Member Advocates

A bylaw amendment, for three Member Advocate positions, considered by the membership, was overwhelmingly approved in July of 2023. These advocates will serve as a resource to APA Virginia Chapter members who may be experiencing a difficulty with the APA Virginia Chapter or at a Chapter sponsored event.

Member Advocate Election

We welcome members to vote in our Member Advocate election to elect individuals to the role. As noted in the term information below, "initial elections shall be for terms of three, two and one year with the candidate receiving the most votes earning the longest term, the second most votes the two-year term and the third most votes the one year term, provided that the eligibility requirements of one candidate identifying as a woman and one as a person of color are met."

Members: the VOTING DEADLINE is MARCH 12, 2024.

VOTE HERE

Candidates

Anne Darby, AICP

Position Statement: "I would be happy to stand as a resource and an advocate for chapter members in need of support. I believe my professional experience and temperament make me ideally suited for this position."

Identifies as a woman?
Yes

Identifies as a person of color?

No

Jillian Papa Moore, AICP

Position Statement: "I am a woman, a mother, an experienced professional (almost 19 years in local government planning with 10 years as a manager). I've attended chapter events, participated in hosting the last conference in Roanoke, but hardly consider myself an "insider". I was concerned about the recent ethics violations by a FAICP chapter member. I am encouraged to see the Chapter taking steps to promote a psychologically safe process to consider concerning experiences at chapter events. From my own experiences, I know that problematic patterns persist, even in places that appear "safe" or "inclusive". That said, promoting fairness, integrity, and empowerment are all aspects that brought me to the profession in the first place, and I'd be honored to be a part of realizing the aspirations of AICP in this way."

Identifies as a woman?
Yes

Identifies as a person of color?

No

Megan Nedostup, AICP

Position Statement: "I believe it is essential to create an environment for planners where everyone feels safe, respected, and empowered to thrive and grow and am therefore applying for one of the newly created Member Advocate positions. I am excited that APA Virginia Chapter is providing an avenue to support planners by the creation of the Member Advocate positions, and I believe these Advocates have a crucial role in supporting planners navigating any difficulties within the Chapter. I excel at creating safe spaces for open and honest dialogue, actively listening to concerns, and providing empathetic support. I am committed to working in partnership with APA Virginia Chapter leadership to create a positive, welcoming, and inclusive environment for planners. Thank you for your consideration."

Identifies as a woman?
Yes

Identifies as a person of color?

No

Jeryl Rose Phillips, AICP

"Why? Because I care. Those of you who know me know I love APA Virginia and am one of its fiercest advocates and cheerleader, along with other Chapter leaders and Virginia Planners whom I greatly admire because they have mentored and encouraged me over the years to either get or stay involved. Collectively, these people inspired me to give, lead, and grow from it, and to keep giving to this association. This all began 33 years ago when I was asked to serve on the Chapter Board as the Student Representative (UVA) for one year in 1990, which somehow-- as Kool-Aid goes-- eventually led to advocating for the Chapter’s Legislative & Policy Agenda and then, somehow, to the membership entrusting me with the responsibility of guiding it, alongside my respected fellow Board members and colleagues as Chapter President 2008-2012.
You trusted me to advocate for you then, sometimes even before the General Assembly or our Congressional representatives on matters important to us as Virginia Planners. Once again, I respectfully request you afford me a new advocate opportunity to advocate for your again for a different purpose as part of the inaugural class of Member Advocates. I want to do this to help ensure that all members—especially those who are students or are newer to our profession-- are positively encouraged and nurtured as I was, through their confident participation in Chapter events and leadership development opportunities, and to have positive experiences from such participation; and should they not, they know our Chapter has a process for how to receive and potentially address a concern. By doing so, we collectively gain as an association because, in a space where our members are heard, encouraged to speak up, and are shown respect at all times, we all benefit and grow. We also keep the interest and active engagement of our members, which in some cases, has been painfully lost due to fear or frustration about continuing their participation or membership.

Following the public announcement of the resolution of an AICP Ethics investigation regarding one of our members and our Chapter President Hopewell’s general message to our membership about that, I reached out to President Hopewell privately to offer my support-- as a colleague, fellow AICP Member, and Past President—because I care deeply about his and the Board’s success in this moment and, in general, about the future of our association. We were collectively hurt by the actions of one of our own; it made us all look bad as a profession. It hurt and I was mad, because I knew us to be better than that as an association and as professionals. I felt like a dark shadow had been cast over us all. That was a dark time last year.


