Volunteer and Get Involved

APA members who volunteer within their community, on committees, and task forces play an important part in advancing the understanding and value of the planning profession. Planning is successful when it is inclusive and reflects the comprehensive values of the entire community.

APA Leadership

Want to give back to the profession or do more to advance planning than your current job allows? Ready to make new connections or deepen existing ones? Find out about all available volunteer opportunities.

Committees and Task Forces

APA is fortunate to have many volunteers who give time, energy, and effort to our association. Are you interested in contributing your talents? Check out the opportunities to serve on an APA committee or task force and submit your volunteer application today.

For example, APA's Legislative and Policy Committee drafts policy guides that are discussed, revised, and adopted by chapter volunteers at the annual Delegate Assembly. The committee also recommends legislative priorities to guide APA's advocacy efforts in each new Congress.

Career Benefits of Volunteering

Cynthia Bowen, FAICP

Volunteering is a great way to build skills and can make you a stronger candidate for the job. In this video Cynthia Bowen lists the many benefits and skill development opportunities gained through volunteering. It doesn't matter where you are to begin a leadership journey, volunteering can start when you're a student and as you continue on in your professional development.


APA leaders at the 2019 National Planning Conference in San Francisco

APA leaders at the 2019 National Planning Conference in San Francisco.