TAPA History

Our Fearless Leader, Doug Demosi

Current Chapter President Doug Demosi was elected in 2016

Tennessee Chapter Formation


The American Planning Associations (APA) was formed in 1978 through a merger of the American Institute of Planners (AIP) and the American Society of Planning Officials (ASPO). The existing Tennessee chapter of the AIP, with John Preston serving as president, became the first chapter of the Tennessee chapter of the APA in 1979.



Name Tenure
Doug Demosi, AICP 10-1-2016 - Current
Ambre Torbett, AICP 3-1-2015 - 9-30-2016
Valerie Birch, AICP 10-1-2012 - 2-28-2015
Karen Hundt, AICP 10-1-2008 - 9-30-2012
Steve Neilson, AICP 10-1-2004 - 9-30-2008
Steve Tocknell, AICP 10-1-2000 - 9-30-2004