I know that those who stand with me before you in consideration for one of these three positions are all equally passionate about service to APA and this Chapter, as has been demonstrated through their proven commitment to volunteerism, making Planners and Planning Matter in Virginia, and a willingness today with their candidacy to continue their volunteer service to you in these important new positions that will completely outside of the Chapter Board leadership. That’s a tall and daunting ask of us. You will be trusting us to operate beyond the oversight of our elected leaders and to be accountable, like them, directly to you. Our members should feel confident that they can go to someone and be heard and thought about how to enable this in our Chapter from my current non-leadership position. My gut told me the only way this could work would be if it operated independent of the Board’s purview, particularly given our unfortunate experience. I reached to President Hopewell last spring to discuss my interest and ideas and to solicit his, and I was thrilled to hear his immediate affirmation; evenmore so, because he share with me the Board had already begun such discussion and was considering drafting a Bylaws amendment to that end to be put before the membership for input and then up for a vote at the 2023 Chapter Conference. That is a testament in and of itself that our current Chapter leaders heard, learned, and care about all of us and want to create a safe space at all of our Chapter events. Our Chapter President and Professional Development Officer had already reached out to APA National for guidance on how best to proceed in this regard, seeking any effective approaches being used in other Chapters. I applaud our Board for demonstrating leadership by acting on their discussions with thoughtful and deliberate speed to draft such amendments, which quickly received the membership’s affirmation through adoption last July.


It would be my honor to help execute the new Bylaws with fellow Member Advocates, in order to realize the Board’s vision and intended outcomes in this regard for our Chapter members. Therefore, I humbly offer and firmly resolve to make myself available in this capacity should you have the confidence in me to carry out these new responsibilities on your behalf and within the frameworks of our recently-amended APA Bylaws and Chapter Bylaws. If you see something, say something-- and know we’ve got you and will help you navigate the situation to the best of our available with the resource about which we are aware. There is no try, only do (Yoda). Thank you for your own Chapter involvement in the ways you make a difference and create a positive impact through our profession by making great communities happen—and great Planners happen-- and thank you for your consideration of me for the Member Advocate position. I’m available to discuss my candidacy further with you.

Credential: Member, AICP since 2003
Employer: City of Williamsburg, VA, Department of Planning and Community Development, Planning & Zoning Division
Position: Principal Planner
Career Locale: Hampton Roads, VA region
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeryl-rose-phillips-aicp-2156b854?utm_source=share&utm_campaign=share_via&utm_content=profile&utm_medium=android_app

The following is offered as demonstration of my volunteer commitment to APA:

Chapter Involvement: Inclusion Committee 2024 to present; Awards Committee 2023 – present; President 2008-2012; Immediate Past President 2012-2016; FAICP Nominating Committee Co-Chair 2010-2014; VP Legislation & Policy 2006-2008; Legislative & Policy Director 2004-2006; Public Relations Director and Awards Committee 2002-2004; Newsbrief Editor 2000-2002; Tidewater Section Director 1994-1998; Student Representative 1990-1991.
APA Involvement: Chapter Presidents Council (CPC) 2008-2012; CPC Leadership Development Committee Chair 2011-2012, Vice Chair 2009-2011, Committee Member 2008-2009; AICP Nominating Committee 2013.
Chapter and APA Honors: CPC Outstanding Chapter President Award, 2012; House Resolution No. 29, Feb. 17, 2012 – Virginia General Assembly; Outstanding Chapter Service Award, 2013."

Identifies as a woman?
Yes

Identifies as a person of color?

No

Members: the VOTING DEADLINE is MARCH 12, 2024.

Requirements, Term Information, and Responsibilities:

General Requirements 

  • Members of the American Planning Association in good standing
  • Three individuals will be serve at a time
  • One must identify as a woman
  • One must identify as a person of color
  • Should have at least five years of professional experience
  • AICP members preferred

Term Information 

  • The top three candidates will be elected to serve terms of 1-3 years, provided the necessary qualifications are met.
  • Terms are to be staggered to ensure consistency year over year 
  • Initial elections shall be for terms of three, two and one year with the candidate receiving the most votes earning the longest term, the second most votes the two-year term and the third most votes the one year term, provided that the eligibility requirements of one candidate identifying as a woman and one as a person of color are met 

Key Roles & Responsibilities 

  • Advocates serve as a resource to APA Virginia Chapter members who may be experiencing a difficulty with the APA Virginia Chapter or at a Chapter sponsored event
  • Advocates do not adjudicate events
  • Protect anonymity of member
  • May request to present to President, Executive Committee or Chapter Board
  • Maintains independence from Chapter Board
  • Retains records of interactions with members for future Advocates

Learn more about these positions from the presentation slides presented prior to the vote at the Annual Conference in Roanoke. If you have any further questions regarding the positions or the application process, please contact Chapter President, Andrew Hopewell.