Managing Director, Heather Nick named president-elect of the American Planning Association - Texas Chapter
City of Tyler Managing Director, Heather Nick, AICP, has been elected president-elect of the American Planning Association (APA) Texas Chapter. She is an award-winning planner with more than 15 years of experience. Nick is a certified planner and holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Texas at Tyler. She also graduated from UT-Tyler summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Nick received two associates degrees in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design as well as in Information Systems from Tyler Junior College.
As the third largest chapter, Texas serves approximately 2,600 members. The APA is the world's largest planning organization with 45,000 members from over 100 countries; 47 chapters throughout the United States and 21 divisions that embrace the wide range of planning specialties and interests, including city, rural, hazard mitigation, housing, transportation planning and more.
She has held several leadership positions within APA, including chapter communications coordinator, secretary of APA Texas as well as professional development officer and director of the East Section of the APA Texas Chapter. Nick stated that she plans to continue to build on the successes of past and present APA leadership, through the continued implementation of the chapter’s development plan; leadership initiatives; membership recruitment and retention; growing future leaders; and fostering equity, diversity and inclusivity within the planning profession and in within the organization. She said, “As planners, we consider emerging issues and offer solutions that help our communities thrive and prosper.”
She will begin her two-year term as President-Elect on Nov. 8, 2019. Afterwards, she will serve an additional two-year term as President of the APA Texas Chapter.