APA Executive Staff
These executive staff members are the heads of departments and functional areas within APA, which has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago.
Jim Drinan is the Chief Executive Officer of APA and AICP. He has primary responsibility for the long-term strategic direction of the association, in concert with elected leadership. He is responsible for representing the leadership of the association, its members and the interests of planning with partners and with the public. He is an officer of the corporation, and works closely with the Board of Directors and the Board President to advance the goals and objectives of the association.
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Ann Simms is Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for APA and AICP. She is responsible for Membership, Accounting, Marketing, Information Technology, Human Resources, and Administration. She also serves as Assistant Secretary-Treasurer of the APA Board of Directors, representing the board primarily on financial matters.
Chief Communications Officer
The Chief Communications Officer is responsible for developing and implementing integrated communication and marketing strategies. She oversees the areas of Marketing, Communications, Publishing, Advocacy, Social Media, and APA's Library and taxonomy initiatives.
Chief Information Officer
The Chief Information Officer provides leadership and management in the development and implementation of APA's organization-wide information technology program. The CIO leads APA in planning and implementing enterprise information systems to support operations and achieve more effective and cost-beneficial IT and development operations, including APA's website.
Director of Meetings and Conferences
The Director of Meetings and Conferences has overall responsibility for the APA National Planning Conference and the Fall Leadership conference. Additionally, the conference department is responsible for numerous other APA meetings held throughout the year. The Director of Meetings and Conferences also supervises the sale of advertising in APA publications and on the APA website.
Director of Professional Practice
The Director of Professional Practice is responsible for the programs of APA's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, in the areas of education, professional development, and certification. Specific programs include the AICP certification exam, Certification Maintenance program, AICP Symposium, Fellows of AICP, Planners Training Service workshops, and the Community Assistance Program.
Director of Emerging Professionals
The Director of Early Career Programs is currently responsible for the expansion of APA's efforts to attract, retain, and inspire the next generation of planners. This includes the redesign of the Early Career Program; enhanced communication efforts; improved collaboration with APA's chapter, division, and student components; and the development of new programming.
Director of Policy and Communications
The Policy Director is responsible for government affairs, public information, and policy efforts of the association. This includes development of APA's policy guides and statements, communication with the media, outreach to allied organizations and the public to bring visibility to APA and the planning profession. He also manages relationships with Chapters and Divisions regarding their legislative and public relations programs at the state and regional levels.
Director of Marketing
The Director of Marketing is responsible for leading strategic marketing efforts for membership recruitment and retention for both APA and APA's professional institute, AICP. The marketing department produces Interact, APA's weekly member newsletter, and is also responsible for promoting the association's products and services, including the annual National Planning Conference.
Director of Publications and APAPlanningBooks.
The Director of Publications is the Editor and Publisher of Planning magazine. She oversees Planners Press as well as APA's bookstore, APAPlanningBooks.com.
David Rouse, AICP
Managing Director, Research and Advisory Services
The Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services is responsible for the overall design, direction, and management of APA's research program, including sponsored research, the National Centers for Planning, the Planning Advisory Service, and other research initiatives.
Karl F. Schmidt
Director of Membership
The Director of Membership is responsible for APA member services including customer service, billing, and payment processing for services provided by APA and APA's Professional Institute, AICP. Membership is also responsible for registration services for many chapter conferences, as well as the annual National Planning Conference, the fall Federal Policy and Program Briefing and web conferences.
Jeff Soule, FAICP
Director of Outreach and International Programs
The Director of Outreach and International Programs is responsible for the outreach and partnerships through which APA's mission is advanced. One component is the international program that serves members in over 80 countries and governments through funded capacity-building efforts from China to Latin America.
Director of Education and Citizen Engagement
The Director of Education develops and manages the organization's education programs for practicing planners, planning commissioners, students and youth, as well as developing the program for the National Planning Conference and other initiatives.
Director of Leadership and Component Services
The Leadership and Component Services Department promotes and develops leadership among APA's members and supports the work of the organization's elected leaders, including the APA Board of Directors, AICP Commission, Chapter Presidents Council, Divisions Council, and Student Representatives Council. The department also provides program development and administrative services to the individual components of APA, including chapters, divisions, and student organizations.