Early Impact from the IAP2 Ambassadors!

Stacee AdamsStacee Adams, Ambassador Program Coordinator

Post-election, pre-holidays. It’s the season of participation and dialogue and the IAP2 Ambassadors have been leading the charge for both at a number of events around the country the last two months. Frankie Burton, with Katz and Associates in San Francisco, is one of them. Why does she do it?

Post-election, pre-holidays. It’s the season of participation and dialogue and the IAP2 Ambassadors have been leading the charge for both at a number of events around the country the last two months. They’ve been to, and presented at, the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, the Colorado Broadband & Communications Conference, and the APA California Conference. They’ve signed up the University of Indiana as an institutional IAP2 member, restarted the IAP2 Mentorship Program, held National Dialogues and one is even running for the IAP2 Board.

Frankie Burton, an Ambassador working for Katz & Associates in San Francisco shares why she loves IAP2.

Why and How I Sing the Praises of IAP2!

I appreciate this opportunity to be an official ambassador for IAP2, because when I am personally and ethically inspired by an organization you cannot stop me from promoting it! After being trained in the foundations and techniques of IAP2 in 2017 by Lewis Michaelson I proselytized IAP2 to anyone who would listen. I am a public participation practitioner, because I grew up in environmental justice communities and want to help them. Through an IAP2 lens we can help disempowered communities control their own destiny. It changed my life and I want to bring this joyful and eye-opening experience to all!

As a result of my passion for IAP2 and transit I attended a transportation open house in 2018 and met some folks from San Francisco Public Works (SFPW). After seven months of courting SFPW I was invited to present to them about IAP2. I kept the presentation short and spent two thirds of the time hearing their stories, challenges, desired outcomes and aspirations. At the end of the conversation SFPW felt heard, were inspired and enthusiastic! I was reminded and moved by the power of empathy.

Frankie’s story is one example of what the Ambassadors are doing. This phenomenal group has talked with hundreds of people about what good public participation is, why it matters, and how it’s done. I am inspired by their leadership and full of gratitude for the good work they have accomplished on behalf of IAP2. Please join me in thanking our Ambassadors and celebrating their successes so far.

  • Ashley Tinius–Louisville, Kentucky
  • Cassie Hemphill–Missoula, Montana
  • Doug Sarno–Washington, D.C.
  • Emily Michaelson–San Diego, California
  • Francesca Patricolo–Portland, Oregon
  • Jen Colbert–Suwanee, Georgia
  • John Godec–Phoenix, Arizona
  • Natalia Hentschel–San Diego, California
  • Reilly Thimons–Aspen, Colorado
  • Lisa Carlson–Denver, Colorado
  • Melinda Greenwood–Ogden, Utah
  • Steven Wolf–Omaha, Nebraska
  • Wendy Green-Lowe–Loveland, Colorado
  • Wendy Nowak–Santa Ana, California
  • Frankie Burton–San Francisco, California
  • Stephen Buckley–Chatham, Massachusetts

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