Cynthia Bowen Named President-Elect of the American Planning Association

CHICAGO—Cynthia Bowen, AICP, LEED AP, from Indianapolis, Indiana, was elected to serve as President-Elect of the American Planning Association (APA), a 38,000-member organization committed to promoting better communities through good planning. Bowen will take office January 1, 2016.

Bowen will serve one year as president-elect before assuming the presidency for a two-year term. She will be responsible for leading the 13-member APA Board of Directors in governing the association and setting strategic goals. This is a volunteer position.

Bowen is Director of Planning at Rundell Ernstberger Associates, an urban design, landscape architecture and planning firm in Indianapolis. She previously worked as the Director of Planning at CHA Consulting, and at HNTB Corporation.

A proven leader within the association, Bowen is completing her second four-year term as Director on the APA Board. She also served on the Board executive committee as secretary/treasurer. She has held a number of leadership positions including president and professional development officer of the APA Indiana Chapter, and vice chair and secretary/treasurer of the Chapter Presidents Council.

Within her community, Bowen mentors students, serves on the Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning Presidential Blue Ribbon Panel, and the Ball State University Planning Department Alumni Board.  In this past, she has served on the International Marketplace Coalition Board and the Pike Township Advisory Board. Bowen was named one of IBJ’s “40 Under 40” in 2011.

Bowen is a graduate of Ball State University with degrees in urban and regional planning, and environmental science and design. She is a certified planner and holds a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) AP certification.