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FONZ Call for Board Nominations

In accordance with our Bylaws, the Friends of the National Zoo Board of Directors is now soliciting nominations from the membership for the 2015 FONZ Board. The volunteer Board plays an essential role in shaping FONZ’s future direction, and we rely on our members to recommend individuals with the appropriate skills, talents and leadership abilities to guide our efforts to connect people with wildlife and to support the important work of our partner, the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park.


Please assist us by nominating individuals (or yourself) you believe would add value to the FONZ Board, and who you believe would be interested in this very special community service opportunity. Nominations will be reviewed by the FONZ Board Oversight and Nominating Committee, and the names of the selected nominees will be forwarded to the FONZ membership for election consideration. At this time, we anticipate that there may be two or three vacancies on the Board, which currently has 23 members.


The criteria by which potential candidates are considered and judged include:

  • Strong interest in supporting zoological education, research and conservation in accordance with the FONZ purposes;
  • Fundraising or friendraising ability to help FONZ and the National Zoo achieve their development objectives;
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities;
  • Demonstrated experience and/or skills that would directly benefit FONZ leadership – both staff and Board – and the FONZ membership;
  • Willingness and ability to commit significant time to FONZ’s scope of work and FONZ Board activities;
  • Current dues-paying members of FONZ at a donor level of $1,000 per year or higher.


Much of the FONZ Board’s work is accomplished three standing committees (Executive, Finance and Audit, and Board Oversight and Nominating), and through task forces and other committees. All Board members are expected to serve and fully participate on committees and are expected to attend one or more monthly meetings or functions.


Nominations for the FONZ Board of Directors are only accepted from current dues-paying members, must be submitted on the official FONZ Nomination Form, and must include a comprehensive biography of the nominee. To receive an official Nomination Form, and/or to discuss Board service with me or a member of the current FONZ Board, please call (202) 633-4379. The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2015 FONZ Board of Directors is July 31, 2014.


FONZ Call for Board Nominations and Nomination Form