Help Lead the APA-Washington Chapter and its Sections into the Future!

By Nikole Coleman, AICP

The Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association and several of its Sections have opportunities to get involved by running for a number of important positions. Serving in these roles is an extremely rewarding opportunity to make a contribution to the planning profession in Washington. Chapter and Section Officers help guide the state Board of Directors on a variety of key issues and actions. Serving as an Officer is a chance to give back to the profession, support planners and planning across the state, and make planning a force for positive change. 

State Chapter

APA-Washington is seeking candidates for the office of President-Elect. We are looking for an innovative leader, with strong organizational and relationship building skills, who can work with an energetic and hardworking Board of Directors to help take our organization to the next level.

This position will entail a four-year commitment as follows: one year as President-Elect; two years as President; and one year as Immediate Past President. The incoming President-Elect will take office on November 1, 2018.

As outlined above, the President-Elect spends one year working with the current Chapter President and Board of Directors to learn about the duties that are undertaken by the President. At the end of that one-year period, it is time to take over the reins and become President for the next two years.

If you want more information about the duties and responsibilities of the President-Elect/President, please review the Chapter’s bylaws, or feel free to contact either our current Chapter President Rick Sepler ([email protected]) or the Immediate Past President Paula Reeves ([email protected]).

Sections within Washington State

Four Sections are also seeking people wanting to serve as officers:

  • Columbia Section: President
  • Inland Empire Section: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and At-Large
  • Puget Sound Section: President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, King County Representative
  • Northwest Section Board: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and At-Large

For more information about the duties and responsibilities of these positions, please contact the applicable Section president (listed on the Chapter’s Section webpage). 

What Do You Need to Do Next?

If you are interested in being a candidate for President-Elect, or any of the Section’s positions, here is one key date not to forget:

  • May 15            Deadline to Submit Nominations here

Note that candidates for the APA Washington board must be members in good standing with APA National at the time of their nomination and must have their primary place of residence, primary place of work, or both in Washington.

If you have any questions about the nominations or election process, please feel free to contact Chapter Secretary, Nikole Coleman ([email protected]). 

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