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The Southwest Section is committed to promoting sound planning practices based on ethical principles to help the community improve its quality of life, realize its goals, and secure its future.

SW Section Statement on Racial Equity and Inclusion

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 Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meets for a conference call on the first Wednesday of every month at 5:00 PM PT.

Conference Call-Instructions:

Call-in Number: (513) 386-0000

Participant Access Code: 1024669#  | Meeting ID: 897 0811 9740

Passcode: 027346 | Meeting on Zoom

Executive Board email: [email protected]

Position Name Position Expiration Date
President Sam Rubin, AICP October 31, 2023
President-Elect Melissa Johnston, AICP October 31, 2023
Immediate Past President Judith Perez, AICP  
Treasurer Ethan Spoo, AICP October 31, 2023
Secretary Emily Lutz October 31, 2023
Clark County Representative Jenna Kay October 31, 2023
Cowlitz County Representative Jason Lugo October 31, 2023
Skamania County Representative Alan Peters, AICP October 31, 2023
Professional Development Co-Chair Adam Trimble October 31, 2023
Professional Development Co-Chair Claire Lust  October 31, 2023
Communications Chair Mark Person, AICP October 31, 2023
Legislative Liaison Brian Carrico October 31, 2023


Section Bylaws

The bylaws are the organizing and operating protocols for the SW Section. The most recent version was unanimously voted for approval on July 18, 2018.

Read the Southwest Chapter Bylaws

Get Updates 

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May 11 / 9 a.m. - Noon

APA Forum

Zoom: Please register

Topics: Affordable housing strategies, riparian ecosystem protection, urban growth area swap, and updates from the Department of Commerce

May 11 / 5:30 p.m.


Join us for axe throwing at Vancouver's new Firehouse Axes. There will be axe-throwing instruction and there is food/drink available for order. You are welcome to come to hang out without throwing axes too. The axe throwing activity is free of charge, complimenting APA Washington, SW Section. Wear closed-toe shoes. RSVP to Melissa:[email protected]

July 22 / 10 a.m.- Noon


Join us at Lacamas Lake for kayaking! Available rental equipment includes Kayak, large kayak, stand-up paddle board, tandem kayak, and youth kayak. Or, bring your own. Rental is compliments of the Washington APA, SW Section.  RSVP to Melissa: [email protected].

Board Meeting Agendas & Minutes

January | View Minutes
March | View Minutes 
April | View Minutes 
May | View Minutes


View 2021–2022 Board Minutes 

Online Training and Resources

Have a look at these free Online Training and Resources document. For additional trainings check out our YouTube Channel with recorded trainings.

Strategic Plan

The Southwest Section exists to support our members, to advance the planning profession and to make communities great. The Strategic Plan includes prioritized goals, strategies and actions items to be accomplished over a two-year period.