IAP2 USA 2022 Year-End Newsletter

Holiday Greetings - from the IAP2 USA Team

We will be closing this year at 3pm Eastern on December 23, 2022 and reopening January 3, 2023.

Until then, the IAP2 USA team wishes you all a happy holiday season in every way you choose to spend it.

Launching All-New IAP2 USA's Certificate in Public Participation

We are very excited to be launching the next evolution of training that builds on our foundational best practices. Our flagship Foundations training program has been updated and now consists of three core courses. Visit our training calendar to register for updated course offerings.

As a key leader in the public participation sector IAP2 USA provides skills-based learning to people and organizations on what they need to know and do, so that they can successfully develop, deliver, and lead authentic engagement processes.

IAP2 Certificate Program

IAP2 USA's Certificate in Public Participation (P2) consists of 3 core courses:

Based on IAP2's internationally recognized Global Learning Pathway, this professional development certificate program builds on the foundations of public participation training and best practices from around the globe to provide participants with approximately 30 hours of effective training in public participation and engagement.

Full Details Here

Upon completing the three core courses, participants will receive a Certificate in Public Participation.

This professional development certificate program is a next step on your journey to becoming a P2 professional and separate from the IAP2 USA’s designations (CP3 & MCP3). It is important to note that participants of the Certificate in Public Participation are not certified P2 professionals. Learn more about how to become a Certified P2 Professional.

Upcoming Dates

Fundamentals of Public Participation 2 - 4 hour sessions

      January 31 - February 1       1 PM – 5 PM ET

      Members $275 --  Regular $325

Designing Public Participation 4 - 4 hour sessions sessions) 

      February 6, 7, 9, 10         1 PM – 5 PM ET

      Members $550 -- Regular $650 

Applying Methods  4 - 4 hour sessions

     February 27, 28, March 1, 2       1 PM – 5 PM ET

     Members $550 -- Regular $650

IAP2 USA Welcomes New Board Members

Welcome new IAP2 USA Board members. Their three-year term runs from January 2023 through December 2025. Visit the IAP2 USA website to read more about the board. 

A special thank you to our departing board members. Their dedication, commitment, and leadership greatly contributed to the success and growth of IAP2 USA. Our appreciation goes to Gwen Howard, Lisa Carlson, Tina Geiselbrecht, Michael Bailey, Deanna Desedas, and Rebecca Zito.

We welcome back Kendall Martin, Director of Communications, Alliance San Diego, to serve a second term on the board. 

“I will continue 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.” 

Welcome new board members: 

Danita Akendengue-Ogandaga, Senior Public Involvement Specialist, Burns and McDonnell

This is a pivotal time for public involvement. The IAP2 is perfectly positioned for greatness. industry has had to pivot among political and social conditions that inform our work. Stakeholder engagement and public involvement do not mean the same things to everyone. Many times, we call this the nature of our work, but the actionable steps that inform it are customer service based. When a company or strategy shifts to proactive communications, there is often a shift to develop communication strategies rather than public involvement plans to inform, consult, collaborate, and empower the people that matter most. Taking the time to meet people where they are in their level of understanding is critical to create a solid foundation on the purpose of our work and then add other techniques and strategies to the toolkit.

Lucero Arechiga, Public Information Specialist, City of Austin

“The IAP2 Board is recognized amongst communication leaders as a standardized resource for educational content and a shared community of practice. My vision for this organization is to elevate the profile of Community Engagement practitioners more broadly. To raise awareness beyond the realms of communicators and more into communities to help connect residents to the individuals that are conduits for their voice. There is a lot of potential for organizations and municipalities to learn more about the role of community engagement, the importance of the role, and the recognition of the critical need for conversations around language access, accessibility, and equity.”

Mahina Martin, Director, Government & Community Affairs, Hawaiian Electric Company

“These are difficult times in neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Evident by the challenges families, schools and governments are facing with issues and public temperament that have increasingly become concerning. I believe that bringing the discussion about public engagement needs and elevating the value it brings will contribute to the wellness of communities across the states. By continuing to strengthen the profession IAP2 plays a significant leadership role across the country and has the ability to impact how the private and public sectors find ways to achieve what their customers and communities need. While IAP2 clearly supports individual success through trainings and resources, the organization has the potential to be a national voice of collaboration and inclusion in many instances.” 

