APA Board and AICP Commission Elections

APA conducts elections for new Board and Commission members every two years. About half of positions in each body are up for election in each cycle. Balloting occurs during the summer of odd-numbered years. New Board and Commission members' terms begin on January 1 of even-numbered years.

This summer, APA members will elect the newest slate of APA board and AICP commission members. The call to nominations took place from March 15 to May 15, with email balloting to take place in July and August. New leaders' terms of office begin January 1, 2022.

APA Board of Directors Nominated Candidates

The APA Board of Directors sets the organization's direction, ensures necessary resources, and provides oversight. APA is committed to seeking a diverse group of leaders for the organization. This includes diversity in perspectives, demographics, geography, and experience. Individual board members should have the ability to think strategically and analytically, and to effectively communicate thoughts and the reasons for them.

For APA President-Elect

Angela D. Brooks, AICP

Wendy E. Moeller, FAICP

For Director At Large (1)

Lauren Michelle Driscoll, AICP

Edna Ledesma

For Director At Large (2)

Michael A. Brown, AICP

Silvia E. Vargas, FAICP

For Director Region 1

Kovid Saxena, AICP

Scott D. Turner, AICP

For Director Region 5

Allison Mouch, AICP

Bruce Fountain, AICP

For Director Region 6

Kristen Asp, AICP

Jeremy Klop, AICP

AICP Commission Nominated  Candidates

The AICP Commission determines all matters of qualification, experience, and certification for professional planners and for membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners, including professional practice standards, expectations around professional ethics, and educational requirements for certification. A key attribute of Commissioners is to have an understanding of the value of the AICP credential and the work of the Institute.

For AICP President-Elect

Rodger H. Lentz, AICP

Karen Wolf, FAICP

For Commissioner Region 1

Donald Burns, AICP

Sarah Marchant, AICP

For Commissioner Region 5

Jae Hill, AICP

Derek Miller, AICP

For Commissioner Region 6

Cynthia Albright, FAICP CUD, GISP

Miroo Desai, AICP

 

 

Election Resources

Election Policies and Procedures

APA Board of Directors Job Summary and Requirements

Individual board members are expected to:

  • Focus on the future. Practice foresight by maintaining awareness of trends and developments inside the profession and in the broader world.
  • Be alert. Identify and be prepared to discuss big shifts in the external environment that will impact APA and its stakeholders.
  • Show up. Attend all Board meetings and functions, such as special events.
  • Come prepared. Review agendas and supporting materials prior to Board meetings.
  • Be an ambassador for APA and the Board. Promote and advocate for the organization, including supporting all official Board actions.
  • Find your successors. Help the team identify current and emerging leaders who might strengthen the Board.
  • Be good stewards. Stay informed about strategic and operational trends, development, and progress.
  • Pay it forward. Lead by example in providing philanthropic support to the APA Foundation, and advocacy outreach to advance APA's legislative and policy agenda.
  • Stay grounded. Keep current on Board communications and maintain a connection to the organization's mission, vision, and values.
  • Be a team player. The Board makes decisions as a team in the best interests of the members, the organization and profession. It relies on a diverse set of perspectives and talents to make effective decisions and produce exceptional outcomes.
  • Keep learning. Board members bring a growth mindset and intellectual curiosity.

Eligibility and Experience Requirements

  • To run for the Board, a member must have at least three years of APA membership, upon the date you would assume office if elected.
  • Candidates for seats elected from a specific region must reside within that region.
  • For APA President-Elect, candidates must have some experience serving on either the Board or AICP Commission, or as an officer of a chapter or division.
  • Some APA volunteer experience in any capacity at the component or national level for all board members is preferred.

Nature of the Volunteer Commitment

  • Devote the necessary time and energy to serve in this position, including participation, in person or by videoconference, at the orientation for new Board Members.
  • Serve as a board liaison or chair of a committee with additional time responsibilities, as needed.
  • Represent APA at chapter conferences when invited to do so.
  • Actively participate in quarterly board meetings and leadership retreats (remotely during the pandemic, some combination of in person and remote in the future).
  • Make an annual donation to the APA Foundation. The expectation in recent years for members of the board has been a minimum donation of $500. There are many ways to meet this commitment, including a direct cash contribution, donation of travel expenses in lieu of reimbursement, registration fees for APA virtual conferences attended, or matching gifts from their employer for their donations, among others, all of which could be considered part of their annual contribution.
  • Advocate for APA's official positions and policies that promote planning with elected officials and legislators. Participate in APA's advocacy activities, including the Planners Advocacy Network and Planners Day on Capitol Hill.

