Welcome to the Midwest Chapter!


Two New Members, Four Re-Elected Members

In response to the recent call for self-nominations to the board of directors, the Midwest Chapter received six nominations for the six open seats. Four of the nominations were submitted by current board members and two were submitted by individuals new to the board. Following chapter bylaws, there is no need for an election because the number of nominations was equal to the number of open seats.

As indicated in the call for self-nominations, three of the open seats were for two-year terms and three seats were for three-year terms. All six candidates indicated a willingness to serve either term length. However, during the board's November 5 meeting, three current self-nominating board members opted to fill the two-year terms. In addition to helping create the necessary stagger in term lengths, this provides new board members the opportunity to serve full three-year terms.

The term for all seats begin in January 2022, with the term lengths as follows:

Two-year seats (2022-2023)
  • Anne Carroll*
  • Emily Larson*
  • MJ Lamon*

Three-year seats (2022-2024)
  • Edell Fiedler
  • Heather Lasher Todd*
  • Josie Shardlow

* indicates current board member

Edell Fiedler
Location: Eagle Lake, MN
Occupation: Communications and Engagement Director, City of Mankato, MN

"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."

Term: 2022-2024 (3 years)

Heather Lasher Todd
Location: St. Louis, MO
Occupation: Engagement Director, StratCommRx

"I have really enjoyed being a part of reviving this Midwest Chapter, and I am so excited about where we are headed! We have held two spring conferences, professional trainings, virtual networking sessions and open house meetings, and more. However, 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."

Term: 2022-2024 (3 years)

Josie Shardlow
: Minneapolis, MN
Occupation: Community Engagement Manager, City of Brooklyn Park, MN

"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. I have experience with facilitation, strategic planning, and serving on boards. Of course, I would begin with listening and learning to understand what’s already been tried, what’s underway and how I might contribute to the shared vision."

Term: 2022-2024 (3 years)

Anne Carroll
Location: St. Paul, MN
Occupation: Owner at Carroll, Franck & Associates

"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."

Term: 2022-2023 (2 years)

Emily Larson
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Occupation: Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, City of Bloomington, MN

"In my organization, I am a leader in facilitation and participatory methods. I helped build a learning community that provides mentorship and designs impactful learning opportunities to help other facilitators advance on their professional journey. I have also designed an innovative leadership program for residents to promote civic engagement and build community capacity for public participation. I bring this experience and focus to my work on the board. As the newest IAP2 Midwest board member, I feel I am just getting started with ideas and efforts around member engagement in our organization and I would be honored to continue that work."

Term: 2022-2023 (2 years)

MJ Lamon
: Eagan, MN
Occupation: Community Engagement Manager, City of Edina, MN

"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. A few of my strengths are arranger, activator and strategic. These strengths allow me to make things happen by turning thoughts into action, organize with flexibility, and find routes to move work forward."

Term: 2022-2023 (2 years)


Call for Session Proposals

The call for session proposals for the 2022 spring conference is still open.
We would love to see sessions that challenge our understanding and assumptions about inclusion, especially those that explore issues surrounding historical, political, and social contexts. Sessions should address strategies for building trust and ensuring accessibility across race, ethnicity, nationality, language, disability, and gender identity. Sessions should highlight diverse voices and perspectives. Sessions addressing other P2 challenges and opportunities are also welcome. 
The last date proposals can be submitted is 10 p.m. Central on November 30, 2021. 

Submit your proposal using this Google Form: https://forms.gle/QQzKvjyFXBn2Qcru6

Plan to Join Us in Minneapolis in May 2022! 

Call for Volunteers

The Midwest Chapter Conference Planning Committee needs YOUR help to make the 2022 spring conference our best yet! Please consider joining our virtual planning process no matter where you live. Those in MN may also be involved in on-the-ground planning in the months leading up to the conference.

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/QiMtRjbA511KnFe18

Geographic Area: We are happy to serve members and friends in the states shown on the map. 

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