Mitchell J. Silver is president of the American Planning Association (APA) and served as keynote speaker at the Bay Area Social Equity Caucus's 2012 State of the Region Conference. Silver is leading the effort to make planning one of the most relevant professions in the 21st century. Silver is also the planning director and chief planning and development officer for the city of Raleigh, North Carolina. Silver, who has more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors, is a nationally recognized leader in the planning profession and as a contributor to contemporary planning issues.

Known by his colleagues as a creative thinker, problem-solver, and leader, Silver has been at the center of cutting-edge trends, innovative solutions, and visionary plans. As Raleigh’s planning director, he has led the comprehensive plan update process to create a vibrant city with a modern transit system, great streets, and robust neighborhoods. He is now overseeing a rewrite of the city’s development code.

Silver was a contributing editor and author of the International City/County Management Association’s book “Local Planning: Contemporary Principles and Practice,” which was released in February 2009. His work and commentary has been featured in Time.com The New York Times, Planning magazine, the Triangle Business Journal, Crain’s Business Journal, and on National Public Radio (NPR)."

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