Welcome to the IAF US Region's webpages. In these pages you find an overview of the US Region's history, a description of the upcoming activities occurring in the US Region, and a run down about the US Region's chapters and events.
The United States has a special place in the history of the Association, as the IAF was officially founded in January 1994 at a meeting in Alexandria, Virginia with 73 charter members.
The organisation beginnings can be traced to gatherings of facilitators of the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) who met to advance innovative methods for working with groups. Gatherings took place in Dallas, Pittsburg, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Chicago, and finally in Alexandria, Virginia, where an "Association Coordinating Team" was struck and a celebration was held to herald the beginnings of the IAF. Within the year, bylaws were drafted, the Association was incorporated in Minnesota, and dues were collected. The first IAF annual conference was held in January 1995 in Denver, Colorado, under the theme of The Art and Mastery of Facilitation.
Today there are over 350 IAF members in the United States, two IAF sponsored chapters in Chicago and New York City, and a number of non IAF sponsored facilitation associations made up in part of IAF members that include the Boise Facilitator Roundtable, the Boston Facilitators Roundtable, the Mid Atlantic Facilitation Association, and the Southeast Association of Facilitation.
For more information about the IAF in the United States, please contact Jonathan M. Bell, Regional Director, USA.
IAF Founding member Jo Nelson (2014).