The American Public Works Association has several standing committees of the board to assist in the governance and internal affairs of the association. Members of these committees serve by virtue of their positions on the APWA Board of Directors or by appointment by the president.

Accreditation Council
Appointed by the president and comprised of members of the association who serve staggered three-year terms. The president appoints one member to serve as the chair of the council for a one-year term. The council reviews results of the site accreditation team's findings of public works agencies' applications for accreditation and determines accreditation status.

Audit Committee
The committee is responsible for the selection, compensation, and oversight of the APWA auditing firm as well as review of the annual audit reports.

Awards Committee
Nominated by the president and appointed by the Board - comprised of three members of the association and a fourth member who is a financial expert. The committee is responsible for reviewing nominations for all awards other than Top Ten Leaders of the Year, Project of the Year, and PACE awards and selecting recipients according to established criteria.

Congress Program Review Committee
Appointed by the president and comprised of members of the association. The committee, working closely with the education staff, guides the topic selection for the annual Congress, judges proposals, provides vision for new educational areas, suggests different training formats and provides contacts with speakers nationally.

Diversity Committee
Appointed by the president and comprised of members of the association. The committee advances the diversity issue throughout the association, placing value on all individuals and the different perspectives of those individuals, and promoting the process for all to feel included as part of the whole. Diversity includes race, gender, creed, age, life-style, national origin, disability, personality, educational background, and income level.

APWA Diversity Statement
The American Public Works Association recognizes, appreciates and fosters the synergy which is created when the work environment values the differences in individuals and practices inclusiveness and open communication.

Link to the Diversity Committee


Finance Committee
Appointed by the president and comprised of board members and may include one member of the association. The committee reviews the budget prepared by the executive director and makes recommendations to the board on the proposed budget for the next fiscal year; monitors investments and makes recommendations on investment policies; and monitors the association's quarterly financial statements and the long-term strategic financial planning for the association.

Government Affairs Committee
Appointed by the president and comprised of members of the association, three of whom currently serve on the Board of Directors. The committee is responsible for recommending public policy goals, positions, priorities and strategies to the APWA Board of Directors and oversees the implementation of APWA's public policy advocacy initiatives and external relations activities. The committee does not have the authority to make policy. It can initiate policy proposals and has responsibility for reviewing and making recommendations to the Board on all policies initiated by other organizational units within APWA, chapters, or individual members.

International Affairs Committee
Appointed by the president and comprised of members of the association. This committee works to enhance the quality and efficiency with which public works infrastructure and services are provided around the world by facilitating the development and exchange of ideas, information and technology among persons professionally involved in the delivery of such facilities and services.

Jennings Randolph International Fellowship Program

National Nominating Committee
Comprised of immediate past president and next immediate past president (who serves as chair) and 1 member from each of the 9 regions, as appointed by the president. The committee sets the slate of election for the president-elect and directors at-large.

Project of the Year Awards Committee
Appointed by the president and comprised of members of the association. The committee reviews nominations for the Project of the Year Award and selects recipients according to established criteria.

Small Cities/Rural Communities
The Small Cities / Rural Communities Committee is a standing committee established to support communities with a population of less than 75,000 in addressing challenges unique to their population size and/or geographic location.

Snow Conference Program Review Committee
Appointed by the president and comprised of members of the association. The committee, working closely with the education staff, guides the topic selection for the annual Snow Conference, judges proposals, provides vision for new educational areas, suggests different training formats and provides contacts with speakers nationally.

Top Ten Review Committee
Appointed by the president and comprised of members of the association. The committee reviews nominations for the Top Ten Leaders of the Year award and selects recipients according to established criteria.