2022 NAMI Elections
NAMI is pleased to announce that the 2022 NAMI Elections are open. Included on the ballot this year is the selection of board members and a bylaws amendment proposal. Nine candidates have been nominated for the 2022-2023 NAMI Board of Directors.
2022 Open Letter to NAMI Membership
For more information on this year's call for candidates, please read the 2022 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.
NAMI Board President, Dr. Shirley J. Holloway, explains what NAMI Board service means and outlines requirements for potential candidates in the following video:
2022 Elections Key Dates
Below are important deadlines and key dates related to this year's NAMI elections process:
- April 9, 11:59 p.m. ET: Membership submission deadline for NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates
- April 19, 11:59 p.m. ET: Candidate nominations, proposed bylaws amendments and resolutions are due
- Week of May 16: Voting packets emailed to eligible NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates
- May 19: Online voting opens
- June 2, 5:00 p.m. ET: Virtual Town Hall with candidate speeches - register here
- June 15, 6:00 p.m. ET: Online voting closes
- June 18, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET: NAMI Annual Meeting
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 June 18. Please watch for announcements and updates for the virtual Annual Meeting!
Five (5) new members are elected each year to serve for a standard three-year term. Nominees must be current NAMI members 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 be made only by NAMI Affiliates and NAMI State Organizations in good standing - those that have submitted their memberships and dues to NAMI by the membership deadline of Saturday, April 9 at 11:59 p.m. ET (70 days prior to 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. Because all currently seated board members for the 2021 - 2022 term do self-identify under this definition, nominations of those who do not have lived experience as an individual or as a family member are welcomed to this 2022 election cycle.
Potential candidates are encouraged to read the Undertaking NAMI Board Service document as well as watch this recording from a recent Board Expectations Call on April 6 to help them make an informed decision before embarking upon NAMI Board service.
Bylaws Amendment Proposals and Resolutions
This year, the NAMI elections will include a bylaws amendment proposal. For consideration in the 2022 Elections, proposed amendments to NAMI Bylaws and proposed resolutions were to be sent to the NAMI office at the address below by return-receipt mail to be received by NAMI no later than April 19. Proposed amendments to the NAMI Bylaws were to be submitted in amendment form, with the full text of the relevant bylaws section(s) including any strikeouts or additions. For guidance on making submissions in the future, please contact us at [email protected].
NAMI, Attn: Elections 2022
4301 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22203
Voting Information Distribution
NAMI will be sending voting materials electronically to the leadership of each eligible NAMI State Organization and NAMI Affiliate. These voting materials will be emailed the week of May 16. The email will contain the necessary information on how to credential in order to participate in the election process, and direct affiliates and state organizations to the NAMI website for details about candidates for the Board as well as the proposed bylaws amendment.
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 our national database.
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 instructions to cast their ballot in the online voting system. Voting opens on Thursday, May 19 and will close on Wednesday, June 15 at 6:00 p.m. ET SHARP.
Election results will be reported at the virtual NAMI Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 18. Results will also be posted on www.nami.org/voting.