When my wife and I lived in Baltimore we were involved with the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists (WAPA), a wonderful organization that brought together practitioners from a wide variety of fields. I met many wonderful people through that organization, and always valued the advice of members. When we came to Berkeley I was surprised to find no similar organization here. Finally it looks like some enterprising folks are getting it started. Below is the announcement for the inaugural meeting. If you're in the area, hope to see you there!

We are in the process of developing a Local Practitioner Organization (LPO) for anthropologists in the San Francisco Bay area, and we
cordially invite you to become one of our founding members. Anthropologists from all anthropological subfields, both within and outside of academia, are encouraged to join us. LPOs are valuable networking and support organizations for practicing anthropologists at the local level, so please help by forwarding this message to relevant area colleagues. Most LPOs form via grassroots networking; your assistance is invaluable in getting the word out as this message will only reach a fraction of the folks in the area. Tentatively named the Bay Area Association of Practicing Anthropologists (BAAPA), the group is currently in the discussion phase of organization. Our initial meeting will be on Monday, November 7 at 6pm at Restaurant Peony, a Hong Kong-style banquet hall in Oakland's Chinatown. The address is 388 9th Street, Suite 288. It is located on the second floor of Pacific Renaissance Plaza on Ninth Street between Franklin and Webster. The restaurant is just a few blocks from the 12th St. BART station. Please send us an email to let us know if you plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you!
Email Kim Koester (Kimberly.Koester at ucsf dot edu) for more information.