2019 NAMI Elections

2019 NAMI Board of Directors Nominations, Bylaws Amendments and Resolutions

The NAMI Board of Directors is pleased to announce the call for Candidates to the 2019-2020 Board of Directors and for proposals for amendments and resolutions to the NAMI Bylaws.

To read the bios of the current board, please visit Meet the Board on NAMI's website.

2019 Open Letter to NAMI Membership

Please read the Open Letter to NAMI Membership. The letter this year is significant for several reasons. Again 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 highlights the changes to the nomination process and requirements of the candidates that were implemented in the 2018 Elections cycle.

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 Seattle, WA, June 18 – June 22, 2019.

Five (5) candidates will be elected to serve for the standard three-year term. This year, five current board members' regular terms will expire in June, and their seats are up for general election. One member is completing a second term and cannot seek re-election; four have served a single term and may or may not seek re-election. Additionally, the board seat chosen by the Peer Leadership Council is up for election this year. The current member in that seat has served a single term, and may or may not seek re-election.

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 March 24, 2019. (90 days before the date of the Annual Meeting.)

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 2019 NAMI Annual Convention, proposed amendments to NAMI Bylaws and proposed resolutions must be sent to the NAMI Office by return-receipt mail to be received by NAMI no later than March 24, 2019. (Note that March 24 is a Sunday. Mail will not be delivered on that day so make sure that amendments and resolutions arrive on Friday, March 22, 2019.) Proposed amendments to the NAMI Bylaws must be submitted in amendment form. For guidance on making submissions, please contact us at voting@nami.org.

Guidance for NAMI Field Leaders

Last year, the NAMI Board changed the annual election process to ensure sound and fair election practices and to encourage highly-qualified individuals to come forward for service. Understanding that change takes time to be rooted, NAMI has provided a Guide to 2019 NAMI Elections for leaders as they begin the process of considering bringing candidates forward for the 2019-2020 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 2019

The Elections Information 2019 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 2019, visit the What's New for Nominators and Candidates page.

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