The California Planning Foundation (CPF) is a nonprofit, charitable corporation established to further the professional practice of planning in California. CPF achieves this goal through its primary activity of scholarships and awards to university students in financial need, who have demonstrated academic excellence at planning programs throughout California. In 2015, CPF awarded over $50,000 in scholarships to California planning students.

Our planning community lost two of our very best this past year: Ted Holzem and Virginia Viado. Virginia and Ted were both active member of APA California and served on the Board of the California Planning Foundation. In their honor, we have established two new scholarships. We are reaching out to our community of planners to honor the tremendous contributions of these two individuals through these memorial scholarships. You can also make a general donation to support CPF scholarships.

Donations can be made securely through Paypal at the links below, or by sending a check to the following address, made out to “California Planning Foundation”:

Laurie Gartrell, CPF Treasurer
c/o SANDAG, 401 B St., Suite 800
San Diego, CA 92101

If you have any questions about donating to CPF, please contact Laurie Gartrell at

Ted Holzem Memorial Scholarship


Ted spent the majority of his career at Mintier Harnish, where he began as an Assistant Planner in 2003 and was promoted to Principal Planner in 2015. His professional contributions received frequent recognition, winning awards from the American Planning Association (APA). He established the Sacramento Valley APA Young Planners Group (YPG), which received national recognition and became a model for YPG groups across the country. Ted served on the California Chapter APA Board of Directors from 2009 to 2013, and was elected to the California Planning Foundation Board of Directors in 2014.

Please support the Ted Holzem Memorial Scholarship. Thanks to everyone who has supported this scholarship in Ted’s honor.

Virginia Viado Memorial Scholarship


Virginia Viado received her degree in planning from Cal Poly Pomona. She was very involved in her profession and worked as a Senior Environmental Planner at AECOM. Virginia was also active in the American Planning Association (APA) having served on the California State Board of Directors for years in a wide variety of roles. She was also a member of the Board of Directors for the California Planning Foundation, taking on a major role coordinating our annual auction for many years, prior to stepping down in 2011.

Please support the Virginia Viado Memorial Scholarship. Thanks to everyone who has supported this scholarship in Virginia’s honor.

Make a General Donation to CPF

In addition to support for Ted and Virginia’s scholarships, we also welcome your support for student scholarships at any of the levels below:

  • Sustaining Level Sponsor: $5,000 minimum (donation is awarded over the next 5-years)
  • Platinum Level Sponsor: $2,000 – $4,999
  • Gold Level Sponsor: $1,500 – $1,999
  • Silver Level Sponsor: $1,000 – $1,499
  • Bronze Level Sponsor: $500 – $999
  • Friend of CPF: $300 – $499
  • Financial Aid Associate: $200 – $299
  • Student Advocate: $100 – $199
  • Scholarship Supporter: Less than $100 (all donations amounts are greatly appreciated)

Other Information

If you would like to contribute to CPF in other ways, such as establishing a scholarship as part of estate planning, establishing a permanently endowed scholarship, or by contributing to a specific scholarship, please contact Laurie Gartrell at

All donations are acknowledged at the annual CPF Auction held during the APA California Conference, and receive special “thank you” on the CPF website. All Sustaining Level Sponsors receive scholarship-naming privileges for their donation. All Corporate Sponsor level donations and Friend of CPF level donations include the placement of a calling card advertisement and link to your homepage on the CPF website. All donations to CPF are tax deductible and you will receive a copy of CPF’s W-9 Tax Identification Certification for your use in tax/accounting purposes with your receipt.

Our 2017 Donors

We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to everyone who has supported the California Planning Foundation this year.

Gold Level Sponsor

  • Juan Borelli
  • Tammy Seale

Bronze Level Sponsor

  • Chelsey Payne
  • George Osner

Friend of CPF

  • Dana Privitt

Financial Aid Associate

  • Jesse Law

Student Advocate

  • Heather Phillips
  • Kathryn Meis

Scholarship Supporter

  • Renee Funston

Thanks to Our 2016 Donors!

Thank you to everyone who donated in 2016.  You helped make it possible for CPF to offer our 2016-17 CPF Student Scholarships.  Scholarship recipients will be notified in the coming weeks!


