MAP Elections 2019 - Candidates

This year, we have 3 open seats and 4 candidates running.  Ballots will be available online starting July 15, and email reminders will be sent by APA to all Michigan APA and Michigan Chapter Only Members.  Keep your eyes open for an Election Email from APA.  


Carmine P. Avantini, AICP

Work Experience:

City Planner, City of Rome, NY, 1983-1986
Executive Director, Herkimer County Development Corporation, 1986-1988
Manager, CRM Commercial Properties, Utica, NY, 1988-1989   
Director of Planning & Community Development, Utica, NY, 1989-1994
Senior Principal Planner, McKenna Associates, Farmington Hills, MI, 1994-1997
Partner, The Strader Group, Royal Oak, MI, 1997-2000
Partner, LSL Planning, Royal Oak, MI, 2000-2012
President, CIB Planning, Inc., Fenton, MI, 2012-Present



Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Buffalo, 1981
Masters in Community Planning, University of Cincinnati, 1983              


Other Experience and Affiliations

National APA Student President, Board of Directors, 1982-1983
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), 1990-Present
Fenton Education Foundation Board of Directors, 2009-Present
MAP Board of Directors and Committees, 2016-Present


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Jerrell Harris

Professional Planning Experience:

2018-present:  City of Detroit Mayor’s Office, Deputy Chief Operating Officer

2015- 2018: Kresge Mayor’s Fellow/Director of Restructuring and Transformation, City of Detroit, MI

2013-2015: Detroit Revitalization Fellow/Placemaking and Planning Manager, Focus: HOPE – Detroit, MI

2012-2013: Senior Project Manager, University Legal Services – Washington, DC

2010-2012: Vice President of Operations, Urban Farmers, Inc. – West Palm Beach, FL

2007-2012: Planning Director/Zoning Administration, City of Riviera Beach, FL

2003-2005: Residence Coordinator, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

2001-2003: Planning Intern, City of Atlanta, GA


Masters of Urban Policy Studies, Georgia State University, 2005

Bachelor of Science – Sociology, Georgia State University, 2001


Professional Experiences and Affiliations:

American Planning Association

Michigan Association of Planning

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Community Development Advocates of Detroit

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Sarah Lucas, AICP 

Work Experience:

2019 – present                 Executive Director, Housing North
2014 – 2019:                      Community Development Director, Networks Northwest (NWMCOG)
2007 – 2014:                      Regional Planner, Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NWMCOG)
2000 – 2007:                      Senior Planner, Leelanau County Planning and Community Development



Eastern Michigan University

Bachelor of Science, Urban and Regional Planning

Planning Affiliations and Leadership:

2007:  American Institute of Certified Planners, 2007

2016 – Present: Fair Housing Center of West Michigan, Board of Directors

2018 – Present: Opportunity Resource Fund, Board of Directors

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Rodney Nanney, AICP 

Work Experience:

2006 to Present     Planning Director | Owner Building - Place Consultants

2002 – 2005          Principal Planner| Community Manager – McKenna Associates, Inc., Northville MI

2000 – 2002          Planning Division Manager – Ypsilanti Charter Township, Washtenaw Co, MI

1998 – 1999          Coordinator – Old Village Development Authority, City of Plymouth, MI

1998 – 2000          Site Analyst – Washtenaw Development Council, Ann Arbor, MI


Graduate - Eastern Michigan University | MS Geography/Urban and Regional Planning

Undergraduate – Eastern Michigan University | Bachelor of Science, Urban and Regional Planning

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