The APA-IL is very sad to share the news that American Planning Association, Senior Leadership Associate, Lynn Jorgenson, died peacefully Friday, September 18, 2020 after a short illness.
She was a dedicated, valued, a beloved member of the APA staff team for 21 years. She provided nearly around-the-clock support and advice for APA chapter leaders and chapter administrators for more than 20 years. She provided on site meeting support for the Chapter Presidents Council (CPC) and the CPC Executive Committee four times a year, every year. She was a walking encyclopedia of chapter history, activities, policies, procedures, leaders and personalities.
Lynn was instrumental in implementing the consistent APA brand identity, so that chapters and sections shared a close "family resemblance" with the national organization. We take it for granted now, but a consistent graphic expression for our chapters was once a distant dream. When the branding initiative started, most chapters incorporated their state shape in their logos, or they featured other local vegetation, characteristics or other elements, like the famous alligator on the Louisiana lapel pin.
Lynn also worked tirelessly to consolidate chapter elections into one national schedule. Conceived as s a way to introduce consistency into the onboarding of new chapter leaders, APA chapters all 'got on the same schedule' when it comes to the election of chapter and national officers several years ago, after a significant amount of persuasion and coordination. Lynn did the hard work to make that vision a reality.
While her scope of work evolved she will most be remembered for, and by, our community of chapter leaders. We are thankful for her time with us, her contributions to our team and membership, and her calming and friendly presence. She was a friend to everyone who served on the Chapter Presidents Council, and will be missed by the APA staff, leadership, and membership communities.
If you would like to share your memories of Lynn, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The American Planning Association has created an online remembrance with contributions from current and past APA leaders. Lynn's family welcomes donations to the APA Foundation in her name as an expression of sympathy.