API Interest Group Virtual Event

March 25, 2022
12:00 noon - 1:30 pm

Historical Perspective and Current Actions

CM | 1.5 • Free

The American Planning Association, Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Interest Group, is extremely pleased to host two inspiring and enlightening API leaders who will share their perspectives on the API experience in America.

Our first speaker is Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, a true pioneer for the API community, who lived through the World War II internment camps and endured racial prejudice during his career and, despite these challenges, rose to became one of the most respected leaders in the United States, with the distinction of serving in the Cabinet for both President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. He has a distinguished and decorated career in public service and technology.

Our second speaker is Manjusha Kulkarni, a prominent API community leader who is executive director of the AAPI Equity Alliance and co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate. She is nationally recognized for her community activism and advocacy work on equity and hate issues facing API communities and has been instrumental in bringing these issues to the forefront of national awareness. Time will be available for attendees to engage in a dialogue with Manjusha.


Friday, April 1, 2022

Transit in Transition @ UCLA

After 2.5 years, we're holding our first in-person event. The UCLA Arrowhead Symposium: Transit in Transition reconvenes at UCLA on Friday, April 1 after a successful online series this past fall.

Over the course of the 2021 series, we assessed the state of public transit in a time of intense uncertainty. We explored the pandemic’s impact on operations, examined the post-bailout financial landscape, discussed ongoing equity issues, and hosted a roundtable with federal officials, who relayed the Biden administration’s plans for resuscitating public transit. We closed with a look into the future: Will transit ever resemble its prior self? And is a return to “normal” even preferable — or is there something to be gained from an alternate path?

We will highlight the work from the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies Public Transit Initiative and the University of California Institute of Transportation Studies Public Transit and Shared Mobility Recovery program.


Spring Mixer

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

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)

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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

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