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Call for Nominations to MNLA Board of Directors Is Now closed

The application deadline for 2017 is now closed.

The following minimum criteria for board members are required in the Bylaws:
  • Eight years of MNLA business membership immediately preceding the election
  • Business member status
  • Appropriate dues paid

In addition, candidates with skills in the following areas are always desirable:  Finance, accounting, administration/management, nonprofit experience, public relations/communications/marketing, technology, advocacy/government affairs, strategic planning, and entrepreneurship.


The following specific characteristics have been identified by the Board of Directors and Board Development Committee as highly desirable during the next nominating process: Female candidates, legal knowledge, millennial candidates, and strength in outreach and volunteer engagement.

  • A Board term is two years.  Typically, total length of service on the Board ranges from 4-8 years.
  • The Board meets a minimum of four times per year usually in March, June, September and December. Responsibilities include reading the agenda and supporting materials prior to attending and follow through items as assigned.
  • Special meetings, conference calls, electronic votes, and strategic planning sessions are sometimes convened. 
  • Board members receive no compensation for their time.
  • The Board of Directors works for the membership of the MNLA. The Board sets general association policy and oversees the ongoing operations of the association.
  • The Board produces a written strategic plan that outlines the long range goals of the association and ensures that association activities support the plan.
  • The Board ensures that the association has adequate financing and that funds are responsibly spent.
  • The Board approves the association’s annual operating budget in conjunction with the Executive Director.
  • The Board of Directors hires the executive director. Board members act as advisors to the executive director.
  • Board members must adhere to the conflict of interest and confidentiality policies.

As an MNLA Board member, you are expected to actively, diligently, and ethically represent the interests of the MNLA members at the expense of other interests. The Board’s authority rests with the entire Board and you individually, are expected to support the decisions of the Board in a positive manner.


Nominations are currently closed and will be available again beginning in August.

If you have additional questions about the MNLA Board and/or the nominations process, please email Cassie Larson, MNLA Executive Director.  

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