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Elevate your professional journey by joining the OC-APA Board of Directors. We're on the hunt for proactive members ready to fill leadership positions and support great planning throughout Orange County. By joining the Board, you’ll not only contribute meaningfully to our profession, but also gain valuable connections and organizational experience. Whether you're eager to spearhead a planning initiative or offer fresh perspectives at our board meetings, your participation is welcome. Find your niche among the open roles listed below:


Deadline: Sunday, November 26, 2023

Elected positions serve a two-year term and requires a vote by the APA membership.

Section Director

Oversees all activities of the Orange Section Board, including holding monthly meetings, establishing an annual budget and work plan in collaboration with the Board, and implementing Section priorities and initiatives.

Vice Director of

Membership and Marketing

Oversees various programs supporting the general membership, including publication of the eNews and CONVERSATIONS, and coordination of the holiday party with AEP.

Vice Director of

Professional Development 

Implements the PEEL mentorship program; works with a Subcommittee to recruit mentors and proteges; organizes a kickoff reception and other events for PEEL participants.  


Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2023

Appointed positions serve a one-year term and are nominated by the Section Director. Depending on the number of qualified applicants, multiple members may be assigned to a position to serve in a Co-Chair role.



Organizes our annual Orange Section Planning Awards program; coordinates awards nomination process; works with jury panel to review nominations and select award winners.


Board Member

Volunteers as-needed to assist with event setup, registration, and coordination; contributes to miscellaneous tasks that support APA's mission and operations.

California Planning Foundation

(CPF) Liaison

Attends monthly meetings of the CPF Board; promotes CPF scholarship and educational opportunities to local students.

City Liaison

Helps reserve city facilities as-needed for APA events and meetings; advocates for public sector interests in developing OC-APA's educational and programming priorities.


Diversity Liaison

Attends regular meetings with State VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and other Section DEI leads; supports the APA California's DEI initiatives and priorities.


Golf Tournament Chair

Organizes the annual memorial golf tournament to fundraise for student scholarships in collaboration w/ the Planning Directors Association of Orange County and ICC Orange Empire Chapter.


Organizes our annual Historic Symposium (half-day event).

Legislative Chair

Organizes our annual Legislative Update lunch program.


Maintains our website; works with the Board to update our latest news and events throughout the year.

Marketing Chair

Works with Board to promote OC-APA events and programs throughout the year; creates graphics, social media posts, and other marketing materials.

Sponsorship Chair

Administers OC-APA's annual sponsorship program; solicits corporate sponsors to support the Planning Awards, mentorship program, and other events.

Young & Emerging Planners Chair

Works with Board to promote OC-APA events and programs throughout the year; creates graphics, social media posts, and other marketing materials.

Interested in getting involved but not sure where to start? Or want to learn more about the Board responsibilities and time commitments? Contact Orange Section Director, Stephanie Tomaino, AICP by e-mailing:

  1. Must currently work for a city in Orange County.

  2. This position is open to non-APA members and allies outside of the planning field.

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