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

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  • Sign up for our chapter e-newsletter by emailing us at midwest@iap2usa.org
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2023 Spring Conference


The IAP2 USA Midwest Chapter is excited to announce May 3-5, 2023, as the dates for our 2023 Spring Conference. Building on the momentum started at the 2022 conference in Eagan, MN, the 2023 Spring Conference will return to Minnesota's Twin Cities area.

Conference details, including venue and theme, will be provided as conference planning progresses. We anticipate sending a call for session proposals in October. Stay tuned!


The 2022 Spring Conference, themed Breaking Down Walls: Meeting the Challenge of Inclusion in Public Participation, was held May 4-6, 2022 at the Eagan Community Center 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. 


Help support the growth and development of the Midwest Chapter by nominating yourself for board service. We welcome nominations from all interested candidates, and look forward to a board full of diverse professional expertise, cultural backgrounds, life experiences, and geographies!

For more information, review the Self-Nomination Form, or contact any of the current board members for more information. Self-nominations are due Monday, October 10, 2022, by 5 p.m. CT. Voting will occur October 17 to November 4, with the results announced November 11.

Term Years: 2021-2022    
     
Myles Alexander
Wisconsin
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 Andrea Gebhart
Nebraska

Dan Pfeiffer
Minnesota
*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
Minnesota

MJ Lamon
Minnesota
*2022 Secretary
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Emily Larson
Minnesota
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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
Minnesota
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Heather Lasher Todd
Missouri
*2022 President
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Josie Shardlow
Minnesota
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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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