GRCA Board of Directors Member Prospectus 2017
Thanks for your interest in running for the Girls Rock Camp Alliance Board of Directors!
Mission and Purpose
The Girls Rock Camp Alliance is an international 501(c)3 coalition of organizations whose shared mission is to empower girls and women using the tools of music education to foster self-esteem and confidence. To this end, the GRCA promotes, strengthens, and expands services provided by its affiliated camps. GRCA provides resources and networking opportunities for its member camps, and promotes the establishment of like-minded institutions worldwide.
We value the power of music as a means to create personal and social change;
We value efforts that actively expand opportunities for girls and women;
We value positive approaches to fighting sexism;
We value integrity, honesty and respect;
We value appropriate sharing of resources, cooperation, and collaboration;
We value using our collective voice to further our mission;
We value diversity.
Statement of Diversity/Non-Discrimination Policy
The Girls Rock Camp Alliance values diversity of age, race, economic status, gender expression, size, physical ability, developmental ability, musical interests, learning styles, nationality, religion, thought, citizenship status, and sexual orientation. We promote respect and do not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, or other discriminatory behavior or expression.
GRCA Operations & Resources
The Girls Rock Camp Alliance exists to unite, develop, and support its member camps. Only girls rock camp organizations that comply annually with membership criteria can become members of GRCA. The most important method of support GRCA provides for member camps is the annual Girls Rock Camp Alliance conference, which takes place every spring. Each year, every member organization sends key staff, board members and volunteers to the conference for training, skill sharing, networking, and to have a hand in the governance and direction of GRCA.
Board Duties and Responsibilities
The overall functions of the GRCA Board of Directors include the following:
Current Board Committee Descriptions
Meetings & Board Culture
The board meets monthly online (most often via Google Video Chat), in addition to meeting twice annually in-person (one mid-term board retreat and meetings before and after the annual conference). If needed, financial assistance is available to support Board members’ attendance at in-person meetings.
Board meetings are currently conducted in English.
Members serve two-year terms and no more than 3 consecutive terms.
Board Member Expectations
GRCA Board members are expected to contribute to the organization in the following ways:
Meetings and communication
Attend board meetings once a month. Respond to emails within one week.
The work of GRCA is divided into 5 operational departments which are each led by two co-chairs from the board. Departments can further be divided into sub-committees. Board members are expected to co-chair or be a member of at least one department/committee. The responsibilities of the co-chairs are to submit an action plan in the beginning of the fiscal year, to be approved of the board; to recruit more people to the department and create possibilities for the membership to be involved.
Board members are expected to be able to represent the organization internally and externally when needed, including at the annual conference.
All GRCA Board members understand and agree to make a commitment to the following to the best of their ability:
Nominations are handled by the GRCA Nominations Committee, which is a group of individual rock camp organizers elected by the GRCA membership. Based on guidelines and recommendations from the GRCA Board, the committee facilitates the nominations process, vets nominees, and submits a slate of nominees to the membership for approval.
The GRCA seeks new Board members to help shepherd the organization to the next chapter in its growth. Candidates should have experience with girls rock camp programs, passion for the GRCA’s mission, and an interest in shaping its future. Nominees do not need to be affiliated with a member camp.
The organization particularly seeks members with skills, experience, and connections in the following fields/areas of expertise (in order of priority, and the list is always shifting):
The GRCA strives to elevate and amplify the voices of those directly affected by oppressive structures, and encourages nominees who identify as members of communities that have been historically underrepresented in decision-making bodies, or whose power has been removed through colonization, to apply for the Board of Directors - this includes (but is not limited to) trans people, people who experience racial discrimination, indigenous people, differently abled/disabled people, poor/working class people.
In forming the slate, the Nominations Committee considers the following factors in camp representation: camp location (rural/urban, as well as regional/continental diversity), camp age (start-up camps as well as more established camps), language (camps that use English as primary language and camps with other languages as first language).
Generally, the committee will seek to limit representation of a member camp to one seat on the board. For all nominees, criteria include areas of expertise and alignment with GRCA values.
Nominees are asked to complete a brief survey and provide 1-2 references, including one from a GRCA member camp (preferred but not required). The information provided on the form is shared with the membership if the nominee is included on the slate. In the event the nominee is not included on the slate, the information is shared beyond the committee if the nominee has indicated they would like it to be shared; otherwise, it is kept confidential.
The committee is dedicated to creating and maintaining a transparent process while respecting the privacy of individuals and member camps. The committee maintains a confidentiality policy with regards to its internal discussions about specific nominees and nominations, which requires discussions to be kept confidential to committee members. The committee reserves the right to discuss specific nominees and nominations with individuals not listed as references if the committee feels it would be helpful to its mission and purpose; those conversations are, too, kept confidential.
Board of Directors - 2016
Diane Foglizzo, Philadelphia, PA, USA (Co-chair/President)
Gracie Aghapour, New York, NY USA (Co-chair/Secretary)
Page Chilton, Columbia, SC, USA (Treasurer)
Jen Stevens, Charleston, SC, USA
Ace Canessa, Jacksonville, FL, USA
Mayra Cortez, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Erica Flores, Austin, TX, USA
Kate Walsh, Chicago, IL, USA
Collier Reeves, Durham, NC, USA
Emily Robinson, Richmond, VA, USA
Crystal White, Washington D.C., USA
Laura Reeve, Jacksonville, FL, USA
Anna Cheç, Bielsko-Biała, Poland
Hilary Jones, Providence, RI, USA
Áslaug Einarsdóttir, Reykjavijk, Iceland