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Public Policy Board Opportunities​

​Are you passionate about shaping policy through science-based advocacy?

Do you have established networks and expertise that you’re eager to leverage for positive change? If so, we invite you to consider volunteering for a seat on the APS Public Policy Board (PPB) beginning in August 2024.

The Public Policy Board ​(PPB), authorized by APS Council in 1991, provides scientific input to public policy-making processes. It provides advice directly or through the APS president, to different societies, organizations and persons drafting legislative bills. The Board provides drafts of APS comments to APS officers to evaluate and transmit to agencies on issues such as proposed rules and regulations of transgenic plants or microbes, safer or alternative pesticides, research funding and administration; and develops position papers in policy areas of relevance to plant pathology. The Board arranges meetings with government agency personnel to become better acquainted with the personalities behind the issues and provide feedback to APS officers. Finally, the Board advocates for increased federal investments APS scientific priorities (e.g. forest health, concerns with inadequate funding of the National Plant Diagnostic Network, gaps in USDA or NSF funding on plant microbiomes, workforce development) in discussions with Congressional and Agency staff.
We are looking for APS members to volunteer to serve on PPB, for a three-year term beginning August 2024. 

  • Candidates should have an interest in shaping policy through science-based advocacy at federal and state levels. 
  • Candidates should have established networks that they can call on to ensure PPB has wide expertise available to build well-rounded position statements. 

Key responsibilities:
  • Members are expected to attend monthly virtual meetings.
  • Serve as liaisons to APS Subject Matter Committees and Fast Response teams when input is required on specific bills, regulations, or questions from government staff.
  • Members utilize their established networks to ensure PPB has access to a wide range of expertise and perspectives.

To express your interest or learn more about this opportunity contact PPB today!

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