Executive Committee Nomination Form

ExComm at ROOTS Week 2017. Photo: Melisa Cardona

Hey ROOTers!!

Nominations are open for Executive Committee service until June 26th! We want you, we need you, and we have a short nomination form for you to fill out below.

How to nominate

Alternate ROOTS seeks leaders and learners for service on the 2018/2019 Executive Committee. The nomination process is open from June 7 to Tuesday, June 26th. Both general and voting members with current dues can be nominated or self-nominate. If you choose to nominate someone else please make sure you talk with the nominee in advance of completing the application to obtain consent.

Nominations will close this year on June 26th so that all nominations can be carefully considered and a slate can be proposed for an early voting period beginning on Tuesday, July 17th. Early voting will be from July 17th through the annual business meeting at ROOTS Week 2018, at which point the early votes and in-person votes will be tallied together to elect the new slate. The new slate will transition into service after approved at ROOTS Week. ROOTS Week will serve as an initial point of orientation for new ExComm members and an opportunity to celebrate and close out the work of the current ExComm. You’ll receive more information about the election process and early voting period before voting begins this summer.

Please think about the leaders in your region who are deeply connected to the work of Alternate ROOTS. Take a moment to nominate your own bad self (be your own hero!) or someone you think is radically cool, collected, and ready to lead. We need a strategically chosen body with the capacities, experiences, and qualities required to guide and lift up the organization to achieve our mission.

Critical skills

We’re looking to build an Executive Committee who, taken as a whole, will have the following qualities, experience and strengths.

We have highlighted the areas that have been identified by the Board Development Committee and staff as places where we would like ExComm to grow.

✓   critical analysis and discourse to support ROOTS in addressing national cultural policy and current issues within the field and region
✓   diversity to represent ROOTS membership and reflect the U.S. South across multiple dimensions including race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class and education, ability, religion, geographic location, age and experience, artistic discipline
✓   financial and fundraising experience to guide ROOTS fiscal and fiduciary oversight as well as resource-building
✓   organizational development to support ROOTS in management, planning, and evaluation
✓   organizational history to provide context and a sense of ROOTS’ legacy
✓   organizing and advocacy to support ROOTS in mobilizing our base, developing our leadership, and affecting change toward our mission
✓   representation of core work groups within ROOTS to support communication and collaboration across the organization’s membership and participation structures
✓   strategy and vision to support ROOTS in envisioning and enacting our mission

Service Term

Executive Committee leadership requires consistent engagement with the work of the organization over the course of each one-year term, and we hope that each member will consider serving up to three terms (i.e., 3 years).

More details about this year’s election process will be shared over the course of the summer. In the meantime, please send in your nominations and of course let us know if you have any questions at this stage in the process. Remember that nominations are due by Tuesday, June 26th.

If you have any questions regarding the nomination process, please contact your Board President, Trey Hartt, at treyhartt@gmail.com or 703-946-5217.

Signed,

Executive Committee Officers
Michelle Ramos, Executive Director

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.