Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Kay Delk, FAICP
Mary Kay Delk’s career as a professional planner and founding principal of MKPeck Associates, in conjunction with her long-term involvement in APA at both the chapter and national level, exemplify the sustained contributions to the planning profession at the local, regional, state, and national levels that this award is intended to recognize.
Over her career, Mary Kay has developed and managed award-winning zoning and planning projects, put into action strategic plans and measurement systems, implemented organization wide sustainability plans and co-designed one of the top three development services centers in the country.
Mary Kay has also shared her knowledge and experience with others. She has given numerous presentations at APA and ULI national, regional and local conferences and has delivered keynote speeches and commencement addresses. She has presented internationally to the Chinese Association of Planners (Wuhan, China), the Royal Town Planning Institute (Cardiff, Wales), Planning Summer School (Edinburgh, Scotland and Exeter, England) and the Planning Institute of Australia (Melbourne, Australia).
Mary Kay served as President of APA and during her tenure, she laid the groundwork for its first communication plan and led the organization’s first membership growth strategy, which resulted in a 23 percent increase in members. In addition to all of the ways Mary Kay has served APA and the Florida chapter over the years, she recently took on the role of Chair of the APA Foundation. In this role, she has catapulted the level of APA member awareness of the Foundation. At NPC19, the Foundation hosted an event to thank its sponsors. She also led a campaign to spur donations at that conference, which raised over $27,000. Leading by example as a donor, she has really built the Foundation into a force, which will last long beyond her tenure as chair.