The Federation board includes public members as well as council executive directors from states and territories across the nation. Each board member serves a four-year term. The board chair serves a two-year term and remains for another two years as the immediate past chair. Federation members participate in a nominating process early in the year and elect their representatives to the Federation Board at the Annual Business Meeting, which occurs in conjunction with the National Humanities Conference. The Federation’s all-volunteer board works hard throughout the year to attend to organizational governance, member needs, and legislative strategy. The board’s strength lies in the diversity of its members – whose backgrounds include finance, law, fundraising, and legislating, among others – and their dedication to the Federation’s mission to represent and strengthen the state humanities councils.
Board members are asked to attend three board meetings a year, in various locations, as well as attend the Federation’s two major events: Humanities on the Hill in March and The National Humanities Conference in November. The conference is held in conjunction with the November board meeting. Following are the 2021 meeting and event dates and locations, as well as information on the various Federation committees.