The nomination process is designed to encourage and enlist the active participation of dedicated professionals as a prospective member of KWA’s Board of Trustees. The procedures outlined below assist the Governance Committee in conducting a fair and equitable evaluation, deliberation, and recommendation process for all nominated candidates.

Governance Committee

It consists of KWA board members dedicated to the KWA vision and mission. The nomination process is open in April and October respectively. A person who completes all required forms during the nomination period will be considered. The roles of departing board members and the current needs of the organization are the most important considerations for being selected as a KWA board member.

Nomination Process

Who May Nominate?

KWA Board members, as well as interested parties, and self-nominees are eligible to nominate candidates or themselves for the Board of Trustees. Individual or self-nominees shall be referred to as “Nominators”.

Who can be nominated?

The slate of nominees should include candidates who reflect the population in which KWA serves. For the board to fulfill its potential, it is valuable to have a variety of skills, experience, and interest levels represented. It is expected to have new board members representing at least one of the following attributes, preferably more than one:

  • Entrepreneurial character and experience
  • Expertise in affordable housing, finance and legal matters relating to a non-profit agency
  • Experience in fundraising 
  • Experience with multi-cultural organizations and committees 
  • Multi-disciplinary perspective in complex organizations
  • Previous board experience with a non-profit
  • Recognition as a thought leader 

When Does the nomination window open?

The nomination window is open in April and October respectively. All nominators must fill out the online board application form.

How Are Nominees Selected?

From the slate of nominees, a final slate of nominees is selected by the Governance Committee based on received nominations, completeness of application, nominee interviews, committee deliberations, and more importantly, the current board needs. Nomination does not imply selection.

General Criteria for Candidates

Nominees for the KWA Board of Trustees should be senior professionals and thought leaders

  • who are committed to KWA’s mission and core values
  • who have experience in strategic planning and managing multi-disciplinary responsibilities
  • who have the ability to navigate among diverse professional groups and points of view
  • who has a track record of communicating effectively in a multi-cultural environment
  • who has high standards of integrity and professional conduct

Nominees should demonstrate experience in areas that can bring added value to the KWA board based on specific needs as determined by the KWA board. Demonstrated leadership and participation in high-caliber programs or committees are preferred.

Nominees must not be employed either full or part-time by a company or corporation (or any subsidiary) that competes in any manner with KWA.

Election and Approval Process

The final slate of nominees is presented and approved by the Board of Trustees at the June and December meetings. Selected new board members will be notified to attend the monthly board meetings. Upon successful completion of the orientation period, the newly elected board members will be formally appointed and will serve as regular board members from the next semester. Each board term is for a commitment of three years.

Online Application

The board application form is designed to help the nominee prepare and present qualifications in a consistent and orderly manner. The application process is thorough to assure that committee members have the same information on all candidates so each member can recognize the work nominees have done and how a nominee can make the KWA board stronger and unified. Read the Board of Trustees’ Job Description to better understand the responsibilities of elected board members.

Nominators will be required to provide the following: 

  • Online Board Application
  • Resume/ CV

Please submit them via completing the online Board Application found below.

If you have questions about this form or the nomination process, please contact the Board Chair or Committee Chair.

Online Board Application

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