Public Participation Task Force Application

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The purpose of this application is to help DVRPC create a diverse, engaged body to address regional planning and public participation practices in the nine-county DVRPC region. Share with us your personal experience living in the region and with planning projects; you are an expert of your own community and we want to hear from you!

Elected officials are not eligible to serve as at-large members of the Task Force because we are striving to engage citizens who do not already play a role in the planning process. As an elected official, you may actively participate in other DVRPC plans and programs, and we constantly endeavor to engage the region's municipal and county governments through a variety of specific programs.

How long have you lived in the nine-county region served by DVRPC (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and Camden, Burlington, Gloucester, and Mercer in New Jersey)?*

Please list any community organizations, boards, or other agencies in which you actively participate or have participated in the last five years, as well as any other experience pertinent to the mission of this Task Force.

OrganizationPositionRelevant Dates
How did you find out about the Public Participation Task Force?*
DVRPC social media or newsletter
Email from DVRPC staff

Word of mouth

Please provide two reference that may speak to your community involvement, leadership ability, or your interest in regional and transportation planning.


Statement of Interest

The purpose of the Task Force is to meaningfully engage with citizens in the region, create an educational forum for the regional transportation planning process, and elevate voices of community members. To better understand your interest in joining the PPTF, please answer one or all of the following statements (500 words maximum):*

  • What does “public participation” mean to you?
  • What do you hope to learn by becoming a member of the PPTF?
  • Why do you want to be a part of the regional planning process?


Task Force membership will ideally represent the region by geographic and demographic diversity. Please help us create a more inclusive group by sharing some of your demographic characteristics.

Are you of Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino origin?
Prefer not to answer
Race (choose all that apply)
Black or African American
Asian or Pacific Islander
Native American or Alaskan Native

Prefer not to answer
Preferred Pronouns

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Experience with Diversity and Inclusion

If there are additional aspects of your identity and/or experiences with diversity and inclusion that you would like to share, please do so below. You will not be asked to disclose this information to the Task Force or be the representative for that identity; this information will exclusively be used in the application review phase for DVRPC’s PPTF diversity and inclusion initiative.

To submit your application, click the Apply button below. Applications are accepted year-round and reviewed annually in December/January. You will be contacted once your application enters the review process.

If you do not receive a confirmation email after submitting your application, check your spam folder and/or contact Shoshana Akins, manager of the PPTF, at or 215.238.2817.

All information contained in the applications received will be kept confidential.

Having trouble with the online application portal?

Download the application [0.2 mb PDF] and email to Shoshana Akins at or mail to DVRPC, 190 N Independence Mall West, 9th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106.