Thank you to everyone who voted in this year’s board election. We had an improved participation rate of 10 percent. I also want to thank everyone who ran for office. I appreciate your commitment to our organization and the profession.

I am pleased to announce that this is the first election that our new board position of Vice President for Diversity and Equity was on the ballot. The board created this position to show its commitment to increase the diversity of our profession and our organization, and to better support the diverse communities we work with.

Terms of office begin in January 2020 and run through December 2022.

APA California Chapter Election Results

  • President Elect: Ashley Atkinson (LA Section)
  • Vice President for Administration: Derek Wong (Sacramento Section)
  • Vice President for Public Information: Ellie Fiore (LA Section)
  • Vice President for Marketing and Membership: Marc Yeber (LA Section)
  • Vice President for Diversity and Equity: Miroo Desai (Northern Section)

Interested in being and APA leader? Please join us at our Leadership Reception at the Santa Barbara Conference this September to learn more.

Julia Lave Johnston
President California Chapter

Peter Parkinson, AICP
Past President California Chapter
Chair 2019 Nominating Committee


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Positions open during this election cycle include the President-elect, V. P. Administration, V. P. Marketing and Membership, V. P. Public Information and V. P. Diversity & Equity.

A list of duties for each of the positions can be found here. If you are interested in being considered for one of the above positions, please read the Nominations Procedures information below.


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. The following is the election cycle for the Chapter Officer:


  • Vice President for Policy and Legislation,
  • Vice President for Professional Development (must be AICP)
  • Vice President for Conferences (must have served on a prior Conference Committee/Conference Host Committee)
  • Planning Commissioner Representative (must be serving as a Planning Board Official when elected)


  • President-elect (must have served as a voting APA California Board Member),
  • Vice President for Public Information
  • Vice President for Administration
  • Vice President for Diversity and Equity
  • Vice President for Marketing and Membership

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.  

The following positions are open during this election cycle:


The duties of the President-elect shall be:

The President-elect shall serve as at-large members of the Board of Directors and perform duties assigned by these Bylaws or by the President with the consent of the Board, including but not limited to the following:

  1. Preside at meetings if the President is absent;
  2. chair task forces and subcommittees designed to deal with organizational issues such as Bylaws amendments, or internal operations;
  3. ensure that the Bylaws are updated as necessary;
  4. act as liaison with other chapters and with specific allied programs;
  5. participate in advance preparations or training for duties assigned as Chapter President when requested by the President;
  6. act as a mentor for the student representative and work with the student representative to clarify his or her portfolio, including responsibilities and budget; and
  7. serve as chairperson of the Nominating Committee as provided in the Chapter’s Election Policies and Procedures.

Vice President for Administration

The duties of the Vice President for Administration shall be:

  1. be responsible for coordinating the financial and administrative activities of the Chapter by working with the Chapter staff to accomplish the following:
    1. maintain the general funds and accounts of the Chapter, and be responsible for their security;
    2. make the payment of staff salaries and other benefits authorized by the Board of Directors;
    3. perform an external audit of the Chapter books and accounts by the Chapter’s outside accountant, at times directed by the Board of Directors;
    4. provide the Board of Directors with quarterly reports of the income and expenditure status of the annual budget and a financial statement indicating the status of the Chapter accounts;
    5. prepare and submit to the Board of Directors a year-end financial report indicating the final status of the Chapter budget accounts, including deficits or carryovers that may occur;
  2. with assistance from the Chapter staff, prepare and submit an annual budget for approval by the Board of Directors;
  3. prepare and submit an annual Chapter report for approval by the Board of Directors;
  4. function as Chairperson of the Chapter awards program and direct the efforts of the Chapter Awards Coordinator(s);
  5. regularly evaluate and update the Chapter Financial Policies;
  6. conduct long-range forecasting and programming in cooperation with Chapter staff;
  7. conduct meetings with Section Treasurers at the Chapter Conference or as needed;
  8. conduct contract review evaluations with the President and Vice-President applicable to each contract; and
  9. perform any other duties assigned by the Chapter Board of Directors.

In the event the Vice President for Administration resigns or is removed from office in mid-term, an external audit may be authorized by the President.

