About Us

Still in the early stages, the group is looking for passionate individuals to help with organization, outreach, and event planning. If  interested, please contact the EPG at:

 MDAPAEmergingPlanners@gmail.com


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leadership

EPG Board Members:

Chair, Megan Griffith, AICP

IMG_4188Megan first got involved with the Maryland APA Chapter as the student representative for Morgan State University’s (MSU) City and Regional Planning Program. While a student at MSU, she created the program’s first APA-certified Planning Student Organization, the Morgan Association of Planning Students (MAPS).

Upon graduating with her MCRP in 2014, she began working for Mahan Rykiel Associates, a Baltimore-based landscape architecture, design, and planning firm. She earned her AICP certification in fall 2015.

Megan became co-chair of the Emerging Planners Group in 2014, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to energize and revitalize this valuable organization offering resources and a camaraderie to young and emerging professionals in Maryland!

Stay in touch with Megan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meggriffith

Co-Chair, Aviva Brown, AICP

Bio coming soon!

Secretary, Jasmine Forbes

jasminephotoJasmine Forbes is a Baltimore native that is currently a Planner I with the Planning and Code Administration in the City of Gaithersburg. Prior to working with the City of Gaithersburg, Jasmine was an intern with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning (Prince George’s County) and the Maryland Department of Planning.

Jasmine received her Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning from Morgan State University in 2013.  In 2011, she received a Bacherlors Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Frostburg State University. She had also majored in Art and a minor in Art History during her Undergraduate Studies. She was the Vice Service President for Alpha Phi Omega national coeducational service fraternity during her time in Frostburg.

Treasurer, Wendy McGee-Preti 

mcgee-preti_photoWendy McGee-Preti is a recent graduate (May 2016) of Morgan State University with a Masters in City and Regional Planning along with a minor in Historic Preservation. In 2012, she received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture (Magna Cum Laude). Wendy was President and Treasurer of Morgan Association of Planning Students (MAPS), Student Representative for the Emerging Planning Group, Treasurer of American Institute of Architects, Students (AIAS), and Treasurer of Tau Sigma National Honor Society, Delta Gamma Chapter. Prior to pursuing her higher education, she was a hostess for foreign exchange students.

Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, Dee Pha

Dee Pha is a recent graduated of the University of Minnesota majoring in Strategic Communications, Asian American Studies and History. As a student, she was heavily involved with student activism which naturally translated into community organizing that focused on economic mobility and increasing civic engagement in immigrant communities. Currently, she works as a Development Associate at the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund. Dee is excited to engage more young leaders and learn more about the profession of planning!

University Student Representatives:

Morgan State University, City and Regional Planning Program | Jeremy Weiss (2016-2017)

University of Maryland, Urban Studies and Planning | Position to be Identified

Standing Committee Officers:

Fundraising and Financing Committee, Position Open!

The Fundraising Committee shall raise funds by identifying and pursuing fund raising opportunities. Committee members will work closely with the Board and Chapter Treasurers.

Professional Development Committee, Position Open!

The Professional Development Committee shall provide timely, accurate, and informative educational seminars and workshops. The Committee shall prepare an annual education program schedule and will make opportunities for participation available to all group members. It shall also recruit mentors and facilitate the mentor process. Committee members will work closely with the Chapter Professional Development Officer (PDO).

Membership Recruitment/Retention Committee, Position Open!

The Membership Recruitment/Retention Committee shall identify opportunities to increase and retain EPG membership. Responsibilities may include outreach to local planning programs, coordination with state-wide and regional professional conferences, participation in local career fairs, etc.

Community Service/Outreach Committee, Position Open!

The Community Service/Outreach Committee shall be responsible for organizing community service volunteer and outreach efforts for the purposes of improving communities and educating residents on the value and purpose of planning.


Positions are open! Please contact us for inquiries regarding how you can get involved!