On April 3, 2016, in ceremonies to take place in Phoenix, Arizona, theAmerican Institute of Certified Planne will induct Middleburg Town Administrator Martha Semmes into its College of Fellows.
The Institute grants such honors to only the best of the nation’s certified planners, with only slightly more than one honoree per state honored each year.
According to the AICP, selection as a Fellow is based on “achievements of the planner as an individual, elevating the Fellow before the public and the profession as a model planner who has made significant contributions to planning and society,” men and women who have “achieved excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public and community service, and leadership
As outstanding professionals, “Fellows of AICP will address student organizations, state APA conferences, and professional development programs.”
Semmes has served with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission; in Leesburg as a town planner; with the Loudoun Main Street Program; in Purcellville as Town Planner and Zoning administrator; with APA Virginia on the board and as an officer of the Virginia Association of Zoning Officials; the Virginia Downtown Development Association; Loudoun Interfaith Relief and the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter.
This is actually her second tour of duty in Middleburg, her first, completed in 2002 as Town Planner, and from 2010 to the present as Town Administrator, the highest ranking non-elected town official.