Recruiting board members for many nonprofits is an exercise lacking not only in vision but in common sense. The truth is nonprofits have been sold something of a bill of goods when it comes to board recruitment and this results in some all too familiar problems that repeat not only in the sector overall but in the same organizations over and over again.
Vernetta Walker is vice president of programs and chief governance officer for BoardSource. She has worked with many national and international nonprofit organizations addressing a wide range of governance issues—from how to start a nonprofit organization to improving board engagement and performance to restructuring complex entities.
Anasuya Sengupta has been on the Board of the Nonprofit Quarterly from August 2015. Her work so far has included supporting and strengthening free knowledge, human rights and social justice movements and communities of practice. Most recently, she created and headed the Grantmaking department (now Community Engagement) at the Wikimedia Foundation, supporting Wikimedia communities worldwide in their efforts to create and enable free and open knowledge. Before that, Anasuya was the Regional Program Director for Asia and the Pacific Islands, at the Global Fund for Women, one of the world’s largest grant-making organisations exclusively for women’s human rights.