“Jim Schwab has been pivotal in innovating and leading the integration of natural hazards into planning practice.”


A leader and innovator in hazard mitigation, disaster recovery planning, and climate change adaptation

The knowledge, the creativity, and the expertise that guided the American Planning Association and its Hazards Planning Center to an almost indispensable leadership position in the field of urban planning with regard to natural hazards is now available to help your organization directly with its challenges in hazard mitigation, disaster recovery planning, and climate change adaptation. On May 31, 2017, James C. Schwab stepped down from his long tenure as Manager of the Hazards Planning Center to undertake an active “five-point retirement plan” that includes, as a major element, selective consulting roles.

 

Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP)

In a career spanning more than three decades, Jim’s professional achievements led to his designation in 2016 as a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP), the highest honor in the planning profession. In bestowing this honor, the College of Fellows noted:

“Jim Schwab has been pivotal in innovating and leading the integration of natural hazards into planning practice. Through his leadership spanning more than two decades in APA’s research department, and since 2008 as manager of the APA Hazards Planning Center, he has played a central role in creating and shaping a new subfield of professional planning. He has researched the use of planning tools to reduce natural hazard risks and tirelessly advocated for them. He has also published several seminal reports. His work has changed the practice by making pre-disaster mitigation planning and post-disaster recovery planning integral parts of what professional planners do.”

Teacher | Author | Public Speaker

Never content to sit on the sidelines, Jim is also spending his time on some new book projects; teaching as an adjunct assistant professor in the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning; continuing his popular “Home of the Brave” blog; and public speaking [link to speaking engagements page]. His first two planned books will explore the history and consequences of the 1993 and 2008 Midwest floods. Because Jim is also a trained, experienced journalist and well-published author, clients can expect highly effective, articulate written and spoken communication in addition to his technical expertise in planning.
To contact Jim about potential consulting roles, click here.