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Standing Committees

Standing Committees exist within the CPA in order to address and fulfill functional activities of the organization (as opposed to Action Teams, which address issue-based programs and initiatives). Any member is eligible to be part of a Standing Committee — please reach out at if you would like to join one of the committees! Below is a list and description of current Standing Committees:


Membership Committee – plan gatherings, maintain public records/database
Contact: Gayle McLaughlin —

Finance Committee – develop yearly budget, review expenditures, fundraising
Contact: Paul Kilkenny —

Nominations Committee – oversee internal election of Steering Committee
Contact: Socrates Cruz —

Communications Committee – CPA emails, newsletter, website & social media
Contact: Whitney Leigh —

  • Rapid Response Initiative – a program within the Communications Committee devoted to alerting CPA members and allies of urgent actions

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