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The NMAEYC Board of Directors provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance for the association.

Serving on the NMAEYC Board of Directors is an extraordinary opportunity for members who are passionate about NMAEYC’s vision and mission, deeply committed to its values and beliefs, and skilled leaders – or want to become skilled leaders — with a track record of effective experience. Learn more about the roles and responsibilities below.


The President chairs meetings of the Executive Committee and Board and develops the agenda with the Executive Committee; Chairs the conference committee alongside the VPs of Membership and Professional Development; Appoints the chairpersons of special and sub-committees, in consultation with other Board members; Helps guide and mediate Board actions with respect to organizational priorities and governance concerns; Leads annual strategic planning; Communicates with the staff about the Board’s short and long-term goals and plans.

President Elect

Assists the board President in the execution of his or her duties; Supports strategic planning and implementation; Plays an active role on the conference and/or other committees; Prepares to assume the office of President; Fills the office of President should that office become vacant, and subsequently fills the office of board President for a regular term as is entitled to the president-elect. While the President Elect is favored to assume the President position in case of a vacancy, the Board can also choose an alternate candidate.

Past President

Supports the new President in learning and implementing the role of President; Supports strategic planning and implementation; Plays an active role on the conference and/or other committees; Develops and coordinates events for rapport-building between staff and Board; Supports the professional development committee with Board training and orientation at the Annual Leadership Retreat.


The Treasurer serves as financial officer of the organization and as chair of the finance committee; Manages, with the finance committee, the board’s review of and action related to the board’s financial responsibilities; Works with the Executive Director to ensure that appropriate financial reports are made available to the board on a timely basis; Assists the Executive Director in preparing the annual budget and presenting the budget to the board for approval; Reviews the annual audit and answers board members’ questions about the audit; Ensures development and board review of financial policies and procedures and works to provide appropriate training for board members; Monitors the receipt of all money due to and held by the organization; Ensures that all funds are properly deposited in organization’s designated bank account; Ensures that the organization maintains tax-exempt status; Signs financial forms and instruments as necessary; Ensures that a report is provided at each board meeting ahead of time on google docs.


Prepares and provides written minutes to board members in a timely manner; Keeps abreast of parliamentary procedure and trains/informs board on Robert’s Rules of Order during Board meetings, the Annual Leadership Retreat, and throughout the year; Supports the professional development committee with Board training and orientation at the Annual Leadership Retreat; Files on a digital cloud or google docs approved minutes and maintains the official list of board members, board meeting attendance, in accordance with procedure; Ensures that all board-related documents are uploaded on a digital cloud or google docs for all board members to access before board meetings.

Vice President of Public Policy

The VP of Public Policy chairs the Public Policy Committee, is informed and engaged in legislative and regulatory public policy activities, including coalition efforts at the local and state level and through NAEYC at the federal level; Recommends NMAEYC endorsements for political causes for Board approval; Develops annually the public policy priorities to be approved by the board for issues related to children ages 0-8 and the field, in the context of the political climate and legislative/regulatory schedule of the state; Approves changes to the public policy agenda due to the immediacy of the issue and the timely nature of the legislative session and/or engages the board in discussion and approval changes when the topic is controversial, debatable, or affects the association, and/or membership; Provides technical assistance and training on advocacy and public policy at NMAEYC meetings.

Vice President of Professional Development

The VP of Professional Development chairs the Conference Committee alongside with the President and VP of Membership Services; Keeps abreast of professional development and conference trends; Receives requests from NMAEYC and Board members for financial support for professional development when funds are available; Reviews requests and notifies the Treasurer of requests granted; Maintains an accounting of requests and their amounts; Aims to strengthen the nonprofit skills of sitting Board members through orientation, mentoring, socialization activities;  Considers tools and processes to improve the Board’s effectiveness, with particular emphasis on NMAEYC’s commitment to be a high-performing, inclusive organization; Works with other Board committees or activities to identify and address barriers to the ongoing development of skilled and diverse leadership throughout the Association (individual members, components, and national service).

Vice President of Membership Services

Chairs the Membership Services Committee; Chairs the Conference Committee alongside the President and VP of Professional Development; Supports staff in assessing the professional needs of members; Keeps abreast of membership association trends; Examines issues and provides input related to member engagement (publishing, membership services/programs, leadership development, professional development solutions, and conferences), and Ensures that member engagement reflects diversity across dimensions of age, race/ethnicity, professional role, and geography and other diversity factors related to HPIO.

Vice President of Accreditation

Serves as chair of the Accreditation Committee; Reports to the NMAEYC Board at scheduled meetings on the activities and actions of the Accreditation Facilitation Project (AFP) and Accreditation Committee throughout the year; Secures members from local areas and monitors committee member job descriptions; Calls periodic meetings of the Accreditation Committee as required to carry out the work of the committee; Coordinates with the AFP consultants and the committee members to complete the committee forms required by NMAEYC including plans, goals, budget and evaluation: Implements the annually established goal and plans with the committee members and the AFP consultants and evaluates results; Ensures that the annual conference strand and/or pre-conference is coordinated with the NMAEYC conference committee; Maintains contact with NAEYC Accredited Centers and represents their concerns and interests in the work of the AFP as an Accreditation Committee; Participates in the monthly NAEYC Accreditation Conference Calls; Initiates conversations and communication with CYFD/OCD.

Members at Large

Members at large represent diverse fields and topics within the early childhood profession, such as but not limited to Infants/Toddlers, Home Visiting, Primary Grades (K-3), Family Child Care, Special Education. Bilingual Education, Directors/Principals, Leadership, Teacher Assistants, Play/Curriculum, Emerging Professional (under age 30), College/Student Representatives. They advocate for their disciplines and lead special projects, conference presentations, regional workshops, etc., that will enhance member benefits, membership experience, and are aligned with NMAEYC’s vision and mission. They support the professional development and membership committees in their goals and can also volunteer on other committees and/or be appointed by the President to serve on special committees.