Board Member Openings-Southwest Region
Witness for Peace Southwest Board Member Openings
Witness for Peace Southwest is one of Seven Regions of
Witness for Peace (WFP). WFP is a non-profit, politically independent,
grassroots organization that has been working since 1983 to support peace and justice
throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The Southwest Region is a distinct 501c3
that works in collaboration with other Witness for Peace Regions, Witness for
Peace National, our partners in Latin America and in coalition with solidarity
groups in the U.S. Specifically. Our work focuses on ending military and
economic violence in the Americas, focusing our work at this time on the
countries of Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia, Cuba, and Honduras. In the U.S we
also try to link our programs to and address the issues of immigration
policy/migrant rights and domestic drug war issues.
WFPSW focuses on building its base in the following states:
California, Arizona and New Mexico. We organize delegations to Latin America
and the Caribbean focusing on particular themes and also we coordinate speaking
tours of residents of our program-area countries to speak in our region. We also coordinate our regional
membership to participate in WFP campaigns, building a strong grassroots
network of local activists working to educate people about the effects of U.S.
policy towards Latin America and the Caribbean and to advocate for changes in
those unjust policies. We participate and mobilize political advocacy with
elected officials when there is pressing legislation to the extent allowed by our 501c3 status.
The Board of WFPSW is composed of volunteers who share their
time, energy, and commitment to Latin America and to peace and social and
economic justice. The Board sets policy and makes decisions about staff and
programming at regular meetings, which usually occur on a bi-monthly basis.
Board members help organize WFPSW events, including delegations, speaker tours,
and other activities in our region. The Board operates using a consensus-based model of decision making
whenever possible, and is committed to operating from a position of respect,
non-violence, and mutual cooperation. Board members may be elected to hold
offices (e.g. Chair, Secretary, Treasurer) and are responsible for the
financial sustainability of the organization. Board members are asked to commit
to serve between 1-4 years on the board of directors. Board members meeting
monthly to bi-monthly by conference call and quarterly in person.
Advisory Board- If
you feel that you cannot make a commitment to serve on the core regional board,
perhaps you will consider serving as an Advisory board member. Advisory board
members only meet twice per year, once in person and once via phone conference.
Advisory board members receive monthly updates from the regional organizer and
are invited to participate on any Witness for Peace committees, campaigns or
Thank you for your interest in serving on the WFPSW Board of
Directors. Please contact us for an application form.
or call 805-421-9708
WFPSW Responsibilities to
will provide a full orientation including background information on work
accomplished to date.
and complete financial statements distributed at least quarterly, one week
in advance of revelant board meetings. Training can be provided to read
and interpret financial statements.
meetings will be well run and productive, with a focus on decision making
rather than just reporting. agendas will be distributed at least one week
members will receive monthly reports from the executive director and
will provide any revelant or necessary training.
members can receive priority as delegation coordinators and hosts for
FOR PEACE SOUTHWEST and
BOARD MEMBER'S RECIPROCAL RESPONSIBILITIES
Individual Board Member
Meetings and Program Work
for and participate in board and committee meetings in addition to an annual
planning meeting and annual celebration dinner.
engage in committee and individual work on behalf of WFP-SW
to know the mission, history, policies and the majority of the programs of WfPSW.
Relationship with Staff
the staff as appropriate to offer support in his or her relationships with
groups or individuals.
Avoiding Conflicts and
decision making of the Board of Directors will be collaborative. An Executive
Director employed by the organization is an ex-officio member of the Board of
commit to an open door policy, to facilitate transparency, accessibility, and
commit to going directly to the source with problems and/or to clarify
- We commit
to assume good intentions, including with critical feedback
and understand the WFP financial statements thus helping the board fulfill its
Fund Raising and Public
an annual gift according to personal means.
the Board and staff by implementing fund-raising strategies through personal
influence and activities with others.
represent and promote the work of WFP-SW in the greater community.