Introducing IAP2 USA’s new Executive Team

Celebrating International Women's Day by celebrating our IAP2 USA Women of the Board

If they were a band, they’re ready to rock and roll. If a jazz quintet, they’re ready to riff a five part harmony. And since its International Women’s Day, if they were Aretha Franklin, they’d say everything boils down to just this one word –

Respect – for everyone, everywhere.

Friday, March 8th is International Women’s Day and we’re celebrating these five women of IAP2 USA 2019 Executive Committee — Cathy Smith, Traci Ethridge, Lisa Carlson, Gwen Happ and Tina Geiselbrecht.

Catherine Smith - President Traci Ethridge - Vice-President Lisa Carlson - Treasurer
Gwen Happ - Secretary Tina Geiselbrecht - Succession Planning

These five took on the roles of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Succession Planning, respectively. In addition to giving us their leadership, they also represent the full width of the country with Cathy at the far western-edge’s beaches of San Diego, California, Gwen and Lisa in the mountains of Colorado, Tina in the heartland and musicland of Texas, and Traci at the east coast hub of commerce in North Carolina.

These five are already making a difference together to IAP2 USA’s efforts to provide our members with the professional development, networking opportunities, and a home for the professions that they value. Earlier this month, they helped establish and launch this year’s National Dialogue Theme around Core Values #1 and 4 in regard to social equity, diversity and inclusion. Traci stepped up last year and is continuing on this year in leading the preparations for the 2019 National Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. And Tina has helped to build momentum for a new chapter — the Lone Star Chapter—which officially filed its papers with the IAP2 USA in February this year. They are working with other IAP2 USA Board members on international and regional efforts to continually strengthen the organization and the value it delivers to its members.

Currently, they are leading the Board’s efforts to: expand the presence of IAP2 USA throughout the country, expand its services, and expand philanthropy that supports the organization. All these efforts are with the vision of supporting our members and making quality public participation a cultural norm. Our Ambassador Program, our emerging chapters, and services in the form of webinars, conferences, symposium, and conferences, are all outgrowths of this vision.

Leah Jaramillo - Past-PresidentThese five also want to deliver a special thank you to Leah Jaramillo for her leadership over the past three years as the organization’s President and to all the members of the Board, the chapter leaders, and each individual member. They know everyone involved works every day across the country on important projects, programs and policies of all sizes and shapes that help people make crucial decisions together about water, energy, land use, transportation, public health, education, economic development. They couldn’t be happier or more ready to represent the core values, ethics and efforts of the organization and all of its members.

IAP2 USA is pleased to be
PURSUING THE GREATER GOOD; GOOD DECISIONS MADE TOGETHER

Midwest Chapter: Meet us in St. Louis May 16 – 17

Save the date! Spring Chapter Conference May 16 – 17, 2019.  More details will be shared soon, but we plan to begin mid-day on Thursday, May 16th and end late afternoon on Friday, May 17th.

St. Louis, here we come! The Chapter board has selected the grand “gateway city” for our spring 2019 regional conference. Whether you’re a local, frequent visitor, or completely unfamiliar with this community, consider spending the weekend (or longer!) exploring this amazing city. And to ensure a great conference, email to join the committee and make it happen! Stay tuned for dates, and program information.

Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting to be Held February 22

The IAP2 USA Midwest Chapter will hold our Annual General Meeting on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Noon Central time. In this 30-minute teleconference, we will review the 2018 Annual Report and financials, answer your questions, and provide a quick preview of upcoming Chapter activities and opportunities to get involved.

All Midwest Chapter members are welcome and encouraged to attend, so stay tuned for more information via email and on the Chapter website.

Midwest Chapter Updates – Meet us in St. Louis!

St. Louis, here we come! The Chapter board has selected the grand “gateway city” for our spring 2019 regional conference. Whether you’re a local, frequent visitor, or completely unfamiliar with this community, consider spending the weekend (or longer!) exploring this amazing city. And to ensure a great conference, email to join the committee and make it happen! Stay tuned for dates, and program information.

2019 Chapter-hosted training: In response to continued requests from Chapter members for learning and networking opportunities in the region, the Chapter is planning to offer the IAP2 3-day Planning and 2-day Techniques courses in early 2019. Email to learn more and help make these happen!

