Government and public sector employee associations provide valuable training, resources and networking opportunities for members and non-members alike. Associations are often essential in providing information about professional standards, licensing requirements and posting targeted job opportunities in the field. We encourage you to contact us with associations you think will be valuable to others.
The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional organization that enhances knowledge and expertise by providing a neutral forum for information exchange, professional development, networking opportunities, public education, and outreach to more than 5,000 environmental professionals in 65 countries. A&WMA promotes global environmental responsibility and increases the effectiveness of organizations to make critical decisions that benefit society.
The Mission of A&WMA is to assist in the professional development and critical environmental decision-making of our members to benefit society.
The Core Purpose of A&WMA is to improve environmental knowledge and decisions by providing a neutral forum for exchanging information.
With 32 Sections and 100 Chapters worldwide, the Association also serves members at a local level. A&WMA’s Sections and Chapters are local member units that provide members with environmental leadership, region-specific programming, and networking opportunities close to home.
A&WMA has two monthly publications, The Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, the oldest continuously published, peer-reviewed, technical environmental journal in the world, and EM, a magazine for environmental managers. These publications help members meet their professional goals by providing timely and reliable environmental information.
The Association offers a series of conferences, workshops, webinars, and courses to keep members up-to-date on new developments in the profession. A&WMA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition brings environmental professionals from around the world to hear technical papers on cutting-edge topics and to interact with exhibiting business and organizations demonstrating the latest environmental products and services. Through its programming A&WMA strives to address top environmental issues, offer access to leading subject experts, and maintain a neutral forum for information exchange.
The Association looks forward to continuing to provide environmental professionals with up-to-date technical, managerial, and regulatory information on air and waste issues.
AASA, the School Superintendents Association, advocates for the highest quality public education for all students, and develops and supports school system leaders.
AASA, the School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA members range from chief executive officers, superintendents and senior level school administrators to cabinet members, professors and aspiring school system leaders.
AASA members are the chief education advocates for children. AASA members advance the goals of public education and champion children’s causes in their districts and nationwide. As school system leaders, AASA members set the pace for academic achievement. They help shape policy, oversee its implementation and represent school districts to the public at large.
This website includes information about AASA’s governance activities, advocacy initiatives, membership, conferences and meetings, program and resource development and more.
Through the Educating the Total Child advocacy campaign, AASA members are committed to creating the conditions necessary for all students to become successful, lifelong learners..
Become a Member of AASA School system leaders join AASA for advocacy, professional enrichment, information, representation, support, networking and recognition.
AASA Governance AASA is governed by an elected Governing Board and Executive Committee. Additional opportunities for leadership involvement include appointed Advisory Committees. The officers of AASA include the president, president-elect and past president. Rosters of the Governing Board, Executive Committee, Advisory Committees and other committees are contained here, as well as election materials and meeting summaries.
AASA Bylaws, Beliefs and Position Statements AASA Bylaws, Beliefs and Position Statements are the primary documents that describe AASA’s structure and reflect the organization’s philosophy and approach to major issues in education.
AASA Staff Who we are, what we do and how to contact us.
AASA Frequently Asked Questions This comprehensive list provides answers to common questions about membership, AASA’s affiliated state associations, and AASA staff, meetings and resources. For questions not covered by the FAQ, please call our membership services center at 703-875-0748 (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern).
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
The American Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1916 and today represents 1.5 million members in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide.
Five divisions within the AFT represent the broad spectrum of the AFT’s membership: pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; and nurses and other healthcare professionals. In addition, the AFT represents approximately 80,000 early childhood educators and nearly 250,000 retiree members.
The AFT is governed by its elected officers and by delegates to the union’s biennial convention, which sets union policy. Elected leaders are Randi Weingarten, president; Lorretta Johnson, secretary-treasurer; Francine Lawrence, executive vice president; and a 43-member executive council.
Many well-known Americans have been AFT members, including John Dewey, Albert Einstein, Hubert Humphrey, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, former Senate Majority Leader and Ambassador to Japan Mike Mansfield, former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, and former United Nations Under-Secretary and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Bunche.
The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.
American Institute of Certified Planners
AICP is the American Planning Association’s professional institute, providing recognized leadership nationwide in the certification of professional planners, ethics, professional development, planning education, and the standards of planning practice.
