The APF Board consists of nine members who are recommended by the general membership and nominated by the Nominations Committee for final voting by board. The board is a working board and oversees or is engaged in the operations and leadership of the APF, which remains an all-volunteer organization.
The Nominations Committee makes a deliberate effort to ensure representation on the Board that reflects the membership’s global diversity and specific needs for governance and operations. The Committee is chaired by Jennifer Jarratt and consists of volunteer APF members.
The Board elects a Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer from its membership. Meetings are held monthly via web conferencing. The Board strives to meet in person at least once annually and this meeting usually coincides with an APF event or another major futures event. The first strategic planning retreat was held in Washington DC in Feb 27- March 1, 2011 (strategic plan 2011-2013). The second strategic planning retreat was held in Atlanta, Georgia Feb 4-6, 2014 (strategic plan 2014-2016). The third strategic planning retreat was held in Reston, Virginia Jan 5-7, 2017 (strategic plan 2017 – 2019).
Current Board Members
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Past APF Board Members
The first APF board was constituted in 2002 and consisted of nine members: Peter Bishop, Michele Bowman, Sandy Burchsted, Tom Conger, Mike de Bettencourt, Bob Hahn, Andy Hines, Jennifer Jarratt, and Herb Rubenstein. Randy Scheel served as the Executive Director, a role later assumed by Andy Hines.
- Wayne Pethrick
- Marcus Barber
- Jim Breaux
- Herb Rubenstein
- Wendy Schulz
- Lee Shupp
- Derek Woodgate
- Jennifer Jarratt (Chair)
- Dominique Jaurola
- Jim Mathews
- Claudia Juech
- Josh Lindenger
- John Mahaffie (Chair)
- Riel Miller
- Rowena Morrow
- Andrew Curry
- Randy Moss
- Christian Crews
- Mike de Bettencourt
- Bob Hahn
- Ann Feeney (Chair)
- Joan Foltz
- Garry Golden
- Roumiana Gotseva
- Andy Hines (Chair)
- Stephen Aguilar-Millan
- Stacey Aldrich
- Natalie Ambrose
- Peter Bishop
- Michele Bowman (Chair)
- Sandy Burchsted
- Tom Conger
- Maree Conway
- Joe Tankersley
APF Founding Members
In honor of the Ten Year Anniversary, the current Board of Directors would like to say thank you to the founding members of the Association of Professional Futurists. These members have remained in good standing since the inception. Each played a critical role, or in many cases, multiple roles in the APF’s continued success.
- John Mahaffie (current Finance Committee)
- Jim Mathews (current board member)
- Michael McAllum
- Pero Micic (current Membership Committee)
- Stephen Millett
- Mary Jane Naquin (current Pro Dev facilitator)
- Peter Padbury (current Membership Committee)
- Randy Scheel
- David Shannon
- Lee Shupp
- Herb Rubenstein (current Digital APF TF)
- Verne Wheelwright (current Liaison Officer)
- Derek Woodgate (current Gatherings CoChair)
- Peter Bishop (current Membership Chair)
- Michele Bowman
- Christian Crews
- Mike de Bettencourt
- Kate Delaney (current Professionalization TF)
- Jay Forrest
- Jay Gary (current board member)
- Joyce Gioia
- Terry Grim (current MSFW/SRP Judge)
- Andy Hines (current Professionalization Chair)
- Jennifer Jarratt (current Nominations, ProDev)
- Dominique Purcell Jaurola
- Richard Lum
This group represents fourteen board members, three board chairs, multiple committee chairs, and four Most Significant Futures Works authors. Many were not only founders of the APF but also created particular initiatives. Much appreciation is due to this group, who had the foresight and leadership to begin a new organization for professional futurists. Thanks to each of you!
Two other members should be remembered, recently passed. Joe Coates was a founder and pillar of the professional futures community for decades. Ken Harris started the Most Significant Futures Works program, ran it until 2014, and is fondly remembered by all.
Dr Cindy Frewen, Chair
Cindy is an architect and urban futurist and consults, speaks, and writes on the future of cities and on design futures, specializing in the intersection of people, technology, and complexity. Located in Kansas City, she also teaches at the University of Houston Foresight graduate program.
Dr Jay Gary, Vice Chair
Jay is the president of PeakFutures, which helps teams launch new ventures and build alliances through market research, program development and managerial assessments.
With more than 17 years’ experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, Catherine designs multi-stakeholder corporate strategic initiatives and supports senior-level decision-makers with analyses and recommendations. A member of the Quebec Bar, Catherine holds a master degree from the University of Houston (M. Tech. Studies of the Future).
Jason explores the future of learning, helping stakeholders translate future insights into forward thinking visions for transforming education.
Rob supports decision makers in dealing with uncertainty. He is trained and experienced in identifying challenges and issues then addressing them before they become a problem.
Nick works with busy business leaders to rapidly develop strategic insight. Insight that gets them ahead of their competitors and navigate our changing business environment. He helps people bring valuable knowledge back from the future to apply today.
Tanja founded Hichert and Associates (Pty) Ltd and is a Senior Research Associate: Institute for Futures Research, University of Stellenbosch and Director of the South African Node of the Millennium Project.
Joyce Gioia, Treasurer
Joyce works with organizations to help them envision and create their preferred futures.
Bridgette is a design & foresight educator; prospective thinking & strategy, naming & idea generation for purposeful brands via Incognito Sum and specializes in strategic foresight, verbal identity, prospective brand strategy, and strategic design.
Dr Verne Wheelwright, Board Liaison Officer
Verne's research focuses on development of a system to apply futures methods to individual lives (Personal Futures: Foresight and Futures Studies for Individuals).