Ready to help with these or other Chapter initiatives? Please email us at midwest@iap2usa.org.

REMINDER – Nominations for IAP2 USA Board – One Week Left!

Are you passionate about P2? Of course you are, or you wouldn’t be reading this!

Do you want to help promote civil public discourse across America?

Are you skilled in areas such as finances, communications and strategic marketing, fundraising and governance (among others)?

Then YOU have a place on the IAP2 USA Board!

The deadline is approaching — November 7 — to nominate yourself. There are six spaces to fill, and if we get more than six applicants, there will be an election.

So don’t delay! Find out more and download the nomination package and the application form today!

All the best,

ATTN: NEPA Update: Here is your opportunity to be part of Pursuing the Greater Good

Call to Action: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is asking for public comment as it is considering an update to its procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This could have a significant impact on the process and quality of P2. We want to make a stand for good P2, why it is important and why we need to fight for it. We are asking you to be a part of “Pursuing the Greater Good” and to advocate for “Good Decisions Made Together” by providing your public comment.

Background: President Nixon signed the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) into law on January 1, 1970. Its passage established a new policy of environmental protection and transparency in government. For any federal action that will have significant environmental impacts, NEPA requires federal agencies to define a range of reasonable courses of action, including a “no action” or baseline alternative, evaluate the likely impacts of each of those alternatives, and share the results of that analysis with the public. While it has never been interpreted as obligating the government to pursue the most environmentally benign action, NEPA made the government’s decisions open to public scrutiny. The law also provided for the formation of the Council on Environmental Quality. Sec. 2 [42 U.S. Code § 4321].

Timing: Given the length of time since its NEPA implementing regulations were issued, CEQ is required to solicit public comment on potential revisions and you have an important voice. No other organization with its members and friends is better poised to contribute and advise on the update of these regulations.

Your voice is important and should be heard. But you only have until August 20th to make a difference!

Next Steps:

  1. Review the announcement
  2. Draft your reply. Need inspirations? Consider the following:
  3. Contribute to the conversation by submitting your comments online

Please pass this opportunity along to your interested colleagues. Share your posts on our Facebook pageLinkedIn and/or Twitter using #goodp2matters. Take a stand – this IS something you can do!

Here is your opportunity to be part of
Pursuing the Greater Good: Good Decisions Made Together.

Member Profile: Eric Roach

POSITION: Program Associate, American Planning Association

Where have you worked?

I currently work for the American Planning Association in the Professional Practice department. Most of my job responsibilities involve administration of the AICP Certification programs, exam prep services and anything else related to AICP.

The project that introduced me to P2 is our Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT) program. CPAT is APA’s pro bono technical assistance program that recruits members with a specific expertise to assist communities that lack planning resources. One major aspect of every CPAT is a community engagement event involving P2. (Read more)

How long have you been in P2? What turned you on to P2 in the first place?

I joined IAP2 USA about three years ago after learning about it when a team leader on a CPAT I coordinated mentioned it. The team leader, Marijoan “MJ” Bull, spoke positively about the organization and demonstrated her P2 expertise during the community meetings. That project opened my eyes to the scope of P2 and the need to learn more so I could increase my contributions as a Project Coordinator during CPATs.

I’m currently serving on the national Training Committee and the Midwest Chapter Board as the secretary. These opportunities have allowed me to use my skills and experience with education programs at APA and allowing me to learn about the process from the volunteer side of association committees. One of my roles at APA is to assist various committees. Having the perspective from both sides has helped me with my own committee facilitation as a staff member.

If you had anything to say to someone just getting into the P2 business …

There is no need to learn from trial and error during your initial projects. IAP2 USA has a wide range of resources readily available to help you get started with successful P2. Also, the networking events and conferences have proved to be very useful by learning from P2 practitioners about their experiences.

Raise Your Hand for Good P2 – introducing the IAP2 USA Ambassador Program!

By: Stacee Adams, Ambassador Program Coordinator

Stacee AdamsA few years ago, a colleague and I presented about public participation to a group of public sector communication professionals. To kick things off, we referenced IAP2 Core Value One, “public participation is based on the belief that those who are affected by a decision have a right to be involved in the decision-making process” and asked how many attendees agreed that the public does indeed have this right. Five people raised their hands. Out of 60.