The American Jail Association (AJA) is a national, nonprofit organization that supports the professionals who operate our Nation’s jails. It is the only national association that focuses exclusively on issues specific to the operations of local correctional facilities.
The governing body of AJA is the Board of Directors. The Board is the final authority on all matters pertaining to the management of AJA. It sets policies for AJA and relies upon elected officers, staff, and committees to implement or to develop plans to implement those policies. The Board is ultimately accountable to the membership of AJA.
The Executive Director is the Chief Operating Officer of AJA. He has the authority to manage the business affairs of the association and to carry out policy as established by the Board of Directors.
The driving force behind the phenomenal growth of AJA is its members. Their willingness to contribute articles to our award-winning magazine American Jails and to participate in training programs at our Annual Training Conference & Jail Expo is unparalleled. AJA has taken a leadership role in developing the type of programs that promote the professional growth of the dedicated men and women who operate our Nation’s jails.
Jail staff have the responsibility for the management of people who have been charged with violating our laws and often mock the ideals on which AJA was founded. Jail personnel find themselves sorely tested each day in the jail environment when they receive scorn and derision for their loyalty and perseverance under extremely trying circumstances.
AJA takes this opportunity to salute the jail staff of the Nation who, by their dedication to the difficult task of local corrections, have made a vital, positive difference to the welfare of the communities they serve. AJA will continue its steadfast support of the jail personnel who work in these community agencies by producing programs and information to further the professional growth of jail staff.
Through its publications, technical assistance, Certified Jail Manager (CJM) program, Certified Jail Officer (CJO) program, Certified Correctional Trainer (CCT) program, on-site and regional training seminars, and the Annual Training Conference & Jail Expo, AJA lives up to its role as a leader in the field of American jails. The AJA Board of Directors and staff vow to continue to perform at the highest level in their tasks of dissemination of knowledge and information to jail personnel, the criminal justice community, and the population of all communities which operate jails.
AJA asks every individual to recognize the American jail for what it is: a vital community agency which renders superb service to the public 24 hours a day/7 days a week! Jail staff, we commend you for the job that you do!
- Banding together all those concerned with or interested in the custody and care of persons awaiting trial, serving sentences, or otherwise locally confined; to improve the conditions and systems under which such persons are detained.
- Advancing professionalism through training and professional certification, information exchange, technical assistance, publications, and conferences.
- Providing leadership in the development of professional standards, pertinent legislation, management practices, programs, and services.
- Presenting and advancing the interests, needs, concerns, and proficiency of the profession as deemed appropriate by the membership and their representatives.
The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, providing association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users.
Founded on October 6, 1876 during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the mission of ALA is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.
Key Action Areas
In 1998 the ALA Council voted commitment to five Key Action Areas as guiding principles for directing the Association’s energies and resources: Diversity, Equity of Access, Education and Continuous Learning, Intellectual Freedom, and 21st Century Literacy. With the development of a series of strategic plans, beginning with ALA Goal 2000, ALAction2005 and ALA Ahead to 2010, these principles have expanded to eight Key Action Areas which are supplemented by ALA2015, the Association’s current strategic plan.
Guided by our Key Action Areas, we have created ALA2015, our current strategic plan which consists of 5 goals developed to move the organization toward the realization of our envisioned future. In this future, ALA builds a world where libraries, both physical and virtual, are central to lifelong discovery and learning and where everyone is a library user.
ALA’s activities are shaped and guided by a series of governing documents. The Association’s first official document was the Charter of 1879, which was revised in 1942. ALA’s Constitution and Bylaws are approved by the ALA Council and voted by the membership. The ALA Council also adopts the Association’s Policies.
ALA Council is the governing body of ALA. Council determines all policies of the Association and its decisions are binding unless set aside by a majority vote by mail in which one-fourth of the members of the Association have voted.
ALA Executive Board acts for Council in the administration of established policies and programs and is the body that manages within this context the affairs of the Association, delegating management of day-to-day operation to the Association’s executive director.The Executive Board makes recommendations with respect to policy and operation.
ALA president is to be the Association’s chief spokesperson and to work closely with the ALA’s Executive Director in identifying and promoting library issues nationwide and internationally. The ALA President is recognized as the Association’s leader by its members.
