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.

2017 Special Election

At NACDL's 2017 Annual Board Meeting, NACDL President Rick Jones announced three vacancies on the board of directors. The board will fill those vacancies at its October 28, 2017 Fall Meeting in Boston. Candidacy materials are due October 9, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Learn more.

2017 Regular Election

In 2017, NACDL elected nine members of its Board of Directors, as well as its President Elect, First and Second Vice Presidents, and Secretary.

NACDL received no candidacy petitions for the positions of President Elect, First Vice President, and Second Vice President. Accordingly, the following candidates were elected by acclamation per Article Article VIII, Section 3(b) of NACDL's Bylaws:


  • President Elect: Drew Findling - Atlanta, GA
  • First Vice President: Nina Ginsberg - Alexandria, VA
  • Second Vice President: Christopher W. Adams - Charleston, SC
  • Secretary: Martin Sabelli - San Francisco, CA

Board of Directors 

  • Daniel Arshack - New York, NY
  • Nicole DeBorde - Houston, TX
  • Marissa Elkins - Northampton, MA
  • Jeffrey Green - Washington, D.C.
  • Timothy McCarthy - West Des Moines, IA
  • Steven Morrison - Grand Forks, ND
  • Robert Toale - New Orleans, LA
  • William Wolf - Chicago, IL
  • Jeff Zimmerman - Alexandria, VA

For requirements and other election details, click to learn more.

See the complete procedures and protocols for the 2017 election.


The following deadlines applied to the 2017 election:

  • March 31, 2017: Submissions requesting consideration by the Nominating Committee Due.
  • May 5, 2017: Nominating Committee meets in Las Vegas
  • May 6, 2017: Nominating Committee announces its slate at Las Vegas board meeting
  • May 8, 2017: Nominating Committee slate announced to NACDL membership online
  • June 8, 2017: Candidacy petitions due (download a petitionPDF Icon (Very Small))
  • July 3-14, 2017: If any qualified petitions for candidacy are timely recieved 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, 2017: Annual Meeting; election results announced

See more information concerning 2017 election deadlines.

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