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Board Service

The Board of Directors sets goals and policies, and oversees NPCA operations to ensure that they are consistent with the stated vision, mission, goals, and 2024-2026 Strategic Plan. The Board is responsible for the financial health of NPCA. NPCA’s success depends on the personal commitment and active participation of all Directors.


2024 Board Elections

The Governance Committee of the NPCA Board of Directors will hold elections during the Summer of 2024. Voting will be open online between June 24 and Sunday, August 2.

All NPCA members, regardless of where you live or where you served, will be able to vote for up to three (3) candidates this year to fill the open member-elected seats on the NPCA Board.

Members may request a paper ballot if they are not able to participate online by writing to [email protected].

NPCA Board service requires a substantial commitment of time. To ensure that all candidates on this year’s ballot represent the commitment, desired skills and diversity needed for a high-performing board of directors, the NPCA governance committee will interview each eligible NPCA member who expresses interest in board service.

For more information about NPCA Board service and responsibilities, please continue reading below.

After elections close on August 2, 2024, votes will be verified and tallied. Newly newly-elected candidates will be contacted in early August and begin their Board service at NPCA’s Annual Board Meeting in September.

Thank you in advance for your participation in the 2024 Board elections!

Interested in Board Service? 

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NPCA is constantly seeking individuals with strong leadership skills and experience helping non-profit organizations execute strategy, governance, and programs. We have a particular interest in candidates who add diversity, leadership, and particular skills to our current board:

  1. Board governance and compliance
  2. RPCV group leadership
  3. Fundraising and donor stewardship
  4. Financial planning and oversight for nonprofits
  5. Leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion
  6. Grant and proposal writing
  7. Marketing, media and communications
  8. Human resources and employment policy
  9. Former Peace Corps agency leadership

NPCA Board directors serve three-year terms and are expected to participate in quarterly board meetings (two in-person and two virtual), should serve on at least one Board committee, and are requested to support NPCA financially within their personal capability.

Serving on the NPCA Board of Directors requires a serious commitment of time, expertise, and financial resources. The NPCA Board is a working board, and individual directors are expected to be actively involved in one or more committees. Directors participate in and encourage initiatives that support and benefit NPCA.

NPCA members who are interested in considering board or committee service must first complete a Board of Directors Expression of Interest FormWe welcome expressions of interest in board service at any time. Candidates for member-elected director positions must then be officially nominated in accordance with the bylaws. We will review all interest forms submitted and contact candidates for a conversation to share perspectives on board service. Interest forms of candidates who are not contacted this year will be kept on file for future consideration.

NPCA Board Directors are asked to sign a Board Director Agreement Form acknowledging these and other expectations for board service.

Changes to NPCA Board Elections in 2023

Beginning in 2023, NPCA member-elected board directors are nominated, elected, and serve “at-large,” meaning that they do not represent particular geographic or global regions. All current NPCA members (with active memberships as of the first day of voting) will be able to vote on the full slate of nominated candidates.

Nomination and Voting Process

Any member of NPCA in good standing is eligible to be nominated and elected by fellow members to serve as an At-Large Director. The following steps must be completed prior to the opening of the voting period.

  1. Complete the 2024 Board of Director Expression of Interest form; this form is available online throughout the year.
  2. Complete an interview with the Chair of the Governance Committee and the President & CEO, who will contact each candidate after receiving their Expression of Interest form.
  3. Secure nomination by one affiliate group or make a self-nomination, supported by the signatures of ten NPCA members.
  4. Submit a 500-word (or less) biography for use in the voting ballot.

Board Interest Form

Please note that in keeping with the practice of most non-profit organizations, Directors are expected to pay for their own travel and hospitality expenses.

Board Committees

Executive Committee​

  • John Lee Evans, Chair
  • Bridget Davis, Vice Chair
  • Tracy Haugen, Secretary
  • James Baldwin Treasurer
  • Kristina Owens, Affiliate Group Network Coordinator
  • Dan Baker, President/CEO, Ex Officio

DEI | Culture Special Committee 

  • Michael Roman
  • Carla Brown (Staff Liaison)

Governance Committee

  • Nell Todd, Chair
  • Sue Forster-Cox
  • James Diegel
  • Tracy Haugen
  • Kristina Owens
  • Maricarmen Smith-Martinez
  • Dan McAllister
  • Helen Petrozzola
  • Ryan Plesh
  • Gretchen Upholt

Finance Committee

  • James Baldwin, Treasurer
  • George Economides
  • JJ Singh
  • Gretchen Upholt

Fundraising Committee

  • Jeffrey Janis, Chair
  • Dan McAllister
  • Faith Van Gilder
  • George Economides
  • Jim Diegel
  • Joe Shaffner
  • Kevin Elliott
  • Lisa Convery Lopez
  • Ryan Plesh
  • Travis Matthews, NPCA Staff Liaison

Board Responsibilities

The responsibilities of NPCA elected directors are:

  • Attend Board and committee meetings
  • Represent members, affiliate groups, and constituents
  • Raise funds and promote membership
  • Participate in NPCA activities
  • Set goals, policies, and budget
  • Evaluate the President / CEO
  • Oversee the performance of NPCA

NPCA also needs a strong board to assist members and groups through excellent programs and services. In addition, Elected Directors should:

  • Contact members and groups on a regular basis to sound out their interests, concerns or other feedback that they feel should be addressed by the NPCA Board
  • Act as members’ and groups’ representative “voice” at Board or committee meetings
  • Provide feedback to members and groups after Board meetings.

Roles and Responsibilities of all NPCA Board Members
Board Director Agreement Form 2023

2024 Board Meeting Schedule

The Board meets at least four times per year. The 2024 Board Meeting schedule is as follows:

  • March 9 in Washington, DC at 10AM Eastern
  • June 30, at 5PM Eastern (Zoom)
  • September 28 (time TBD) in Chicago, IL
  • December 15 at 5PM Eastern (Zoom)

Minutes from each Board meeting are reviewed and approved at the following meeting, then posted to our website.

For more information on attending any board meeting as an observer, email NPCA.

Affiliate Group Network Coordinator

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