With twenty-five years of experience in facilitating community engagement, Barbara Lewis is best known for her creativity in engaging communities in local/regional decision-making and particularly her use of the Appreciative Inquiry approach.
Barbara’s involvement with IAP2 has been extensive over the years. In 1994, Barbara helped found the Colorado Chapter of IAP2 and was most recently the chapter’s president. In 2002, she was a key member of the team that developed the Techniques for Effective Public Participation course, now part of IAP2’s gold standard Foundations Program. In 2017, she was the “boots on the ground” Co-Chair of the 2017 IAP2 North American Conference in Denver. In short, Barbara’s entire career has been built around the implementation of IAP2’s Core Values.
Certification Task Force
This dedicated group of P2 practitioners and IAP2 leaders have spent the last 6 years developing a professional certification program from the ground up.
From using international practitioner responses to help determine the essential capabilities a P2 professional should have to effectively design, implement, and evaluate public participation programs and develop an assessment program to test and verify that applicants have these core competencies, please join me in recognizing the
Certification Task Force Members:
- Debra Duerr
- Tina Geiselbrecht
- Cassandra Hemphill
- Wendy Lowe
- Brenda Pichette
- Ken Smith
Additionally – the task force has asked that an honorary award be granted to IAP2 USA and Canada Executive Manager Amelia Shaw for her significant support and stewardship of this process and of the Task Force.
A tireless champion of good communications and community engagement, in little more than 8 years, Francesca Patricolo has established a P2 student chapter at the University of Oregon, participated on the Cascade Chapter executive committee, established her own P2 consultancy, served on the IAP2 USA Board of Directors, served as USA representative to the IAP2 Federation and now serves as President of the Cascade Chapter. Francesca has also been passionate about helping young people become involved in the practice of P2 and advancing the cause of equity and diversity within P2.