Regional leadership advocacy organizations should be politically independent

Utilize a Politically Independent Board of Directors

A typical arrangement for Regional Leadership Advocacy Organizations is to couple a 40 to 50 person board of directors with a smaller executive committee that is empowered to make recommendations on behalf of the board. Board members include private-sector leaders from organizations that can transcend geographic boundaries and local political considerations.

The board must understand that the future of the region is determined more by what happens in the region than by national politics. The ultimate loyalty of the board of directors cannot be politically partisan.

A Boundary Crosser is a person who connects people across boundary lines that traditionally divide community. They are citizen leaders who extend past their familiar territory, whether that’s government, non-profits, business, ethnic groups, religion, or neighborhoods to become community builders. 

– Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence (SCOPE)

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