Governance Committee


The Governance Committee assists the board of directors in fulfilling its responsibilities regarding matters that relate to governing the Association.


This committee reports directly to the board of directors. The committee has no expressed or implied power or authority.


  • The parliamentarian shall chair the committee. If there is no one serving as parliamentarian, the board shall appoint a director to serve as chair.
  • The executive director shall serve as liaison to the committee.
  • The board shall appoint other committee members. The majority of members must be directors.
  • The committee may include non-director persons whose experience may assist the committee and the board in the performance of their responsibilities. The committee chair will follow the volunteer recruitment process and recommend non-director members to the board for appointment.


  • Chris D’Orso, parliamentarian
  • Sara Clark, executive director
  • Joshua Charles
  • Christian Santillo
  • Lindsey Sneed


As needed

  • Review the Association’s eligibility and policies for volunteer service, including board service, and make recommendations to the board as appropriate.
  • Review and make recommendations to the board regarding the size, structure, charters, processes and practices of the board and board committees.
  • Review the Association’s bylaws, conflict of interest policy, record retention policy, and other governance policies and practices and make recommendations to the board as appropriate.
  • Review the policies that reflect best practices for overall good governance, and make recommendations to the board as appropriate.
  • Review practices for maintaining board director accountability to ensure that the board is engaged and effective in serving the Association.


  • Recommend to the Board nominees for appointment to each board committee, and for the chair of each board committee if not already specified by committee charter.
  • Oversee orientation, education and self-assessment programs for directors throughout the year.
  • Review the board’s individual directors at the end of each of their board terms as part of the re-election process to ensure that they continue to have the appropriate skills and engagement level to continue serving on the Board.
  • Review the Association’s membership model, and make recommendations to the board as appropriate.


  • Meets no fewer than four times per year, at the call of the chair of the committee.
  • Maintains minutes of all meetings.
  • Reviews this charter annually and recommends changes to the board of directors.
  • Follows Association policies and procedures.
  • Establishes and maintains documentation about committee roles and procedures, including how this committee collaborates with others.
  • Communicates and collaborates with other committees and board of directors to accomplish Association goals.
  • Provides quarterly updates to the board of directors.