AAPA is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors consisting of elected representatives of the Corporate membership from each of the AAPA U.S. and Canadian port regions. The Board generally meets twice a year, during the Legislative Summit (spring conference) in Washington, D.C. and at the fall Annual Convention.
Every two years, at the annual Legislative Summit, the Board of Directors elects a Chairman of the Board for a two-year period, which begins in the fall. The Chairman of the Board of Directors also serves as Chairman of the U.S. Legislative Policy Council (LPC). The Council monitors legislation and governmental relations program and activities of the Association and affords guidance to the President in carrying out the policies of the Association.
In addition, 12 Technical Committees help to set policy, participate in planning annual education and training programs, and guide the Association staff in other issues. The committees include: Cruise, Defense, Facilities Engineering, Finance, Harbors and Navigation, Environment, Information Technology, Law Review, Maritime Economic Development, Public Relations, Security, and Sponsorship & Membership Growth Advisory Board.
The Association has an annual budget of $2.8 million. More than one-third of the annual budget comes from non-corporate dues revenues from: Industry Solution Provider/Associate Dues, education and training program revenues, convention/exhibition revenues, the annual directory and other miscellaneous sources.