Size and Election of National Board: Proposal Two


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 Two Board Structure Consisting of Policy Board & Governing Board:

  • Policy Board consists of 1 representative from each state
    • Elected at a state conference OR at National Conference, per state preference
    • Policy Board should be at least 40% people of color (reflects U.S. population)
    • Meets face-to-face 2/year to discuss policy / action agenda for the organization. Meets virtually as often as needed.
  • Governing Board of max. 9 members is elected by Policy Board from its members
    • At least 4 should be people of color.
    • Serves as governing body for NOW re: fiduciary and compliance
    • Meets up to 4 times a year
    • How do we incorporate affirmative action policy? Quota?

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5 thoughts on “Size and Election of National Board: Proposal Two

  1. This doesn’t work for me at all. Essentially, you would have a Senate which would elect a smaller House. And how do you propose to insure that 40% of the members are people of color?

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  2. Theresa Bergen, Rokland NOW NY
    The policy making unit of NOW is the National Conference which is what makes us a grassroots organization. I don’t want any system which weakens that basic structure. And I certainly don’t want a board to elect a board. The further you remove the representative from the electorate the more middle of the road the board. The distance from the electorate causes the extremes at the right and the left to be pushed out. As a radical organization we need those people in our governance. I am using the word radical in its pure sense of root. We are not interested in simple incremental change but instead we are the people who see the root cause of the problem and want solutions that effect that root. That takes radicals.


    This is my favorite idea for Board restructuring. I think the problem statement with current board structure is that the membership is not represented equally and evenly, and the large size plus large turnover makes it difficult for the board to function as well as it could. I like this idea because it calls for a governing board that should be responsible for fundraising while the policy board represents all states and all members and helps lead issue discussion. I would add in that the terms should be 4 years and rotating in a staggered way so that we’re not electing the whole board every 2 years. That plus separating issue focus from governance would really allow each board to focus intently on the work they needed to do. I think this idea is a great solution for the struggles we have with current structure in terms of the board.



      Liz, I agree with you. This could also then make it easier not to have a change in regions. If each state had one vote on a policy board, we would have equality on the policy board. This board could meet virtually and possibly at conference each year (or alternating years). The governing board could be made up of the Regional Directors from each region and could and should meet a little more often, but most of the work could be done virtually. The governing board could work very closely with the NAC to take some of the burden off the officers and staff.

      I also am in favor of four year terms. Having four years makes individuals able to work through action plans and really focus.

      My region and me personally have been opponents of region restructure, but this might be a good compromise.


  4. Unless NOW increases their membership numbers (More money) having 1 Policy rep. from each state meet twice a year and Governing Board (9 members) 4 times a years (the travel cost alone will bankrupt NOW unless we double or triple out membership numbers.

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