Vice President for Diversity and Equity

Duties of the Vice President for Diversity and Equity shall be:

  1. promote understanding of diverse and inclusive perspectives within the organization and the planning profession and APA California;
  2. promote the recruitment, support, and retention of planners of color and others from culturally underrepresented groups in the planning profession and in APA California, and coordinate activities with the VP for Marketing and Membership;
  3. organize the annual Diversity Summit at the State Conference;
  4. provide leadership and mentorship to Section Diversity/Membership Inclusion officers and collaborate on developing new programming at Section levels;
  5. collaborate with other VPs including that for Policy and Legislation and for Public Information to increase the visibility of Board’s core values of diversity, inclusion and social justice in policy positions and activities in APA’s communications and publications.
  6. promote programming and learning activities for disadvantaged and underrepresented students to learn about and enter the profession economically disadvantage;
  7. outreach to and develop relationships with other affinity groups that work with disadvantaged and underrepresented communities and encourage equitable policies and engagement;
  8. coordinate with the National APA Diversity Committee’s initiatives.

Vice President for Marketing and Membership

Duties of the Vice President for Marketing and Membership shall be:

  1. develop programs to influence membership retention and expansion;
  2. Serve as a liaison to other strategic professional organization;
  3. work with sections to maintain and increase membership of ;
  4. develop marketing programs;
  5. identify new self-funding member benefits and services;
  6. coordinate activities of the University Liaison, and the Young Planners Group Coordinator;
  7. Assist the Vice President of Administration to prepare the Annual Report;
  8. coordinate with National APA on membership initiatives and other policy changes that affect membership; and
  9. perform any other duties assigned by the Chapter Board of Directors.

Vice President for Public Information

The duties of the Vice President for Public Information shall be:

  1. manage and oversee the production of the Chapter newsletter, providing general guidance and assistance to the Chapter’s contract newsletter staff;
  2. direct and oversee implementation of the Chapter’s public information program, including public relations, community outreach, web site and marketing activities not otherwise associated with membership development;
  3. provide general information and referral services to Section newsletter editors, public information officers, and related functions;
  4. develop a multi-year public relations program with Chapter public relations staff;  develop a web site program with the Chapter Technology Director;
  5. meet with newsletter/public information officers from each Section at the annual conference;
  6. develop public relations and media training programs for distribution to Section officials, the Chapter Board of Directors, and individual and agency members at large; and
  7. perform any other duties assigned by the Chapter Board of Directors.

The following materials must be returned to Pete Parkinson, AICP, APA California Past-President, by April 16, 2019 to be considered by the Nominating Committee. Please e-mail your packet to pete.parkinson54@gmail.com.

Position Statement: A position statement, prepared in accordance with the “Guidelines for Writing Background/Experience and Position Statement (Appendix 1 to the Policies and Procedures).” Please note that should you be nominated, this statement will be published on the website in September), and will be sent with the electronic ballot in August.

You are encouraged to focus your statement on issues and ideas affecting the future of the organization. To assist you in preparing your statement, please refer to the APA California Chapter Strategic Plan, available at here.

Eligibility Form (Appendix 2 to Policies and Procedures): The form asks you to identify the office for which you wish to be considered, and to make a personal commitment to serve, if elected.

Agreement to Abide Form (Appendix 3 to Policies and Procedures): Please sign and return the agreement form after you have read both the “Guidelines for Writing Background/Experience and Position Statements” and the “APA California Chapter Elections Policies and Procedures”.

Commitment to Serve Statement (Appendix 4 to Policies and Procedures): Please sign and return.

Optional Materials

    • Photographs:  Candidates for office may submit a recent photograph to be published with the position statement. Please refer to the “Photographs” 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 Committees’ work will have two distinct phases. Until August 15, the Committees’ major task will be to encourage a wide variety of candidates to apply. After the deadline, the Committees will evaluate the applications to identify those who meet the highest standards of leadership ability, integrity, judgment, competence, and personal commitment. 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 Election Policies and Procedures”, in Section 1.1.3.

The Chair of the Nominating Committee will notify you of the Nominating Committees’ actions in late August. If you are not selected by the Nominating Committee of APA California, you may seek to become a candidate by petition. Information regarding the election petition process will be posted on the web site in September. See Section 3.0 in the Policies and Procedures for details.

If you have any questions on the APA California nomination process, please feel free to contact Pete Parkinson, AICP, California Chapter, Past-President, at pete.parkinson54@gmail.com.