Tom Jacobsen Named To Prestigious College of Certified Planner Fellows

tomjacobson312.jpgThe American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) has inducted Sonoma State University professor Thomas Jacobson, J.D., AICP, of Rohnert Park into the elite membership of AICP's College of Fellows at a black-tie ceremony recently. The event was held in conjunction with the American Planning Association's (APA) 2014 National Planning Conference in Atlanta.

"The AICP College of Fellows recognizes planners who have made exceptional contributions to their communities and to the planning profession," said AICP President Lee Brown, F AICP. "They represent the vanguard of the profession, demonstrating outstanding achievements and excellence whether through professional practice, planning research, teaching and mentoring, or community service and leadership," he added.

Thomas Jacobson is an environmental studies and planning professor and past department chair at SSU in addition to being the director of the University's Center for Sustainable Communities, which he founded in 2007.

In addition to his university career, he has spent 25 years teaching continuing education courses for planning professionals, citizen planners and others engaged in planning better communities.

Shortly after started teaching at Sonoma University in 1994, he developed one of the first courses in the country on planning for sustainable communities, which also led to, among other things, his work with Marin County, California, on its groundbreaking countywide plan in 2007.

More recently, he has developed a course on Planning for Healthy Communities, funded through a partnership with Sonoma County, a recipient of a Community Transformation Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A member of the California State Bar and past president of the California Planning Roundtable, Jacobson is recognized as an AICP Fellow for contributions in teaching and mentoring.

He received his law degree from the University of California's Hastings College of the Law in 1987, his masters' degree in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1987 and his bachelor of arts in liberal studies from Sonoma State University in 1976.

Every two years a new class of AICP Fellows is honored in recognition of outstanding achievements by individual planners in one of four categories: professional practice, research, community service and leadership, or teaching and mentoring. Visit for a list of the 38 other planners from 17 additional states being inducted April 27 during a ceremony at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel.

Planners who have been certified through the AICP education, practice and exam process use the letters "AICP" after their names. Fellows of AICP are designated with the letters "FAICP." Currently there are over 15,000 practicing planners in North America and elsewhere with the AICP certification. Of those, approximately 500 belong to the AICP College of Fellows.

The AICP College of Fellows, begun in 1999, is concerned with mentoring and future advancement of the profession of planning. For more than 80 years, AICP, the professional institute of APA, has promoted professional excellence in the field of planning by setting high standards for competence, education, experience, and ethical conduct, and by articulating the future of the planning profession.

The 2014 National Planning Conference, the world's largest annual conference for professional planners, takes place April 26-30 at the Georgia World Congress Center. The country's first national planning conference occurred in 1909 in Washington, D.C.

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