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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.

Our Vision
Communities are able to navigate an uncertain and complex world and make strategic decisions in pursuit of a prosperous, equitable, and sustainable future.

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

This community of practice helps to foster growth in the use of scenario planning at all scales. Through research, peer-to-peer learning, networking, training, and technical assistance, we help communities develop better plans to guide a range of actions, from climate change adaptation to transportation investment. In addition to planners, the Consortium also convenes researchers and software providers to develop more effective tools and reduce barriers to entry.

Established in 2017, the Consortium today includes members from rural, city, county, and regional planning agencies; software development companies; academia; and more. We work to increase the practice, accessibility, and resources of scenario planning as a field for both newcomers and longtime practitioners—and to expand scenario planning practices to rural and less urban areas, municipalities, and other applicable contexts.



Amy Cotter
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy – Cambridge, MA

Arnab Chakraborty
University of Illinois – Champaign, IL

Erich Zimmermann
National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) – Washington, DC

Frank Lenk
Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) – Kansas City, MO

Jason Hercules
Ascent Cities – Emeryville, CA

Lisa Nisenson
Greater Places – Arlington, VA

LisaBeth Barajas
Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities – Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota

Robert Goodspeed
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI

Sachi Arakawa
Cascadia Partners – Portland, OR

Sarah Dominguez
Southern California Association of Governments – Los Angeles, CA



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.

American Planning Association

National Association of Regional Councils

Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations