Better Recruitment: Better Boards

| Sunday, May 18 | 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. | Room: LaSalle A | Session Track: PD



Better Recruitment: Better Boards

Boards are the bedrock of an effective Main Street organization. The growth and development of local revitalization efforts is intimately tied to the quality of board members. In this session, learn about the best practices nonprofit organizations can use to strategically improve their board, find new and better board members, and make Main Street board service compelling and competitive. The role of the nominating committee will be discussed, with an emphasis on recruitment, selection, obligations, orientation and training, and how to organize for best results. A board skills matrix, member contract, and orientation contents will be reviewed and provided.


Donna Ann Harris, Heritage Consulting Inc. 
Donna Ann Harris is the principal of Heritage Consulting Inc., a Philadelphia-based firm that works nationwide on downtown and commercial district revitalization, historic preservation, and nonprofit organizational development. Before starting her firm, Donna was the Illinois Main Street state coordinator and manager of the Illinois suburban Main Street program. Prior to her Main Street career, she spent 15 years as an executive director of three start-up and two mature preservation organizations. She has written six feature articles for Main Street NOW and has spoken at the last eight National Main Street Conferences. Her book New Solutions for House Museums: Ensuring the Long-Term Preservation of America's Historic Houses was published in 2007.