About Us

The Consortium for Scenario Planning offers a community of practice for practitioners, including access to technical assistance, educational resources, and a network of fellow innovators.

Established in 2017, the Consortium for Scenario Planning fosters growth in the application of scenario planning in rural and urban areas as a participation organization with members from rural, city, county, and regional planning agencies; software development companies; academia; and more. Today, the Consortium works to increase the practice, accessibility, and resources of scenario planning as a field for both newcomers and longtime practitioners. It also works to expand scenario planning practices from urban and regional planning to rural and less urban areas, municipalities, and other applicable contexts.

The Consortium is an initiative of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, a partner of its predecessors, the Scenario Planning Applications Network (SPAN) and the Open Planning Tools Group (OPTG), earlier initiatives that brought together U.S.-based practitioners in this field. From 2010–2016, SPAN’s estimated 30 members held annual conferences and created a forum for connection and peer learning.

Vision: Communities regularly use scenario planning to help make important decisions, increasing their capacity to act strategically in pursuit of equitable, prosperous, and sustainable places in a complex and uncertain world.

Mission: Improve the practice of scenario planning and broaden its use in communities of all sizes across disciplines.


Current Participants

The Consortium has 27 participants in total; their locations are shown on the map below. Find out more about individual participants and organizational participants



The Consortium’s partners help expand its reach to diverse participants and ensure initiatives are helpful for the groups they represent. In addition, partners often collaborate with the Consortium on specific resources and support the Consortium’s presence at their conferences.



Dr. Kerstin Carr, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) – Columbus, OH (Chair)
Amy Cotter, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy – Cambridge, MA
Arnab Chakraborty, University of Illinois – Champaign, IL 
David Haynes, Atlanta Regional Commission – Atlanta, GA
Emily Hultquist, Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) – Hartford, CT
Erich Zimmermann, National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) – Washington, DC

Frank Lenk, Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Kansas City, MO
Ken Snyder, Radian / PlaceMatters – Denver, CO
Lisa Nisenson, Greater Places – Arlington, VA
Marc Draisen, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) – Boston, MA
Robert Goodspeed, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI
Sarah Dominguez, Southern California Association of Governments – Los Angeles, CA
Uri Avin, National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) – College Park, MA