Jeff Soule is the Director of Outreach and International Programs at the
American Planning Association in Washington D.C.
He joined the American Planning Association as Policy Director in 1996 to manage
Government Affairs, Public Information and Outreach for the Associations' 44,000 members.
In 2007 he moved to his current position, which was then newly created to combine
Communications, Partnerships, and International activities.
In this position he advises the Chinese government on urbanization and has done
several award winning plans in Nanjing, Beijing and Shanghai.
Previously, Mr. Soule was Policy Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Deputy Director of the National Endowment for the Arts Design Program, and
Director of The Center for Rural Pennsylvania.
He also managed the Mayor's Institute on City Design and helped build the National
Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street Program.
Mr. Soule has written and lectured extensively on urban design, community development,
historic preservation, environmental conservation, infrastructure and heritage area planning.
He also has held many voluntary civic positions, including three terms as President of the
Union Square Association in Baltimore.
Mr. Soule is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and a member of the
International Land Economics Society, Lambda Alpha, and the Cosmos Club in
He has a B.A. degree, with honors, from Colgate University, and a Master's Degree in
City and Regional Planning from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and Public
Policy at the Kennedy School of Government.