APA Elections

2023 APA Consolidated Leadership Elections

In 2023, APA members will participate in consolidated elections for open seats on the APA Board of Directors, the AICP Commission, and multiple leadership positions at the chapter and division, and student level.

Being elected to a leadership role isn't just a great way to serve APA and the planning profession, it's also an invaluable opportunity to expand your professional network, gain new skills that can be applied at work and in your personal life, and achieve recognition from current and potential employers.

Open positions are listed below. If you have questions about the election process, contact us at getinvolved@planning.org!

Election Resources

Interested in applying? Take a look at the resources below to find the perfect opportunity for you!

Open Board and Commission Positions

2023 Election Timeline

Board and Commission Nominating Committees

APA Board of Directors Candidate Guide

Election Policies and Procedures

APA Electoral Regions

Chapter, Division, and Student Elections


Open Board and Commission Positions

APA Board of Directors positions

APA President-Elect
APA Director at Large #1
APA Director at Large #2
APA Director, Region 2
APA Director, Region 3
APA Director, Region 4

AICP Commission positions

AICP President-Elect
AICP Commissioner, Region 2
AICP Commissioner, Region 3
AICP Commissioner, Region 4


2023 Election Timeline

March 23 Chapters/Divisions notice of participation and submit checklist form to staff.
April 14 Begin the Call for Nominations.
May 19 Firm deadline for submission of names of potential nominated candidates.
May 19 Firm deadline for receiving electronic position statements of all potential nominated candidates.
June 1 Member list for ballot distribution is prepared, for members eligible to vote in the election.
July 14 Firm deadline for receiving petition candidates (for those that have a petition process in place), and their position statements/bios.
August 10 Ballots available online, reminders emailed to all chapter/division members.
Late-August Email reminders sent to those members who have not yet voted.
Early-September Email reminders sent to those members who have not yet voted.
September 8 Firm deadline for receipt of ballots from membership.
September 14 Survey Ballot Systems certifies election results and prepares report to National for dissemination.
January 1, 2024 Newly elected leaders take office.

Nominating Committees

2023 APA Board Nominating Committee

Chair — Leo Asuncion, AICP
Region 1 — Annis Sengupta, AICP
Region 2 — Rachael Thompson Panik, AICP
Region 3 — Michael Southard, FAICP
Region 4 — Deborah Myerson, AICP
Region 5 — Aaron Ray, AICP
Region 6 — Julia Lave Johnston

2023 AICP Commission Nominating Committee

Chair - Mitchell Silver, FAICP
Region 1 — Charnelle Hicks, AICP
Region 2 — Michelle Jordan, FAICP
Region 3 — Heather Nick, AICP
Region 4 — Andrea Brown, AICP
Region 5 — Shelly Wade, AICP
Region 6 — Miguel Vasquez, AICP

Chapter, Division, and Student Elections

Every year, APA members run for elected Leadership positions within three component groups: Chapters, Divisions, and the Student Representatives Council. Information about participating groups for the 2023 election cycle appears below.

Participating chapters include: Chapter Presidents Council Executive Committee, Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Hawai'i, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Northern New England, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, and Washington.

Participating divisions include: Divisions Council Executive Committee, County Planning, Federal Planning, Food Systems, Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Relief, Housing and Community Development, Latinos and Planning, LGBTQ+ Planning, Private Practice, Sustainable Communities, Transportation Planning, Tribal and Indigenous, and Women and Planning.

Student Representatives Council Executive Committee positions include: Student Representatives Council Chair, Student Representatives Council Region 2 Representative, Student Representatives Council Region 3 Representative, Student Representatives Council Region 4 Representative, and Student Representatives Council Region 6 Representative.

Chapter, Division, and Student Elections