Current Roster

Division Chair

Name: David Wasserman

David Wasserman leads Alta Planning + Design’s Civic Analytics team. He works at the intersection of urban informatics, 3-D visualization, geospatial analytics, and visual storytelling. He has authored multiple articles surrounding civic data science and AI with APA including PAS Memo 111 on Artificial Intelligence & Planning Practice and the Art of Learning by Example. Find out more:

Vice Chair

Name: Lian Plass

Lian Plass is a senior manager of urban resilience at the Urban Land Institute where she serves as lead author on reports concerning real estate and resilience and facilitates center programming including the annual Resilience Summit and biannual Coastal Forum.  Lian also serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University where she teaches an introductory GIS course at the CALL center in addition to serving as a capstone advisor for the Urban and Regional Planning program. Learn more about ULI’s Urban Resilience Program here:


Name: Vacant


Name: Sarah Bassett

Sarah Bassett is an urban planner who combines place-based practices, immersive technology, and policy advocacy to help vulnerable communities respond to and recover from disaster. She works in the community resilience and disaster recovery domains in the US East and Southeast working in partnership with states, cities, and communities. Sarah is the Co-Founder of her planning collective, Peoples Culture, and recently took on the role of Professor of Practice and the Co-Director of the Resilient Visions CoLab at Arizona State University.