Southern California Chapter
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American Society for Public Administration

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Leadership Opportunity in the Southern California Chapter

Are you passionate about the issues and challenges facing public administrators in Southern California? Do you want to be more involved in mentoring, developing leadership skills and networking among public administrators in our region?

If so, you are encouraged to submit an application to serve on our Chapter Council, the governing body for the Southern California Chapter of ASPA.  Public administration professionals, academics and students alike are invited to apply to serve in a volunteer capacity for a two-year term on the Chapter Council beginning July 1, 2014.


The Chapter Council leads and guides the Chapter’s efforts throughout the year while also implementing the Chapter Strategic Plan. The Chapter has several open seats and the current leadership is seeking self-nominations. Nominations will be reviewed by the Council Officers and successful candidates will be invited to attend the Chapter Annual Awards Luncheon and Business Meeting on June 25, 2014 from 11:00 – 2:00 at The California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles. Serving on the Council is an exciting and rewarding experience! Members have the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills in the area of marketing/communications, events and programs, organization and finance, public speaking and outreach. Additionally, members of the board interact with practitioners, academics and other students in the field of public administration throughout the Southern California area and Nationally and vastly increase their network for strategic relationship building and information sharing. 

If you are interested in giving back to your field, mentoring others, gaining leadership and organization experience for your resume, or building lasting personal and work relationships, you may be interested in this opportunity.


The Chapter Council is comprised of students, academics and practitioners. The board meets bi-monthly for an hour and a half and participation is available by teleconference.  Board members are expected to attend the bi-monthly meetings and to support and promote chapter events as well as assist with chapter communication and marketing. 


Please submit your resume as well as a brief statement of interest including the leadership positions you are interested in serving on in the future from the list below by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 16th to Debbie Dillon at debbie@socalaspa.orgNew Chapter Council members will have the opportunity to express interest in being mentored for future Chapter Council leadership positions. Please find a description of each leadership position here. It typically takes a year or two of Chapter Council participation before a member may be ready to move into a leadership role. The current Chapter Council is consistently working on growing members to move into leadership positions. For example, typically the Vice Presidents are actively mentoring a protégé to eventually move into their position. Leadership offers a great opportunity to learn about succession planning and to mentor and be mentored.

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Chapter Council leadership position descriptions

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