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GALA Board Elections FAQ

The GALA Board of Directors is composed of volunteer members who are elected by the GALA membership. Here you will find our General Election FAQs and the Candidate FAQs.

General Election FAQs

What is the Board of Directors?

The Board of Directors is the authority responsible for the governance of GALA. As the governing body, the Board establishes policy, and monitors implementation of policy, by GALA’s staff under the direction of the Executive Director.

When do Board elections take place?

The Call for Candidates is issued in September and is announced via email, the GALA website, and social media. Voting takes place annually in October/November. 

Who can vote?

All member organizations at GALA have voting rights. Each member organization receives one ballot, distributed to the designated voting contact. The designated voting contact is confirmed each year prior to the ballot distribution.

How is the election administered?

The election is administered through Survey Monkey, an online survey tool GALA uses for all of its surveys and elections. The candidates with the highest number of votes will be elected.

What precautions are in place to avoid voter fraud?

Ballots are uniquely tied to emails of the voting contacts, and only one vote is allowed per email. GALA staff also reviews the results to ensure no organization places more than one vote.

Can a candidate's organization vote for their candidate?

Yes! Your organization's designated voting contact may vote for the candidate from their own organization. If the candidate is the voting contact, they may vote for themself.

Who has access to the results?

Only GALA staff has access to the voting data. At the conclusion of the voting period, the current Board of Directors receives a tally of the aggregate results.

What happens if there is a tie vote?

In the case of a tie for any position, the sitting Board of Directors will choose one of the tied candidates as the new Director.

How will the results be announced?

Results will be announced by email and shared on the website in November/December.

Where can I learn more?

Please consult GALA's Bylaws to learn more. You may also contact us at [email protected].


Candidate FAQs

What are the requirements to be a candidate for the Board of Directors?

The candidate must be a current member of GALA. Candidates should be at the decision-maker level and have the endorsement of their organization.

How many positions are open?

GALA has seven individuals serving on our Board. Directors will be elected in alternate years so that 3 directors are elected one year and 4 are elected the following year.

What will I need to submit my candidacy?

You will need to complete the online submission form. This form will request a headshot to use in all candidate materials, a biography, and a personal statement (see the form for specific prompts). Please comply to the designated word counts. You will receive the prepared materials for review and minor editing prior to publication.

What happens once I submit the candidacy form?

You are officially a candidate! We will begin preparing your candidate webpage and materials. You will receive the prepped page for review and any notes from Alicia Deadrick (membership manager). Once GALA makes the official announcement of candidates, you may start your campaign.

What are the campaign guidelines?

GALA does not distribute any “campaign” e-mails to the membership on behalf of the candidates or share mailing lists, however, you are welcome to get in touch with your personal contacts directly. We also encourage you to share your candidacy on social media sites and at industry events. Please do not distribute any emails or links to the candidate pages until after the official GALA announcement.

Can a candidate's organization vote for their candidate?

Yes! Your organization's designated voting contact may vote for the candidate from their own organization. If the candidate is the voting contact, they may vote for themself.

If elected, what are the officer positions and how are they decided?

The Board of Directors consists of the four required officers: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer. The other three positions are determined according to the association's needs at that time. The elected Directors will vote amongst themselves who will serve in each position during the first Board meeting of the year in January.

How long can someone serve on the Board?

A term lasts for 2 years, starting 01 January through 31 December the following year. Members of the Board may serve no more than 2 consecutive terms.


For other questions or comments please contact us at [email protected].