Nominations Open for Board of Directors

March 29, 2024

We are excited to announce that nominations are now open for positions on the Board of Directors of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC). This year, we will welcome seven board members, some of whom are returning directors.

The ATC has up to 21 elected board members serving staggered three-year terms. A slate of nominees will be recommended by the Nominating Committee to be approved by the full board and then voted on by the ATC membership. Results will be reported at the annual meeting this summer. Directors will begin to serve on the governing body starting with the fall/winter 2024 meeting.

If you are interested in serving on the ATC board—or if you know someone who is—we welcome your nomination. We consider many criteria when reviewing nominations. Candidates should have a passion for the ATC’s mission of protecting, managing, and advocating for the Appalachian Trail along with a commitment to its values of land protection, volunteerism, and community engagement. This year, we are looking especially for people with experience in fundraising, real estate law and land trusts, investment management, and/or organizational development.

As guardians of the A.T., we aspire to represent all people who use the Trail now and in perpetuity. We would be interested to know how you, or your nominee, could advance the ATC’s goals for diversity and inclusion. Diversity of thought is a key attribute as well.

The ATC is a complex, national non-profit, and it is important that you or your nominee can demonstrate fiduciary oversight capabilities as well as experience of a similar scope in the non-profit or for-profit world.

As an all-volunteer working board supporting a professional staff, we require a significant time commitment, including attendance at four board meetings each year, service on two committees (which maintain regular meeting schedules), and work assignments in between.

All nominations, including self-nominations, should contain the names of the nominee and the nominator, as well as the mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address for both the nominee and nominator. The nominee’s relevant experience, skills, and attributes—with an emphasis on the criteria above—should also be described. Inclusion of a bio or resume is required. We take every nomination seriously, and we appreciate the time you put into the nomination and the nominating process.

The Nominating Committee’s slate will be announced publicly on the ATC website this summer.

Nominations should be sent no later than May 28, 2024, to: boardrecommendations@appalachiantrail.org.

For more information, visit: appalachiantrail.org/leadership.