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Election Center

NACDL conducts annual elections for various officer and Board positions. Each year, NACDL elects approximately one third of the Board of Directors. Directors serve three-year terms and may serve two consecutive full terms. Each year NACDL also elects a Secretary, Second and First Vice President, and President Elect. After a one-year term, the President Elect automatically becomes President. Finally, NACDL elects a Treasurer to a two-year term every other year. The Treasurer is ineligible to run for any Board or Director office during that term.

Periodically NACDL conducts special elections to fill positions left vacant.

All elections and election candidates are subject to the provisions of the NACDL bylaws regarding elections and to the board-adopted standing board policy on elections.

2018 Special Election

At NACDL's 2018 Spring Board Meeting, NACDL President Rick Jones announced a vacancy on the board of directors. The board will fill this vacancy at its July 29, 2018 Annual Meeting in Miami. Candidacy materials are due July 6, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Learn more.

2018 Regular Election

NACDL's 2018 Election is underway. In 2018, NACDL will elect thirteen members of its Board of Directors, as well as its President Elect, First and Second Vice Presidents, Treasurer, and Secretary.

Report of the Nominating Committee

The NACDL Nominating Committee met on April 19, 2018, to select eligible candidates to serve in the positions listed below during the 2018-2019 term. The Committee nominated the following slate of candidates for the 2018 NACDL Election:


  • President Elect: Nina Ginsberg - Alexandria, VA
  • First Vice President: Christopher W. Adams - Charleston, SC
  • Second Vice President: Martin Sabelli - San Francisco, CA
  • Treasurer - Andrew Birrell - Minneapolis, MN
  • Secretary: Nellie King - West Palm Beach, FL

Board of Directors  

  • John Arrascada - Reno, NV
  • Charles Atwell - Kansas City, MO
  • Benjamin Au - San Francisco, CA
  • Kobie Flowers - Washington, DC
  • Daniella Gordon - Marlton, NJ
  • Huda Macri - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Shazzie Naseem - Kansas City, MO
  • C. Melissa Owen - Charlotte, NC
  • Robert Patillo - Atlanta, GA
  • Gabriel Reyes - Dallas, TX
  • Tony Thedford - Chicago, IL
  • Ian Wallach - Los Angeles, CA

Candidates interested in running by petition must submit petitions by June 7, 2018 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time. For requirements and other election details, click to learn more.

See the complete procedures and protocols for the 2018 election.

Members interested in running for office may do so in one or both of two ways: by seeking nomination from NACDL’s Nominating Committee, or by submitting a candidacy petitionPDF Icon (Very Small). The Nominating Committee will meet in the spring to consider requests, which will be due to the nominating committee in late winter. Petitions will be due in late spring or early summer. The following deadlines apply to the 2018 election:

  • March 16, 2018: Submissions requesting consideration by the Nominating Committee Due.
  • April 2018: Nominating Committee meets and announced its slate of candidates
  • April 23, 2018: Nominating Committee slate announced to NACDL membership online
  • June 7, 2018: Candidacy petitions due (download a petitionPDF Icon (Very Small))
  • July 2-13, 2018: If any qualified petitions for candidacy are timely received voting will take place during this window. Voting will be online (with an option for paper ballot submission) subject to procedures posted in early Spring.
  • July 29, 2018: Annual Meeting; election results announced

See more information concerning 2018 election deadlines.

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