The Urban Planning Professional Advisory Council (PLANPAC) connects our program with industry leaders. The council consists of industry professionals in the design, planning and development fields. All members share a common interest in developing high-quality, functional, and sustainable environments. The PLANPAC assists the urban planning programs in addressing issues related to improving human environments, natural environments, and education. 


  • Nair Barrios, AICP ’13
    Central Texas Transportation Planning Lead & Public Involvement Specialist, Jacobs, Austin, Texas
  • Jim Carrillo, FAICP
    Vice President, Halff Associates, Austin, Texas
  • Joey Dunn ’94
    Deputy City Manager, City of Bryan, Bryan, Texas
  • Jessica Geray, AICP ’14
    Planner V, Texas Department of Transportation Rail Division, Austin, Texas
  • Elizabeth Grindstaff ’86
    Account Director / Rail Practice Lead, Freese and Nichols, Austin, Texas
  • Emily Gunderson ’18 and ’20
    Project Coordinator and Planner, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Houston, Texas
  • Edmund Haas, AICP ’86 and ’88
    Vice-President / Transportation Planning Manager, Freese and Nichols, Dallas, Texas
  • Todd Hansen, AICP ’10 and ’13
    Associate Research Scientist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Houston, Texas
  • Ed Hard ’85 and ’88
    Research Scientist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, Texas
  • Dustin Henry, AICP ’10
    Project Manager, Galveston Historical Foundation, Galveston, Texas
  • Nishant Kukadia, AICP ’04
    Director, Jacobs, Austin, Texas
  • Mark Linenschmidt, AICP, CFM ’04
    AICP CFM, Senior Planner, City of League City, League City, Texas
  • Mike McAnelly, FAICP ’69
    Retired, Dallas, Texas
  • Kim Mickelson, AICP
    City of Houston, Texas
  • Gary Mitchell, FAICP ’88
    President, Kendig Keast Collaborative, Sugar Land, Texas
  • Michael Parks, AICP
    Executive Director, Brazos Valley Council of Governments, Bryan, Texas
  • Walter M. Peacock
  • Jennifer Prochazka, AICP ’01 and ’02
    Assistant City Manager, City of College Station, Texas
  • Rob Rae, AICP ’08
    Director of Development Services, City of Sherman, Texas
  • Heather Wade, ’08 and ’11
    Researcher, Texas A&M University, Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, College Station, Texas
  • Susan Watkins, AICP
    Community Development Manager, City of Austin, Texas