News Release: January 8, 2018

Eva Wilczek Joins APA as the Director of Meetings

CHICAGO — The American Planning Association (APA), a membership and education organization with 38,000 domestic and international members, welcomes Eva Wilczek, CMP, as its new Director of Meetings. Wilczek comes to APA with more than 20 years of meeting industry experience.

As the Director of Meetings, Wilczek is responsible for coordinating the planning, implementation and assessment of the association’s meetings. A key aspect of her role will include overall management of APA’s National Planning Conference, which is the planning profession’s premiere event. She also will oversee meetings of APA’s volunteer leadership groups, the annual Policy and Advocacy Conference, and other in-person events.

Most recently Wilczek was the Assistant Executive Director for Meeting Services at the American Association of Endodontists. Beyond the association world, Wilczek has also worked in the hotel industry and as a corporate meeting manager. Wilczek fills a vacancy left by the retirement of Deene Alongi.

“We are excited to welcome Eva to APA and look forward to her leadership and contributions to advance APA’s National Planning Conference and other association meetings,” said Jim Drinan, JD, APA’s CEO. “Her knowledge and expertise will greatly benefit our members.”

Wilczek is a certified meeting planner and active in the Professional Convention Management Association and the Association Forum of Chicagoland.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides vital leadership in creating communities of lasting value. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the profession of planning, offering better choices for where and how people work and live. The 38,000 APA members work in concert with community residents, civic leaders, and business interests to create communities that enrich people's lives. Through its philanthropic work, APA’s Foundation helps to reduce economic and social barriers to good planning. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Learn more at

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