The Texas Citizen Planner program was developed through partnerships and organizations who have donated their time and expertise to this cause. Our partners have and will continue to guide the direction of the program to meet the educational needs of future citizen planners. We thank them for making this possible.


This project is funded in part by a Texas Coastal Management Program Grant approved by the Texas Land Commissioner pursuant to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. NA18NOS4190153 and Award No. NA20NOS4190184. The Texas Coastal Management Program (CMP), funded by NOAA, focuses on the state’s coastal natural resource areas. The program is managed by the Texas Land Commissioner.



This program is supported in part through funding from FEMA Region VI. FEMA seeks to help communities get ahead of disasters by promoting better planning. Communities that integrate hazard mitigation principles into their existing planning policies stand to create safer, more resilient communities.





H-GAC is an organization that facilitates local government collaboration in the region. H-GAC provides professional support for initiatives concerning economic development, transportation, disaster planning, and community development. H-GAC’s Community and Environmental Planning Department have graciously provided the venue and staff support for Citizen Planner classes winter/spring 2017.


Houston TranStar is a unique partnership of representatives from the City of Houston, Harris County, METRO and TxDOT who share resources and exchange information under one roof to keep motorists informed, roadways clear and lives safe in the fourth most populated city in the United States. Houston TranStar graciously provided the venue and staff support for Citizen Planner specialty courses summer 2017.


AgriLife Communications

AgriLife Communications provides support and services to Texas A&M AgriLife agencies, the Vice Chancellor’s Office and the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. The AgriLife Communications team includes: web development and strategy, media relations, educational media, print and copy services, retail and warehouse operations (including the AgriLife Bookstore), and a promotional media team that develops marketing materials such as brochures, promotional videos, and graphic design. Staff from AgriLife Communications support the Texas Citizen Planner program on several aspects and provide invaluable advice.


Advisory Group

Recommendations from our advisory group are used to determine course logistics, online offerings and to shape our program vision.

  • Jeff Stone, ASFPM Research Manager
  • Amanda Torres, City of Rockport, Community Planner
  • Rob Flaner, Tetra Tech Hazard Mitigation Program Manager
  • Matthew Festa, Rice University Kinder Institute and South Texas College of Law Houston
  • Jeff Taebel, H-GAC Director of Community and Environmental Planning
  • Janet Thigpen, ASFPM NAI Committee Co-chair/ Southern Tier Central (STC) Regional Planning & Development Board Flood Mitigation Specialist
  • Terri Turner, ASFPM NAI Committee Co-chair/ City of Augusta, Georgia Development Services Administrator
  • Jerry Murphy, University of Florida Faculty Consultant, IFAS Extension: Program for Resource Efficient Communities (PREC)
  • Dustin Henry, City of Galveston, Coastal Resource Manager and Urban Planner


Acknowledgement of previous advisory group members –

  • Dr. Shannon VanZandt, Texas A&M University (TAMU) Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Jaime Hicks Masterson, TAMU Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning; Texas Target Communities Program
  • Galen Newman, TAMU Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Kevin Andrews, TAMU AgriLife Organizational Development
  • Caitlyn Calvert, TAMU AgriLife Communications
  • Noel Estwick, Prairie View TAMU Urban Planning and Environmental Policy
  • Barbara Tague, City of Tomball Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Jeff Taebel, Houston-Galveston Area Council Community and Environmental Planning
  • Zane Segal, Zane Segal Projects, Inc.
  • Wayne Neumann, Municipal Planning Services
  • Barbara Gurtner, City of Rockport City Council
  • Hank Lawson, City of Galveston, Coastal Resource Manager and Urban Planner
  • Justin McBride, City of Galveston, Coastal Resource Manager and Urban Planner
  • Dr. Earthea Nance, Texas Southern University, Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy and Department of Political Science
  • Debbie Vascik, Cahoon Consulting, President
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