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NSGC Board of Directors Nominations and Elections Process

Each year, NSGC Members are called to actively participate in the call for nominations and slate approval process in order to determine the subsequent years' NSGC Board of Directors. The NSGC Board of Directors is comprised of twelve members; the current list of Board members can be found on the NSGC Leadership page. 

In 2013 NSGC moved the timeline for NSGC's nominations and election process to the first quarter of the calendar year to allow individuals interested in a position with either NSGC or ABGC the opportunity to be nominated and considered by both organizations. Individuals nominated for an NSGC BOD position will be informed of their status with regard to NSGC's slate prior to the start of ABGC's nominations process.

The 2021 Call for Nominations Process opened in January 2021 and closed in February 2021.

About the Nominations Process

Please watch this video from Gillian Hooker, Chair of NSGC's 2021 Nominating Committee, share more about the nominations process and how members can get involved along the way.

Nominations Process Timeline

October  Nominating Committee: Call for member-at-large applications opens
December  Nominating Committee formed
January Call for candidates opens
February Call for candidates closes
March Nominating Committee reviews candidate applications and conducts candidate interviews
April/May Nominating Committee prepares the slate for member ratification
June Ballot opens: NSGC eligible members vote to ratify the presented BOD slate
July Election closes
August 2022 BOD election results shared with NSGC members

Call for Candidates

The Call for Candidates is the most critical part of the election process, during which members are able to self-nominate or nominate others for consideration for leadership positions. The following resources are available for candidates to review who are interested in joining the NSGC Board or nominating a qualified candidate(s):

Positions and Terms

The Board of Directors consists of five officer positions: President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Secretary/Treasurer, and Secretary/Treasurer-Elect. No person may hold more than one office simultaneously. The President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past President serve one (1) term of one (1) year in each of these offices. The Secretary/Treasurer and Secretary/Treasurer-Elect serve one (1) term of one (1) year in each of these offices. There are seven (7) Director at Large members of the Board. The Director at Large members serve a two-year term of office. For more information on NSGC officers/directors and terms, please review the NSGC Bylaws.

2021 Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is charged with the responsibility to put forth a slate of candidates for open positions on the Board of Directors that will best lead NSGC and that, to the degree possible from the pool of eligible nominees, reflects the high value NSGC places on diversity of all kinds, including diversity in skills, specialty, experience, culture, ethnicity and gender. The Nominating Committee’s two primary responsibilities are as follows:

  1. Present a slate of officers to serve for one-year terms beginning on January 1 of the following year.
  2. Present a slate of directors to serve for two-year terms beginning on January 1 of the following year.

The Nominating Committee shall consist of eight members: the Immediate Past President (chair), the President, two (2) Directors-at-Large (appointed by the President), and four (4) non-Board members appointed by the Membership Committee.

The nominations process is as follows: 

  1. Nominations are submitted by NSGC members for themselves or others. 
  2. Nominees are notified and asked for their willingness to be considered for the slate. 
  3. If willing to be considered, nominees submit a CV and answers to a set of questions designed to determine their leadership experience, assess their leadership skills, determine how their values align with those of the NSGC Board Culture statement, and identify the diversity of perspectives/experiences they might be able to bring to the Board.
  4. Nominee materials are reviewed by the Nominating Committee, and committee members discuss current strategic needs of the Board and how that compares to nominee qualifications. The decision is then made regarding which nominees will be interviewed by the Nominating Committee.
  5. Nominee materials are reviewed by the Nominating Committee members, who then develop additional individualized questions to ask based on the responses to the candidate application questions. Nominees are also asked general questions to further assess skills and areas of expertise.
  6. All Director-at-Large nominees are interviewed by telephone by a member of the Nominating Committee. All President-Elect and Secretary/Treasurer-Elect candidates are interviewed by two Nominating Committee members, and these interviews are recorded to allow all Nominating Committee members to watch and listen to the interviews.
  7. Each Nominating Committee member utilizes a scoring tool to rank individual nominees. These rankings are used only as a touchpoint for comparing the long list of candidates and are not considered in isolation when selecting the slate.
  8. The Nominating Committee convenes to review the information about each nominee and develop a slate. This typically results in multiple iterations developed over several phone calls.

When selecting the slate, the Nominating Committee determines the suitability of each candidate for a Board position versus other volunteer leadership positions within the organization, while ensuring that the full Board (including continuing members and those placed on the slate) is diverse and representative of the NSGC membership. The diversity of the full Board is evaluated with respect to factors including, but not limited to, years of practice, area of specialization, practice setting, geographic region, and cultural, ethnic and gender identity.

The application process to serve as a Member-At-Large on the Nominating Committee will open later in 2021.

Slate Ratification

The Nominating Committee prepares the slate which is ratified via an open ballot by NSGC eligible voting members. This slate of candidates is the result of a thorough examination of all nominations that were received through the Call for Candidates process. 

As outlined in the NSGC Bylaws, the vote of a majority of the members present at the time of the vote, if a quorum is present, shall be the act of the members, unless the question or action is one upon which a different vote is required by express provision of statute, the Certificate of Incorporation or these Bylaws. Each full member shall have one vote. Voting by eligible members on all matters, including the election of Officers and Directors, may be conducted by mail and electronic media.

Cast Your Vote


If you have any questions about the Nominations Process or any of the information listed on this page, please contact Carrie Wall, NSGC's Operations Manager, or any of the 2021 NSGC Nominating Committee members.

2021 Nominating Committee

Member Bios

Gillian Hooker, Chair

Altovise Ewing

Flavia Facio

Tiffiney Carter

Jessica Kianmahd

Sara Pirzadeh-Miller

Sara Riordan

Michelle Takemoto