Sustaining Level Sponsor

  • Paul Wack (Paul Wack Sustainability Scholarship & Paul Wack Cal Poly SLO Scholarship)

Platinum Level Sponsor

Gold Level Sponsor

Silver Level Sponsor

  • Hinderliter, de Llamas & Associates
  • PlaceWorks
  • Shaw, Yoder, and Antwih, Inc

Bronze Level Sponsor

  • APA California
  • Bicker, Castillo & Fairbanks
  • Sacramento Section, APA California
  • Town of Windsor
  • Advanced Transportation Services
  • Ascent Environmental Inc.
  • California State Association of Counties
  • Economic & Planning Systems, Inc.
  • Hurst Brooks Espinoza LLC
  • New Economics & Advisory, LLC
  • Town of Windsor Staff
  • Rincon Consultants
  • Commuter Industries
  • Warner & Pank, LLC
  • Polar Air & Heating
  • Ziebron Group
  • The Therapy Place

Friend of CPF

  • David Ward
  • Elisabeth Curry
  • Roberta Dwoskin
  • Kurt Christensen
  • Betsy McCullough and James Hare
  • Kimberly Christensen
  • Carol Barrett
  • Douglas Svensson
  • George Osner
  • Heather and Vincent King
  • John Terell
  • Don Holzem
  • Carol Wilcox
  • Juan Borrelli
  • Hing Wong
  • Jacobson & Wack
  • Kimberly Christensen
  • Jim Harnish
  • Stan Hoffman
  • Janna Minsk
  • Carl Morehouse
  • Pete Parkinson

Financial Aid Associate

  •  Amy Yang
  • Andy Stradler
  • Jim Damkowitch and Genevieve Clavier
  • Michael and Joanne Berry
  • Michael Bell
  • Steven Emrick
  • Steven Johnson & Julie Allen
  • Tommie T. Weaver
  • Vida Weaver
  • Gwen Urey
  • Bill Fulton
  • Ted Commerdinger
  • Elwood Tescher
  • Steven and Janet Whaley Preston

Student Advocate

  • Abigail Cesena
  • Al Zelinka
  • Betsy Smyser
  • Catherine Holzem
  • Cathy Christian Farnsworth
  • Cynthia Leon
  • Deann Baker /Prior
  • Frederick and Linda Latham
  • Hollingsworth and Wordelman
  • James Gross
  • James Heid
  • Jean and John Peterson
  • Jeremy and Kathryn Meis
  • John and Betty Mott
  • June Swanson
  • Karen Keene
  • Kimberly Prillhart/Theda Justiniani
  • Matthew and Meghan Hertel
  • RCRC
  • Robert L Williams
  • Sandy (Louis) and Marie Ann Peterson
  • Stuart Taylor
  • Tracey Ferguson
  • Joanne Garnett
  • Gabriela Juarez
  • Shane Burkhardt
  • Jeffrey Lambert
  • A.M. Vidal
  • Marissa Aho
  • George and Linda Paine
  • Dorina Blythe

Scholarship Supporter

  • Antoinette Bertolero
  • Carolee and James Harris
  • Darren Hackler
  • Dennis Geiger
  • Elizabeth Boyd
  • Ellen Quinn, Sequoia Kings Employee Assocation
  • Janet and Stephen Ruggiero
  • Jenna Cederburg
  • John and Carole Greening
  • Linda Chuang
  • Marcia Heinzen
  • Margaret and Bob Riddle
  • Marti Eckert
  • Moyra Ebling
  • Howard and Hildegard Kerney
  • Shari Williams
  • Sue and Len Hacker
  • Terry and Freddie Schutten
  • Sheryl Vander Dussen
  • Tricia Robbins and Sharnel Martelle
  • Sam Gennawey
  • Donald Bradley
  • Paul Deibel, AICP
  • Rob Eastwood
  • Michele McGrath
  • Melani Smith
  • Vernon Umetsu
  • Anna M Vidal
  • Richard Wilson
  • J Laurence Mintier
  • Janet Ruggiero
  • John Terell
  • Manira Sandhir
  • Donald Shoup

Past Donors