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”), including 60 students and 140 young and experienced professionals. The program aims to improve the professional practice of planning by benefiting individual practitioners at all experience levels.


Important Dates

  • September 2016: Recruitment
  • October 2016: Notification of Matches
  • October 19 – November 3, 2016: Kickoff Mixers (Optional)
  • November 2016: Individual Meeting #1
  • February 2017: Individual Meeting #2
  • April 2017: Individual Meeting #3
  • May 2017: Wrap Up (Optional)

Kickoff Mixers (Optional)

These events are an opportunity for Mentors and Mentees to meet in a group setting co-hosted with the Regional Activity Coordinators. It will include a mix of program participants and non-participants. Join us for a great time!

  • Wednesday, October 19: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Spats, 1974 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
  • Thursday, October 27: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
  • Steel and Hops, 1901 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
  • Tuesday, November 1: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Rickhouse, 246 Kearny Street, San Francisco
  • Thursday, November 3: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
  • 55 South Bar and Lounge, 55 South 1st Street, San Jose


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.

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

2016-2017 Mentorship Class 

We are excited to have 200 participants representing the following jurisdictions, firms, organizations, and universities [list in progress] :

  • AC Transit
  • Alta Planning + Design
  • Apple
  • Arup
  • Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)
  • Association of Meadowfair Community
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
  • BRIDGE Housing
  • California Public Finance Authority
  • Callandar Associates Landscape Architecture
  • Calthorpe Associates
  • Circlepoint
  • City of Albany
  • City of American Canyon
  • City of Antioch
  • City of Berkeley
  • City of Capitola
  • City of Concord
  • City of Cupertino
  • City of East Palo Alto
  • City of Emeryville
  • City of Fairfield
  • City of Half Moon Bay
  • City of Livermore
  • City of Mountain View
  • City of Oakland
  • City of Pacific Grove
  • City of Palo Alto
  • City of Pinole
  • City of Redwood City
  • City of San Benito
  • City of San Carlos
  • City of San Francisco
  • City of San Jose
  • City of San Mateo
  • City of San Pablo
  • City of San Rafael
  • City of Saratoga
  • City of Sausalito
  • City of Sunnvale
  • City of Vallejo
  • City of Watsonville
  • County of Alameda
  • County of Contra Costa
  • County of San Benito
  • County of San Francisco
  • County of San Mateo
  • County of Santa Clara
  • County of Sonoma
  • Dahlin Architecture and Planning
  • Fehr & Peers
  • First Carbon Solutions Environmental Services
  • First Community Housing
  • Eden Housing
  • Google, Inc.
  • Harder+Company Community Research
  • Hart Howerton
  • HDR, Inc.
  • Hexagon Transportation Consultants
  • HMH Engineers
  • Kimley Horn
  • KTGY Group, Inc.
  • LSA Associates, Inc.
  • Main Street Launch
  • Metropolitan Planning Group (M-Group)
  • MK Think
  • Michael Baker International
  • Mineta Transportation Institute
  • Mobility Planners LLC
  • Motivate International Inc.
  • Neal Martin and Associates
  • Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates
  • Ohone College and Chabot College
  • Perkins+Will
  • PlaceWorks
  • Raimi + Associates
  • Reiser Building Group
  • Resources for Community Development
  • San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
  • San Francisco County Transportation Authority
  • San Francisco State University
  • San Jose State University
  • San Jose Successor Agency
  • San Mateo County Parks Department
  • Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission
  • SFO Airport Commission
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • SITELAB Urban Studio
  • Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District
  • Sonoma County Community Development Corporation
  • Sonoma State University
  • SPUR
  • Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Town of Moraga
  • TRC
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Valley Transportation Authority
  • Walk San Francisco
  • WeDriveU, Inc.
  • 360 Design Studios


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

Site developed by Devin Dombrowski - Devin Dombrowski Designs