Association management veteran Scott Grayson named APWA, CPWA executive director

Updated Mar 21, 2016

The American Public Works Association (APWA) and the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) have named Scott Grayson as their new executive director, a role he will take over April 15 from interim executive director Larry Frevert.


Grayson currently serves as associate managing director for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in Washington, D.C., and previously served as a city council member in Golden Valley, Minnesota, and as chairman of the Golden Valley Housing Redevelopment Authority.

“The board voted unanimously to hire Scott Grayson,” says APWA President Brian Usher. “His nearly 30 years of association management expertise combined with his experience as a city council member in the city of Golden Valley, Minnesota, will provide us with a very unique skill set to ensure that public works professionals’ voices are heard in the U.S. Congress and Canadian Parliament, while also ensuring that their professional development skills are continually being enhanced.”

Grayson will be responsible for operations oversight, annual budget management and organizational best practices and policies, among other responsibilities for the APWA and CPWA.

“I am very much looking forward to the opportunity of working with the APWA board and staff to implement the board’s strategic priorities of advocacy, professional development and continued growth and engagement of all of APWA’s chapters in the U.S. and Canada,” Grayson says.

“Through these strategic priorities, APWA will continue to serve as the voice of the profession in the U.S. Congress and Canadian Parliament, provide excellent products and services, and engage all current and future APWA members in North America and beyond. I strongly believe that with the increased attention on needed infrastructure improvements throughout our cities in the US and Canada, APWA is positioned to serve both governments as their best resource.”