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Top Questions to Consider for Prospective NRPA Board Members

Q. How often does the Board meet?
A. There are two "in-person" and a minimum of two telephonic board meetings. Additionally, there is a two day board retreat. The retreat location varies. The board meets at the NRPA annual conference in the fall where the location moves to a major city each year. The other in-person meeting is usually held at the NRPA main office in Ashburn, VA (February or March).

Q. Does NRPA cover my travel expenses?
A. No – all board members are expected to pay their own travel costs. NRPA does however cover group meals. NRPA’s discounted room rates are available to board members.

Q. What is the time commitment for board members?
A. Board members should be well prepared for each board meeting. This can be accomplished by reading the materials the CEO sends prior to the meeting. Additionally, board members are expected to stay abreast of the industry’s issues.

Q. Are board members expected to raise funds for NRPA?
A. Board members are expected to make a personal contribution of at least $1,000 per year. They are also expected to help raise funds for the Association. Raising funds can take many forms: making a personal donation, introducing new donors and/or foundations and businesses to the organization and encouraging them to support the work of NRPA, hosting a fundraising event for NRPA in your community.

Q. How many board members are there and who are they?
A. The Board has between 13-19 members. Board members are elected to their positions, but the Chair is given the opportunity to appoint two members for one year terms. The bylaws require that there be at least 50% citizen members on the Board with the remaining members being professional members.

Q. How long would I serve if I am elected or appointed?
A. Elected members may serve two terms with each term consisting of three years. Directors seeking a second term must reapply. Appointments are a one year obligation.

Q. What does the board do?
A. The Board of Directors is the policy making governing body of NRPA and makes important decisions regarding:

  • Mission
  • Organization direction (Strategic Plan – core values, vision, goals, objectives)
  • Fiduciary responsibility (budget, audit, fundraising)
  • Evaluating performance (measuring effectiveness of Strategic Plan)

Q. What information should I be familiar with when considering running for the Board?
A. Please review NRPA’s governing documents, which include the bylaws, strategic plan and conflict of interest policy. Also review the application when available for further information.

Q. What is the board’s philosophy regarding governance?
A. The board strives to maintain a visionary role while leaving operations to staff.

Q. Do board members represent their respective affiliations?
A. No, the NRPA board is an "at-large" governing body which means that directors are responsible for making decisions that benefit the entire membership and the organization versus a special interest group or geographic region.

Q.How do I "run" for the board?
A. After the NRPA Annual Conference, NRPA will notify the membership via the magazine, newsletter, etc. that NRPA is seeking candidates. You can nominate yourself or someone else can nominate you. To do this, you complete the online application (which will be accessible at www.nrpa.org/Leadership) and follow the directions. Nominations are usually open from November to February.

Q.Who decides who gets elected to the board?
A. A committee comprised of board and non board members interviews the candidates and then submits a slate to the Board of Directors for their approval.