2021 NAMI Elections

The NAMI Board is pleased to announce that 11 NAMI members have been put forward as candidates for the five open seats on the 2021-2022 NAMI Board of Directors.

You can learn more about the candidates on the Meet the Board Candidates page.

Information about the elections process for this year, including requirements for nominating candidates, can be found in the Election Information document.

2021 Open Letter to NAMI Membership

For more information on this year's call for candidates, please read the 2021 Open Letter from the NAMI Board. Again this year, the board is highlighting specific skills that they are seeking in candidates to strengthen the current skill sets on the board. The letter also highlights the nomination process and requirements of the candidates.

2021 Elections Key Dates

Below are important deadlines and key dates related to this year's NAMI elections process:

  • May 14, 11:59 p.m. EDT: Membership submission deadline for NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates
  • May 24, 11:59 p.m. EDT: Candidate nominations, proposed bylaws amendments and resolutions are due
  • Week of June 21: Voting packets emailed to eligible NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates
  • June 24: Online voting opens
  • July 6, 7:00-8:30 p.m. EDT: Virtual Town Hall with Live Candidate Speeches
  • July 21, 6:00 p.m. EDT: Online voting closes
  • July 24, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT: NAMI Annual Meeting; elections results will be announced (register here)

Candidates for the NAMI Board of Directors

The election of new members to the NAMI Board of Directors takes place leading up to the Annual Meeting which will be held virtually this year on July 24, 2021. Please watch for announcements and updates for the virtual Annual Meeting!

Five (5) candidates will be elected to serve for a standard three-year term. This year, five current board members' regular terms will expire in July, and their seats are up for general election. Two members are completing a second term and cannot seek re-election; three have served a single term and may or may not seek re-election.

Learn more about the eleven NAMI members running for these seats on the Meet the Board Candidates page.

Bylaws Amendment Proposals and Resolutions

No bylaws amendments or resolutions have been put forward for consideration in the 2021 Elections.

Voting Information Distribution

With the continued uncertainty around COVID-19, NAMI will again be sending voting materials electronically to the leadership of each eligible NAMI State Organization and NAMI Affiliate. These voting materials were emailed on June 23. The email contains the necessary information on how to credential in order to participate in the election process, and directs affiliates and state organizations to the NAMI website for details about candidates for the board.

To be sure that voting information gets to the correct leaders for your NAMI organization, please work with NAMI Member Services to update your current leadership contacts in NAMI 360.

Online Voting

Eligible NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates will communicate to NAMI the person who should submit their organization's ballot on their behalf. Those credentialed voters will then be sent login information for the online voting system. Voting opens on Thursday, June 24 and will close on Wednesday, July 21 at 6:00 p.m. ET SHARP.

Election Results

Election results will be reported at the virtual NAMI Annual Meeting on Saturday, July 24 (register here). Results will also be posted on www.nami.org/voting.


If you have questions about the 2021 NAMI voting and elections process, please send an email to [email protected].

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