Director at Large
Lauren Driscoll, AICP
Lauren Driscoll is the director of Community and Development Services for the City of Salina, Kansas. She is a certified planner and holds a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University. Within APA, Driscoll has served as the president of the APA Alaska Chapter, chair of the Leadership Development Committee, chair of the Emerging Issues Committee for the Chapters Presidents Council, chair of the Communications Committee, and the Director at Large.
Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP
Mitchell Silver became commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks in May 2014. He is a past president of the American Planning Association and an award-winning planner with 35 years of experience. Silver is internationally recognized for his leadership in the planning profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues. As Parks Commissioner, he oversees management, planning, and operations of 30,000 acres of parkland. Prior to returning to his native New York City, he served as the chief planning and development officer for Raleigh, North Carolina, where he led the comprehensive plan update process and a rewriting of the development code to create a vibrant 21st century city. As one of the nation’s most celebrated urban thinkers, Silver was elected to Planetizen’s list of the 100 Most Influential Urbanists in 2017.