2017 Board of Director Elections

Background

The FSC US Board of Directors is the organization’s highest governing authority. Organized under FSC’s three chamber system, the Board leads the development of national strategy, approves national forest management standards and policies, ensures effective financial oversight, and oversees the chief executive.

In addition, our Board plays an important role in FSC globally, working on issues affecting the broader FSC community. Under FSC’s proposed global coordination plan, US directors may also become eligible to serve in a regional (North American) representative role.

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. Anticipating the work ahead, FSC would like to particularly encourage candidates from the following constituencies including those not yet represented in our membership base: public or private forest owners, retail, solid wood production, national or regional conservation organizations, Native American tribes, and labor unions.

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:

• One (1) Economic Chamber representative, 3 year term, 2017 - 2020
• Two (2) Environmental Chamber representatives, one seat is a 3 year term, 2017 - 2020 and the other is a 2 year term (2017-2019)
• One (1) Social Chamber representative, 3 year term, 2017 - 2020

The elected positions whose terms are expiring are:
• Sophie Beckham, International Paper, Economic Chamber. Sophie Beckham has served one three-year terms and is eligible for re-election.
• Kerry Cesareo, World Wildlife Fund – US, Environmental Chamber. Kerry Cesareo has served two three-year terms and is not eligible for re-election.
• Mike DeBonis, Green Mountain Club, Social Chamber. Mike DeBonis has served two three-year terms and is not eligible for re-election.

One seat is currently vacant due to a resignation:
• One of the three Environmental Chamber seats is currently vacant. Danna Smith resigned from the Board in 2017.

Summary of Number of Seats Open and Current Board Members Eligible for Nomination & Re-Election:

Chamber # of Seats Open # Current Board Members Eligible
Economic Chamber 1 1
Environmental Chamber 2 1
Social Chamber 1 0

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 18 to June 25, 2017.
• 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 5 and the voting will close on August 6, 2017.
• All nominations and seconds must be in writing using the online form.

Schedule
• Thursday, May 18 - Call for nominations and seconds for FSC US Board of Directors
• Sunday, June 25 - Call for nominations closes
• Wednesday, July 5 - Voting opens, ballots circulated
• Sunday, August 6 - Voting closes
• Wednesday, August 23 - 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