About Our Chapter
Our Chapter The National Capital Area
The National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) of the American Planning Association represents public and private sector planners, planning academics and students, elected officials, and citizen planners in Washington, DC, and Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, MD.
Our mission is to provide a comprehensive and diverse vehicle for local fulfillment of the professional interests of APA members and of the urban planning profession generally. The Chapter and its members, through their knowledge and experience in planning, help to shape communities and environments that are responsive to the needs and problems of society. The Chapter carries out the objectives and mission of APA by:
- Advancing the art and science of the urban planning profession;
- Encouraging the exchange of information, ideas, and professional experience;
- Promoting interest in, and the welfare of, the planning profession as both a profession and an integral part of the public policy process, both locally and nationally;
- Sponsoring activities that advance the overall goals and objectives of APA and the urban planning profession;
- Encouraging the growth and enhancement of planning education and preparation, particularly, but not limited to, at the university and graduate levels;
- Fostering a professional community among members;
- Providing members with opportunities for professional growth and development;
- Promoting and maintaining professional exchanges and cross-communication with planning-related professions; and
- Reflecting the diverse personal backgrounds of those in the planning profession as well as those impacted by the planning process.
By The Numbers
- Nearly 1,000 members from DC, Maryland, and Virginia
- More than 450 members have AICP Certification
- 12 members are Fellows in the AICP
- 22% of members are students
The 21-member board is responsible for organizing NCAC-sponsored events. Past events included local planning conferences, panel discussions, award ceremonies, social events, volunteer opportunities, and AICP-related classes. The board also promotes planning in the community and encourages professional development within the industry.