Kaitlyn Forbes, AICP, CNU-A, transitions into Ft. Lauderdale Office Leader

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Kaitlyn Forbes, AICP, CNU-A, as our Ft. Lauderdale Office Leader, effective October 1, 2021.  Kaitlyn will be transitioning into this key role from July 1 through October 1, 2021, from Michele Mellgren, AICP.

Michele Mellgren has served as our Ft. Lauderdale leader and an integral member of the SEPI leadership team since acquisition of the Mellgren Planning Group (TMPG) in July 2020 and has worked diligently during this period to position TMPG as a viable part of SEPI’s growth initiatives throughout Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Michele will continue to serve our many valued clients with a focus on senior-level municipal consultancy and Expert Witness services.

Kaitlyn Forbes is a strong leader demonstrating exceptional client service and professional performance working with numerous south Florida clients. Kaitlyn holds both a Bachelors of Urban Planning and Development, and a Master’s degree in Urban Design from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.  She is certified through the America Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is a member of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA), the Broward County Chapter of the APA, and the Congress for the New Urbanism.  Her expertise includes current and long-range Planning, Urban Design, Development Analysis and Review, Zoning, Land-Use matters, and effective Community Engagement.

She also has professional affiliations with the APA-National Chapter and the APA-Urban Design Division. In addition, Kaitlyn served with the New York State Office of Climate Change, where she aided in the successful launch of the Climate Smart Communities (CSC) certification program, which is an interagency effort with the goals of reducing greenhouse emissions, preparing for the impact of climate change, and saving taxpayer money.

“Kaitlyn is extremely talented, and I am completely confident that our clients will be well served with her in this leadership role.” – Michele Mellgren, Vice President – Planning

“We are pleased to announce Kaitlyn’s expanded role as our Ft. Lauderdale Office Lead. Kaitlyn’s experience, dedication to Client service, and focus on responsible, value-added community growth prepare her well to lead SEPI’s services in Southeast Florida.” -Steve Moore, P.E., VP for Growth and Development

Kaitlyn’s favorite SEPI value is Be Positive, “You have the ability to control so much in your daily experience through your mindset and approach to life. A piece of a blog I read a while back always sticks with me. It said to change the statement – “I have to” to “I get to”. Flipping your view point like this is powerful and it has definitely benefited me on Monday mornings.


For more information, contact: 

Steve Moore, PE
Senior Vice President | Director of Growth and Development