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 2014-2018 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.

Interested in Board Service?

NPCA is seeking individuals with strong leadership skills and experience in helping non-profit organizations execute strategy and development plans to serve on the NPCA Board of Directors. We have a particular interest in candidates who are well-connected within and beyond the Peace Corps community and who can help us bring in new resources, partnerships and expertise, especially in fundraising (particularly for major gifts), nonprofit law and grant making. We value diversity and an affinity for Peace Corps ideals.

NPCA Directors serve three-year terms and are expected to participate in quarterly board meetings (two in-person and two teleconferences), serve on a board committee, and support NPCA financially within their personal capability. Read more about NPCA Board and committee service.

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 the NPCA.

NPCA Members who are interested in considering Board or committee service are invited to fill out a Board Interest Form. We will review all interest forms submitted and will contact you for a phone conversation if we see a fit. If we do not contact you this year, we will keep your interest form on file for future consideration. Thank you!

Elections will follow later this spring, with details posted to this page. Stay tuned.

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Board Committees

  • Executive Committee: Joby Taylor – Chair ● Randy Adams – Vice Chair ● Jayne Booker – Secretary ● Patrick Fine – Treasurer ● Maricarmen Smith-Martinez – Affiliate Group Network Coordinator ● Glenn Blumhorst – ex officio
  • Governance Committee: Hank Ambrose – Chair
  • Finance Committee: Patrick Fine – Chair
  • Business & Development Committee: Sandra Bunch – Chair
  • Policy & Advocacy Committee: Sue Senecah – Chair
  • Membership Committee: TBD – Chair
  • NPCA Awards Advisory Committee: Tony Barclay – Chair

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Board Country of Service Divisional Reps (Member-elected)

  • Asia and the Pacific – Marjorie Harrison (Email)

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, East Timor, Fiji, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyz Republic, Malaysia, Marshall lslands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Niue, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Yemen

  • Europe/North and East Africa – Linda Stingl (Email)

Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Hungary, Kenya, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Poland, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Slovak Republic, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine

  • The Americas – Katie Long (Email)

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada and Cariacou, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts/Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent/Grenadines, Suriname, Turks-Caicos, Uruguay, Venezuela

  • West, Central and Southern Africa – Patrick Fine (Email)

Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sao Tome e Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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Board U.S. Geographic Divisional Reps (Member-elected)

  • Northeast – Susan Senecah (Email)

Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware

  • Mid-Atlantic Region and Nationwide– Randolph (Randy) Adams (Email)

Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, Nationwide groups

  • Southern Tier – Angela Harris (Email)

North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, West Virginia, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Puerto Rico

  • Upper Midwest –  Mary Owen (Email)

Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming

  • West – Juliana Essen (Email)

Montana, Idaho, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Alaska, US Territories 

(Note: Regions are defined by the NPCA Board based on the number of NPCA members per region in order to achieve some parity.)

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Affiliate Group Network Coordinator

Maricarmen Smith-Martinez (Email)

 

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
  • Hire and evaluate the President / CEO
  • Oversee performance of NPCA

NPCA also needs a strong board to assist members and groups through excellent programs and services.  So, 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; and
  • Provide feedback to members and groups after Board meetings.

Roles and Responsibilities of all NPCA Board Members

Additional Responsibilities of Member-Elected Directors

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2017 Board Meeting Schedule

The Board meets at least four times per year.

  • Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 2:00-6:00 pm in Washington, DC
  • Monday, June 5, 2017 via teleconference
  • Monday, August 7, 2017 in Denver, CO (at Peace Corps Connect – Denver 2017)
  • Monday, December 11, 2017 via teleconference

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

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Proposed Changes to NPCA Governance Structure

National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) continues to seek new ways to help all in the Peace Corps community to create a world that reflects the values of its members - your values. 

All current NPCA members are invited to share their input on a change we are considering to the board that will help us further our goals. (Not a member? Click on "Join now" at the top of this page.)

 

What change are we proposing?

  • Convert each of the nine member-elected board positions, as it comes due for election, to an ‘at-large’ position.

 

What does that mean?

  • In the current system, member-elected board directors are voted on in specific elections for each of five US divisions and four country-of-service divisions. These elections rotate in a 3-year cycle; you can only run for a board position in a division in which you live or served, and you can only vote in that division’s elections, which means you can only run or vote every 3 years.
  • We want to streamline the election process so you can run for any of the open nine member-elected seats, and you can vote for any of the candidates every year.

 

Why are we proposing this change?  

  • To make the board more inclusive of the increasing diversity of our 163 affiliate groups, including the new groups being organized around workplace, cause, and affinity, which don’t fit into the old divisions.
  • To make voting easier for members--you don’t have to figure out what elections you are eligible to vote in, just vote every year for any candidate you want.
  • To make sure more qualified candidates have opportunities to run (not just once every three years) and to serve

 

What will not change?

  • All Affiliate Groups will still elect the Affiliate Group Network Coordinator.
  • Affiliate groups may also still nominate candidates.
  • Members will still have a voice in NPCA governance--in fact it will be stronger because you will have a say in all nine member-elected board positions, not just one or two.

 

Why are we proposing this change now?

  • We have to start preparing for the next election at the end of March.
  • The current multi-regional election system is labor-intensive for the staff, and right now, they should be focusing all their energy on protecting the Peace Corps budget and the values it represents as well as strengthening affiliate groups capacity for grassroots action on the Third Goal.

 

Let us know by Friday, March 24 whether you think this is a reasonable change.

To contact the NPCA Governance Committee directly regarding this proposed change, please email NPCAGovCom@peacecorpsconnect.org.

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your opinion.

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