Our Staff

Putting Community First

We are a local small business that truly values the needs of all communities, especially of those that are frequently undervalued and underrepresented. 

Pronouns: They/She/Siya

CEO & Founder

Community & Environmental Planner

Bachelors Degree, Environmental Studies

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Masters Degree, Urban & Regional Planning

University of Iowa


Email: vfixmeroraiz@astigplanning.com

V Fixmer-Oraiz

V has been working in the environmental sector for over a decade. They came to Iowa after completing a Fulbright in the Philippines. Returning to the Philippines, they were able to reconnect with family members and friends while researching climate change impacts on rural bamboo farmers. Transferring their work to the Midwest, they completed their Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning with an emphasis in Environmental & Land Use Planning.
V founded Astig Planning to fuse community organizing techniques with planning frameworks. As 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. They are 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. They are a certified yoga teacher and offer classes focused on building community and connecting people.

Certified Planner, American Planning Association

Committee Co-Chair, APA Iowa Chapter's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Board Member, Johnson County Affordable Housing Coalition

Board Member, Iowa City Area Business Partnership

300-Hour RYT Certified Yoga Instructor


Environmental Planner

Bachelors Degree, Architecture

Tribhuvan University, Nepal


Masters Degree, Urban and Regional Planning

University of Iowa


Email: asmita@astigplanning.com

Languages: English, Nepali, Hindi

Asmita Poudel

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Asmita chose the path in planning with an interest to explore the different dimensions of the built environment and its relationship with the natural ecosystem. She is also interested in studying the relation between the built environment and human interaction patterns, the exploration of which she has started during her professional journey as an architect.

Among her major planning projects is the Maquoketa River Watershed Management Plan which was her capstone project for her University of Iowa master's degree program. She has experience in several planning and design works through two years of involvement in academia which includes experiences with watershed and community planning, water quality, hydrology, and ecological habitat protection and preservation. Having worked for 3 years as an architect in Nepal, she also has experience in project management, urban design, and graphical illustration. 

She joined the Astig Planning team after the completion of her master’s degree to work on various environmental projects and assist the team on community engagement activities. She finds her calling to be working towards building sustainable, equitable, and just communities.

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Community Planning Intern

Associates Degree, Business Administration
Kardan University, Kabul

Bachelors Degree, Civil Engineering

University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila


Masters Degree, Urban and Regional Planning

University of Iowa


Email: hekkie@astigplanning.com

Languages: English, Farsi, Hindi, Urdu, Pushto

Hekkie Jamili

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From an associate degree in business administration to a bachelor’s in civil engineering, and now a master’s in Urban and Regional Planning, Hekkie Jamili came to Iowa as a Fulbright scholar from Afghanistan. Hekkie chose the planning career because it involves teamwork and interaction with the community, and it allows him to apply his engineering and managerial background to develop strong and sustainable communities.

Having studied in Asia, Europe, and the US, Hekkie hopes to bring diversity and an
international perspective to Astig. One of Hekkie’s recent projects was a Feasibility Study for Transitional Housing in the city of Clinton, Iowa. The project involved researching policies, identifying problems in the community, and writing a policy memo, and proposing solutions related to transitional housing.

Hekkie joined the Astig Planning team after the completion of his master’s degree to work as a community planner intern due to his passion for creating an equitable, accessible, and sustainable living environment and his commitment to race equity and social justice through his experience in communication, community engagement, policy planning, and research.


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Jessica Allen

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Planning & Strategic Support Assistant

Bachelors Degree, Public Health & Communication Studies 

University of Iowa


Email: jessica@astigplanning.com


Jessica Allen came to Astig Planning while pursuing her BA in Public Health from the University of Iowa. She began as a Community Planning Intern and has since evolved into the role of Planning & Strategic Support Assistant. Having graduated in the spring of 2021, Jessica plans to continue working for Astig Planning prior to going on to further her education in Urban and Regional Planning. Her goal is to focus on topics related to sustainability and health equity in communities. 


Jessica has previously worked for the Johnson County Public Health department as both a Contact Tracer and Disease Prevention Intern, complementing her education in Public Health while kick starting her career in helping to better the health outcomes of communities. 

Coming to Astig with various professional experiences and an education in public health, Jessica has developed teamwork skills and knowledge geared towards helping to solve issues related to health equity, health communication, preventing disease in communities, and social and environmental justice. Outside of work and school, Jessica enjoys getting outdoors by participating in activities such as yoga, kayaking, hiking, and camping.