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Join the Planners' Advocacy Network

The Planners' Advocacy Network is an APA initiative to engage in grassroots advocacy.

Engaging the grassroots is a way to provide a voice and opportunities for all of APA's members by connecting constituents with elected officials.

Watch a video about the easy steps to join the network.

Join now by visiting MyAPA and updating your membership information.

Round button with APA logo and text that reads: I'm an AdvocateJoin This Network to:

  • Influence policymakers
  • Have a leadership role in shaping APA's policy and advocacy work
  • Access to special events, reports, training, and assistance
  • Receive policy event discounts
  • Participate in local events and leadership opportunities

Even if you have only a few minutes a day, or an hour a week you can volunteer to be an advocate and member of the advocacy network.

What Is This New Network?

The Planners' Advocacy Network is free and open to all APA members. You may sign up through MyAPA.

  • Learn about policy issues that affect planners
  • Write letters, emails, make phone calls to, and engage legislators on social media
  • Get special training and resources
  • Post about the network on social media
  • Share action alerts and information with your friends and colleagues
  • Join calls and meetings with State Chairs and District Captains at state and national conferences
  • Join in-district meetings and other events

District and State Volunteers

If you are interested in making a deeper commitment to advocacy, consider becoming a State Chair or District Captain.

District Captain

These volunteers are members who commit to increasing participation in the network, they bring in new members and increase involvement. They are also responsible for one in-district event or action a year.

State Chair

These volunteers are members who have committed to representing their state, take responsibility for increasing participation in the network, organizing district captains, and ensuring that district chairs plan events. These chairs are the top ranking volunteer in your state.

If you are interested in volunteering for these roles please speak with your chapter leadership or e-mail advocacy@planning.org.

The Advocate's Toolbox

APA's policy staff is always available to help chapters, divisions, and individual members with legislative advocacy. Whether you need help with media relations, coalition building, or policy research, APA's policy staff can help. Contact Government Affairs for assistance.