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Soon named LAI International Member of the Year

Cheryl D. Soon, PhD, FAICP—a 2009 graduate of UH Mānoa with a PhD in planning—has been named International Member of the Year of Lambda Alpha International (LAI), the honorary society of distinguished professionals in all fields related to the use and development of land.

Soon received this prestigious international award for her exceptional service to LAI during their semi-annual Land Economics Weekend in Toronto, Canada.

Soon is senior planner and senior project manager, SSFM International, Honolulu and member of the Aloha Chapter of LAI. She has extensive national and Hawai‘i experience in both public and private sectors. She has been a member of LAI since 2000 and was elected international secretary in 2016. In her distinguished service to LAI, Soon has also served as international VP, Pacific & Asia (2013–15); Aloha Chapter president (2011–12); and Aloha Chapter treasurer (2007–10). She currently serves the Aloha Chapter as historian.

The award was presented at the LAI Land Economics Weekend in Toronto, Canada by James A. Fawcett, PhD, FLAI chair, LAI International Awards Committee.

“Cheryl Soon’s many years of leadership and service to LAI have supported its growth and prestige, while her work in the areas of complete streets and smart growth movements, adaption to climate change and disaster resiliency, contribute to the well-being of the citizens of Hawai‘i.”

Soon also holds a bachelor of arts from Colby College (1970) and a masters in city planning from Harvard University (1975).

Soon is a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners—the highest honor of the AICP. She is liaison for the Fellows of AICP - Hawaii Chapter, and a member of the Board of Directors, Seagull Schools, Hawai‘i.

About Lambda Alpha International

Lambda Alpha International (LAI) is the global network for distinguished professionals in all fields related to the use and development of land. LAI is committed to promoting best practices and making a difference in our communities. The 2000-plus members of LAI make valuable connections locally and with peers worldwide. LAI has a growing network of Chapters in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Local Chapters offer a variety of programs with top speakers, relevant forums and events.

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