As the recent CEO of the Public Lighting Authority of Detroit, Odis Jones managed over 200 employees. He also ensured the Detroit company stayed within its $10 million annual operating budget. Outside of work, Odis Jones is involved with the American Planning Association.
The American Planning Association has the mission of helping city officials and developers plan and create safer communities for city residents while providing improved housing choices and commuting options. There are over 100 countries represented in the organization, with 47 chapters in the United States.
In December of 2016, the American Planning Association named Kimberly Jacques as the new director of education for the organization. Her responsibilities will include directing and improving the educational classes that benefit planning professionals. The classes offered are both in-seat as well as online. She previously was the director of the education center for the Radiological Society of North America. In addition to the organization and delivery of these classes, she will be tasked with developing new course topics relevant for ever-changing communities across the world.