Each year, SFBC members may seek election to the organization's Board of Directors. I hope many of you will consider this opportunity. When I began serving on the board a year and a half ago, we had just completed extensive work to convert the SFBC to a 501(c)(4). Two of my main roles on the board have been to work with our new sister organization (TLC), and help guide the SFBC through its first round of Board of Supervisor candidate endorsements.
SFBC members will vote in December to fill six seats (three vacancies and three seats up for re-election). We're always looking to diversify the racial/ethnic and age composition of our board (with members both younger and older) and to broaden the spectrum of neighborhoods represented.
If you have been wanting to tackle projects such as policy research, building bridges to other communities, and pursuing a social enterprise that will extend our reach into the community, then the SFBC board is a great way to get involved. The close interaction between the Board and SFBC staff has also helped many of us to better understand the resources of our organization and its approximately 3,000 members.
Board service requirements are straightforward. The most important include: a monthly board meeting, a few phone calls during fundraising season, and a commitment to the organization. Board members serve two-year terms.
The next Tube Times will include candidates' statements and a ballot. If you would like to seek election to the board, please email or mail a brief candidate statement (no longer than 125 words) to the SFBC by November 1. You may write whatever you'd like. Here are some suggestions to get you started: Consider telling the members a little about your background and why you are running for the board. Describe what strengths you bring to the board. Mention your top priority or main goal for the SFBC to achieve. Email your candidate statement to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Attn: Board Election, SFBC, 1095 Market St., Suite 215, San Francisco, CA 94103.