Welcome to IAP2 NorCal, the Northern California chapter of the International Association for Public Participation in the United States (IAP2 USA).

We connect public participation practitioners in the San Francisco Bay Area and all across Northern California.

What is public participation? According to IAP2, public participation can be defined as "any process that involves the public in problem solving or decision making and uses public input to make decisions." It includes all aspects of identifying problems and opportunities, developing alternatives and making decisions. It uses tools and techniques that are common to a number of dispute resolution and communications fields.

Meet our leadership team

We are building a great team and are looking for volunteers to join us. Please get in touch if you'd like to learn more.

  • Tim Bonnemann (co-chair)
  • Ellen Griffin (co-chair)
  • Alexandra Miller
  • Kelsey Rugani
  • Rossana Peniche
  • Deanna Desedas (member of the board, IAP2 USA)
  • Gladys Cornell (Sacramento liaison)
  • Celeste Rogers (interim treasurer)


  • Janet Thomson (Co-chair, 2008-2012)
  • Pam Jones (Co-chair, 2012-2013)
  • Douglas Ambort (2014)

Membership development

We're growing! As of March 1, 2017, we have 127 active members.

  • December 2013: 24 members
  • December 2014: 25 members
  • December 2015: 130 members
  • December 2016: 130 members
  • December 2017: 150 members (planned)


The IAP2 NorCal chapter hosts in-person events about once or twice per quarter and webinars during the other months.

Check our calendar to find out about what's going on.

Find information about past events in our event archive.

Geographical area

Our chapter serves California's 48 northernmost counties and includes seven of the top 100 largest cities in the United States:

  • San José, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Fresno, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Oakland, CA
  • Stockton, CA
  • Fremont, CA

Our membership is based mostly in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and around Sacramento, CA.

Supporting partners

On August 27, 2015, IAP2 NorCal launched a supporting partners program, allowing corporate sponsors to provide financial support to the chapter in return for recognition. The annual contribution is $250 per sponsor. Please get in touch if you'd like to learn more.

Thank you to our 2015 and 2016 supporting partners:

  • Bang the Table Pty Ltd
  • Crowdbrite
  • GovDelivery
  • Intellitics, Inc.

Other contributors

The following individuals and organizations have supported IAP2 NorCal with their generous monetary or in-kind contributions. Thank you!


  • CORO NorCal (venue sponsor)
  • Intellitics, Inc. (donation)


  • Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), (event and venue sponsor)
  • SPUR (venue sponsor)
  • Intellitics, Inc. (donation)


  • John Poynton (donation)
  • Zero Divide (venue sponsor)
  • City of Menlo Park (event sponsor and co-host)
  • Facebook (venue sponsor)


  • Tim Bonnemann (in-kind donation)


You can download the provisional chapter charter (PDF), adopted April 10, 2012.