MOAA Seeks Applicants for Board of Directors

MOAA Seeks Applicants for Board of Directors
Lt. Gen. Vail Ovost, left, director of staff for Headquarters Air Force, poses with Lt. Col. Rojan Robotham, USAF, board of directors, during MOAA’s annual awards ceremony. (Photo by Sean Shanahan for MOAA)

By MOAA Staff


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This year, MOAA will elect a new class to the board of directors — 12 new directors who will succeed the 12 who will complete their service in November. Board eligibility includes all regular members — active duty, former, retired, and National Guard and Reserve commissioned and warrant officers of the uniformed services and surviving spouses of eligible officers.


The board is charged with governing and overseeing the operations of the nation’s largest and most influential association of officers. This year’s operating budget is some $22 million, and the board currently shoulders fiduciary responsibility for some $132 million in assets. These responsibilities demand the board be composed of directors who think strategically and understand their responsibility to govern MOAA in the best interests of its members.


Like the military services and veterans’ communities it represents, MOAA draws its strength from the diversity of its members. Our membership base consists of both men and women of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. It is important that MOAA’s board of directors is representative of that diversity. To achieve that objective, MOAA strongly encourages its minority members to apply for positions on the MOAA board of directors.


MOAA directors serve one six-year term and must be MOAA members. Each director serves on at least one of the standing committees, which oversee strategic planning, finance and audit, government relations, health care, communications, council and chapter affairs, educational assistance, membership, member services, governance, and investments.


Most committee meetings are held in conjunction with the three scheduled board meetings each year.


Interested members should submit their applications and letters of recommendation by April 14. A nominating committee (comprising one MOAA member from each service who is not a MOAA director) will consider all applications received. Details of the process will be available online and in the February and March issues of Military Officer.


In addition to new board members, MOAA's Surviving Spouse Advisory Committee will be electing three new members to four-year terms. We'll provide more details on this application process in a future article. 


Board seats are allocated by service and geographic region. There are no quotas for uniformed officer grades. (Directors serve or have served in grades W-5 through O-10.) The nominating committee also will consider service component (regular, Reserve, National Guard), gender, and ethnic diversity. The committee will seek candidates who demonstrate the capacity to govern with vision, think strategically, and understand their duty to govern in the best interests of the membership of MOAA.


Each eligible voting member will receive a ballot with the slate of 12 nominees in the August 2020 issue of Military Officer. Space will be provided on the ballot to write in votes for other MOAA members not on the committee’s slate of nominees. Online voting also will be available. After the election results are validated, new directors will take office Oct. 24.


We need highly skilled men and women in all officer grades. Please consider offering yourself as a candidate, and above all, plan to vote in the upcoming election.


NOTE: DoD and Coast Guard ethics regulations provide that currently serving DoD and Coast Guard personnel may participate in the management of nonfederal entities, such as MOAA, in a personal capacity provided 1) they act exclusively outside the scope of their official positions, 2) they were not offered the management position because of their DoD or Coast Guard assignment or position, and 3) their management status or activities do not conflict with their official duties. Coast Guard officers also must secure a favorable ethics opinion from their servicing Coast Guard ethics attorney. Active duty and certain currently serving Reserve and National Guard officers in the grade of O-7 and above, and other active duty officers in certain designated positions, may be subject to restrictions that preclude their service on association boards of directors. These officers are advised to consult with their service ethics or legal offices regarding eligibility to serve on MOAA’s board of directors.

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