Rebekah Grmela, Founder + Principal, The P2Club, Right + Good Consulting

“I am dedicated to the future of public participation in the United States, board member or not of IAP2 USA. I believe that I can better mobilize that vision by supporting this cause’s principal professional organization in a leadership capacity. The industry of “P2” is not yet recognized for what it is in the community – an opportunity to bring together professional practitioners, community organizers, nonprofit leaders, private company marketers, government PIOs and more, together under a shared umbrella of understanding. As our communities continue to become more political and polarized, I think that IAP2 USA can help play a role in building safe and respected spaces for all to feel welcome to share dialogue and lead authentically and effectively. We are not truly engaging with others without empowering all voices, and I would love to be a part of that mission.”

IAP2 USA Members - Share Your Thoughts

We want to hear from you. As IAP2 USA works to increase the value we provide, your honest and open feedback is welcome and appreciated.

Help us improve our program offerings and the value of your membership by taking just five minutes to answer this quick 10-question survey.

Survey closes December 23. Thank you for helping us create a more valuable IAP2 USA.

2022 IAP2 USA Member Engagement Survey

Join the Team! 

IAP2 USA is looking for a Training and Professional Development Coordinator and Conference Event Planner. Learn more and find more career opportunities here:


2023 IAP2 USA Training Request for Proposals

“Knowledge is power. Sharing knowledge is the key to unlocking that power.”Martin Uzochukwu Ugwu

Knowledge might be power, but it’s much more powerful when it’s shared. IAP2 USA is looking for individuals who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experience with others in the field. 

When you find something that works and has worked better than anything else before, sharing it with your colleagues can help them not only build a better P2 practice, but it builds a better community for us all. Success takes tenacity, skill, experience, wisdom, and compassion. You have a chance to equip P2 practitioners with tools they need to achieve that success. Share your knowledge with them by becoming an IAP2 USA trainer. 

Are you a trainer? Are you interested in becoming an IAP2 USA trainer?

IAP2 USA is building its online training calendar and is currently accepting proposals for third party training. We have been fortunate to partner with exceptional trainers who share their skills and knowledge of public participation in meaningful ways. Consider joining us to help advance good public participation by enriching professional development and enhancing best practices.

To learn more about submitting a proposal, please review our Frequently Asked Questions.

Submit your proposal by December 9th

Become a Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3) 

Certification as a Public Participation professional acknowledges your adherence to a strict set of standards recognized around the world for delivering quality, meaningful public participation. It is the premier credential for public participation professionals. 

An Assessment Center is now scheduled for April 28 & 29, 2023 with an application deadline of January 6. 2023.

To join a select number of colleagues a three-step process is used to assess candidates’ knowledge and skills:

  • Step One – Submit your Application and Professional Portfolio to to info@iap2usa.org.
  • Step Two – Preparation and submission of a Public Participation Plan in response to a case study

  • Step Three – Preparation for and participation in an Assessment Center.

Prepare your CP3 application form and email to info@iap2usa.org

Apply by January 6

Upcoming Webinars:  Free for Members 

January Learning Webinar 2022 IAP2 Core Values Awards Highlights

January 10, 2022

Learn from the best! This month's webinar brings together projects and organizations from the 2022 IAP2 Core Values Awards!

Stay tuned for more details. 


January Learning Webinar Crossing the Divide in Times of Polarization

January 17, 2023

We live in turbulent and polarized times and building trust and creating space for constructive conversations can seem like an impossible challenge. Thinking that the way out of the mess we are in is more of what got us here, we need to re-imagine the way we interact, connect with communities and create space for the conversations that matter most. Sharing stories of challenge, heartache and humour, we will cover:

  • What is happening in the public arena

  • What it takes to make change in the systems, structures and ways of interacting that are no longer serving us

  • What you can do to create deeper understanding, build trust and relationships and increase connection so your results and outcomes improve

  • How to increase your capacity to lead brave, honest conversations


Year End Giving - Make a Difference

This time of year is perfect for reflection, deep breaths, and above all gratitude. Even when days feel long and the work is hard, we are reminded of all of you who are living IAP2 USA’s mission each day. We thank you. 

Thank you for connecting with others, for having hard conversations, for helping make our world a little better with one good public participation process at a time. Our network is creating success out of challenges and taking steps to realize our vision.

We envision a country where public participation is deeply embedded and widely applied, and where equitable, efficient, and informed decision-making processes improve the quality of our democracy.

As we help people make good decisions together, we ask that you consider making a year-end donation.

Your gift will help us leverage capacity to focus on diversity equity and inclusion; and strengthen our training and scholarship programs. Thank you for your support!

Donate today!

2023 Online Training Calendar

If our current courses don't meet your needs please fill out this quick survey so we can help you become the P2 practitioner your community needs.

Member Spotlight

If your organization has had any recent P2 successes or thought of creative solutions we want to hear about it! Please contact info@iap2usa.org to be featured on our website or newsletter.

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