Picture this- Who do you see on the IAP2 USA Board?

Members Vote Now - deadline December 4th

We have some incredible candidates for you to choose from and we hope that you will take the time to get to know them a little bit better before you vote. The following is a quick snapshot of the 2020-2022 Board candidates – please click on their information links to learn more.

How to vote:

You will be sent a new online ballot via email from ElectionBuddy. If you do not find it immediately in your inbox, check your "updates" folder or SPAM. If you have difficulty locating your online ballot or have questions regarding this election please contact Anneliese.

Deadline to vote: December 11, 2019

The first three candidates are standing for election as the USA Representatives to the IAP2 International Board. Please vote for up to two candidates and then move down the ballot to select five candidates for the IAP2 USA Board.

IAP2 International Board Candidates

Name & Location TITLE & ORGANIZATION Excerpt from their vision for P2 & IAP2USA

Adriene B. Wright, Ph.D., PCLC
Tallahassee, FL
President & CEO, Abelita LLC My overarching interest is to position the IAP2 as the premier organization for Public Participation. My vision is that the IAP2 is where practitioners seek training, access to resources, networking, and professional support. It is the “go to” organization for government, nonprofit, and corporate leaders. More communities are realizing the value of effective public participation, or the impact of the lack thereof. Some lack internal resources to implement effective public participation initiatives. The need for training, resources, skilled practitioners, and consultants is rising. This presents an opportunity for the IAP2 to fill a gap, and serve the needs of these communities and organizations, as well as, continuing to advance the knowledge and skills of those already in the profession. I aim to draw upon my professional experiences and expertise to help position the IAP2 to be the premier organization of choice for public participation; nationally and internationally.
Read More!
Anne Carroll
Anne Carroll
Saint Paul, MN
President/owner, Carroll, Franck & Associates While I am running for the International board, as a past member of the US board and current training committee chair, I know IAP2 USA is in a fantastic position to establish itself as the recognized leader in P2. Both nationally and internationally, IAP2 is leading work around P2 professionalism, standards, ethics, and values through our work as organizations and individuals. And the amazing variety of professional development and training offerings through IAP2 USA and other Affiliates/Regions is building and deepening capacity and common understandings that advance democracy and the common good. US members were among the founders of IAP2 30 years ago and IAP2 USA and our members will continue to be thought leaders – and learners – as our work advances here and with our global partners.
Read More!

John Poynton
Longmont, CO
Communications Manager, Metro 1. Complete our transition from a start-up to an institutional board, focused on long-term expansion of services, impact and financial well-being. IAP2 USA lags in membership behind countries with substantially smaller populations. Pioneering Americans launched IAP2 I want to make our growth in advocacy and membership commensurate with our nation’s population.
2. Press for the development of an IAP2 Excellence in Public Participation certification program, like LEEDS or the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, to establish best organizational P2 policies and practices and provide necessary training to public institutions and NGOs wanting this coveted recognition. expanding expand excellence in the practice and should generate significant funding.
3. Complete the launch of an IAP2 USA Leadership Council comprised of national leaders in community development, education, environment, infrastructure and public safety, etc., to serve as industry advisors to IAP2 USA, assist with advocacy and fundraising initiatives, and build a national p2 culture.
Read More!

IAP2 USA Board Election Candidates

Name & Location TITLE & ORGANIZATION Excerpt from their vision for P2 & IAP2USA

Adriene B. Wright, Ph.D., PCLC
Tallahassee, FL
President & CEO, Abelita LLC My overarching interest is to position the IAP2 as the premier organization for Public Participation. My vision is that the IAP2 is where practitioners seek training, access to resources, networking, and professional support. It is the “go to” organization for government, nonprofit, and corporate leaders. More communities are realizing the value of effective public participation, or the impact of the lack thereof. Some lack internal resources to implement effective public participation initiatives. The need for training, resources, skilled practitioners, and consultants is rising. This presents an opportunity for the IAP2 to fill a gap, and serve the needs of these communities and organizations, as well as, continuing to advance the knowledge and skills of those already in the profession. I aim to draw upon my professional experiences and expertise to help position the IAP2 to be the premier organization of choice for public participation; nationally and internationally.
Read More!
Deanna Desedas
Deanna Desedas
San Francisco, CA
Director of Communications, Marketing & Outreach, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency My vision for the future for IAP2USA is that it is filled with much opportunity. My vision is focused on the government agency/City sector, new emerging chapters and membership growth.
With so much recent growth and the opportunity for even more, I think our growth is limitless. With so many more government agencies joining as members, there’s a great deal of need that’s been recognized in this area/segment for more solid public participation for the numerous impactful projects that these agencies and their staff are tasked with implementing. By aligning these groups and providing/sharing resources, the growth in this area will allow for a better understanding, more professional staffing and more employment opportunity. With more Chapter growth throughout the country, comes more cross pollination of talent, training, networking, recruitment, and stronger connections.
Focusing on the growth and support of membership is an important strategic component as there is truly strength in numbers. With more members, we can also connect with other important groups across the country that can either join or align forces with us.
Read More!

