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Judith Francis

Posted in: About Us by Eric Sopp on September 21, 2009

Judith M. Francis, AICP, has been involved in planning-related activities in Florida, Colorado, and North Carolina as a designer, planner, and Planning Director. She currently serves as the western programs coordinator for the North Carolina Department of the Environment and Natural Resources Office of Conservation Planning & Community Affairs. In that capacity, she provides staff support for the North Carolina Mountain Resources Commission and assists local governments in achieving their conservation objectives through ecological and economic analysis. She is active as an NACP Board member, the Chair of the APA County Planning Division and in the North Carolina Chapter of APA.

Ms. Francis has B.A. and M.A. degrees from Colorado State University and has focused her career on environmental issues and has been involved in numerous conservation activities of regional and national significance. Her work involves establishing partnerships between multiple levels of government, as well as non-governmental entities and non-profit organizations. In 2005, she was awarded the Local Government Conservationist of the Year award by the North Carolina Land Trust Council. Ms. Francis is also an adjunct faculty member at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina where she teaches her students about historic and current planning techniques, the responsibilities of citizenship, and the role of democracy in the planning process. She and her family live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina where they enjoy fly-fishing on some of the world’s best trout streams.