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Board members are expected to actively contribute to steering the OBF to help it accomplish its stated missions and objectives. This includes:

  • Participate in the (informal) regular meetings of Board members. Meetings are currently about 1 hour, once a month, held by Google Hangout. These meetings are for communicating and discussing current OBF operations and issues, as well as brainstorming strategic directions and initiatives.
  • Participate in public Board meetings, including voting in elections and on matters brought before the OBF Board for approval. Public Board meetings take place 1-2 times a year via conference call, are about 1 hour in duration, and are usually scheduled in place of a Board hangout.
  • Help promote the causes and objectives of the OBF, as set and approved by the Board, such as lobbying funders, employers, and other decision makers in your network about these objectives and ways to achieve them, as well as promoting the causes of the OBF at community gatherings you attend.
  • Contribute to identifying strategies, opportunities, and mechanisms to better sustain the OBF, to grow its member communities, and to increase its overall diversity, including demographic diversity.