Expertise for Communities

October Planner of the Month: Jenn Goldson

Friday, October 22, 2021 7:07 PM | Michaela Morse (Administrator)

Starting this fall, Consulting Planners of Mass. is excited to launch our new Planner of the Month spotlight series. We want to learn more about our members and the incredible work they are doing as private sector planners. Each month we will post an interview with a featured CPM member to share what they are up to, as well as some of their insights into the world of consulting planning.

It is our pleasure to present Jenn Goldson, AICP, as our Planner of the Month for October 2021. Jenn is the Founder and Managing Director of the consulting firm JM Goldson and winner of the 2020 APA-MA Comprehensive Planning Award. She sat down with CPM President Leonardi Aray and shared her experience as a certified community planner, as well as her desires for the planning profession. Watch the interview below or refer to the table of contents for a section that interests you.

Table of Contents

  • Jenn's intro – 00:13
  • Current projects – 01:11
  • Book group: How Jenn engages with other planners – 03:47
  • Who Jenn most admires: Private & public sector planning – 05:45
  • Diversity: Changes Jenn has observed in planning – 06:42
  • The pandemic: Best planning practices Jenn has seen – 07:46
  • Jenn's community & a favorite spot – 10:30
  • Why CPM – 11:22
  • Closing slides – 12:32

To learn more about Jenn's community planning book group, visit

If you are interested in suggesting yourself or a fellow CPM member as a future Planner of the Month, please reach out to CPM President Leonardi Aray at

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