October Citizens Planning Academy

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Oct 2 CPA
Oct 2 CPA

The good, the bad and the ugly of public engagement

Wednesday, October 2nd at 6 PM. Free and open to the public.

Attend Online:

Join remotely from any internet-connected device by clicking this link:
https://uidaho.zoom.us/j/110700170

Attend In Person:

U of I Legacy Pointe Conference Room, Idaho Water Center, 322 E. Front Street, BoiseFree off-street parking is available in the Idaho Water Center and Ada County Courthouse garages. More information and links maps can be found here.


About our Speakers:

As we continue our 2019 CPA series, our October 2 session will look at public engagement. Examples will be shared of successful public engagement as well as not so successful public engagement. We are excited to welcome Kâren Sander, Anne Hausrath, Wayne Rysavy, and Josh Wilson as our speakers for this month.

Kâren Sander

Prior to joining HDR as the Idaho Marketing and Business Development Manager, Kâren Sander spent more than a decade leading the Downtown Boise Association, where she was deeply involved in the transformation of the urban core through collaborative advocacy and economic development.

She had the opportunity to lead a very nimble and organized team that hosted over 40 event days a year, provided excellent communication to both the community and businesses, created an annual marketing campaign and lead the public and media relations for the organization. She worked closely with property owners and site selectors to attract new businesses to downtown Boise, providing valuable data and materials to assist in their decision making. Following her tenure with the DBA she had the opportunity to work in Commercial Real Estate and managed the district council for the Urban Land Institute of Idaho.

Anne Hausrath

Anne Hausrath and her husband have lived in Boise since 1977. They have three adult children and six grandchildren.  Anne is a founding mother of the Boise Peace Quilt Project and the successful effort to Save Hulls Gulch. 

She served on the Boise City Council for eight years in the 1990s and is currently active with Artisans for Hope, the Boise Advocacy Group of Friends Committee on National Legislation, the Boise Bike Boulevard Coalition, and board member and Streets Team Co-Captain for the North End Neighborhood Association. Her favorite modes of transportation since age eleven are bicycle around town and trains for long distances. 

Wayne Rysavy

Wayne Rysavy is Communications Manager for the City of Boise’s Planning and Development Services. Dr. Rysavy earned his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; he holds M.A. and B.A. degrees from Boise State University.

His dissertation, “Haunted by Specters, Surrounded by Spectators: Technology, Law, and the Fragmentation of Identity” explored the ways social media facilitate the spread of imagery online and the often negative effects such sharing poses for individuals, authority figures, and institutions of authority.

Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson is the Design Review and Historic Preservation Planning Manager for the City of Boise. He recently moved back to Boise from Teton Valley, Idaho where he was the Planning Director for the City of Victor.

Prior to relocating to Eastern Idaho, Josh was a Design Review Planner for the City of Boise for 11 years. He holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Idaho and can be found spending time with his family in the outdoors in his free time.


The C.P.A. is a collaboration of Idaho Smart Growth and the University of Idaho’s College of Law in Boise and Bioregional Planning Program. Monthly sessions are designed to help citizens become effective advocates on a wide range of planning topics. Learn more about the Citizens Planning Academy here.

RSVP office@idahosmartgrowth.org. Learn more about the series here or view past session videos on our YouTube channel.