

Student Liaison | University of Oregon

Alex Rau

Alex is a first-year student of the Masters of Community and Regional Planning at the University of Oregon.  His focus is active transportation, land use and streetscape design.  He has been a board member since 2022.

City Planning Commission Representative

Vacant (in recruitment)


Staff

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Chapter Administrator

Stephanie Green

Stephanie supports OAPA's board and committee volunteers with her 25+ years of non-profit and event management experience. She's also OAPA's Conference Administrator. She's been in this role since 2013.

Program & Policy Coordinator

Vacant