Leadership Structure

APHSA is a member-led organization which means that members are given opportunities to serve, govern and advise the association in a variety of ways. The APHSA leadership groups include: 

  • Executive Governing Board: Responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of the Association and overseeing its operations. The Executive Governing Board includes state and local chief executives who serve in leadership roles on the Association’s Councils as well as appointed members from other sectors, including businesses and non-profit organizations.  Board members bring expertise both from within the field of human services as well as in key areas relevant to the effective operations of the Association such as fund and business development, non-profit governance and operations, finances, and public relations. Core responsibilities of the Executive Governing Board include approving association-wide priorities and objectives, establishing appropriate association-level policies, hiring and overseeing the executive director, and oversight of finances.
  • Leadership Council: Responsible for setting and overseeing implementation of the Association’s policy and practice agenda (e.g., Pathways) per the Executive Governing Board’s strategic direction. The Chair of the Leadership Council is elected by that body; he or she also serves on the Executive Governing Board. The Leadership Council includes 11 State CEOs, 5 Local CEOs, and 9 Affiliate representatives from each APHSA affiliate, designated by the respective Affiliate Executive Committee. All members of the Leadership Council are members of the Association. The Leadership Council is the overall policy-making body of the Association under the strategic direction of the Board. Core responsibilities of the Leadership Council include coordinating transformation efforts across all APHSA affiliates and peer councils while drawing on insights of volunteer leaders across the health and human services spectrum. Issues impacting multiple program areas go before the Leadership Council for approval. 

Peer Councils: Peer Councils include the State CEO Council, Local Council, and Affiliate Presidents’ Council. 

  • State CEO Council: Provides a forum for governor appointed human service leaders to exchange knowledge and experiences. The State CEO Council plays a lead role in advancing APHSA’s national policy and practice agenda and holds annual retreats as well as informal gatherings at major APHSA events. All state CEOs are members of the State CEO Council and the APHSA’s Executive Director serves as the primary contact with lead support from the Director of Strategic Initiatives. 
  • Local Council: Promotes professional interests of local human service chief executives. The Council is led by an executive committee with all dues paying Localities as members and a designated APHSA staff liaison. The Council contributes to and advances APHSA’s national policy and practice agenda, generates ground-level examples and demonstrations of effective or transformative practice and impact, and holds an annual meeting or retreat as well as informal gatherings at major APHSA events.
  • Affiliate Presidents’ Council: Serves as the coordinating entity within the APHSA structure for advancing the mutual commitments set out in the APHSA-Affiliate charters. The Affiliate Presidents’ Council builds cross affiliate connections and relationships and identifies ways to better leverage the resources of the Association and ensure consistency in operations. They meet quarterly via video conference, with an annual in-person, joint meeting with the Executive Governing Board. The Council consists of the Affiliates’ Presidents or designee and is staffed by APHSA’s Finance and Membership departments.

Each APHSA Affiliate also has its own Executive Committee. The Affiliate Executive Committees lead the affiliates in promoting the exchange of experience and knowledge among agencies within their respective professional discipline. This includes planning program content for national conferences, as well as development of guidance and toolkits, and other means of sharing best practices. The committees also provide input on regulations and legislation specific to the affiliate’s professional discipline. The Affiliate Executive Committees works with the APHSA Executive Governing Board and staff to develop annual goals, conference budgets, and expected contributions to the larger human services community. Composition of the executive committee is established by each respective affiliate through its Bylaws that must be consistent with the APHSA Bylaws.


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