Board Election Process 2019

The 2019 board election will happen during our Annual Meeting on March 9.

As Massachusetts Peace Action works to grow and strengthen our organization, we are also working to strengthen our Board. We seek Board members that can help lead our organizing, raise money, expand our connections and coalitions, represent various areas of the state, increase our diversity, and bring new skills to our work.  The Board is a body that is elected by, and represents, the membership.

The Board currently includes two groups of members:

  • At-large members serve a 2-year term and are eligible for re-election. Board members sign a membership agreement defining the expectations of Board members. Half of the at-large members are elected each year. The number of seats on the board has been expanded; it now includes a maximum of 23 at-large members; 19 of these were occupied during 2018.  The Board can appoint members to fill vacant seats between annual elections.  We seek to have at least one Board member from each of Massachusetts’ nine Congressional Districts; seven of the nine currently do.
  • The board may appoint up to three at-large youth representatives who do not represent recognized student chapters.  One of these seats is currently filled by Brenton Stoddart, but he is now running for an at-large term.
  • In the future, regional or local groups of Massachusetts Peace Action members may form chapters, and each chapter may choose one Board member.  Up to six Student Chapter presidents may also occupy board seats; none currently do.  These chapter Board members would be in addition to the at-large and youth members.

A list of candidates for at-large seats was nominated by MAPA’s Executive Committee on February 19, 2019.  Members may submit additional nominees or nominate themselves by March 7, 2019. To be eligible, nominees must submit the names of 5 MAPA members in support. Nominees are requested to fill out a Board member agreement.

MAPA members can vote for at-large members up to the number of vacant at-large seats.  Those receiving the most votes will be elected. Ballots can only be cast in person at the annual meeting. Be sure to renew your membership in time to participate in the Board election! The standard dues amount is $40/year for an individual, $65 for a family, or $10 for low income or students. Those who contribute in any amount to either Massachusetts Peace Action or make a tax-deductible donation to Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund from September 1, 2019 forward, are eligible to vote.   Join us or Renew your membership today!

February 4, 2019– Notice of annual meeting sent to members and supporters by email.
February 22, 2019 – Second notice of annual meeting sent to members and supporters, including election process and names of nominees posted on website. 
March 7, 2019– Additional nominees due
March 9, 2019 – Annual meeting, including board election; new board members announced.

Questions? Call the office at 617-354-2169 or email