2016 Board of Director Elections

Background

The Board is responsible for representing FSC’s three chambers, and works closely with the FSC US staff to ensure effective financial oversight of the organization, develop strategy, oversee the chief executive, and review and approve national forest management standards and policies.

In addition the Board plays an important role in FSC globally, working on issues affecting the broader FSC community.

The elected members of the FSC US Board comprise nine individuals who are drawn from and elected by US based members of the FSC.

Each of the three chambers has three elected representatives on the Board, and each Board member serves a three-year term. In a typical year, three Board member positions, one from each chamber, are open for election.

Participation in the FSC US Board takes time, critical thinking, and creativity. The Board needs individuals who represent key constituencies, and who are willing to represent the organization’s entire membership.

The time requirement for serving on the Board varies, but typically includes two (two-day) in-person meetings a year, a two-hour conference call every other month, and an average of 1-2 hours per week of committee work.

FSC US is calling for nominations for the following board positions:

• Economic Chamber representative, 3 year term, 2016 - 2019
• Environmental Chamber representative, 3 year term, 2016 - 2019
• Social Chamber representative, 3 year term, 2016 - 2019

The elected positions whose terms are expiring are:
• Luke Dillinger, Domtar Paper Company, Economic Chamber. Luke Dillinger has served one three-year term and is eligible for nomination and re-election.
• Bill Wilkinson, Social Chamber. Bill Wilkinson has served two three-year terms and is not eligible for re-election.

One seat is currently vacant due to a resignation and chamber reassignment:
• The Environmental Chamber seat is currently vacant. Lynn Jungwirth resigned from the Social Chamber in 2015. Bill Wilkinson moved from the Environmental Chamber, where he previously represented Pacific Forest Trust, to the Social Chamber, where he serves as an individual member.

Process

Only FSC members, duly designated FSC representatives of member organizations in the U.S., or applicants for membership in good standing can be nominated for election to the FSC US Board. Similarly, only these individuals can submit a nomination or a second. View a list of current members.

• The call for nominations and seconds (two seconds are needed for each nominee) is open from May 19 to July 3, 2016.
• Nominations and seconds may be made on behalf of individuals from any chamber. Self-nominations (with required seconds) are acceptable. Nominations and seconds may only be made by FSC members in good standing.
Online Ballot forms will be circulated July 13 and the voting will close on August 14, 2016.
• All nominations and seconds must be in writing using the online form.

Schedule
Thursday, May 19 - Call for nominations and seconds for FSC US Board of Directors
Extended to Sunday, July 3 - Call for nominations closes
Wednesday, July 13 - Voting opens, ballots circulated
Sunday, August 14 - Voting closes
Wednesday, August 31 - New Board members are announced

All inquiries should be sent to:
Lauren Satterlee
Program Manager, FSC US
Email: l.satterlee at us.fsc point org
Phone: 612-353-4511