Meet Your Planning Commissioners

The Planning Commission, the official local planning agency for all jurisdictions in Hillsborough County, provides consolidated planning services and makes independent recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners, Plant City Commission, Tampa City Council, Temple Terrace City Council and other agencies regarding smart growth and development of Hillsborough County.

Led by ten citizen appointees from all four jurisdictions and two ex officio members representing MacDill Air Force Base and the Hillsborough County Public School District, the Planning Commission provides innovative leadership and long range vision that contributes to the creation of a thriving, prosperous community that offers opportunity, fairness, and choice in how we live, move, learn, work, and play.

View the Guiding Principles of the Planning Commission.

Mitch Thrower, Chair - A fifth generation Hillsborough County resident, Mr. Thrower is currently the Deputy Director of Administration at the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority. He has served as Chairman of both the Hillsborough County Charter Review Board and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners Citizens Advisory Committee, and President of the Pine Hollow Special Dependent District. An...
Jacqueline S. Wilds, Vice Chair - A resident of Tampa for more than 38 years, Ms. Wilds holds a Masters of Administration from the Universityof Tampa and retired as a school teacher and department chair after 37 years of experience. An avid community volunteer, she has held numerous offices in community organization and has served as President of the Hillsborough County...
Nigel M. Joseph, Member-at-Large - A resident of Hillsborough County since 1990, Mr. Joseph has a Bachelor of Design Architecture from the University of Florida, a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Lawrence Technological University, and is a current Ph.D. student at the University of South Florida. With professional experience in both architecture and planning services, he plans to apply...
Amber K. Dickerson, AICP (Ex-Officio) - As the Department Manager of Planning and Siting for Hillsborough County Public Schools – the eighth largest school district in the country, Ms. Dickerson is directly involved in short and long range facility planning, school concurrency implementation, real estate transactions, intergovernmental coordination, attendance boundary changes, and bike and pedestrian safety efforts. Ms. Dickerson has a Bachelor’s...
John Dicks - John Dicks is an attorney and businessman who has dedicated many years and much energy to public service. He served for three terms as Mayor of his hometown of Plant City, including nine years as City Commissioner. John’s long history of civic involvement and public service began in 1994 when he was appointed by the...
Derek L. Doughty - Mr. Doughty has focused on the development of hydrologic and hydraulic modeling of stormwater conveyance systems and management facilities with extensive experience in Watershed Management, Master Planning, Land Engineering and Planning, Roadway Design, and Commercial and Residential Development engineering. A resident of Hillsborough County for 47 years, he is a Senior Associate for Johnson, Mirmiran &...
Theodore Trent Green - Theodore Trent Green brings with him more than 25 years of experience in architecture and urban design as well as extensive community involvement in planning and development. A 20+ year resident of Temple Terrace, Commissioner Green is a Professor at the University of South Florida’s School of Architecture and Community Design. He has also served...
Karen Kress, AICP - Karen Kress serves as the Director of Transportation and Planning at the Tampa Downtown Partnership. A true advocate for transit and transportation, Ms. Kress leads the Partnership’s Transportation and Urban Design Committees and its Parking Task Force. She is an avid biker, a champion for safe walking and bicycling, and has actively volunteered for the...
Michael Maurino - Michael Maurino is the Director of Transportation and Planning for the Westshore Alliance. He brings more than a decade of experience in government relations and advocating for policies and projects, including transportation improvement strategies. A graduate of the University of Florida with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Telecommunications-News, Mr. Maurino has previously held...
Cody Powell - A resident of Hillsborough County since 2010, Mr. Powell is a licensed broker and Vice President of Powell Realty. He has previously served on the Hillsborough County Land Use Appeals Board and is currently a Board Member on the American Cancer Society’s Associate Board of Ambassadors. Mr. Powell is also a member of the National...
Tony Rodriguez, AICP (Ex-Officio) - Mr. Rodriguez is Base Community Planner. He brings with him more than 25 years of public and private sector experience in policy, management, planning, and engineering. Mr. Rodriguez previously represented MacDill as an Ex-Officio Planning Commissioner from 2005 – 2007. Appointed by: MacDill AFB Appointed by: MacDill AFB  
Jennifer Willman - Jennifer Willman started her planning career after earning her B.A. from USF with a summer internship with the Planning Commission in 1996. After earning a Master of Community and Regional Planning from the University of Maryland, Ms. Willman worked as a local government planner, making her way back to Tampa in 2004. Her professional experience...
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