PMI is the leading global association for the project management profession. PMI sets industry standards, conducts research and provides education, certification and professional exchange opportunities designed to strengthen and further establish the profession. PMI advances the careers of practitioners, while enhancing overall business and government performance, through documentation of return on investment. PMI has more than 600,000 members and 400,000 PMPs (Project Management Professional certification) in over 180 countries. Within Los Angeles, there are over 2000 PMI Members.
During the early years of PMI, there were no chapters; the organization existed as one body with individual members. The local chapter concept was eventually introduced, and a unit consisting of all California members was formed. This California chapter alternated holding its meetings in San Francisco and Los Angeles, drawing participation throughout the state. However, the travel and logistics soon proved impractical; and separate chapters were eventually formed in each location.
The Southern California Chapter was formed from those PMI members south of Bakersfield. Monthly meetings were held, which drew attendees from this vast area, and a charter was issued to this Southern California Chapter in 1974.
By 1986, the number of members in the San Diego area was large enough to charter a separate chapter, the San Diego Chapter, to serve that area. Meantime, PMI interest and membership continued to grow in the Southern California Chapter, and eventually, the membership in the Orange County area was sufficient to support a new chapter there as well. With the formation of the Orange County Chapter in 1989, the name of the Southern California Chapter was changed to the Los Angeles Chapter; and in 1999, the PMI-LA chapter received recognition for its 25th year in operation. However, the geographical territory of the chapter was still too large to allow us to adequately serve our members in all our area. So, in 2000, still another chapter, the Los Padres Chapter, was formed which consisted of members in the Santa Barbara and Ventura area.
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