The Communications Committee includes includes, at minimum, the Newsletter Editor and Web Master and may include other Committee members. This Committee is responsible for communication with members and the public through the Chapter’s newsletter, website, and social media. The Chapter publishes the Maryland Planner, a monthly newsletter which is emailed to all Chapter members. It also published a blog on the Chapter website which is updated at least monthly.


The Activities Committee consists of at least three Chapter members, one of whom is the Professional Development Officer (or their alternate), and another who is the chairperson of the Emerging Planners Group (or their alternate).

The Activities Committee plans and implements activities that (a) promote the exchange of information and professional experience and advance the art and science of planning; (b) promote the interest in and welfare of the planning profession; (c) sponsor other activities that advance the overall goals and objectives of the Association; and (d) provide fellowship among APA Maryland members and opportunities for professional growth and development.

Professional Development

The Professional Development Committee, at minimum, consists of the Chapter’s Professional Development Officer and the Certification Maintenance Coordinator. Both of these positions are filled by members who are members of the American Institute of Certified Planners. The President may appoint additional members to the Chapter Professional Development Committee. The Chapter’s Professional Development Officer serves as Chairperson.

The duties of the Committee are: (a) to advise prospective members of the American Institute of Certified Planners as to the qualifications, purpose and programs of the AICP, and the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, (b) to advise members of the American Institute of Certified Planners concerning opportunities and or requirements for continuing education and professional development, (c) to assist members preparing to take the AICP examination, (d) to advise and promote membership in the Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and (e) assist the Chapter in applying for Certification Maintenance credits for activities sponsored or co-sponsored by the Chapter.

Emerging Planners Group

The mission of the Emerging Planners Group is to (a) promote career development of members by providing networking, mentoring, leadership and educational opportunities; (b) build and develop a community of emerging professional planning professionals; (c) engage the community through volunteerism, outreach, and cross-discipline activities; and (d) support and collaborate with other Emerging Planner Groups/Young Professional Groups in the region.

This Committee is charged with organizing and conducting a Planning Conference every two years. Both the President-Elect and the Treasurer are required to serve on this committee. The Conference Committee is responsible for planning the conference themes and program, establishing working groups to implement specific tasks, contract for conference, hotel, and catering facilities and services, procuring speakers, promoting the event, and conducting the conference. The Conference Committee is required to keep the President and Executive Committee informed regarding progress and challenges on a regular basis, at a minimum by reporting at each Executive Committee meeting throughout the planning and implementation period. The Conference Committee is also required to submit a budget and Strategic Plan to the Executive Committee for approval in a timely manner.


The Awards Committee is responsible for updating award categories as needed, posting a call for nominations for awards and timeline in Chapter publications, reviewing and determining award winners, and organizing a Chapter Awards Program. The Chapter Awards Program is intended to be conducted every two years. The President is required to serve as or appoint a chair of the Awards Committee. Note that Award Committee members must notify the Committee and recuse themselves from discussion, consideration, and voting on any award category that includes an individual, project, or organization with which they are closely associated.


The Nominating Committee consists of three Chapter members, at least one of whom is required to also be a member of the Executive Committee. The Nominating Committee is appointed by the President, with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee, at least six months preceding Chapter elections.