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 Board Committee Decription

CAI Board of Directors

  1. Identifying the needs of the community
  2. Establishing the Agency Mission Statement including long- and short-range goals of the Agency and evaluating progress in meeting them
  3. Formulating strategic plans for Community Action, Inc.
  4. Approving overall plans and priorities
  5. Determining major personnel, fiscal and program policies
  6. Hiring and firing of the Executive Director
  7. Overseeing the extent and quality of the participation of the poor in the programs of Community Action, Inc.
It is in the best interest of CAI and the low-income constituents served by the organization to have a highly effective, fully engaged, tripartite Board of Directors. The tripartite structure is a mandate of federal regulation and Wisconsin State Statutes (see references below).    It requires that one-third of the CAI board of directors be local elected officials or their representatives, one-third consumers and one-third private representatives.
Governance Committee
The CAI Governance Committee is responsible for ongoing review and recommendations to enhance the quality and future viability of the Board. The committee is responsible for recruiting new Board members and ensuring that each is equipped with the proper tools and motivation to carry out his or her responsibilities.
Committee Description
The Governance Committee is a standing committee of the Board of Directors. Membership shall include at least three (3) members of the Board of Directors and two (2) community members. The Chair of the Committee must be a member of the CAI Board of Directors.
Officers of the Board are not eligible to Chair the Governance Committee.
Committee Responsibility
· Prepare annual assessment of board composition and establish annual recruitment priorities
· Review board recruitment materials and strategies
· Meet with prospective candidates
· Recommend candidates to the board for election at the annual meeting
· Recommend a slate of officers for the board for election at the annual meeting
· Orient new board members and oversee ongoing education to enhance board member knowledge
· Facilitate an annual board self-assessment
· Ensure compliance with Board Diversity Policy
· Oversee election of low-income board members
· Ensure compliance with statutory rules regarding board membership
· Serve as the Grievance Committee for any formal grievance against the Board Chair

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