Lifetime Achievement Award: Kim Glas-Castro, AICP

Kim Glas-Castro has been an active and exemplary member of APA at the section, chapter and national levels since 1989 and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1992.

Kim currently serves as Assistant Village Manager in Palm Springs, Florida, after serving as Palm Springs Planning, Zoning, and Building Director from 2014 – 2020. She previously served as a senior level planner with Palm Beach County and the City of Palm Beach Gardens and two private law firms working on a wide variety of complex planning projects.

During her 34-year career, Kim has modelled effective planning and public participation practices and served as a mentor for many public and private sector planners, elected officials, and volunteers throughout Florida and elsewhere, encouraging and enabling them to be more effective planners.

Kim’s steadfast commitment to the advancement of planning is not limited to her day job. Kim is also the Vice Mayor of the Town of Lake Park, first elected in 2013. As a strong advocate for visioning, master planning, and consensus-formed priority setting, Kim has used her planning expertise and leadership skills to improve citizen participation and transparency in the town’s decision-making processes. She has also served as a Board Member, First and Second Vice President, and Chair for the Palm Beach County League of Cities (2014 to the present). She is also active at the state level for the Florida League of Cities, serving as a member (since 2013) and now chair of its Municipal Administration Legislative Policy Committee. In recognition of her tireless efforts to combat efforts to limit municipal home rule during the annual Florida Legislative sessions, Kim has received the Florida League of Cities Home Rule Hero Award every year since 2017.

Kim is also a Court Certified Mediator (since 2004) who has used her mediation and consensus-building skills to achieve successful outcomes for numerous projects and endeavors while serving as a professional planner, elected official, or volunteer. 

Since 1997, Kim has had decades of service to APA Florida and has held numerous elected and volunteer positions in the chapter and its Treasure Coast Section. She has been instrumental in encouraging greater member participation in Chapter and Section activities and significantly improved services to all members of APA Florida.

Throughout her career, Kim has used her planning expertise and leadership skills to develop innovative solutions to problems, build consensus among affected parties, including regulatory and other agencies, and effectively implement those solutions.