Nomination Process For New Chamber Board Members Now Open

By: Editorial Staff Posted: 04/12/2021

Do you know someone who would be a good addition to our Board of Trustees? Please submit your suggestions by Friday, May 14

Trustees advise, govern, promote and oversee policy and the overall direction of the Chamber in support of the mission to help members thrive in an equitable and inclusive regional economy.

In addition, Trustees are committed to the Chamber’s pledge to become an antiracist organization by engaging our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) members and partners to use our collective voice and influence to drive racial equity impact and change.

Trustees meet six times a year and are asked to attend at least two major events. 

We recognize the value in having a leadership team that reflects the diversity of our community and are intentionally and actively seeking out nominees from a variety of backgrounds, including those from BIPOC communities; those who own/employed by a small business; and those whose business is located outside the City of Seattle.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide organizational leadership and civic advice
  • Commitment to building an antiracist organization
  • Formulate and provide oversight of policies and procedures
  • Adopt and oversee the annual budget
  • Communicate about the Chamber's mission and its programs to the community and your constituencies, including recruiting new members 
  • When possible, financially support the Chamber by hosting a board meeting, sponsoring and attending events, providing in-kind support or taking a leadership role with the Board or a Board committee
  • Review advance materials prior to meetings, come well-informed and prepared to share knowledge with Board colleagues, ask discerning questions, and discuss possible consequences of Board actions

Excellent Seattle Metro Chamber Board Trustees:

  • Are strong advocates for the Chamber in their broader communities.
    Are civically engaged and care about improving our regional business climate.
  • Reflect the community the Chamber serves and have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Have a constituency with which they have credibility and influence.
  • Have some level of financial decision-making power within their organization.
  • Are eager to participate in Chamber initiatives and willing to provide strategic advice to Chamber staff.
  • Actively engage in the Chamber’s work, including events and programming, membership recruitment, and policy efforts.
  • Have a sense of personal responsibility and accountability for making things happen.
  • Possess and articulate a strategic vision for the future.
  • Demonstrate respect for different perspectives, viewpoints, and ask questions for understanding.

The process:

The Board welcomes new members annually at the start of the fiscal year in September. All nominees go through a selection and voting process by the Nominations & Member Development Committee. 

Board members must be employees of a member company in good standing. Please submit your suggestion(s). The survey will close of Friday, May 14.