Groundswell’s Advisory Board is a dedicated group of volunteers who oversee the development of our organization and guide our mission and vision. This group serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Directors of the Center for Transformative Action, Groundswell’s 501c3 fiscal sponsor.
Current Advisory Board members:
|Peter Bardaglio||Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative|
|Rachel Bezner-Kerr||Cornell Community Food Systems Minor Program|
|Todd McLane||West Haven Farm|
|Megan Vidler, Board Chair||Alum, Future Groundswell Incubator Farmer|
|Matthew Weiss||Cornell Small Farms Program|
|Mary Kate Wheeler||Cornell Masters Progr. in Applied Econ & Mgmt|
Interested in serving on Groundswell’s Advisory Board?
Please read the information below, and feel free to give us a call at 607-319-5095 to discuss your interests. Apply Online.
Groundswell Advisory Board Job Description and Expectations
Duties of the Advisory Board
- Ensure that Groundswell‘s vision, values and mission are reflected in its programs and policies.
- Ensure effective and strategic organizational planning.
- Be actively engaged in fundraising events and activities.
- Cultivate strategic relationships on Groundswell’s behalf.
- Select and support the Groundswell Director, and review performance.
- Adopt an annual budget and regularly monitor Groundswell’s fiscal status.
- Enhance Groundswell’s public image and promote the Center’s mission and programs.
Expectations of Advisory Board members
Advisory Board members are expected to commit to a minimum of 4 hours of active engagement each month. This includes:
- Participation in at least 8 of the 12 monthly Advisory Board meetings each year.
- Serving on at least one subcommittee or work team of the Advisory Board.
- Participating as a Groundswell representative in at least one public event per year.
In addition, Advisory Board members are expected to:
- Support Groundswell’s commitment to pursuing economic justice, inclusion, anti-racism and equity in the food system.
- Work collaboratively and respectfully with other Advisory Board members, while embracing constructive conflict.
- Participate in continuing education to enhance knowledge and skills for effective organizational governance in a multicultural context.
- Financially support Groundswell in a manner commensurate with personal resources.
- Advisory Board meetings are held on the second Monday of each month from 6-8PM.
- Subcommittees and work teams meet as needed for their current work agenda.
Benefits include satisfaction and networking:
- Being part of a dynamic community-based organization which is catalyzing positive change in our community, region, and food system.
- Leadership opportunities in community-based sustainable development, “green jobs,” site-based education, and local food systems.
- Opportunities to build networks within the local community and among regional and national organizations.
- Opportunities to foster meaningful and lasting partnerships with diverse collaborators.
Length of term: Advisory Board members serve 3 year terms, and may serve up to two consecutive 3 year terms. After a one-year break in service, former Advisory Board members again become eligible to re-elected to the Advisory Board for a period of up to two additional 3 year terms.