APA is governed by its Board of Directors, who are elected from among the membership of the Association. The Board is chaired by the APA President, and sets broad policy for the Association and governs its affairs. Day-to-day operations are managed by APA staff. Board members serve four-year terms. Terms are staggered, so half of the board is elected biennially. APA's Board has 13 members, as well as three Advisors, who are the elected leaders of the councils of our component groups, and advise the Board on matters related to Chapters, Divisions and Students.
The AICP Commission is the eight-member governing body of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Members include a President, a President-Elect or an Immediate Past President, and six Commissioners. They serve four-year terms. Terms are staggered, so three commissioners are elected biennially. Day-to-day operations are managed by APA staff. The APA Executive Director and CEO also serves as AICP Executive Director.
Chapter Presidents Council
A Council of all the incumbent Presidents of Chapters meets as a body to advise the APA Board of Directors, and to exchange views and information on matters of common concern.
A Council of all the incumbent Chairs of Divisions meets as an advisory body to the APA Board of Directors and to exchange views and information on matters of common concern.
A Council of all the incumbent Student Representatives develops advice to the APA Board of Directors on the conduct of services to students and on the evolving character of the profession.
These groups are appointed by the Presidents of APA and AICP, and are an important means for members to get involved in the decision-making process of the association.