Welcome to American Public Gas Association! Formed in 1961, APGA has over 700 members in 36 states and is the only nonprofit trade organization that represents America’s publicly owned natural gas local distribution companies (LDCs). APGA represents the interests of public gas before Congress, federal agencies and other energy-related stakeholders by developing regulatory and legislative policies that further the goals of our members. In addition, APGA organizes meetings, seminars, and workshops with a specific goal to improve the reliability, operational efficiency, and regulatory environment in which public gas systems operate. Through APGA membership, public gas systems are kept informed about new developments in technology, safety, public policy, operations, and the global markets that could affect the communities and consumers they serve. Our members are owned by, and accountable to, the citizens they serve. They include:
- Municipal gas distribution systems
- Public utility districts
- County districts and other public agencies that have natural gas distribution facilities.
APGA members have unlimited opportunities to participate in APGA activities through our committees. The committee structure allows every member including associate members to be as active as they wish in a committee of their interest. Committees include—
- Gas Supply
- Marketing & Sales
- Government Relations
- Annual Conference
The American Public Health Association is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world and has been working to improve public health since 1872. The Association aims to protect all Americans, their families and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. APHA represents a broad array of health professionals and others who care about their own health and the health of their communities.
APHA builds a collective voice for public health, working to ensure access to health care, protect funding for core public health services and eliminate health disparities, among a myriad of other issues. Through its two flagship publications, the peer-reviewed American Journal of Public Health and the award-winning newspaper The Nation’s Health, along with its e-newsletter Inside Public Health, the Association communicates the latest public health science and practice to members, opinion leaders and the public.
The American Public Power Association (APPA), based in Washington, D.C., is the service organization for the nation’s more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities. Collectively, these utilities serve more than 47 million Americans.
APPA was created in 1940 as a nonprofit, non-partisan organization to advance the public policy interests of its members and their consumers, and provide member services to ensure adequate, reliable electricity at a reasonable price with the proper protection of the environment.
Policy positions emphasize the importance of hometown decision making that puts customers first and ensures a stable supply of electricity while protecting the environment. Since two-thirds of public power systems do not generate their own electricity and instead buy it on the wholesale market for distribution to customers, securing competitively priced and reliable wholesale power is a priority.
APPA participates in a wide range of legislative and regulatory forums. It advocates policies that:
- ensure reliable electricity service at competitive costs;
- advance diversity and equity in the electric utility industry;
- promote effective competition in the wholesale electricity marketplace;
- protect the environment and the health and safety of electricity consumers and;
- safeguard the ability of communities to provide infrastructure services that their consumers require.
APPA is governed by a regionally representative Board of Directors.
The American Public Works Association (APWA) serves professionals in all aspects of public works—a fact that sets it apart from other organizations and makes it an effective voice of public works throughout North America. With a worldwide membership over 28,000 strong, APWA includes not only personnel from local, county, state/province, and federal agencies, but also private sector personnel who supply products and services to those professionals.
Membership in APWA is open to any individual, agency, or corporation with an interest in public works and infrastructure issues. Titles common to the membership include public works directors; city engineers; city managers; fleet managers; property and equipment superintendents; utilities managers; community development directors; transportation managers; park directors; county officials; and representatives from engineering and other consulting firms, manufacturers, construction companies, and a multitude of other service providers.
Although originally chartered in the United States in 1937, APWA has roots in two predecessor groups that reach back to 1894, and has 63 chapters in North America, which includes eight chapters in Canada. The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) or Association Canadienne des Travaux Publics, was founded in 1986, and is governed by an 8-member Board of Directors (one representative from each chapter in Canada). Members of CPWA are automatically members of APWA. A 17-member Board of Directors, all of whom are elected by Association members, governs APWA as a whole.
As a comprehensive public works resource, APWA continues in its rich tradition of making a difference both on an individual and professional level. APWA is a not-for-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization that prides itself on its ability to provide varied educational and networking opportunities that help public works personnel to grow in their professionalism and directly impact the quality of life in all the communities they serve.
The American Society for Public Administration is the largest and most prominent professional association for public administration. It is dedicated to advancing the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration. ASPA’s four core values are Accountability and Performance, Professionalism, Ethics and Social Equity.
Professionalism is promoted through chapters and sections. Members have an opportunity to advance their careers by becoming involved in their local public administration community. Additionally, members gain exposure to major public service issues by joining ASPA’s 21 sections. These sections focus on finance, budgeting, human resources, health and human services, ethics and more. Sections provide additional networking opportunities through conferences and other professional development activities. They also have a variety of award and scholarship opportunities.
