Public Policy Committee


Develop, administer and implement an effective plan for monitoring Federal and State legislation and administrative policies as they relate to public issues of concern and impact on park and recreation professionals. 

Annual Duties:

  1. Develop and promote a Legislative Agenda as approved by the Board of Directors.
  2. Monitor and analyze State and Federal legislative issues affecting park and recreation.
  3. Represent the WPRA’s legislative and regulatory positions at public hearings and inform the membership of these public hearing appearances as appropriate.
  4. Keep the Association membership informed of legislation being acted upon which affects the profession through all communication channels of the Association.
  5. Initiate legislative Calls to Action among membership-at-large when appropriate. 
  6. Review accomplishments of local, state and national legislators annually and make recommendations for the WPRA Elected Official Award when appropriate. 
  7. Stay abreast of NRPA legislative activities and utilize the national recourses available when appropriate.

2024 Committee Members: 

  • Chair: Shelly Strasser
  • Past Chair: Chad Dallman
  • Region I Representative: 
  • Region II Representative: 
  • Region III Representative: Jacob Caltagerone 
  • Region IV Representative: Zach Navin
  • Aquatics Section Representative: Elaena Noffsinger
  • Park Section Representative: Nick Spence
  • Recreation Section Representative: Katie Roth
  • Commercial Member: Matt Carrico
  • Board Liaison: Stephanie Schlag - Past President
  • Board Liaison (Observes): Derek Donlevy - President
  • Board Liaison (Observes): Jamie Polley - President Elect
  • Board Liaison (Observes): Joleen Stinson - Secretary/Treasurer

Interested in being on the 2024 Public Policy Committee? Email [email protected].