Director of Programs and Communications
Michigan Association of Planning
Leah DuMouchel is Director of Programs and Communications at the Michigan Association of Planning (MAP), a chapter of the American Planning Association serving nearly 4,000 professional community planners and elected and appointed land use decision makers. Her work in housing has included a MSHDA-supported toolkit for local communities to increase housing supply, access, and affordability by modernizing their zoning codes; educational modules on master planning for housing and new work focused on supporting housing projects in the face of neighbor opposition; and preliminary efforts aimed at establishing a statewide zoning atlas. Prior to coming to MAP, Ms. DuMouchel was a principal in private consulting practice at Beckett & Raeder, Inc, where she assisted communities of all types and sizes with long-range planning and development review. She holds credentials from the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Congress for the New Urbanism, the National Charrette Institute, and the Form-Based Codes Institute; she has been a member of APA’s Sustainable Communities Division and its Planning and the Black Community Division since 2015.