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The Greater Good   - Emerging Leader Award

The Greater Good - Emerging Leader Award has been created in recognition of emerging leadership. This award is for people who are under 35 and/or have fewer than five years in the practice and are making a new impact on the public participation profession. The selection of the honorees is made by the IAP2 USA President, and awards are given at the IAP2 North American Conference.

The first recipient was Francesca Patricolo, now of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, at the 2018 IAP2 North American Conference in Victoria, BC. In 2019, the Greater Good - Emerging Leader Award was presented to Isis Lopez, Community Engagement Lead with the Austin (TX) Code Department, during the 2019 IAP2 North American Conference In Charlotte, North Carolina!


2020 Greater Good - Emerging Leader Award Winner


Our Winner is Ryan Hanschen, Engagement Specialist for the City of Boulder

Ryan switched his focus to the field of public participation about three years ago and has distinguished himself in a short time not only as an invaluable member of the City of Boulder’s engagement team but as a go-to resource to others, especially in the area of inclusive engagement.

Ryan models the values, principles and ethics of IAP2 as he assisted with the implementation of the city’s Engagement Strategic Framework. He is an incredible ambassador for our profession and for our association and has recently served on IAP2 USA’s Training and Professional Development committee.

Ryan is the face of the up-and-coming generation of our field. He stays true to all the public participation principles we hold dear while also managing to be relevant and flexible to meet emerging needs. stepping into a leadership role in public participation via Zoom and coaching others to feel comfortable in a very different world.


2019 Greater Good - Emerging Leader Award Winner

The 2019 Greater Good / Emerging Leader Award was presented to Isis Lopez, lead of the Community Engagement Team with the Austin, Texas, Code Department. The Code Department is responsible for educating, collaborating and partnering with neighborhoods, local businesses, non-profits, and other City of Austin departments, and Isis incorporates IAP2’s Core Values into her daily work. Having taken the IAP2 Foundations training, she puts to work innovative and sustainable tools and solutions that will provide a lasting and positive impact. As the department’s only Language Access Coordinator, Isis has become a dedicated advocate and champion for diversity and inclusion.

Isis Lopez - 2019 IAp2 USA Greater Good Emerging Leader Winner

Francesca Patricolo (left) & President Leah Jaramillo (right)

2018 Greater Good - Emerging Leader Award Winner

A tireless champion of good communications and community engagement, in little more than 8 years, Francesca Patricolo has established a P2 student chapter at the University of Oregon, participated on the Cascade Chapter executive committee, established her own P2 consultancy, served on the IAP2 USA Board of Directors, served as USA representative to the IAP2 Federation and now serves as President of the Cascade Chapter. Francesca has also been passionate about helping young people become involved in the practice of P2 and advancing the cause of equity and diversity within P2.


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