2018 Elections

Election nominations are BEING accepted


The APA California nominating committee is pleased to consider you as a possible candidate for Board APA California elections. The following information will explain the election process and the steps that must be taken to be considered by the Nominating Committees. Our intent is to create a level playing field for candidates in the election process.


All newly elected Chapter Officers take office on January 1 after the election results are announced. All Vice Presidents and Representatives will serve two-year terms through December 31. Each President-Elect will serve one year in that office, two years as President, and one year as Past-President.

Candidates are welcome from any Section within the State. To run for an APA California Board Office, you must have been a member for at least one year upon the date you would assume office if elected. More information on eligibility appears below.

ODD YEAR ELECTIONS President-Elect (Must have served as a voting APA California Board Member)
Vice President of Administration
Vice President of Marketing and Membership
Vice President of Public Information
EVEN YEAR ELECTIONS Vice President of Conferences
Vice President of Policy and Legislation
Vice President of Professional Development (Must be AICP)
Commissioner and Board Representative (Must be serving as a Planning Board Official when elected)

Candidates are welcome from any Section within the State. To run for an APA California Board Office, you must have been a member for at least one year upon the date you would assume office if elected. More information on eligibility appears below.

  1. be responsible for accomplishing the following activities, working with the Chapter’s legislative advocate:
    1. monitor, comment and develop positions regarding policy and legislation relating to APA California’s mission;
    2. establish processes, including using the Legislative Review Team, to obtain input from members regarding state policy and legislation;
    3. identify planning issues of broad concern to members that warrant state legislation sponsored by the Chapter;
    4. determine actions to be taken to implement APA California’s legislative position(s) in consultation with the Board of Directors and members;
    5. organize actions in support of APA California’s position(s);
  2. act as liaison between the Chapter’s legislative program and APA’s Advocacy program,
  3. which represents the planning profession in Washington, D.C.;
  4. conduct an annual legislative workshop or other annual conference session;
  5. assist the Chapter legislative advocate in conducting the Legislative Review Team program, involving a minimum of two meetings each per year, in both northern and southern California;
  6. update the Chapter’s Legislative Platform,Plan California, every two years; and
  7. perform any other duties assigned by the Board of Directors.
Duties of the Vice President for PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (MUST BE AICP)
  1. promote professional development and continuing education, including the provision of Chapter-sponsored workshops each year;
  2. serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the California Planning Foundation;
  3. coordinate the activities of the Section Professional Development Officers, including preparation for the AICP exam;
  4. ensure that the annual conference includes a session relating to the AICP exam, presented by the AICP Exam Coordinator;
  5. conduct meetings with Section Professional Development Officers (PDOs) at the Chapter conference or as needed;
  6. work with Sections to ensure maintenance of members’ AICP status, and coordinate the Certification Maintenance (CM) Program among California AICP members;
  7. coordinate activities of the AICP Workshop Coordinator, Statewide Programs Coordinator, and the FAICP Coordinator;
  8. act as liaison with the American Institute of Certified Planners Commission and the National Planning Accreditation Board;
  9. work with other entities, such as the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, to provide relevant professional development programs and educational opportunities; and
  10. perform any other duties assigned by the Chapter Board of Directors.

The duties of the Commission and Board Representative shall be to reflect planning officials’ perspectives on planning and planning issues in California, both as a member of the Board of Directors and at the Chapter conference, and to increase planning commissioner participation in APA and APA California. The Commission and Board Representative shall also assist with implementing the Strategic Plan by implementing the goals of the Mission Statement, the fundamental tenets and the strategies associated with membership development and diversity and to develop a more complete set of tasks centered around Planning Commission involvement. The Commission and Board Representative shall report to the President.

The following materials must be completed in full and submitted to Julia Lave Johnston, APA California President Elect by April 16, 2018. Please e-mail the information to julialavejohnston@gmail.com.

  • Position Statement: Please review the Guidelines for Writing Background/Experience and Position Statement Appendix 1 to the Policies and ProceduresYour statement should be no greater than 600 words. If you are nominated, your statement will be published on APA California’s website.

We encourage you to focus your Position Statement on issues and ideas affecting the future of APA California. To assist you in preparing your statement, please refer to the APA California Chapter Strategic Plan, available here.

Optional Materials

  • Photographs: Candidates for office may submit a recent photograph to be published with the Position Statement. Your photo is due with the other required materials. Please refer to the “Campaign Policies” Section 4.2 for details.
  • Supplemental materials: If the nominating committee determines that it requires information or materials not mentioned above, it will ask you for them. Unsolicited additional materials and phone calls to nominating committee members are strictly prohibited.


The key purposes of the Nominating Committee are to recruit and nominate candidates with demonstrated leadership qualities, a commitment to ethical principles, an interest in serving the membership of the organization, and the ability to dedicate the necessary time to fulfill the obligations of the elected office. In this process committee members will objectively review all names submitted. The Nominating Committee will keep all discussions and information confidential. Names submitted to the Nominating Committee will not be released to the APA California Chapter Board unless they have been slated to run for an office. Two candidates will be nominated for each position unless only one qualified application is received for a position. Additional criteria considered by the Committees are listed in the “APA California Elections Policies Procedures,” in Section 1.1.3.

If you have applied to become a candidate, the Chair of the Committee will notify you of the Nominating Committee’s decision. If you are not selected by the Nominating Committee, you may seek to become a candidate by petition. Information regarding the election petition process will be posted on the website after September 5. See Section 3.0 in the Policies Procedures for details.

The election schedule can be found in Appendix 5 of the Policies and Procedures.

If you have any questions on the APA California nomination process, please feel free to contact Julia Lave Johnston, APA California President Elect, at julialavejohnston@gmail.com or call (916) 508-6823.