Panel discussion brings diverse planning professionals to ASU

The last week of classes brought a full house to hear perspectives on “Planning Behind the Scenes,” shared by four Phoenix-area planning professionals.  The professionals discussed their own career trajectories, the day-to-day life of a planner, and opportunities and challenges of the profession.  They also shared advice for students as they prepare to become planning practitioners.  

The panelists represented diverse areas of planning:

  • Terri Hogan, AICP, Deputy Director of Planning for the Development Services Department of City of Buckeye and President-Elect for the AZ Chapter of the American Planning Association
  • Sandra Hoffman, AICP, Deputy Director of the Planning Division for the City of Phoenix Planning and Development Department and Vice President for Professional Development for the AZ Chapter of the American Planning Association
  • Greg Loper, AICP, Consultant with Earl, Curley, & Lagarde and member of the Maricopa County Board of Adjustment.
  • Patrick McNamara, Senior Program Office at LISC Phoenix

Over 135 students and ASU affiliates attended the program, which was organized and moderated by SGSUP professor Meagan Ehlenz. SPA, the Student Planning Association at ASU, co-hosted the event, and SGSUP sponsored a reception following the panel where students interacted with the guests.

“The ‘Planning Behind the Scenes’ panel brought together four different professionals to show how diverse and exciting the field of planning can be," said Ehlenz.

"Each panelist loved their job for different reasons, but they also spoke to the importance of trying new things and not being afraid to learn on the job. Their number one piece of advice to students? Network and find opportunities to gain experience through internships, mentoring, and/or shadowing!”