Welcome to the Midwest Chapter!

The Midwest Chapter spans 12 states, making it the largest geographic chapter of IAP2 USA. We are happy to serve IAP2 members and friends who reside in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.

View our Chapter's Equity Statement here

Connect with us!

  • Sign up for our chapter e-newsletter by emailing us at midwest@iap2usa.org
  • Visit us on Facebook and LinkedIn

2023 Spring Conference

The IAP2 USA Midwest Chapter will return to Minnesota's Twin Cities metro area from May 3-5, 2023 for its annual spring conference. The conference theme will be Meeting People Where They Are in Public Participation.

Registration coming soon!

The 2022 Spring Conference, themed Breaking Down Walls: Meeting the Challenge of Inclusion in Public Participation, was held May 4-6, 2022 in Eagan, MN.
Visit the 
conference website for more information.

Meet our Board of Directors

The Midwest Chapter Board of Director has nine seats of staggered three-year terms. As part of the chapter's annual election, the call for self-nominations to the board is issued in October, with the election occurring in November. 

In October 2022, the Chapter received four self-nominations, all of whom have been added to a Board Election Ballot. Active, dues paying IAP2 USA members can vote for up to three candidates. Ballots were sent via SurveyMonkey to email addresses associated with active IAP2 memberships. Voting closes on November 10, 2022, at 5 p.m. CT. 

Can't find the email with your ballot? Check your spam folder or search your inbox for chapter election emails dated October 21 and October 31. If you are unable to find these emails but believe you should have received one, please contact us at midwest@iap2usa.org

Term Years: 2022-2023    
Anne Carroll   MJ Lamon  Emily Larson
Anne Carroll

MJ Lamon

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Emily Larson
*2023 Secretary

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"I'm committed to working on action-oriented teams; actively advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our chapter and in the in the work we all do; and to supporting others to develop or expand their leadership roles and contributions."

 "I am always drawn to serve in capacities that create spaces for others to learn and grow. Serving on a board is one role and leading committees is how we get the work done. My arranger, activator and strategic strengths allow me to make things happen by turning thoughts into action, organize with flexibility, and find routes to move work forward."

 "In my organization, I am a leader in facilitation and participatory methods. I bring this experience and focus to my work on the board. After filling a partial term on the board (2021), I feel I am just getting started with ideas and efforts around member engagement in our organization and am honored to continue that work."

Term Years: 2022-2024    
Edell Fiedler  Heather Lasher Todd  Josie Shardlow 
Edell Fiedler
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Heather Lasher Todd
*2023 President

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Josie Shardlow
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 "I am a team player who collaborates with people across various city service areas, other jurisdictions, and the non-profit and business sectors to help achieve the best possible outcomes. I am committed to using a diversity lens in the communications and engagement work I do."

 "I have really enjoyed being a part of reviving this Midwest Chapter, and I am so excited about where we are headed! There is much work to be done as we look toward our 2023 spring conference in MN and work to engage with our geographically large membership."

 "I bring a passion for the field of community engagement/public participation to be a catalyst to advance our communities’ racial equity, diversity and inclusion goals. I look forward to encouraging others to attend the conference and other events we initiate."

Term Years: 2023-2025    
 Michelle Bennett  Andrea Gebhart  Dan Pfeiffer
Michelle Bennett
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 Andrea Gebhart

Dan Pfeiffer
*2023 Treasurer

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"I will share my planning experience working on the ground in Michigan engaging with rural, suburban, and urban residents of all backgrounds. I will bring an honest perspective about the merits of doing engagement well and the danger to doing it poorly."

"Using my strengths, I would love to help grow the P2 profession and better establish it as a known professional practice throughout the Midwest. Through strategic collaboration and organized information and resource sharing, we can enhance the P2 work for many project types and communities in the Midwest (and beyond)."

"I want to continue to bring my planning, leadership, and decision-making skills to the board and continue to expand our membership and recognition. In doing this, we elevate the importance of participatory governance and can help be a positive influence in the communities we work."

Past Events

Recording Available from June Virtual Lunch & Learn

If you missed the June Lunch and Learn presentation on voter outreach and civic engagement, you can catch up by viewing the recording! Learn about the breadth and depth of voter outreach services far beyond your average voter registration drive. Presenters Michael Sund and Emily Hunt reviewed what has worked, what didn't, and what the future holds for voter outreach and civic engagement.

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