2018 NAMI Elections

2018 NAMI Board of Directors Nominations, Bylaws Amendments and Resolutions

The NAMI Board of Directors is pleased to open the call for Candidates to the 2018-2019 Board of Directors and for proposals for amendments and resolutions to the NAMI Bylaws.

2018 Open Letter to NAMI Membership

Please read the Open Letter to NAMI Membership. The letter this year is significant for several reasons. This year, the board is highlighting specific skills that they are seeking in candidates to strengthen the current skill sets on the board. Additionally, the letter notes some changes to the nomination process and requirements of the candidates.

Making a Nomination

Per our bylaws, nominations of candidates to the board will be open until 11:59 pm on Sunday, April 1st. To make a nomination:

  • Engage with your membership, Board of Directors and other leaders to determine a candidate you would like to bring to the NAMI Board;
  • Take Board action formally to recognize the member as a candidate representing your Affiliate or State Organization and include the vote in minutes of the meeting;
  • Write the letter of nomination on official letterhead of the nominating organization; and,
  • Submit the letter and minutes (draft versions are acceptable) as described in the Elections Information 2018 document.
  • Once the nomination has been received and the candidate's membership status has been confirmed, the nominator will receive instructions  with a link to the Nominator Questionnaire via email with the information now required to complete the nomination process.

Guidance for NAMI Field Leaders

Understanding that this year's elections reflect a change in the way they have been conducted in previous years, NAMI created a Guide to 2018 NAMI Elections for leaders as they begin the process of considering bringing candidates forward for the 2018-2019 Board term elections. We encourage all interested candidates and voters to read this document so you are informed about NAMI’s election guidelines, procedures, and code of ethics. Remember, it is in everyone’s best interest for the whole alliance to be engaged and informed about how to select NAMI’s future leaders!

Elections Information 2018

The Elections Information 2018 document is a valuable resource for nominators,  candidates and voters. Leaders of NAMI Affiliates and NAMI State Organizations and proposed candidates should read this document carefully. The NAMI Board has put into place new requirements of nominators and candidates both that are clearly explained in this document.

What's New for Nominators and Candidates

For a summary of what is new in the Open Letter and Elections Information 2018, visit the What's New for Nominators and Candidates page.

NAMI Elections Process Summary

The election of new members to the NAMI Board of Directors takes place just before the Annual meeting which will be held in conjunction with the National Convention in New Orleans, LA June 27 – June 30, 2018.

Five (5) candidates will be elected to serve for the standard three-year term. Nominees must be NAMI members of record of the NAMI Affiliate or NAMI State Organization making the nomination. Each NAMI Affiliate and NAMI State Organization may nominate no more than one candidate. Nominations may only be made by NAMI Affiliates and NAMI State Organizations that have submitted their membership and paid dues by the nomination deadline of April 1, 2018. (90 days before the date of the Annual Meeting.)

If you are interested in serving on the NAMI Board of Directors, contact your NAMI Affiliate or NAMI State Organization leadership to express your interest. There is NOT an individual application process - members who wish to run for the Board of Directors must be nominated by an Affiliate or State Organization.

To ensure compliance with NAMI’s bylaws, 75 percent of the NAMI Board must be “persons who have or have had lived experience with serious mental illness, or parents or other relatives, including civil partners, thereof.” Candidates are asked to make a statement to this effect.

All current members of the NAMI Board consider themselves to be persons who have or have had lived experience with serious mental illness, or parents or other relatives, including civil partners thereof. 

Bylaws amendment proposals and resolutions:

For consideration at the 2018 NAMI Annual Convention, proposed resolutions and proposed amendments to NAMI Bylaws must be sent to the NAMI office by return-receipt mail and received by NAMI no later than April 1, 2018. Proposed amendments to the NAMI Bylaws must be submitted in amendment form. For guidance on making submissions, please contact us at voting@nami.org.

In late April 2018 this site will also include:

  • candidate information;
  • bylaws proposals (if any); and,
  • proposed resolutions (if any).

If you have any questions about the nominations, bylaws amendments, resolution and elections processes, please contact us at voting@nami.org.