Ep 165: Eye-Opening Tales of a Board Nominations Committee Chair (with Daryl Messinger)

by Joan Garry

Getting the right people on your nonprofit board is no easy task. Tune in to this episode to learn how one nominations committee chair helped her org build the board of its dreams!


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As the nominations committee chair for The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), Daryl Messinger led efforts to identify a diverse slate of 39 forward-thinking, open-minded board members. Today, she joins me to share her insights on the board member nomination process, board diversity, and leadership.

Building a board with the perfect mix of relevant lived experience, skills, and passion is one of the greatest challenges of every nonprofit organization — especially for those orgs that serve a marginalized or underrepresented community. Many nonprofit leaders struggle to get this right.

Your board nominations committee plays a key role in this process. Daryl has some very interesting firsthand insights to share with you on this subject. Tune in as we dig deeper into why it’s so important to have people on the nominations committee who understand this charge and are fully invested in helping to build a more diverse board.

Click play to learn:

  • What is the URJ’s governance strategy? (3:24)
  • How can a nominations committee chair facilitate conversations about recruitment and leadership roles? (8:11)
  • Why is nonprofit board diversity so important? (14:50)
  • How do board nominations impact fundraising? (24:49)
  • How has building a more diverse board impacted URJ? (32:14)


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About Daryl Messinger

Daryl Messinger is the immediate past chair of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Board of Trustees. She was the first woman to hold this position.

In addition to ongoing responsibilities with the URJ, she currently serves as chair of the Association of Reform Zionists of America, as a vice chair of Leading Edge and on the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College – JIR.

Contact Daryl Messinger