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Ready to Shape NAGC's Future

Posted By CDR Christopher O'Neil, USCG, Retired, Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Updated: Monday, April 29, 2019

You are a government communicator. You know the challenges our profession faces every day. You understand how to work in the joint/interagency environment. You’re collaborative, talented and work well in teams. You lead, provide counsel and implement strategies and tactics to achieve a specific communication goal. In short, you’re work experience makes you ready to serve on NAGC’s Board of Directors.

I wrote to you several months ago to let you know we had a number of board members resign and that I, in concert with the board, appointed people to serve the remainder of those terms. In addition, each year, roughly half of the NAGC board positions come up for election, to help prevent replacing the entire board in a year.

This year we have five positions to fill on the board through our regular elections and we have one position for which the board and I have opted to hold a special election.

The five positions appearing on the 2019 ballot are:

  • Professional Development Director
  • Education Director
  • Communications Director
  • Marketing Director
  • Treasurer

Our current President-elect, Scott Thomsen, was appointed by unanimous consent of the board, to fill the remainder of his predecessor’s term. However, because the president elect automatically becomes president at the end of the term, the board believed it important to hold a special election to ensure the selection of our president elect, and future president, reflects the wishes of the association’s membership.

The National Association of Government Communicators’ greatest strength is its members – each and every one of you. You are the reason this association exists – your profession, your decision to practice your profession in government service and your commitment to excellence in government communication – are among the reasons our association was founded more than 40 years ago.

In February I asked you to volunteer to help your association, and several members have stepped up to fill critical roles in committees that help this association attract and retain members and ensure the success of our Blue Pencil & Gold Screen awards and the annual Communications School. Now I’m asking you again to volunteer your time, talent and leadership and to seek election to one of our board positions.

Eligibility requirements and responsibilities for these and other board positions are available in Article III (section 3) and Article IV of the association’s by laws here

To run for one of the board positions listed above, please send an email to president@nagc.com, with a subject line of “Election Ballot.”  In the body of your email please provide:

  • Full Name
  • Work title and agency
  • Position for which you wish to run
  • A brief (no more than 375 words) resume/bio that demonstrates your background, qualification and ability to serve on the board.

Emails must be received by May 23, 2019.  The ballot will be published by May 24, 2019, and voting will occur between May 24 and June 24, 2019.  New board members will be sworn in at the 2019 Communications School in Crystal City, Virginia.

Serving on the board is challenging and rewarding and service on the board of directors of a nonprofit organization has solid career benefits.  Equally important is the benefit your fellow NAGC members get from your service.  The more you put in, the more you get out of your NAGC experience. Serving on the Board of Directors is another way to maximize your membership.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Chris O’Neil
President
National Association of Government Communicators

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