“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” 

– Strength to Love by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Thank you for signing up for the 2022 Mentorship Program. First meetings between matches scheduled for February and March.

About the Program

This career development initiative involves one-on-one mentorship matching between planners in various stages of their careers (“Mentorees”) and experienced professionals (“Mentors”). The program aims to improve the professional practice of planning by benefiting individual practitioners at all experience levels.

Changes to the Program

  • Mentors can answer the questionnaire once instead of on an annual basis. If you participated in the 2021 Mentorship Program and would like to participate again you do not need to fill out this form. You will receive a separate email invitation and can reply YES and your previous information will be used for matching.
  • Registered mentors can then opt-in or out and can make changes to their profile without re-entering all questionnaire fields.
  • Geographic location will not be a major factor in matches, therefore opening up the matching pool.


  • Recruitment of Mentors + Mentorees: November 2021
  • Matching & Emails Sent: By January 2022
  • 1st Mentor-Mentoree Meeting: January – March 2022
  • 2nd Mentor-Mentoree Meeting: March – May 2022
  • 3rd Mentor-Mentoree Meeting: May – July 2022
  • Additional Meetings: anytime throughout the year (optional)
  • Closing of Program and Feedback Survey: August 2022


If you have any questions, please contact Ellen Yau, Mentorship Director at mentorship@norcalapa.org.


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 Mentoree pair is welcome to customize the program to meet individual needs.

  • Participants engage in one-on-one Mentor and Mentoree matching, which involves a minimum commitment of three meetings from January 1, 2022 to July 31, 2022.
  • Handouts and e-mail templates will be emailed to participants to facilitate introductions, initiate talking points, and share professional development resources.

Program Expectations


  • Professionals with at least 3 years of work experience in any planning discipline.
  • Each Mentor will be assigned one Mentoree. If additional Mentors are needed, participants will be individually asked if willing to advise more than one.
  • Minimum commitment of 3 meetings with Mentoree between Janurary 2022 and July 2022.
  • APA membership is not required.


  • Students and young professionals with less than 3 years of work experience in any planning discipline or mid-career professionals with less than 10-years of experience.
  • Minimum commitment of 3 meetings with Mentor between Janurary 2022 and July 2022.
  • Applicants are not guaranteed to receive a Mentor, but we are actively recruiting a large group of participants. Priority matching will be given to second-year graduate students, recent graduates, and mid-career professionals.
  • APA membership is required (free for qualified students and discounted rates for qualified new members). You can register to be a Mentoree today, but are required to become a member once matched. Please visit the Membership page for additional information.

Materials & Handouts

Meeting #1 Guidelines

We’re glad you are involved with the Northern Section’s mentorship program, but as you navigate the Planning World know that resources stretch from your local chapter to the national level. Check out National APA’s resources here.

Sample Activities

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

  • Joint attendance at a public meeting
  • Résumé and portfolio critique
  • Mock interview

We are excited that relationships were built among the following jurisdictions, firms, organizations, and universities:

  • AC Transit
  • Alta Planning + Design
  • Apple
  • Arup
  • Associated Right of Way Services, Inc.
  • Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)
  • Association of Meadowfair Community
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
  • Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative
  • 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 Lafayette
  • 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
  • Contra Costa Health Services
  • 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
  • Toadal.net
  • Town of Moraga
  • TRC
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Valley Transportation Authority
  • Walk San Francisco
  • WeDriveU, Inc.
  • 360 Design Studios