Mentorship Program

The APA California Chapter – Northern Section is pleased to offer the 2016-2017 Mentorship Program. This career development initiative involves one-on-one mentorship matching between young planners (“Mentees”) and experienced professionals (“Mentors”). The program aims to improve the professional practice of planning by benefiting individual practitioners at all experience levels.

Join the Program Now

Use this link to sign up in less than 3 minutes! The recruitment period ends on Friday, September 30.

Mentor Role

  • Professionals with at least 3 years of work experience in any planning discipline.
  • Each Mentor will be assigned one Mentee. If additional Mentors are needed, participants will be asked individually if willing to advise more than one.
  • Commitment to meet or teleconference with your Mentee three times between October 2016 and April 2017.
  • APA membership is not required.

Mentee Role

  • Students and young professionals with less than 3 years of work experience expressing interest in any planning discipline.
  • Commitment to meet or teleconference with your assigned Mentor three times between October 2016 and April 2017.
  • Applicants are not guaranteed to receive a Mentor, but we’re actively recruiting a large group of participants. Priority matching will be given to second-year graduate students and recent graduates.
  • APA membership is required (free for qualified students to join). You can sign up to be a Mentee today, but you are required to become a member by September 30.


This opportunity is available to all planning students and professionals. Our goal is to provide adequate structure to facilitate meaningful relationships, while maximizing flexibility to meet the professional interests and schedules of participants.  Each Mentor and Mentee pair is welcome to customize the program to meet individual needs.

  • Participants engage in one-on-one Mentor and Mentee matching, which involves a minimum commitment of three meetings over a nine-month period.
  • Handouts and e-mail templates will be distributed to participants to facilitate introductions, initiate talking points, and share professional development resources.
  • Two happy hour socials at the beginning and end of the program will be co-hosted with the Regional Activity Coordinators and/or Young Professionals Group Directors to offer additional outreach options between Mentors and Mentees.

Important Dates

  • September 2016: Recruitment of Mentors and Mentees
  • October 2016: Matching and Kickoff Happy Hour Social (Optional)
  • October 15 – November 15, 2016: First Meeting with Mentors/Mentees
  • January 15 – February 15, 2017: Second Meeting with Mentors/Mentees
  • March 15 – April 15, 2017: Third Meeting with Mentors/Mentees
  • May 2017: Final Happy Hour Social (Optional)

Sample Activities

The level of engagement for each of the three Mentor-Mentee meetings can be as simple or involved as time and interest permit. For each gathering, activities may include:

  • Visiting at a coffee shop
  • Brown-bag lunch at Mentor’s place of work
  • Participation at one of the APA socials or other planning-related events
  • Joint attendance at a public meeting
  • Résumé and portfolio critique
  • Mock interview
  • Job shadowing for half a day

Learn More

Refer to the program handout for additional details using this link.

2016-2017 Mentorship Class 

We are excited to have participants representing the following jurisdictions, firms, organizations, and universities [list in progress] :

  • AC Transit
  • Alameda Contra Costa Transit District
  • Alameda County
  • Alta Planning + Design
  • Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)
  • Association of Meadowfair Community
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
  • Bridge Housing
  • Calthorpe Associates
  • Circlepoint
  • City and County of San Francisco
  • City of Albany
  • City of American Canyon
  • City of Antioch
  • City of Berkeley
  • City of Concord
  • City of Cupertino
  • City of East Palo Alto
  • City of Emeryville
  • City of Half Moon Bay
  • City of Mountain View
  • City of Oakland
  • City of San Carlos
  • City of San Jose
  • City of San Mateo
  • City of Saratoga
  • City of Sausalito
  • City of Vallejo
  • City of Watsonville
  • Dahlin Architecture and Planning
  • First Community Housing
  • Google, Inc.
  • Harder+Company Community Research
  • KTGY Group, Inc.
  • LSA Associates, Inc.
  • Main Street Launch
  • Metropolitan Planning Group (M-Group)
  • Michael Baker International
  • Mineta Transportation Institute
  • Motivate International Inc.
  • Neal Martin and Associates
  • Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates
  • Ohone College and Chabot College
  • Perkins+Will
  • PlaceWorks
  • Raimi + Associates
  • Rieser Building Group
  • Resources for Community Development
  • San Jose State University
  • San Mateo County
  • San Mateo County Parks Department
  • Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission
  • SITELAB Urban Studio
  • Sonoma County
  • Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District
  • Sonoma County Community Development Commission
  • Sonoma State University
  • SPUR
  • Town of Moraga
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Walk San Francisco
  • WeDriveU, Inc.


If you have any questions, please contact Liz Probst, AICP, Mentorship Director, at

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