If Your Board Looked Like Your Community

Moving Board Diversity from a ‘Problem to Solve’ to ‘Something to Practice.’ Staff and Board Members Weigh in on Common Hurdles and How to Overcome Them.

Oakland Museum of California’s Pacific Worlds Community Welcoming | Photo: Alessandra Mello
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Fellows Retreat | Photo: Tommy Lau

Hurdle #1: Considering diversity an important qualification of board membership.


Recognizing the Opportunities a Diverse Board Brings


Getting Started


Taking Action

Cornerstone Theater Company presents “Urban Rez” | Photo: Kevin Michael Campbell

Hurdle #2: Defining your community and what it means for your board to be “representative.”


Choosing Who Is Important to Your Organization

An “ideal” board composition slide excerpted from MACLA’s “Ideal” Board Charter Presentation.
An excerpt from Cornerstone’s internal tracking spreadsheet of board diversity, giving, and expertise.

Getting Started

An in-progress draft of the introduction to Pacific Symphony’s Statement of Inclusion.

Taking Action

State of the Valley Conference in Santa Clara | Photo: Carolina Wilson (Peninsula Press)

Hurdle #3: Finding and recruiting new board members that are representative of your community.


Finding Them

A LinkedIn message from Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez (Executive Director of MACLA) to Veronica Juarez (Head of Enterprise Initiatives at Lyft).

Recruiting Them

Taking Action

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Fellows Retreat | Photo: Tommy Lau

Hurdle #4: Getting new and old board members to work together and learn from each other.


Letting Yourself Change


Taking Action

Cornerstone Theater Company presents “Urban Rez” | Photo: Kevin Michael Campbell

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NEW FACES | NEW SPACES

Inspiring stories and practical advice about embedding art in our communities and community in our organizations.

Josephine Ramirez

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Portfolio Director, The James Irvine Foundation

NEW FACES | NEW SPACES

Inspiring stories and practical advice about embedding art in our communities and community in our organizations.