Volunteer and Get Involved

APA members who volunteer on committees and task forces play an important part in advancing the Association's goals. Each volunteer group aligns with a strategic initiative, critical project, or core activity in our annual work plan, partnering with staff liaisons and other advisers to deliver on its focused charge.

Volunteering is an excellent way to build your planning network, flex your skills, and learn from colleagues; these meaningful leadership opportunities offer a great return on your investment of time and talent!

APA Committees


Charge: The purpose of the committee shall be to prepare briefs and to develop a systematic method of tracking cases as they originate in lower courts; and to file amicus curiae briefs on behalf of the association in select court cases related to planning issues.

Time Commitment: 1 conference call every other month for 1 hour


Charge: Collaborate with APA staff on prioritizing skills training for the next fiscal year based on APA's skills gaps analysis as part of the strategic initiative to Upskill Planners.

Time Commitment: One virtual 2-hour prioritization workshop in the summer. Maximum 5 hours of preparation time for the workshop (reading APA's Trend Report, reviewing APA's list of skills gaps).

Desired Competencies and Demographics: To achieve the best outcome, this committee needs to include at least 2 EDI experts, 2 PlanTech experts, 2 planning directors, and 2 young professionals or students.


Charge: Support execution of the Prioritize Equity strategic initiative by sharing actionable information from stakeholder groups, validating assumptions about work plan activities and proposals, and serving as ambassadors for APA's EDI commitment.

Time Commitment: Conference calls every 6 weeks, 1 hour each


Charge: Review APA Bylaws and governing policies to recommend any proposed changes to the Board of Directors for review and approval.

Time Commitment: 4-6 conference calls per year, 1 hour each


Charge: Advise the ongoing program of recruitment, development, assessment, recognition, and retention of volunteer leaders across all components of the organization.

Time Commitment: 1-3 conference calls per year, 1 hour each


Charge: To develop policy positions on priority topics, implement key reforms to the policy development process, and identify key and emerging policy issues critical to planning and APA's organizational strategy. streamline the policy development process for efficiency and relevance to the digital age.

Time Commitment: Monthly conference calls, 1 hour each


Charge: Provide input on proposed approaches in the strategic initiatives to Strengthen Membership and Pursue Digital Relevance that seek to gain understanding of member value or respond to friction in the membership process.

Time Commitment: 1-3 conference calls per year, 1 hour each


Charge: To review and select recipients of the National Planning Awards for each category in which the jury finds an appropriately meritorious candidate.

Time Commitment: Roughly 30-35 hours of independent work (July-August) prior to 2 conference calls 90 minutes each (August).

Recruitment Task Force

Charge: Actively identify and recruit volunteer leaders who would be strong candidates for service at the component and national level to fill current vacancies or submit nominations for the 2025 national election.

Time Commitment: 3 conference calls, 1 hour each

AICP Committees


Charge: The College of Fellows Committee plans the annual meeting of the fellows, the class of 2024 induction ceremony and other Fellows activities at NPC. Reviews the 2024 Fellows Selection Committee's recommendations for improving the nomination and selection process.

Meetings: Zoom calls as needed, less than an hour each


Charge: The Ethics Committee works with the AICP Ethics Officer to issue formal advisory opinions, shall oversee the issuance of informal opinions, and shall adjudicate all contested ethics matters and disciplinary proceedings under the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Ethics Committee develops the case of the year.

Meetings: Monthly Zoom calls, 1 hour each


Charge: The Exam Committee establishes the goals, objectives and performance criteria for AICP certification. Per the continuous improvement plan, in 2024, the Committee will write and review exam questions.

Time Commitment: Varies by activity, some work is conducted via Zoom as a group (question review), other activities (question writing) are done independently over a period of time. Question review meetings could be multiple 3-hour meetings, question writing varies.


Charge: The National Membership Standards Committee advises the Commission on policies affecting the recruitment, admission and retention of members to AICP. The Committee is responsible for reviewing reinstatement appeals and experience assessment appeals twice a year each.

Meetings: Monthly Zoom calls as needed, under an hour each.

APA leaders at the 2019 National Planning Conference in San Francisco

APA leaders at the 2019 National Planning Conference in San Francisco.