V Fixmer-Oraiz is an AICP-certified community and environmental planner. V founded Astig Planning to fuse community organizing techniques with planning frameworks. Leading a company aligned with a vision toward equity and sustainability, their work has focused on regional planning and community engagement. V has worked with municipalities and counties on comprehensive and master plans, and has contributed to the completion of several regional watershed plans, including the English River and Middle Cedar River watershed plans. V is passionate about engaging with people on a range of issues impacting their community, such as stormwater and floods, economic development, racial equity and social justice, and expanding community services.
V completed a B.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011 and an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Iowa in 2015. They passed the exam to become a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2019 and are currently committee co-chair for the APA Iowa Chapter's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. Additionally, V is vice president of the Johnson County Affordable Housing Coalition and a board member of the Iowa City Area Business Partnership. They are an alumnus of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses.