Join Our Board

Help Elevate and Grow the Alliance’s Impact

We are currently seeking dedicated individuals to join our Board of Directors. Our Board members support the organization’s growth and success, and have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its surrounding communities by overseeing the mission of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Learn more about our vision, mission and organization here.

Who We’re Looking For

Alignment with Board core values is essential for potential candidates and includes:


Board members must have the time to fulfill their duty of care to the Alliance. That includes attending and participating, in person or virtually, meetings of the Board and Committees of the Board. Board meetings are generally held quarterly for a full day, and rotate around the Chesapeake Bay region. Each Board member is also expected to be an asset to one or more of the Alliance’s four standing Board Committees. Committees generally meet monthly for one hour.


Having an appropriate mix of certain attributes on the Board— in particular, skills, experience, and diversity— is essential to ensure that the Board as a whole can satisfactorily perform its oversight duty, have informed opinions on all topics relevant to the Alliance and effectively advise on strategic decisions and direction. We are currently prioritizing the recruitment of candidates possessing expertise in one or more of the following areas: Human Resource Management, Fundraising & Development, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice, Non-Profit Experience, Legal, Marketing/Public Relations, and Information Technology (IT).


We expect Board members to productively support the Alliance’s efforts whether through community or corporate connections. We also ask that all Board members contribute to the organization financially.


Candidates’ values should align with those of the Alliance’s Strategy and commitments related to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice.

About our Board

The Alliance’s Board of Directors is the governing body of the organization. Members are elected to three-year terms and may serve two consecutive terms. The Board serves as the fiduciary authority for the organization and provides the strategic direction and leadership necessary to achieve the organization’s goals.

The Executive Committee of the Board consists of the Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and Chairs of each of the four standing Committees:

  • Governance Committee: Provides direction and support to the Board of Directors, develops and recommends criteria for membership to the Board, identifies individuals qualified to become members of the Board, reviews the composition -in terms of independence, tenure, experience, expertise, diversity, skills, and special knowledge – of the Board and recommends nominations of new members and existing directors seeking a second term, provides orientation and ongoing expectations, administers Board feedback, and more.
  • Finance Committee: Supports the CEO and staff in developing budgets, defines business practices, provides advice on accounting guidelines, recommends investment and financing strategies, and more.
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Committee: Oversees efforts to make diversity and inclusion integral to the Alliance’s structure, policies, Board of Directors, staff, strategic goals, program delivery, and more.
  • Development Committee: Establishes and implements fundraising tactics and oversees strategies for membership, capital campaigns, and major gifts. Works closely with staff on the execution of development strategies and guides Board participation in fundraising.

Join Our Board

To be considered for Board candidacy, we ask that you submit the form. We thank you for your interest. Interest forms are reviewed on a rolling basis by Alliance staff and the Board’s Governance Committee.

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