The senior staff at APA oversee its functional areas and lead the day-to-day activities of departments to carry out the vision of APA's dedicated volunteer leaders.

James Drinan
Chief Executive Officer, APA and AICP

James Drinan

The CEO is an officer of the corporation, and has primary responsibility for the long-term strategic direction of the association, in concert with elected leadership. He represents the leadership of the association, its members and the interests of planning with partners and the public.

Ann Simms
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, APA and AICP

Ann Simms

The COO/CFO is responsible for Membership, Accounting, Information Technology, Human Resources, and Administration. Ann also serves as Assistant Secretary-Treasurer of the APA Board of Directors, representing the board primarily on financial matters.

Harriet Bogdanowicz
Chief Communications Officer

Harriet Bogdanowicz

The CCO leads the development and implementation of integrated communication and marketing strategies for the association. Harriet oversees Marketing, Communications, Publishing, Policy, Social Media, and Library and Taxonomy initiatives.

Mark Ferguson
Chief Information Officer

Mark Ferguson

The CIO guides APA's organization-wide information technology program. Mark leads the planning and implementation of enterprise information systems that support operations and achieve efficiencies, and oversees the IT department.

Deene Alongi
Director of Meetings and Conferences

Deene Alongi

The Director of Meetings and Conferences has responsibility for the APA National Planning Conference and Fall Leadership conference, as well as numerous other APA meetings held throughout the year. Deene also supervises the sale of advertising in APA publications and on the APA website.

Director of Professional Practice

Felicia Braunstein

The Director of Professional Practice is responsible for the programs of APA's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners. Felicia oversees the AICP certification exam, Certification Maintenance program, AICP Symposium, Fellows of AICP, Planners Training Service workshops, and the Community Assistance Program.

Monica Groh
Director of Emerging Professionals

Monica Groh

The Director of Emerging Professionals is responsible for the expansion of APA's efforts to attract, retain, and inspire the next generation of planners. Monica leads recruitment, retention and professional development efforts for students and new planners, including collaboration with APA's chapter, division, and student leaders.

Director of Education

Kimberley Jacques

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.

Jason Jordan
Director of Policy

Jason Jordan

The Policy Director is responsible for government affairs, advocacy, and policy efforts of the association. This includes development of APA policy guides, representation of APA with Congressional offices, Federal agencies and partner organizations, and management of advocacy networks and campaigns. Jason also provides strategic guidance to volunteer leaders on policy matters at the national, state and local level.

Director of Marketing

Liz Lang

The Director of Marketing is responsible for leading strategic promotional efforts for APA and its professional institute, AICP. Liz oversees the dissemination of all APA broadcast email, and the effective implementation of marketing plans that highlight APA products, services, and events, and the value of certification.

David Rouse, FAICP
Director of Research and Advisory Services

David Rouse, FAICP

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

Karl F. Schmidt

The Director of Membership is responsible for customer service, billing, and payment processing for services provided by APA and APA's Professional Institute, AICP. Karl also oversees registration services for many of APA's live and virtual events, and many chapter conferences.

Jeff Soule, FAICP
Director of Outreach and International Programs

Jeff Soule, FAICP

The Director of Outreach and International Programs is responsible for the international program, which serves APA members in over 80 countries and governments through funded, capacity-building efforts from China to Latin America.

Mike Welch
Director of Leadership and Component Services

Mike Welch

The Director of Leadership and Component Services supports the work of the organization's elected leaders, including the APA Board of Directors, AICP Commission, Chapter Presidents Council, Divisions Council, Student Representatives Council, and many committees and task forces. Mike also oversees program development and administrative services to chapters, divisions, and student organizations.