Young Professionals Advisory Council

A&WMA realizes the value of young professionals (YPs) under the age of 35 to the environmental industry. The Association created the Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC) to support the learning and networking opportunities needed to help YPs excel in their careers.  

What does YPAC do?  The YPAC advises the A&WMA Board of Directors and other Councils regarding services and activities to effectively engage YPs. This Council recruits and retains YP members by fostering relationships with current YP members, employers and A&WMA Sections and Chapters.  Additionally, the YPAC assists the leadership of A&WMA in the recruitment, retention, and development of YP members to serve in roles within A&WMA and facilitate the integration of student members into the Association upon graduation.  

YPAC is composed of the following committees: 
  • Local Support Committee – Works with A&WMA Sections and Chapters Council to develop and support YP programs at the Sections and Chapter level of the Association.
  • Technical Committee – Develops YP-focused technical programming and works with Technical Council to provide YP sessions at ACE and specialty conferences.
  • Professional Development Committee – Works with Education Council to develops YP-focused professional development programming.
  • Communications Committee – Generates the YP newsletter and maintains the YP LinkedIn group and YPAC webpage.
  • Vitality Committee – Identifies strategies to retain YP members in the Association by facilitating student to YP and YP to general A&WMA membership transitions.
  • ACE Liaisons – Liaises with the ACE Local Host Committee to develop YP-focused networking and technical programs at the annual conference.
  • Publications Committee – Works with the A&WMA Publications Committees to facilitate YP publications in the Journal and EM Magazine.
Many of our active YPAC members have transitioned to new leadership positions on the Board of Directors and other technical and supporting committees. Get involved now! All members of the Association, regardless of age, are encouraged to get involved with YPAC activities. 
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Lindsay Salvador

Vice Chair
Kerry Weichsel

YPAC Officers (updated 9/11/23)
The YP Connection Newsletter
Latest Issue: November 2023

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April 2023
If you're a student member and have just graduated, you are eligible for a free, one-year A&WMA YP membership! Click here to claim your graduation gift.