HR&A Principal Jee Mee Kim speaks at APA NY Conference

JeeMee Panel


HR&A Principal, Jee Mee Kim will be moderating a panel discussion titled “Diversity in the Planning Profession” on Friday, October 30th at the American Planning Association New York Metro Chapter Annual Conference. This topic is a timely one as the APA NY Metro Chapter updates their 2001 study titled “Lagging Behind: Ethnic Diversity in the Planning Profession in the APA NY Metro Chapter Area”. At the time the study was conducted, it was revealed that the planning profession was not keeping up with the increasing diversity in the NY Metro Chapter area. The update of the study is part of a broader initiative to gauge how the profession has changed in the last decade, as well as identify barriers to recruitment and retention of people of color in the planning profession in the NY Metro Area.


As part of the larger initiative to discuss diversity in the profession, the panel is comprised of an accomplished group of women who represent leadership in the planning community. Panelists will share their personal stories and opinions on diversity in the planning profession, the challenges they faced in achieving their goals, and the opportunities they encountered during their careers. As cities and communities in NYC and across the country become “majority minority,” in what ways do planning, design, and policy need to shift to reflect this demographic reality? The panel is comprised of:



Jee Mee’s passion for planning is evident in her work. She brings over 15 years of experience addressing issues such as growth, sustainability and resiliency in the urban environment. Her successful work for the City of New York through projects such as OneNYC, New York Rising Community Reconstruction, and the Coney Island Creek Tidal Barrier Study reflect Jee Mee’s commitment to sustainable, neighborhood-sensitive development.


Date: October 30, 2015
Time: 10:30 A.M.
Location: Lerner Hall, Columbia University, 2920 Broadway New York, NY 10027