Is this for me?” Webinar – Great Greater Washington

  • Dated: Wednesday April 6, 2022 – Wednesday April 6, 2022
  • Time: 5:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m.
  • Location: Virtual, 805 21st Street Northwest, Suite 301, Washington, DC
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What is the AICP and why is it important?

Many planners choose to take the planning certification exam, but is it really worth it? Join GW’s Sustainable Urbanism program to find out if this is the right path for you. Our panel will discuss their own journey to becoming AICP certified, how it affected their career opportunities, and how to decide if it’s right for you.


Professor Eliza Voigt, AICP, is the Head of the Planning/NEPA Division in the GSA’s Planning and Design Quality Office. She worked with the National Park Service in planning and partnerships for 11 years. Prior to joining NPS, Eliza worked as a land use and historic preservation planner for local governments in Montgomery County, Maryland, and the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation in Washington DC. She holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Professor Andrew Bernish, AICP, is a GIS planner and analyst for the Maryland State Department of Transportation (MDOT). Prior to joining MDOT, he worked as an Associate Planner at Ayers Saint Gross. Andrew also worked on the Secretary of Planning’s Executive Response Team in the Maryland Department of Planning during the O’Malley administration. He holds a Masters in Community Planning from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andrew is the George Washington University faculty representative to the National Capital Region Chapter of the American Planning Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association. He is a Certified Planner by the American Planning Association and is a Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP).


Dr. Sandra Whiteheadprogram director of the Sustainable urban planning program. Professor Whitehead teaches Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Studio Classes and Land Use Law. Dr. Whitehead is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of health, equity and the built environment.

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For more information on GW’s sustainable urban planning programs, please visit our website.