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.

The Call for Session Proposals is currently OPEN. Please consider sharing your experience and expertise at our Spring Conference. Proposals are due by 11 am CT on Friday, January 6, 2023.

Additional information about the conference will be shared as it is available. Stay tuned!

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.

Call for Session Proposals

The Conference Committee has opened the call for session proposals. Please consider sharing your experience and expertise at our 2023 Spring Conference.

As you consider what session you could contribute to the Meeting People Where They Are theme, consider:
  • Delivering purposeful, accessible, and relevant engagement that meets the needs of both participants and projects.
  • Working respectfully and effectively across cultures, languages, backgrounds.
  • Adapting to changing participant lifestyles, interests, and priorities.
  • Using innovative and relevant approaches, relationships, tools, and techniques that enhance engagement.
  • Creating a culture of ethical, equity-centered P2 within organizations and groups.
  • Dealing effectively with conflict, community trauma, and distrust.
Sessions addressing other P2 challenges and opportunities are also welcome. 

Proposals are due by 11 a.m. Central time on Friday, January 6, 2023.

Submit YOUR Session Proposal

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: 2021-2022    
Myles Alexander
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 Andrea Gebhart

Dan Pfeiffer
*2022 Treasurer
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"The IAP2 Core Values are my values. I work well with people from different backgrounds and perspectives. I am a convener, connecting people. I also help people connect the dots. I also bring the chapter an understanding of how IAP2 USA works."

"Using my strengths, I would love to help grow the P2 profession and better establish it as a known professional practice throughout the Midwest."

"I believe that IAP2 and the Midwest Chapter are more important than ever as governments of all levels seek to rebuild trust with communities and achieve equitable outcomes."

Term Years: 2022-2023    
Anne Carroll

MJ Lamon
*2022 Secretary
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Emily Larson
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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
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Heather Lasher Todd
*2022 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 2022 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."

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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