AAPA Announces New Staff

AAPA is pleased to announce Jennifer “Jen” Armstrong will join AAPA on August 1 as Director of Navigation Policy & Legislation within the Government Relations Department. Jen will enable AAPA to maintain its leadership and momentum in the areas of Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, regulatory policies across National Marine Fisheries, U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA and much more. Jen comes to AAPA from one of, if not the most influential position in federal government in terms of port waterside funding: the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Water and Energy. She also has extensive Corps experience.

Jen served as the Republican Staff Director/Clerk of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, which provides $53 billion in funding to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Energy, and several independent agencies. Jen’s expertise is the water portfolio, which includes the Corps’ Civil Works mission and water supply activities in 17 western states under the purview of the Bureau of Reclamation. Prior to her work on the subcommittee, Jen was with the Corps of Engineers as a water resources planner, project manager and government affairs liaison specializing in navigation, coastal storm damage reduction and ecosystem restoration. Jen is a graduate of Old Dominion University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Keonna Proctor joined AAPA as Accounting Associate in the Finance Department on July 11. Keonna’s position will focus on accounting (cash receipts, accounts payable) and will assist with administration tasks such as onboarding and all office-related issues. Keonna has over 15 years of experience in association accounting. Her cadre of skills has led to enhancing non-profit organizations in the areas of fiscal reporting on member dues, event management, CRM data reporting and grants management. Keonna holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Westwood College.