Kendall Martin
Portland, OR
Communications Manager, Metro The future of public participation in the United States is uncertain. Public participation practitioners need to use this moment in history to reassess our values in these politically charged times. Our political and social systems should work for all. I think our near-future involves us sharing knowledge about how decision-making really works versus how it should work.
I want to work with other board members, chapter members and the community organizations with whom we partner to ensure that the idea of public participation is action-oriented and not strictly academic.
I think it starts with the board finding ways to make a difference at the local level. Encouraging our members to use social media to produce content related to civic engagement in multiple languages is just one way to demonstrate IAP2’s values and commitment to holding ourselves and our systems of government accountable.
Words matter but emotionally intelligent action matters more.
Read More!
Lisa B. Carlson
Lisa B. Carlson
Denver, CO
President, Lisa B. Carlson Consulting I strongly believe that IAP2 USA is needed now more than ever. Our nation is divided, and the polarizing effects are truly damaging our civil society. The brain trust of IAP2 is a much-needed resource for our communities. Whether it is through ongoing trainings, webinars, conferences, or local Chapter involvement, IAP2 can and should be a resource to help heal our democracy. We are in a trajectory of growth in our IAP2 membership and programming. I want to be a part to build on this momentum.
I would like IAP2 USA to continue to prioritize IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) as a focus/learning opportunity for the board and an organization as a whole. We can learn from each other and our partners in the community.
Read More!

Mary Kroencke Hamill
Orlando, FL
President & CEO, Global-5 Communications I was introduced to IAP2 through a colleague at the Texas Transportation Institute. The organization is not known in Florida, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, the Carolinas and at the federal level where we work. I would like to help change that. My company, Global-5 Communications, is the nation’s leading transportation communications firm and public participation is central to everything we do. IAP2’s approach, principles and training is invaluable. The organization would enhance the public participation process and the status of our public involvement industry professionals, if IAP2 and its resources become more well-known in Florida, the eastern seaboard, and at the federal level.
Read More!

Michael B. Bailey
Atlanta, GA
Deputy Director, Office of Legislative Affairs and Outreach, Georgia Department of Human Services My vision for Public Participation in the United States is to create and support a peer-learning community that allows practitioners and researchers an opportunity to collaborate on making a lasting difference in our world. I often take time to remind my leadership, peers and team about the thousands of families praying for us as decision makers to get it right. By sharing information, focusing on professional development and leveraging best practices, I believe we can do more than get it right, I believe we can change the world. If presented with an opportunity serve as a USA Board of Director, I would leverage my interdisciplinary perspective and networks to improve collaboration and the scale the impact that such interactions can produce for the members of our communities.
Read More!
Steven R. Wolf
Steven R. Wolf
Omaha, NE
Community Engagement Director, JEO Consulting Group, Inc. IAP2 needs to continue to help define, distinguish and advocate for P2 as a credible, discernible profession in the marketplace of the United States and beyond. My vision is to further this agenda, add rigor to the continued advocacy for our industry, be a steward and champion for the ethical use and practice of IAP2 branded instruments. Also to further distinguish and separate from any market confusion over the differences among P2, PR and marketing professionals and practices.
Read More!
Tina Geiselbrecht
Tina Geiselbrecht
Austin, TX
Research Scientist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute It is my desire to position IAP2 USA as the premier professional organization for individuals in the field of public participation. This includes practitioners, agencies and entities charged with conducting a public participation process, academics, researchers and others. I believe my continued leadership on the board can help IAP2 USA navigate through the transition with the IAP2 Federation. It is a priority of mine to continually provide the best service to IAP2 members. I will ensure that the organization continues to be a resource for professional development through webinars, training, professional certification, networking, strategic partnerships and other activities requested by members.
The field of public participation has never been more important as we face divisiveness in our country and our communities. The public has a desire and a right to be included in the decision making that affects them. IAP2 should be the organization that sets the gold standard in ensuring processes are ethical and valued. As a board member, I will work to achieve this.
Read More!


Copyright ©2010-2017 IAP2 USA. All rights reserved.