APA Board of Directors Selection Criteria

1. Key Attributes and Skills

  • Ability to think strategically and analytically, and to effectively communicate thoughts and the reasons for them
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the body of knowledge related to planning as well as the organizational context in which decisions have to be made
  • Ability to work well with others as a member of a collaborative group with group decision-making authority and an understanding of the fiduciary duties of loyalty, care, and obedience
  • Demonstrated understanding of the differences between "oversight" and "supervision"
  • Earned reputation for emotional maturity, personal integrity, honesty, and professional ethics
  • Earned respect of other key stakeholder group members
  • Demonstrated commitment to service
  • A focus on the future of the profession and association, and a commitment to act as an ethical steward to ensure its success
  • A growth mindset including comfort with ambiguity, a commitment to learning, and pursuit of innovative solutions
  • A people-first approach that recognizes the value of diversity, inclusion, and equity for all

2. Diversity

APA is committed to seeking a diverse group of leaders for the organization. APA Board candidates should reflect diversity of: 

  • Experience and knowledge (practice setting, specialty)
  • Geography (regional distribution, rural and big city)
  • Race
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Culture, ethnicity
  • Creed and belief (spiritual, political)
  • Ability

3. Special Skills/Expertise Germane to APA Strategic Initiatives

The following experience is desirable in advancing APA's current strategic priorities, and should be noted in application materials where applicable. Special skills are reviewed each election cycle for relevance.

  • Expertise working on programs related to advancing professional development (specifically skill-building in a changing marketplace), technology evolution or equity outcomes.
  • Experience as an elected or appointed official, citizen planner, or in a similar role that has amplified the voice of planning and influenced decision makers by advancing significant planning-focused community goals through education-based advocacy.

AICP Commissioner Job Summary and Requirement

Commissioners provide oversight for all matters of qualification, experience and certification for professional planners and for membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners, including professional practice standards, expectations around professional ethics and educational requirements for certification.

Commissioners provide oversight for specific Institute programs including certification application, exam development and administration; certification maintenance; the AICP Code of Ethics; and AICP Fellows.

AICP is committed to seeking a diverse group of leaders representing varied perspectives, demographics, geography and experience.

Individual commission members are expected to:

  • Be alert. Identify and be prepared to discuss big shifts in the external environment that will impact professional credentialing, AICP and its stakeholders.
  • Show up. Attend all Commission meetings and functions, including special events.
  • Come prepared. Review agendas and supporting materials prior to Commission meetings.
  • Be an ambassador for AICP. Promote and advocate for the Institute, including supporting all official Commission actions. Maintain your credential throughout your term of service. Demonstrate your commitment to professional growth by meeting your CM requirement.
  • Model ethical behavior. Understand and be prepared to explain concepts in the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, and embody those concepts in behavior that exemplifies ethical decision making.
  • Embrace EDI. Consider AICP values to include equity, diversity, and inclusiveness at all times especially when making decisions as a Commissioner.
  • Find your successors. Help the team identify current and emerging leaders who might strengthen the Commission.
  • Pay it forward. Lead by example in providing philanthropic support to the APA Foundation.
  • Be a team player. The Commission makes decisions as a team in the best interests of the program, members, the organization and profession. It relies on a diverse set of perspectives and talents to make effective decisions and produce exceptional outcomes. Keep learning. Commission members bring a growth mindset and intellectual curiosity.

Eligibility and Experience Requirements

  • To run for the Commission, you must have at least three years of AICP membership, upon the date you would assume office if elected.
  • Candidates for seats elected from a specific region must reside within that region.
  • For AICP President-Elect, candidates must have some experience serving on either the APA Board or AICP Commission, or as an officer of a chapter or division.
  • For all Commission members, AICP volunteer experience in any capacity at the component or national level is preferred.

Nature of the Volunteer Commitment

  • Devote the necessary time and energy to serve in this position, including participation at the orientation for new Commission Members, and timely communication with staff.
  • Serve as a Commission liaison or chair of an AICP committee with additional time responsibilities, as needed.
  • Represent AICP at chapter conferences when invited to do so.
  • Actively participate in Commission meetings and APA leadership retreats (remotely during the pandemic, some combination of in person and remote in the future).
  • Make an annual donation to the APA Foundation. The expectation in recent years for members of the Commission has been a minimum donation of $500. There are many ways to meet this commitment, including a direct cash contribution, donation of travel expenses in lieu of reimbursement, registration fees for APA virtual conferences attended, or matching gifts from their employer for their donations, among others, all of which could be considered part of their annual contribution.

AICP Commission Selection Criteria

1. Key Attributes and Skills

  • An understanding of the value of the AICP credential and the work of the Institute
  • Ability to think strategically and analytically, and to effectively communicate thoughts and the reasons for them
  • Willingness to engage with technical and other details of certification programs and processes
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the latest trends, technology and best practices in planning practice
  • Ability to work well with others as a member of a collaborative group that engages in group decision-making, as well as hands-on development of AICP materials and guidelines as needed
  • Earned reputation for emotional maturity, personal integrity, honesty and professional ethics
  • Earned respect of other key stakeholder group members
  • Ability to navigate moral dilemmas using the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct as a guide
  • Commitment to professional and/or community service

These additional attributes, which are related to APA's Core Values:

  • A focus on the future of the profession and association, and a commitment to act as a steward to ensure its success.
  • A growth mindset including comfort with ambiguity, agile adaptation, and pursuit of innovation.

2. Diversity

APA is committed to seeking a diverse group of leaders for the organization. AICP Commission candidates should reflect diversity of: 

  • Experience and knowledge (practice setting, specialty)
  • Geography (regional distribution, rural and big city)
  • Race
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Culture, ethnicity
  • Creed and belief (spiritual, political)