ASPA’s Center for Accountability and Performance (CAP) addresses the requirement for all levels of government to move to performance-based, results-driven management, through education, training, advocacy, technical assistance, resource sharing and research.
Additionally, ASPA provides three publications for its members. The PA TIMES is a monthly newspaper that focuses on issues in public management and the best practices in the field of public administration. The Bridge is ASPA’s biweekly newsletter that details the organization’s latest news as well as current news in the public service field. The Public Administration Review (PAR) is ASPA’s premier publication. It is a bimonthly scholarly journal that links theory and public management practice together.
ASPA promotes ethics and integrity in public service and governance worldwide. ASPA has a Code of Ethics in which it implores it members to adhere to while working in the field of public service. Also, through membership in ASPA’s Section on Ethics, members can access a variety of resources including the leading ethics journal in the field, Public Integrity, and Ethics Today, an award-winning electronic newsletter.
ASPA promotes dialogue on social equity issues in all areas of public service such as public budgeting, government hiring practices, diversity in academia and others. Additionally, each year at the national conference, ASPA hosts the Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award Luncheon where it honors a public administrator who has distinguished him or herself in achieving fairness, justice and equity in government.
Today ASCE is a worldwide leader for excellence in civil engineering. With a mission to advance professional knowledge and improve the practice of civil engineering, ASCE is a focal point for the development and transfer of research results, and technical policy and managerial information. Through strategic emphasis in key areas, including infrastructure renewal and development, policy leadership and professional development, ASCE delivers the highest quality publications, programs and services to its worldwide membership, demonstrating a daily commitment to sustaining the profession.
Founded in 1964, the American Water Resources Association is a non-profit professional association dedicated to the advancement of men and women in water resources management, research, and education. AWRA’s membership is multidisciplinary; its diversity is its hallmark. It is the professional home of a wide variety of water resources experts including engineers, educators, foresters, biologists, ecologists, geographers, managers, regulators, hydrologists and attorneys.
To advance multidisciplinary water resources education, management and research.
AWRA promises a balanced, professional approach to solving water resources challenges in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere.
- The advancement of water resources research, planning, development, management and education.
- The establishment of a common meeting ground for physical, biological, and social scientists, engineers, and other persons concerned with water resources.
- The collection, organization, and dissemination of ideas and information in the field of water resources science and technology
AGA is the member organization for financial professionals in government. We lead and encourage change that benefits our field and all citizens. Our networking events, professional certification, publications and ongoing education help members build their skills and advance their careers.
Mission Statement: AMPO is the transportation advocate for metropolitan regions and is committed to enhancing MPOs’ abilities to improve metropolitan transportation systems.
AMPO is a nonprofit, membership organization established in 1994 to serve the needs and interests of “metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs)” nationwide. Federal highway and transit statutes require, as a condition for spending federal highway or transit funds in urbanized areas, the designation of MPOs, which have responsibility for planning, programming and coordination of federal highway and transit investments. AMPO offers its member MPOs technical assistance and training, conferences and workshops, frequent print and electronic communications, research, a forum for transportation policy development and coalition building, and a variety of other services. The nine-member AMPO Board of Directors is directly elected by the membership, including the President and Vice President. Local elected officials who are active members of their respective MPOs play a vital leadership role in the affairs of AMPO. Full-membership in AMPO is open to all MPOs and associate memberships are available to all interested parties.
Metropolitan areas are the nation’s economic engines. Most of America’s population live and work in these regions, which drive the nation’s economy and compete head-to-head with regional economies in other countries. Because the pricing of our goods and services in the international marketplace largely determines our ability to compete successfully, we must be able to transport these goods and services efficiently. The quality of metropolitan transportation infrastructure — highways, bridges, airports, transit systems, rail, and ports — is, therefore, a primary factor in American economic competitiveness. It is for this reason that the members of AMPO are particularly interested in current legislation and concepts under consideration by Congress, the Administration and key lawmakers.
APCO International is the world’s largest organization of public safety communications professionals. It serves the needs of public safety communications practitioners worldwide – and the welfare of the general public as a whole – by providing complete expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach.
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) is an international leader committed to providing complete public safety communications expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach to benefit our members and the public.
APCO International commits to strengthen our communities by empowering and educating public safety communications professionals.