Dave Bee, AICP


Dave Bee began at the WMRPC in 1999 and was appointed Director in 2000. He has 16 years of experience working in the field of planning.  Dave’s primary responsibility involves implementing the policies of the 36-member Board of the WMRPC.  Other responsibilities include developing and implementing an annual budget, maintaining a qualified staff, administration of numerous grants, member services, report coordination and preparation, and communications with members and public agencies. 



B.S., Urban Planning, Michigan State University, 1990

Master of Public Administration, Grand Valley State University, 2004

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification, 1994


Current Professional Affiliations:

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)

Michigan Association of Planning

American Planning Association

Michigan Association of Regions

Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council

United Growth for Kent County, Urban and Rural Committees

Ionia County M-66 Corridor Committee

Allegan County M-40/M-89 Committee

City of Grand Rapids Pattern Book Committee


E-mail: dbee@wmrpc.org



Joan Gibson


Joan Gibson has been working as a Planning Technician since August 2016.  She graduated from Aquinas College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography.


Joan’s primary responsibilities involve work with MDOT's Rural Task Forces and the Transportation Asset Management program.  Her work activities also include developing mapping products, and information gathering, as well as research and analysis for projects related to community development.


E-mail:  jgibson@wmrpc.org



Nancy Murphy


Nancy Murphy has been the Administrative Assistant at the WMRPC since June 2000.  Nancy’s responsibilities include website development, all accounting activities of the organization, the Region 8 Notes newsletter, meeting minutes, processing regional reviews, database management, and assorted other administrative activities.


Her work background includes six years employment as a public transportation planner in addition to over fifteen years of office and administrative experience.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts (with a major in Sociology) from Michigan State University and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Michigan.


E-mail: nkmurphy@wmrpc.org