Community Board 2021-2022
United Way of the Wine Country thanks the many dedicated members of our Community Board and corresponding Committees for their passion, commitment, and ambassadorship in helping raise the vital funds that fuel our grantmaking cycles, advocacy efforts, and many collaborative partnerships throughout our five-county region. #UnitedWeRise #UnidosAscendemos
Our Community Board is comprised of community members from various backgrounds all working together to inform ongoing efforts by the following Committees:
Audit: Ensure implementation and compliance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles), policies, and reporting practices
Executive: Compromised of the eight (8) Committee Chairs and convenes as needed to advise and consent regarding urgent matters
Finance: Set, review, and report United Way of the Wine Country’s financial integrity, health, and performance
Governance: Ensure the Community Board is properly staffed, trained, and engaged in supporting organizational goals
Operations: Oversee continuous improvement of infrastructure and operations, including Human Resources and Technology
Public Policy: Evaluate public policy issues to determine relevance and support throughout our five-county service area
Strategic Grantmaking: Determine and oversee fair, consistent, on-strategy grant-making policies and processes
Workplace Giving: Advancing community awareness in the value of collective giving to increase resources and support
Community Board Chair
Senior Relationship Manager American AgCredit
Audit Committee Chair
Sonoma County Water Agency Retiree
Governmental Relations Consultant, Comcast
General Manager, Vintners Inn/John Ash & Co.
Strategic Grantmaking Committee Co-Chair & Women United Chair
Public Policy Committee Member & Kaiser Permanente Retiree
Public Policy Committee Chair
Sonoma State University Retiree
Strategic Grantmaking Committee Co-Chair & Pride United Chair
County of Sonoma Retiree
County Superintendent, Sonoma County Office of Education
Governance Committee Chair
Executive Director FIRST 5 Mendocino
Workplace Giving Committee Chair
Senior Director, Business Development and Chief of Staff, Coronary and Renal Denervation at Medtronic
Operations Committee Chair
Vice President & General Manager at Keysight Technologies
Community Board Treasurer
Finance Committee Chair & Poppy Bank Retiree
Community Board Secretary
Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Officer, City of Santa Rosa
United Way of the Wine Country Community Board FAQ
- A Community Board (CB) is a contemporary model of the traditional Board of Directors in which members more fully reflect the diverse populations of the communities served by the organization.
- Community Board members are typically recruited to work on one of eight (8) Committees, which collaborate throughout the year to inform the work of the larger Community Board.
- Committees include Audit, Executive, Finance, Governance, Operations, Public Policy, Strategic Grantmaking, and Workplace Giving. Visit our Board page for Committee descriptions.
- United Way as an organization does not lead recruitment. Instead, Committees review application surveys through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and invite members according to their specific Committee needs and responsibilities.
- Prospective Committee members must complete an online application survey. But first, prospective members are typically invited by current Committee members to reach out to Rosemary Giacomini, Staff Partner on the Governance Committee. Rosemary then informs respective Committee Chairs of any requests. Following Chair/Committee consent, Rosemary then shares the link to the application survey with the prospective members.
- To ensure our Community Board equitably represents the families and communities we serve we require applicants to work and/or live in one of our five counties; Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt or Del Norte.
- Committee members serve one (1) year terms with a maximum of six (6) total terms.
NOTE: Committee members are not required to be members of the Community Board.
- Committee members are typically invited by the CB to be included on the annual slate of CB members and officers. Committee members may also request to be included on the slate which is compiled each year ahead of the final CB meeting of the fiscal year in June.
- Current CB members vote to approve new members based on their Committee performance, their support of United Way’s mission and vision, and their alignment with our DEI goals. Returning CB members in good standing are automatically renewed unless they choose to resign.
- CB members serve two (2) year terms with a maximum of three (3) total terms. NOTE: CB members must participate in at least one (1) and no more than two (2) Committees.
- The total number of years of service for Committee members and/or CB members is six (6) years, including in the atypical event in which a new member joins the CB in their first year.
- For FY21-22, each Committee was launched with an appointed Chair who was also a current CB/BOD member. Committee Chairs serve one-year terms with a two (2) term maximum. At the end of a Chair’s term, candidates are required to submit their names for the slate for corresponding approval by a majority vote by Committee members at the end of the fiscal year.
- All member limits have been re-set for the launch of the Community Board.
- Term limits allow United Way the important opportunity to continue to activate more community members from throughout our five-county service area to help our organization learn, grow, and improve our work and overall impact over time. We also want to provide opportunities for more community members to develop new skills and expand their networks.
- The timing and frequency of Committee meetings are established through the collaborative decision-making of the Committees themselves based on their ability to effectively support the organization.
- For example, Finance and Public Policy may meet monthly, whereas Audit may only meet quarterly.
- In support of our DEI goals regarding fair access and equal participation, all meetings are virtual via Zoom or Teams. That said, should a Committee need to meet in person due to the nature of a specific task (e.g., stuffing envelopes or a “live” event, etc.), in-person meetings are permitted, assuming every effort is made to accommodate the majority of participating members.
- We urge all members to give meaningful annual gifts – that is, one that fits their budgets – either through their organization’s Workplace Campaign or as monthly donors through our website or with one-time annual gifts.
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