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, the professional institute of the American Planning Association that serves 16,500 certified planners, has elected four members to serve on its governing Commission.

The eight-member Commission is responsible for AICP governance and setting the institute’s strategic goals. Each member serves as a volunteer and will begin their term on January 1, 2018.

Deborah Alaimo Lawlor, FAICP, PP


Lawlor is the planning discipline leader for Maser Consulting P.A. in New Jersey. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Rutgers University. An active APA member, Lawlor is completing her second term as an AICP Commissioner. She has also served on a number of task forces including as chair of the Community Assistance Planning Services Committee, and as a member of the APA Research Agenda Task Force, Sustainability Planning Task Force, and the Retired Member Task Force. She also was the vice chair of state planning for the Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division and first vice president of the APA New Jersey Chapter. Within her community, Lawlor served as a member of the Board of Governors for the Packanack Lake Community Association in Wayne, New Jersey. This is a four-year position. Lawlor will serve one year as president-elect, two years a president, and one year as past president.

Justin Garrett Moore, AICP

AICP Commissioner, Region 1

Moore is the executive director of the New York City Public Design Commission. He also is an adjunct professor for Columbia University’s GSAPP Urban Design & Urban Planning Programs. He is a certified planner and earned his master’s degrees from Columbia University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida College of Design. An active APA member, Moore was the team leader for the Community Planning Assistance Team that worked in Belize City, Belize, and represented the association at the UN-Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador. Within his community, Moore is on the board of directors of Made in Brownsville (MiB), and He is the co-founder of Urban Patch. Moore will serve four years in this position.

Karen Wolf, FAICP

AICP Commissioner, Region V

Wolf was re-elected to a second term on the AICP Commission. She is the senior policy analyst for King County, Washington, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Wolf earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Washington. An active APA member, she serves as the chair of the AICP Exam Committee, which just completed an update of the exam, and previously served as a member of the AICP Advanced Specialty Certification for Environmental Planning Committee. She is also a member of the Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division. In her community, Wolf is a member of the University of Washington Professionals Council, frequent guest lecturer at the university, and the chair of the Children’s Hospital Standing Advisory Committee.  Wolf will serve an additional four years in this role.

Marissa K. Aho, AICP

AICP Commissioner, Region VI

Aho was re-elected to serve a second term on the AICP Commission. She is the Chief Resilience Officer for the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and is a certified planner. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Southern California and her bachelor’s degree from American University. Within the association, Aho has served on the AICP Membership Standards Committee, the Academic Membership Task Force, co-chair of the APA National Planning Conference Local Host Committee, and as the section director of the Los Angeles Section of the APA California Chapter. Aho will serve an additional four years in this position.

Learn more about the work of the AICP Commission, including certification and the Community Planning Assistance Teams at

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