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2024 SVS Awards Ceremony

Join us for the 2024 SVS Awards Ceremony later in October. 

When: TBD (October 2024 expected)
Where: TBD
Time: TBD
Cost: TBD

Award Winners

Please click here to see a complete list of this year's award winners.


Rick Rust, AICP is the 2024 SVSAPA Legacy Award recipient! We are collecting messages for Rick that will be presented to him along with an engraved gold plate commemorating this achievement. Any and all messages from simple statements of gratitude and congratulations, to recalling past stories are welcome. Click here to leave your message! 


For questions about the Awards Ceremony, contact Nikki Zanchetta (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Free Webinar

Community Engagement 2020: Reevaluating How We Collaborate with Communities

Hosted by SVS in Partnership with APA California

Community Engagement 2020: Reevaluating How We Collaborate with Communities

Community engagement and advocacy have been integral to the work of planners for the last half century. Over time, we’ve developed and deployed “tried and true” processes and methods, many of which of have been proven ineffective as our society has become more complex and our technology has evolved. As we enter a new decade with a pandemic-level bang and in the wake of increasing social and economic disruption, we’re forced to reckon with the flaws in community engagement and rebuild our foundation to ensure it is conducted in a more inclusive manner. What have we learned over the last decade, or the last several months? What do we hope to leave behind? What do we want to create to move us into the future?

Panelists: Kirin Kumar, Regional Climate Collaboratives Program Manager, Strategic Growth Council; Lynette Hall, Community Engagement Manager, Office of Innovation and Economic Development, City of Sacramento; Nailah Pope-Harden, Community Organizer, Policy Advocate, Climate-Plan

Moderator: Molly Wagner, Project Manager, WALKSacramento

Free Webinar

Planning through the COVID-19 crisis:
How are we adapting in these uncertain times?

On April 30, 2020 the Sacramento Valley Section and the APA California Chapter held a free webinar to hear how public, private, legal, and technology practitioners are adapting to the disruption associated with COVID-19 crisis.

Click here to watch the recorded webinar (via YouTube)

Click here to download agenda

Click here to download resources handout

Click here to download speaker bios

  • Yassi Sarvian, Director, APA California Sacramento Valley Section (Moderator)
  • Tom Pace, Interim Director, City of Sacramento, Community Development Department
  • Daniel Cucchi, JD, Senior Associate, Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.
  • Wendy Nowak, AICP, Principal, PlaceWorks
  • Daniel Friedman, PhD, Partner, Remotor Consulting Group

2024/2025 Section Sponsors

Without the support of our sponsors, many of the programs we offer would not be possible. Click the logos below to find out more about each sponsor.

To our sponsors -- Thank You!